Singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson's iconic work was honored during a concert event that featured more than 20 of country’s biggest stars at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on March 16.
The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, lasted more than 2 hours and was recorded for future broadcast. Kris and his wife, Lisa, were seated onstage to watch as country's greatest performed an array of his hit songs.
Performes included Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Larry Gatlin, Jessi Colter, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Jack Ingram, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.
Kris performed a few songs himself and even ended the night with a Highwaymen reunion that featured original member Willie Nelson along with Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson.
The event was hosted by actor W. Earl Brown (Deadwood, Black Mass) and offered some incredible highlights such as Reba performing “Me and Bobby McGee,”; Willie and Kris teaming up for what’s often referred to as one of the greatest country songs ever written, “Sunday Morning Coming Down"; and Hank Jr. blasting through “If You Don’t Like Hank Williams.”
During an intermission, Nashville Mayor Megan Berry proclaimed March 16 as Kris Kristofferson Day in Nashville.