Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, 77, with only his voice and an acoustic guitar, brought the Brolga Theatre to life.
Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, 77, with only his voice and an acoustic guitar, brought the Brolga Theatre to life. CarbieWarbie

Age does not weary veteran songster Kris Kristofferson

A SELL-OUT crowd of 800 people enjoyed an incredible performance from one of country music's longest-serving stars at Maryborough's Brolga Theatre on Monday night.

Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson, 77, with only his voice and an acoustic guitar, brought the venue to life, performing some of his biggest hits and some lesser known songs, some of which, he wryly noted on stage, are starting to show their age.

Songs like They Killed Him, referencing the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Jesus Christ, timely on Easter Monday, may betray Kristofferson's vintage, but the songs have lost none of their potency.

Me and Bobby McGee, arguably Kristofferson's greatest hit, was performed early in the night, with the singer playfully referencing Janis Joplin in the lyrics, the woman who made the song famous in the 70s.

Humour was also injected throughout the performance, with Kristofferson picking up a handkerchief to blow his nose at one point and remarking: "Don't you love paying a lot of money to watch an old fart blow his nose," prompting laughter from the audience.

Kristofferson's daughter Kelly also performed with him on stage, playing a banjo and showing she is just as vocally gifted as her father.



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