published Friday, August 10th, 2012

Outlaw country legend Kris Kristofferson at Tivoli tonight


What: Kris Kristofferson in concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. today.

Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

Admission: $29.50-$44.50, plus convenience fees.

Phone: 642-8497.

Venue website:

Kris Kristofferson is the best kind of rebel, one with a history of pushing against the establishment without trekking across legal lines.

While Kristofferson's work has been featured on country charts, his name is often uttered in the same breath as outlaw country legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Initially struggling to tread water after arriving in Nashville in the '60s, Kristofferson broke out in the '70s as a songwriter's songwriter with oft-covered pieces such as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "I'd Rather Be Sorry"

In 1985, the Brownsville, Texas, native joined forces with Cash, Jennings and Nelson to form The Highwaymen, a group recognized by many as a pioneer of the outlaw subgenre.

Tonight, Kristofferson, 76, will take the stage at the Tivoli Theatre as part of an ongoing Southeastern tour that will end in Biloxi, Miss., before shifting to a West Coast run in September.

Here are 10 things about Kristofferson you may not know, compiled from various online sites.

1. estimates that 450 artists have covered Kristofferson's songs.

2. Kristofferson is a second-generation American. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Sweden.

3. Bad Blake, Jeff Bridges' country singer in the 2009 faux biopic "Crazy Heart," was based on a combination of Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.

4. Kristofferson's father was Lars Henry Kristofferson, an U.S. Air Force major general.

5. The singer attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with a bachelor of philosophy in English.

6. Kristofferson learned to fly helicopters in the U.S. Army. He later worked as a civilian pilot in Louisiana while attempting to start his songwriting career.

7. He also was a Golden Gloves boxer and is a friend of Muhammad Ali, whose 70th birthday party he attended this year.

8. Kristofferson shares a birthday with actress Meryl Streep, singer Todd Rundgren and author Dan Brown.

9. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Texas Hall of Fame in 2006.

10. Kristofferson is an actor with more than 100 roles in films such as the "Blade" trilogy, "Planet of the Apes," "I'm Not There" and "Payback."

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, consumer technology, animals and news of the weird. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German from Middle Tennessee State University, where he worked as the features editor for the student newspaper, Sidelines. Casey's writing has earned numerous accolades, including first and second place ...

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