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Previously Announced Performers Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack Will Also Take the Stage in Celebration of “The Killer”
NASHVILLE – (August 3, 2017) – Emmy Award-winning online music series Skyville Live has announced the addition of Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne for a special show in honor of Jerry Lee Lewis on August 24. The evening’s stellar lineup continues to grow as these performers join previously announced appearances from Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack, and additional artists will be announced prior to the show.
“This is going to be a tremendous night of music packed with so many memorable moments,” commented Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live. “We pride ourselves on being a show that artists really enjoy doing, and the amazingly talented group coming together to celebrate Jerry Lee Lewis will make it a great night for everyone and surely lead to some more of the fantastic collaborations we’ve seen on the Skyville Live stage.”
The show will film live in front of a studio audience on August 24 and streaming details will be announced at a later date. The latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the Skyville Live band of industry elites. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the band features the best session musicians around including Mike Rojas (keys,) Mickey Raphael (harmonica,) Fred Eltringham (drums,) Justin Schipper (pedal steel/utility) and backup singers.
Unique and unexpected pairings will add to the growing list of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations delivered only by Skyville Live, from Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, Jewel, Brandy Clark and Amanda Shires bringing down the house with Kris Kristofferson on his classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to a fiery take on “Come to My Window” with Cam joining Melissa Etheridge on stage to the impassioned performance of Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim” featuring the acclaimed songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall.
About Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson began achieving 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. His renown as a songwriter triggered Kristofferson’s successful career as a performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to his flourishing career as a film actor. Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 30 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen.
In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2002. In 2007, Kristofferson was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television and in 2009 BMI lauded Kristofferson with the Icon Award. He received the Frances Preston Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation in March, 2012. In 2014, Kristofferson was honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.
About Waylon Payne
The son of golden-age country soul singer Sammi Smith and longtime Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, Waylon Payne was named for his godfather Waylon Jennings and surrounded by heroes such as Kris Kristofferson as a kid. He honed his own chops on the road with Shelby Lynne before releasing a critically acclaimed debut album called The Drifter in 2004. The following year, Payne gave a scene-stealing performance in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, playing Jerry Lee Lewis. Other film and TV roles followed, including a praised turn as the lead in 2007’s Crazy, about the life of legendary guitarist Hank Garland.
These days, Payne has returned to his original calling of being a singer and songwriter. Since coming back to Nashville over a year ago, he has returned to writing songs for Carnival Music, where he signed his very first publishing deal around eight prior. This includes two cuts on Miranda Lambert’s masterful double-disc The Weight of These Wings ––“Use My Heart” and “To Learn Her,” both co-written with Lambert and Ashley Monroe–– along with songs on Lee Ann Womack’s upcoming album, for which Payne also played guitar. He has rich history with Womack: her recording of his solo-penned “Solitary Thinkin’” earned a GRAMMY nod for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. He has also headed back into the studio to record his own follow-up album with Frank Liddell.