As a former Mixed Martial Artist, British blues guitarist and singer Kris Barras has fought in front of 8,000 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.
The year has started with a bang for Kris Barras following the release of his Amazon/iTunes Blues chart-topping new album The Divine and Dirty. We also recently learnt that Kris will be taking over from Lance Lopez in the Supersonic Blues Machine during the group’s forthcoming European tour. It’s fair to say that things are certainly looking good for this British blues maestro.
Tonight the Kris Barras Band makes a welcome return to the North East of England whilst performing in front of a full house at the Hartlepool Supporters Club. The demand for this evening’s show being so high that tickets have long since been sold out.
As Barras hits the stage he wastes no time in showcasing his latest offering opening the set with the incredibly funky “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” before following up with the soulful number “I’ve Got Time”. Immediately Kris captivates the Hartlepool faithful with his distinctive brand of contemporary blues-rock.
Barras pays homage to one of his first guitar heroes Gary Moore before performing a sublime rendition of T-Bone Walker’s slow blues classic “Stormy Monday”. The latter of which features some blistering fretwork from Kris.
Throughout the course of the set, the Kris Barras Band performs the lion’s share of their latest offering with seven of the eleven tracks on the record included in the set. This includes the likes of his heartfelt and emotive tribute to his father “Watching Over You”, the southern rock-tinged “Lovers or Losers” and his recent gospel-infused heavy blues single “Hail Mary”. The aforementioned song has been receiving a lot of airplay on the likes of Planet Rock radio and subsequently, is certainly a crowd favourite tonight.
The versatile guitarist showcases his slide skills on his trusty cigar box guitar during a foot-stomping performance of “Heart On Your Sleeve”. During the set closer, a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “All A Long The Watchtower” Barras gives a display of guitar mastery, and channels the great man himself, playing his axe behind his head and even with his teeth before leaving the stage to a standing ovation from the Teesside crowd.
A two-song encore of the groove-heavy “Rock and Roll Running Through My Veins” and Bobby Blue Bland’s Texas shuffle “Further On Up The Road” brings an incredible evening of music to a close. Cheers from the fans resonate around the room long after the Kris Barras Band leaves the stage.
It’s fair to say that on the strength of this performance and his latest album Kris Barras won’t be playing venues of this size for much longer. The Kris Barras Band will be touring the UK later this month with US-based blues chanteuse Beth Hart and are not to be missed.
Event Date: 07-April-2018