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Kris Kristofferson: Grammy winner on tour with The Strangers

March 20, 2019

Kris Kristofferson appears to have done it all, and is still doing it. The singer-songwriter and actor, who earned a 1977 Golden Globe for his role in “A Star is Born,” is touring with The Strangers. He’ll perform at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday, April 10.

Kristofferson, 82, is known for such tunes as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” all of which were chart-topping hits that helped redefine country songwriting, his website says. More than 450 artists have recorded his compositions, including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin.

He’s also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Not to mention he earned three Grammy Awards and has recorded 30 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, as part of the Highwaymen.

The Texas-born star has performed around the world, mostly recently in a solo acoustic setting. “There’s an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener,” he says on his website. “I still have more fun when I’m with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It’s like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away.”

Kristofferson was a musician before he got into acting, but once he started, he kept going. He has appeared in more than 70 films, including cult favorites such as the “Blade” trilogy. He also was in “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” More recently he was in “Fast Food Nation,” “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story,” “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Dolphin Tale.”

“The Cedar Creek Sessions,” his most recent musical release, is a double-CD set that was recorded live at Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording Studio. Released in time for his 80th birthday in 2016, it’s “a snapshot of the legendary songwriter in the twilight of his life.”

The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Wednesday, April 10, 8 p.m. $75-$4.50. 203-325-4466.