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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

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 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). 2017 saw the band complete two very successful tours in both the UK and Europe with 2018 lining up much more of the same.

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 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 Divine and Dirty' album was released in March 2018 and went in straight at number one in both the Amazon and iTunes Blues charts as well as Number 3 in the Official UK Blues/Jazz Charts, where it remained in the top 30 for 12 weeks. The album also reached the UK top 40 on Amazon for all music; the only blues-based band in that chart at the time.

The band have appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Richard Madeley, with an interview 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 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.

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