As a concert performer, Kris Kristofferson toured for many years, releasing numerous albums with his long-standing backup band, the Borderlords.
Born June 22, 1936, in Brownsville, Texas, Kristofferson began his music career in the mid-60s when he ended scholarly pursuits in favor of songwriting. Encouraged by a meeting with Johnny Cash, he moved to Nashville in 1965.
His turning point came in 1969. Cash gave him his break by recording "Sunday Morning Coming Down," which won the Country Music Association's (CMA) Song of the Year Award in 1970. He made his recording debut soon after. Five subsequent albums, including The Silver-Tongued Devil and I and Jesus Was a Capricorn, went gold. His recordings with then-wife Rita Coolidge won the pair two Grammy Awards.
In the mid-80s, he joined Cash, Nelson, and Waylon Jennings to form the Highwaymen. The supergroup's single, "Highwayman," was named the ACM's single of the year for 1985. In 1999, he re-recorded some of his best-known tunes for The Austin Sessions, released on Atlantic Records. He teamed with Nelson, Jennings, and Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver for Honky Tonk Heroes in 2000. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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