MUSIC AND CULTURAL ICON KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TO BE HONORED AT ALL-STAR CONCERT EVENT OF A LIFETIME

THE LIFE & SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY LADY ANTEBELLUM, DIERKS BENTLEY, RYAN BINGHAM, ROSANNE CASH, ERIC CHURCH, EMMYLOU HARRIS, JAMEY JOHNSON, WILLIE NELSON, JENNIFER NETTLES, DARIUS RUCKER, TRISHA YEARWOOD AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

KRISTOFFERSON TO MAKE SPECIAL PERFORMANCE APPEARANCE

CONCERT EVENT TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

TICKET SALES BEGIN JAN. 23 AT 10 A.M. CT VIA TICKETMASTER




NASHVILLE, TN - Jan. 24, 2016 - On Wednesday, March 16, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., for the all-star concert event taping of a lifetime, The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson.

This one night-only concert event taping, produced by Blackbird Presents, will bring together fans, friends and music icons to honor the songs of Grammy Award and Golden Globe Awardwinning singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will feature performances by: Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Trisha Yearwood and special performances by Kris Kristofferson. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs like, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me & Bobby McGee,” and “If Loving Her Was Easier”. These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.

Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. Was has produced several of Kristofferson’s albums including, A Moment Forever, This Old Road, Closer to the Bone and Feeling Mortal. The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).

“Few musicians have had as profound an impact on music as Kris Kristofferson,” Wortman said. “It’s only fitting that we celebrate his artistry just blocks from where the legend was born with both his friends and contemporaries and those who are continuing his legacy with raw, honest songwriting of their own.”

“A major reason for Kris’ enduring popularity is that he’s always been very honest and open about revealing his inner life,” says producer Don Was, who has worked with Kristofferson for more than 20 years. "In doing that, he has created an incredible body of work that has resonated for decades with millions of listeners. It's always a deeply moving experience to sing and play his songs."

FOR ALL SHOW DETAILS AND THE OFFICIAL CONCERT EVENT WEBSITE, PLEASE VISIT: songsofkristofferson.com

About Kris Kristofferson:
Kristofferson is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot, a Grammy-winner, and an icon. It was the singing and the writing that called to him. He wound up penning classics including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For The Good Times,” as well as a slew of other empathetic, incisive gems. Kristofferson— along with contemporaries Tom T. Hall, Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson and John Prine— enhanced the scope of country music songwriting, focusing on layering, nuance, empathy and emotional truth. Once established, he quickly became one of music’s most charismatic and intriguing figures. Kristofferson went on to a prolific acting career with roles in “A Star is Born,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blade” and many more films.

About Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents is a worldwide leader in the creation and production of once-in-a-lifetime concert events, broadcast series, specials and music releases. Blackbird’s legendary concerts celebrate our most beloved music icons and feature performances by today’s biggest stars at the world’s most iconic venues. Past events have honored such icons as John Lennon, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Waylon Jennings and Emmylou Harris among others. Keith Wortman is the CEO of Blackbird Presents. For more information, please visit: http://blackbirdpresents.com.

Contact:
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Ebie McFarland
615-327-3259
ebie@ebmediapr.com

Blackbird Presents
Rob Rauffer
212-607-0553
rob@blackbirdprod.com

Tyne Parrish
THE GREENROOM
615-242-7444
tyne@thegreenroompr.com

Leigh Parr
Universal Music Group Nashville
(615) 524-7500
leigh.parr@umusic.com