From the Wikipedia article on Kristofferson
Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. He is best known for hits like "Me and Bobby McGee", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole author of most of his songs, but he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein or Fred Foster.
This former Marine crafted his rebellious singer-songwriter persona whilst in the service. His music reminds us of the days when country music was lawless and raw. Whether writing about addiction, heartache, family, or women, Jamey Johnson has become country's newest outlaw because his songs are written from the heart. Jamey Johnson tour dates have been scheduled nationally, fulfilling Johnson's lifelong dream of traveling the country to share his gift with his fans.
Johnson hails from Alabama and after a short stint at Jacksonville State University, the country music rebel enlisted with the US Marine Corps and stayed for eight years before moving to Nashville in 2000 to pursue his career. His songwriting talents were quickly noticed, and he penned the hit single "Honkytonk Badonkadonk" for Trace Adkins in 2005. It was soon after this that he signed a deal with BNA records to cut an album. The following year he released The Dollar
, whose title track peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. With only lukewarm sales, Johnson was soon dropped from BNA and he became somewhat reclusive. However, Johnson wouldn't be out of the scene for too long; he returned to his songwriting roots and penned George Strait's #1 country hit "Give it Away" and Joe Nichols' hit "Another Side of You." Without a record deal, Johnson self-recorded and produced 2008's That Lonesome Song
, which caught the attention of label execs at Mercury Nashville. He was soon signed to the record label and released the hit single "In Color" the following year. In 2009, "In Color," was awarded with the Song of the Year award by the Academy of Country Music and was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. With critical acclaim and a gold-certified album, Johnson's return was one of redemption. In 2010, Johnson released the gold certified The Guitar Song
, which featured the hit track, "Heartache." In support of the album, Jamey Johnson tour dates were scheduled at various locations throughout the US.
The Jamey Johnson concert schedule 2011 has him slated as the opening act for Kid Rock's Born Free Tour. Jamey Johnson tour dates and appearances highlight the singer-songwriter's ability to relate to people from all walks of life, and all four corners of the globe. Make sure you don't miss out on the chance to catch this country outlaw live; make Eventful your source for Jamey Johnson tour dates.
A versatile singer blessed with a clear, pure voice, Rita Coolidge was a capable stylist in rock, pop, R&B, country, and folk, and was a hugely in-demand session vocalist outside of her own solo recording career. Born near Nashville, TN, in the town of Lafayette in 1945, Coolidge was part Cherokee and first sang in the church where her father was a minister. She studied art at Florida State University, but also sang and wrote songs on the side, and decided to give music a shot before settling into teaching. She moved to Memphis after graduation and worked singing commercial jingles, sometimes with her sister, Priscilla, and soon landed a job touring with Delaney & Bonnie as a backup vocalist. She subsequently relocated to Los Angeles, where she sang on recording sessions by the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, and Joe Cocker, among others. After returning from the supporting tour for Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Coolidge landed her own solo contract with A&M.
Coolidge's self-titled debut album was released in 1971, but despite critical acclaim for it and the follow-up, Nice Feelin', she failed to break through commercially. Over the course of the next few years, she moved into country-rock and Southern California soft rock, working territory not too dissimilar from Linda Ronstadt. She also married progressive country singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson in 1973, the same year she recorded a duet album with him titled Full Moon. Full Moon topped the country charts, and "From the Bottle to the Bottom" won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal by a Duo or Group. The following year, the couple released a follow-up, Breakaway, whose "Lover Please" won them another Grammy in the same category. Coolidge finally broke through in her own right with 1977's Anytime, Anywhere, a collection of well-chosen covers with a strong R&B bent. Paced by the hit singles "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher" (a Jackie Wilson cover that went to number two pop), "We're All Alone" (Top Ten), and "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (a Top 20 Temptations cover), Anytime, Anywhere climbed into the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. Coolidge and Kristofferson released one final duet album, Natural Act, in 1979, but their marriage was on the rocks, and they separated by the end of the year.
Coolidge never repeated the pop success of Anytime, Anywhere, but she did continue to land hits on the adult contemporary charts through the early '80s, including "You," "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love," and "All Time High" (the theme for the James Bond flick Octopussy). She parted ways with A&M after 1984's Inside the Fire, and spent some time away from the music business to devote herself to various social causes. She returned to recording with 1992's Love Lessons, on Critique, and went on to cut several albums for other small labels during the latter half of the '90s. 1995's Cherokee, in particular, signaled a renewed interest in her Native American musical heritage, and she teamed up with her sister, Priscilla, and her niece, Laura Satterfield, to form Walela, which explored those roots in greater detail over two albums in 1997 and 2000, respectively. Several anthology collections were released in the early 2000s; And So Is Love, an album of traditional jazz standards, marked Coolidge's first release for Concord in 2005.
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