Video: Kris Kristofferson covers “I Won’t Back Down” for “Texas Rising” soundtrack

History’s upcoming miniseries Texas Rising — premiering on Memorial Day — will also include a soundtrack album featuring new music from legendary performers such as George Strait (who performs the title song “Take Me to Texas”; new tracks from Jose Feliciano; and a new cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” performed by series costar Kris Kristofferson (pictured below as Andrew Jackson with costar Olivier Martinez as Santa Anna).


Today, History released a music video for Kristofferson’s rendition of “I Won’t Back Down,” a fitting tune considering that the series details what followed the battle at the Alamo for the fight for an independent Texas. The video is below.

Texas Rising is directed by Oscar nominee Roland Joffé, and, along with Kris Kristofferson, also stars Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald, Jeremy Davies, Chad Michael Murray, Max Thieriot, Robert Knepper, Rhys Coiro, Crispin Glover, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Trevor Donovan.

More about Texas Rising from History:

“The Alamo was not the end of the story, it was only the beginning, and Texas Rising details what followed in the fight for an independent Texas. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. With colliding cultures all fighting for stakes to this territory, no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the fierce Mexican General Santa Anna and his forces. General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas,” lead this story of the human will to fight for independence despite nearly insurmountable odds and to claim a piece of history for all eternity.”

Texas Rising airs over 10 hours at 9pm ET/PT on May 25-26, June 1, June 8 and June 15 on History.


Kris Kristofferson as President Andrew Jackson, and Olivier Martinez as Gen. Santa Anna in Texas Rising: © Carlos Somonte/History


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