Music News & Reviews

Music News & Reviews

Kris Kristofferson and the sad, off-key ravages of time

CHICAGO - Few concert experiences are more dispiriting than watching a proven artist flounder onstage. Especially when the performer happens to be an icon. His glory days behind him, Kris Kristofferson played a 95-minute show Wednesday at a sold-out City Winery that engendered feelings of pity, discomfort and bewilderment. Witnessing the 80-year-old singer-songwriter/actor struggle to get through even a single verse without mistakes raised the question of why he chose the solo route - and put his dignity at risk.

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Listen to blues rocker Robert Cray, playing the Fremont Theatre in SLO

The latest project from musician Robert Cray, the winner of five Grammy Awards, finds the singer-songwriter channeling soul legends such as O.V. Wright as he teams up with Hi Rhythm Section, the Memphis, Tennessee, band that backed Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and Otis Clay. The resulting album, “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm,” comes out April 28 on Jay-Vee Records.
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Listen to blues rocker Robert Cray, playing the Fremont Theatre in SLO 0:36

Listen to blues rocker Robert Cray, playing the Fremont Theatre in SLO

Watch Darlene Love, who will perform at the Cohan Center, sing with Bruce Springsteen 3:40

Watch Darlene Love, who will perform at the Cohan Center, sing with Bruce Springsteen

Take a sneak peek of J Boog’s Wash House Ting tour 0:59

Take a sneak peek of J Boog’s Wash House Ting tour

Laurence Juber Trio use music to become mentors at Morro Bay High School 4:17

Laurence Juber Trio use music to become mentors at Morro Bay High School