Closer to the Bone is the twentieth studio album by Kris Kristofferson. The album was released on September 29, 2009 on the New West record label.
Kristofferson has said: ''Closer to the Bone is a reflective album. It's about making sense of life at this end of the game." It was originally entitled Starlight and Stone, but Kristofferson changed it to Closer to the Bone as he felt like it was more descriptive of the meaning of the album: "...the closer to the bone you are and the closer to the truth."