Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty
Kickstart the journey by checking out the brand new video for Hail Mary:
Kris Barras a former Mixed Martial Artist Kris, definitely enjoys a challenge. The singer or guitarist has fought in front of 8000 people, lived it up in Las Vegas, dealt with bankruptcy, suffered a deep and personal loss, unleashed southern-fried blues fury on stages across Europe and been voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017.
He picked up the guitar and took up martial arts as a child. After playing in bands throughout his teens he became disillusioned. He had toured the east coast of the USA twice and recorded an album in Philadelphia but struggled to get to the next level. By his early 20s, offers for fights were coming thick and fast. Music took a backseat as he travelled the world to compete in tournaments, winning 14 out of 17 fights and even settling to live in Las Vegas and Thailand. “People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands,” he says. “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 have played to them instead of getting punched in the face.”
Bluesdoodles having reviewed Lucky 13, the follow-up to his self-titled album it has always been the rocking blues urgency that stands out, Once again Kris hits the right pace, the guitar is smooth as polished wood with a patina of deep emotions to keep you interested… An album that will never gather dust on the shelf. It is blues that make you glad that you listened to Lucky 13. So we are delighted and wait with eager anticipation to hear and review Divine and Dirty his first release since signing with Mascot Group Label in November.
It is Kris Barras personal drive at the heart of the new album, The Divine And Dirty, The title refers to the good and the bad within us all, the album encapsulates everything Barras has been through to this point. Going to be a wonderful guitar fuelled journey of eclectic styles and pure entertainment.
Produced by Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios, Plymouth, ambition bleeds from every pore of The Divine And Dirty. It follows a triumphant year for Barras who in 2017 embarked on his first European tour, calling at Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania and jubilant sets at his biggest ever shows at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and Ramblin’ Man Fair last summer with his band; Josiah J Manning (Keyboards), Elliott Blackler (Bass) and Will Beavis (Drums).
Everything is primed to propel The Kris Barras Band to even greater heights in 2018. He has the songs, the talent and the ambition to take on the scene’s biggest hitters. And armed with this kind of passion and dedication, they are coming out swinging. Stand back – rock has a new hero.
The Divine And Dirty – Track Listing
1. Kick Me Down
2. Hail Mary
3. I Don’t Owe Nobody Nothing
5. Wrong Place, Wrong Time
6. Lovers Or Losers
7. She’s More Than Enough
8. Stitch Me Up
9. Hold On For Tomorrow
10. Blood On Your Hands
11. Watching Over Me
Kris Barras Tour Dates 2018
23 March – The Wharf, Tavistock
24 March – The Palladium, Bideford
27 March – The Comrades Club, Coulsdon
28 March – Ypres Tavern, Sittingbourne
29 March – The Iron Road, Evesham
30 March – Yardbirds Club, Grimsby
31 March – Aatma, Manchester
04 April – Haven Club, Oxford
05 April – The Face Bar, Reading
06 April – The Warehouse, Harrogate
07 April – The Supporter’s Club, West Hartlepool
08 April – Fuel, Cardiff
13 April – The Musician, Leicester
14 April – HRH Blues O2 Academy, Sheffield
18 May – The AbertillerBlues and Rock Festival, Abertillery
15 June – LoveRocks Festival, Ferndown
01 July – Ramblin’ Man Fair, Maidstone
So much excitement with the news of Kris Barras Announcing New Album Divine and Dirty plus lots of opportunities to see the band live at venues and festivals!