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Kris Kristofferson to perform at The Maryland Theatre in April

Kris Kristofferson to perform at The Maryland Theatre in April

Kris Kristofferson fans who fail to nab tickets for his April show at The Maryland Theatre might be asking "Why Me," borrowing the title from his 1973 No. 1 hit.

The singer-songwriter and actor will perform along with his band The Strangers at 7 p.m. April 23 at the downtown Hagerstown theater. 

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. Friday.

"We are looking forward to hosting the incredibly talented Kris Kristofferson in April. 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," said Jessica Green, executive director for The Maryland Theatre. "It has been estimated that more than 450 artists who have recorded Kristofferson’s compositions, so we are certain to see a wonderful evening of all types of entertainment based on Mr. Kristofferson’s success as a songwriter, performer and actor."

A Rhodes scholar who graduated from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, Kristofferson started to gain momentum in the music industry first with his songwriting. The musician, a pilot in the Army, famously landed a helicopter at Johnny Cash's home to have him record "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

Kristofferson continued to pen songs for others, finding commercial success throughout the late '60s and '70s. He wrote 1969's "Me and Bobby McGee" which was recorded by Janis Joplin, giving her a No. 1 hit when it appeared on her posthumous "Pearl" album.

While continuing to write and perform, Kristofferson started to dabble in acting, for which he received critical acclaim, such as 1974's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." He was cast alongside Barbra Streisand in 1976's "A Star is Born," for which he won a Golden Globe for best actor.

Kristofferson found a resurgence in his musical career with the forming of the supergroup The Highwaymen, which included Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. The group topped the charts with three singles, including 1985's "Highwayman," a No. 1 hit.

Kristofferson, 82, continues to write and release albums and acts. He released the live album "The Cedar Creek Sessions" in 2016. He continues to tour with both new and old songs for his fans.

To purchase tickets for The Maryland Theatre performance, go to www.mdtheatre.org.

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