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Country Star Back With His Classics

Country Star Back With His Classics

Who: Kris Kristofferson, James Blundell
Where: Civic Theatre
When: Saturday August 13, 2005

COUNTRY music star Kris Kristofferson is on his way to Australia and will perform in Newcastle as part of his upcoming tour.

Kristofferson will appear at Civic Theatre Newcastle on Saturday, August 13.

His induction into the US Country Music Hall of Fame during the CMA Awards at the Grand Old Opry in November last year was a fitting tribute to a man who has become one of country music's most noteworthy songwriters. The writer of songs such as Sunday Morning Coming Down, Me And Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through The Night, For The Good Times and Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again), Kristofferson's work has been recorded by more than 450 artists, ranging from Janis Joplin to Marianne Faithfull. These days Kristofferson's preferred performance mode is in intimate theatres playing solo acoustic on harmonica and guitar.

It will be 68-year-old Kristofferson's first visit to Australia since he toured with friends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, better known as country music super group The Highwaymen. During his 40-year career he has notched a collection of number-one songs and albums and awards.

In addition to music he has also made his mark in film, starring in The Last Movie, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and A Star Is Born. His recent solo albums, Third World Warrior and Broken Freedom Song, are politically and socially charged due to the influence of his work as a human rights activist.

Supporting Kristofferson on the Australian tour will be nine-time Golden Guitar winner James Blundell, also performing solo acoustic.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 6, through Ticketek on 4929 1977 or online at www.ticketek.com.au

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