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Actor Kris Kristofferson joins line-up for Black Deer Americana and country music festival

By Angela Cole

Actor Kris Kristofferson, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004, will perform at a music festival this summer.

The acting legend, who starred in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born alongside Barbra Streisand, is one of the acts announced for the Black Deer Festival, which returns to Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells on Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23.

The star, who hails from Texas and Nashville, has won three Grammy Awards and released 29 albums since the early 70s, including three with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen.

Grammy Award-winning Kris Kristofferson will appear at the Black Deer Festival this summer
Grammy Award-winning Kris Kristofferson will appear at the Black Deer Festival this summer

Kristofferson, who starred alongside Wesley Snipes in the Blade series of films, will be at the Americana and music festival, with the late great Merle Haggard’s band The Strangers.

Festivalgoers will be able to hear singles like Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night and Sunday Morning Coming Down.

The event last year featured the likes of Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland and his band, Nashville star Sam Palladio, and Glen Campbell's daughter Ashley Campbell.

It has an increased capacity of 10,000 this year after its first-year success.

The Staves have joined the Black Deer Festival line-up
The Staves have joined the Black Deer Festival line-up

Sister trio The Staves, who are heavily inspired by US bands like Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Fleetwood Mac, have been touring with First Aid Kit, will be including Black Deer in their plans.

Florida-based The Mavericks, who combine neo-traditional country music, latin, and rockabilly, join the line-up alongside American singer songwriter Neko Case; Marcus King; punk singer songwriter Justin Townes Earle and Brant Bjork.

British blues rock band Groundhogs - best known for their 70s single Cherry Red - also join acclaimed new blood alt-country duo Ferris & Sylvester, California's experimental rockers Yawning Man, country preacher Paul Cauthen, boat and bluesman Sonic Gypsy and Hertfordshire’s rock band Redwood.

The Wandering Hearts, who include Cranbrook singer Francesca "Chess" Whiffin among their line-up and The Sheepdogs will also be returning to the arena this year as part of the festival’s Deerly Beloveds programme.

Neko Case will be at the Black Deer Festival
Neko Case will be at the Black Deer Festival
The Wandering Hearts with Francesca "Chess" Whiffin (second left)
The Wandering Hearts with Francesca "Chess" Whiffin (second left)
Black Deer Festival last year Picture: Louise Roberts
Black Deer Festival last year Picture: Louise Roberts

Ferris & Sylvester said: "Black Deer champions up and coming folk and blues artists and it feels amazing to have been invited to play. We cannot wait to be involved and get our teeth stuck into this year's festival season."

Already announced for the line-up are South Carolina-based Band Of Horses and Hayseed Dixie.

The three-day festival is a celebration of Americana and country, combining music, food and Americana culture.

To book tickets go to blackdeerfestival.com

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