Will Carter caught up with Kris Barras for RNL just prior to his gig at the Tuesday Night Music Club in Hooley to find out what makes this mixed Martial Art’s come Bluesman tick.
Kris Barras is one of the U.K’s most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band’s unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the ‘must-see’ Blues bands of 2017.
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Vocals, Guitar / Kris Barras
Keyboards / Huw Weston
Bass / Ricky Mitchell
Drums / Will Beavis
Inspired by his father at the early age of only Six years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning Ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live.
The UK based guitarist has extensive experience touring in various bands, throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as both a solo-artist & session-musician.
A published author who has written many guitar-technique columns, books and instructional DVD’s; Kris Barras has also been a featured lecturer at the distinguished Academy of Music and Sound. Kris currently writes a guitar technique column for Blues Matters magazine.
The band has released two albums: The self-titled debut album in March 2015 and the latest release, ‘Lucky 13’ in April 2016. The second album has been a much larger success, reaching number 2 in both the Amazon Blues Charts and the iTunes charts. The album has also been voted ‘Pick of the month’ by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, as well as winning the Riviera FM 2016 ‘Album of the Year’.
Interestingly, Kris has always had an unusual side-job alongside his music career. Although recently retired, Kris had a successful 10 year professional mixed martial arts career, which saw him compete and train in Las Vegas, Thailand and Singapore. With a total fight record of 14 wins 2 losses and 1 draw.
“Barras’ fingertips have a direct connection to the soul” Rock Times, Germany
“Stunning” Blues magazine, Holland