Ah, such a complex review. I’ll make this bare bones. if you paid what I did for these tickets, and a random band turned up and did what they did, you’d firebomb the venue.
It was, however Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers.
Let me deal with the band first. Solid. Really solid. The two Haggard boys know their instruments, can sing nicely, and on the few occasions they had a chance to do a Merle song, delivered. Okie from Muskogee was really good. The fiddler – and I’m afraid I don’t have the name – was the stand out. Classically trained is my bet, but he played every note and every bow in sympathy with the songs. Vocally terrific, too. I’d go watch him.
And then to KK. His voice is deeper and more gravelly. A little less force, but when it comes with force, it’s effective. One of my standouts was the idea that when he’s delivering the world weary songs (and yes, I think Sunday Morning is one of those) it sounds so…lived in and authentic. The man has lived every word and experience in that song. Bobby McGee sounds like » Continue Reading.