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It seems fair to say that Feeling Mortal isn't the album Kris Kristofferson would’ve recorded at the start of his career—there’s a seasoned wisdom in its tracks that can only come with age. At 76, the veteran singer/songwriter has a lot to say about coping with time and heartache, as well as the satisfaction of living a life on one’s own terms. With a voice both time-worn and resilient, Kristofferson looks at death with a mix of acceptance and gratitude in the title track. “Bread for the Body” and “You Don’t Tell Me What to Do” are defiant outlaw anthems, balanced by the unsparing self-portraiture of “Stairway to the Bottom” and “Just Suppose.” From finely wrought character sketches like “Mama Stewart” to moody folk narratives like “Castaway,” Kristofferson proves himself a master of his craft. Producer Don Was sparingly embellishes the songs with backing from steel guitarist Greg Leisz and violinist/vocalist Sara Watkins, among other notables. The album closes with “Ramblin’ Jack,” a toast to folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott that also shines a light on Kristofferson’s own uncompromising ethic as a musician.

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Great Stuff from a Legend

People... Give Kris a break. The guy is 76 years old, and has seen more miles than most of us. He is still writing good songs, better than the Nashville crap they call country these days. Of course he won't sound or write like he did 40 years ago. But that doesn't mean it isn't good writing. Listen with an open mind, and enjoy a legend who isn't willing to pack it in.

"Each Day I'm Drawin' Closer To The Brink!"

.."And I Thank My Lucky Stars!".."Feeling Mortal" as any 76 year old would with many wives & children; Kris Kristofferson never ceases to amaze & impress us!-We first caught "The Brownsville Boy" on the "Boarder Lord" 1972 Tour at the gone-but-not=forgotten "Lennie's On The Turnpike"; Then 2 times more in the 2000's; At The Orpheum & The Zeiterion; Just bare-boned: Guitar; Harmonica & Song-Book!-Yes; This does have the sparse; unvarnished feel of the late; great Johnny Cash's "American Recordings"; Great as they were; They were all Covers; Kris's are all his own!-Why; "Ramblin' Jack" could go up against "Darby's Castle" on"Kristofferson"!-The Ten Tunes here are truly "Bread For The Body!"…by Grimmbo.


Saw him in Louisville a few months ago. Living legend that literally gave me chills a few times. The new stuff is as honest as you get. Love it.


Born: June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After a lengthy period of struggle, Kris Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions...
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