Kris Kristofferson brings hard-earned wisdom to upcoming Hamptons concert18 Mar 2013 11:52 AM
Even as a young songwriter, Kris Kristofferson managed to imbue his songs with a certain world-weariness and hard-won wisdom. Now that the seasoned singer has entered his seventies, these qualities have become even more pronounced, and at his concerts, Kristofferson's manages to add extra levels and depth to his classic hits. Owners of Hamptons real estate will get the opportunity to see the legend run through his catalog in person, as Kristofferson will play a highly anticipated set at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on April 21.
Although most fans remember Kristofferson's early songs - like the indelible "Me and Bobby McGee," which became a smash when music legend - and Kristofferson's former partner - Janis Joplin sang it - the 76 year old songwriter has not put down his pen. The Hamptons show is expected to be a mix of classic Kristofferson staples and newer songs, especially those off of his most recent album, "Feeling Mortal."
Like many of his previous albums, "Feeling Mortal" traverses the fertile terrain of aging, death and love - except this time with a well-earned wisdom that can only come from experience. In his review of the album for the Los Angeles Times, music critic Randy Lewis praised the album for its "unflinching look" at death and regret.
"[The album is an] instrumentally stripped-down, emotionally raw exploration of some of life's biggest questions, a powerful excursion leavened by Kristofferson's sense of humor, which is never far from the playing field," Lewis wrote.
It's not just in the studio where Kristofferson still shines, though. Despite his age, the singer manages to captivate in concerts, where he frequently plays sets of 30 songs or more. Nearly six decades of singing have changed Kristofferson's voice, of course, but not for the worse. After a recent show in London, Telegraph concert reviewer wrote that the singer's voice "like old wood, has gained a weather ravaged timbre with the passing of years."