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Kris on stage with billy f. gibbons as part of the supersonic blues machine. photo:  Gianfilippo Masserano. narcao blues festival, Italy 2018

Kris on stage with billy f. gibbons as part of the supersonic blues machine. photo: Gianfilippo Masserano. narcao blues festival, Italy 2018

UK Guitarist Kris Barras has a genre-defying sound: a high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense Rock, Blues and Country. Winners of ‘Best New Band’ in the 2018 Planet Rock awards, the Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. Recently voted one of the 'Top Blues Guitarists in the World' (Music Radar) and winning the ‘Best Album’ accolade in the European Blues Awards, perhaps best demonstrates the band’s fluidity and appeal to fans of different genres.

Inspired by his father at the early age of only five 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 in a variety of acts. after forming the kris barras band in 2015, the band have enjoyed a rapid rise to success in just a few years. After a self-released debut album in 2016 (Lucky 13), The release of the much anticipated second album, 'The Divine and Dirty' is when Kris really started to turn heads. Released in March 2018, ‘the divine and dirty’ headed straight to Number 1 in both the Amazon Bestseller's and the iTunes Blues Charts. The album also reached number 3 in the Official UK Blues charts.

The band have appeared at major festivals throughout the UK and Europe. These include Ramblin' Man Fair (UK), Rawa Blues Festival (Poland) and Bliuzo Naktys (Lithuania) as well as tours alongside Beth hart, Joanne shaw Taylor and an upcoming tour with black stone cherry.

In April 2018, it was announced that Kris would become the new frontman for USA super-group, Supersonic Blues Machine. The band feature's legendary artists such as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather (Toto), Eric Gales, Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) and Walter Trout. kris has toured throughout Europe with the band and will feature on all upcoming releases.

Kris was nominated for 'Blues Guitarist of the Year 2017' by Total Guitar magazine and voted into the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the World by Music Radar. 

The band have enjoyed a lot of radio airplay, with three ‘a’ list singles on planet rock as well as numerous bbc plays and live performances. in June 2018, the kbb appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Richard Madeley, with an interview as well as performing two acoustic tracks live on air to over 3 million listeners.

The Kris barras band members:

Kris barras - Lead vocals/guitar. Josiah j manning - keys. Elliott blacker - bass. will beavis - drums

 

Interestingly, Kris used to have an unusual side-job alongside his music career. Although 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.

People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands. Truth is though, I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the Music industry. I got to fight in front of 8000 people in Asia.....I would’ve much rather had played to them instead of getting punched in the face!
Kris fighting against top -ranked Korean Gyo Pyung Hwang in Singapore

Kris fighting against top -ranked Korean Gyo Pyung Hwang in Singapore