On Tour: Kris Kristofferson

When you hear “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” you feel the weariness and sadness written by a man who’s been there.

Kris Kristofferson is a little over 80 years old. I am trying to think of someone else who has punctuated each decade of his life with outstanding achievements and I’m drawing a blank. Well, we’ll give the first 10 years a pass on achievement, but not on potential. Kristofferson earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University; he was a boxer, an Army captain, a Ranger, a songwriter, an actor, and a helicopter pilot—and that only brings us to the 1970s.

When you hear “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” you feel the weariness and sadness written by a man who’s been there. Who has been lonely, who has been depressed—who finds his “cleanest dirty shirt” after a beer or two for breakfast.

Kristofferson’s songwriting is noteworthy because he speaks of the American experience. Not shiny, whitewashed experience, but broken promises and feeling poor and in love and nature. His songs are poems set to music, and you can hear the promise in his voice.

I’m thrilled that Kris Kristofferson is touring again, back on the road after some terrible years suffering from Lyme Disease. I’m hoping everyone comes to see our American Troubadour; I didn’t think he would sing for us again. | Melissa Cynova

Kris Kristofferson plays The Pageant in St. Louis on March 31; remaining U.S. tour dates follow.

03.22 | City Winery, Chicago
03.23 | State Theatre, Eau Claire, WI
03.25 | Orpheum Theatre, Sioux City, IA
03.26 | Overture Center Foundation, Inc, Madison, WI
03.28 | Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA
03.29 | Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre, Des Moines, IA
03.30 | Rococo Theatre, Lincoln, NE
03.31 | The Pageant, St. Louis
04.01 | Belterra Resort & Casino, Florence, IN
04.02 | City Winery, Chicago
04.04 | Missouri Theatre, Columbia, MO
04.05 | Uptown Theatre, Kansas City
04.06 | Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Catoosa, OK
04.07 | Welk Resort Theatre, Branson, MO
04.08 | Riverwind Casino, Norman, OK
05.02 | The Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH
05.03 | Wilbur Theater, Boston
05.04 | State Theater, Portland, ME
05.05 | Flynn Theater, Burlington, VT
05.06 | Garde Arts Center, New London, CT
05.07 | Westhampton Beach PAC, Westhampton Beach, NY
05.11 | Warner Theatre , Washington, DC
05.12 | Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA
05.13 | Harvester PAC, Rocky Mount, VA
05.14 | Harrison Opera House, Norfolk, VA
05.17 | Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH
05.20 | Blue Gate Theater, Shipshewana, IN
05.21 | Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

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