Like his late friend Johnny Cash did, 73-year-old Kris has found his late-career groove by stripping down his sound to its acoustic basics with the tasteful assistance of a big-name rock producer (Johnny had Rick Rubin; Kris has Don Was). And like the final entries in Johnny’s “American Recordings” series, Closer to the Bone draws much of its power from the unflinching way it addresses the finite nature of life and the urgent need to make each moment count.
Read his song titles and you've got a litany of country touchstones: horses and trucks; gambling and drinking
The ever-humble singer, songwriter and actor said that the whole thing made him squirm, and that his longtime
Contuining a collaboration with producer Don Was that began with A Moment of Forever (1995) and This Old Road (2006)