Kristofferson returns with double disc
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
– In June 2014, Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin. It had been a while since Kristofferson had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band.
With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through 25 of Kristofferson's songs. On the final day, Kristofferson's friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of "The Loving Gift," a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that he had never recorded.
Two years later, Kristofferson will release "The Cedar Creek Sessions" on June 17, just days before his 80th birthday on June 22. Tamara Saviano and Camp co-produced the sessions.
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