FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . . .
Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers
ANNOUNCES RESCHEDULING – NEW DATE SET FOR NOVEMBER 20
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers headline the National Fiddler Hall of Fame Gala Concert with four stellar inductees and special guests at the Mabee Center, Tulsa OK.
Kristofferson sent a thank you message for moving the concert date from March to November due to coronavirus worldwide concerns. “We are looking forward to being in Tulsa this fall. By then we should be seeing the country returning to some normalcy. We really appreciate you making this change.” NFHoF president Bob Fjeldsted states the other performers echo this sentiment and are on board for the concert at 7:00 p.m. on November 20 at the Mabee Center.
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A stellar evening with the world’s best talents in the music world is slated for the National fiddler Hall of Fame 2020 Gala induction concert, Friday, November 20. Headlining the event in full concert is lauded Actor, Singer, Songwriter, and Musician, Kris Kristofferson with his band, The Strangers, featuring violin virtuoso, Scott Joss. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Golden Globe for Best Actor for “A Star is Born” with Barbra Streisand, hit songs too numerous to mention, recently Kristofferson was consulted and appeared in the Ken Burns’ documentary series “Country Music” and has been touring world wide with his band The Strangers.
2020 NFHOF prestigious lineup of Inductees include Joss, bandmember with Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and a solo artist of stature himself with several albums, awards, and many original songs to his credit; “King of Branson” and nationally known fiddle star, Shoji Tabuchi; Dale Morris, champion fiddler who has played and recorded with Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Bill Monroe, many others; and beloved Don Rich, known as ‘the Buck Owens sound’ with stellar guitar and fiddle work as a Buckaroo on Hee Haw, as a recording artist and songwriter. Rich will be inducted posthumously and others will perform November 20th.
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The Mabee Center Ticket Office will open at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 20th the day of the show. Tickets will be available online or by calling the Mabee Center Ticket Office at (918) 495-6000. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 1(800) 678-1353. The Mabee Center Ticket Office is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For your convenience, visit the Mabee Center Ticket Kiosk in the North Lobby to skip the lines! Use your credit or debit card to purchase tickets or pick up previously purchased will-call. Just pick, pay and print! The Ticket Kiosk is located at the west side of the Mabee Center Ticket Office.
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Kris Kristofferson has been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who studied creative writing at Pomona College in California. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby and continued to write songs. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the army as an Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1965, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and, inspired by songwriters like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, moved to Nashville to pursue his music.
“When I was in the army, I was one of the few people outside of his personal friends who knew about Willie Nelson,” Kristofferson recalls. “I listened to a disc jockey who happened to be a Willie fan. He would play Willie’s songs and talk about him all the time. By the time I got to Nashville, he was a superhero to me. For guys like me, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson were two gods we worshipped. Then Willie and I got to be best friends. I came from a position of idolizing him to finding out he’s the funniest son of a bitch you could be around.”
After struggling in Music City for several years, Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” and “For the Good Times,” all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions. Click here to read more about Kris Kristofferson.
The Strangers are an American country band that formed in 1966 in Bakersfield, California. They mainly served as the backup band for singer-songwriter Merle Haggard, who named them after his first hit single “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers”. In addition to serving as his backing band, members of the Strangers also produced Merle’s records and co-wrote many of his songs with him, including the number one singles “Okie From Muskogee” and “I Always Get Lucky with You”.
From 1969 to 1973 they issued several records independent of Haggard, released on Capitol Records, and even had their own Top Ten hit single called “Street Singer” on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Three members of the Strangers would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Between 1969 and 1987 the Strangers were voted Band of the Year by the Academy of Country Music eight times – more than any other group in history. Click here to visit their Facebook page.
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