Through the Night

Kristofferson helps Bass Hall make it

Remember that grizzly old actor who played Whistler the vampire hunter alongside Wesley Snipes in the Blade trilogy? Well, in case you didn't know, he's a singer-songwriter too. Starting out his recording career in Nashville working as a janitor at Columbia's Music Row Studios in 1966, Kris Kristofferson was cleaning the floors and emptying ashtrays while Bob Dylan sat hunched over a piano, chain-smoking and recording Blonde on Blonde. A prolific songwriter, Kristofferson relentlessly handed out copies of his lyrics. And with recordings of his songs in hand, he even went to recording artists' homes uninvited. He eked out a few small hits, but it wasn't until Johnny Cash's somber rendition of Kris' stoner-epic "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" that the former janitor's troubadour status was cemented. During his 40-year career as a singer-songwriter and country music outlaw, The Grateful Dead, Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin and 400 other artists have covered his songs. Thursday at 8 p.m., hear the 72-year-old Country Hall of Famer perform at Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets in Fort Worth. Tickets range from $30 to $100. Visit
Thu., May 15, 8 p.m., 2008
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