Fresh from their UK Tour supporting Beth Hart that ended earlier this week, the Kris Barras Band will be heading out on their biggest European headline tour next week in support of their UK Top 50 album Light It Up. They have also recently announced that they will be supporting Kentucky southern rockers Black Stone Cherry on their October UK tour and opening for Thunder at Wembley Arena, London in November. To celebrate this they have released a brand new official video for ‘What A Way To Go,’ which you can see HERE

Talking about the video Barras says; “This was the very first song that I wrote for the ‘Light It Up’ album and it has always been one of my faves. I wanted to have a bit of fun with the video. The original plan was to have a good mate of mine play the main character. He would’ve been perfect as he has an amazing mullet! However, he had an accident and broke his collar bone a few days before we were due to start filming. So I made a quick pit stop at a fancy dress shop and we went to work! It was great fun to do something that we hadn’t done before with our videos. We had a lot of fun making it!”

The European tour, the shows with Beth Hart as well as the upcoming dates with Black Stone Cherry and Thunder cap off an incredible rise for the Kris Barras Band over the last 24 months. This journey saw the band not take a breath as they criss-crossed the UK on several headline tours – each time the venues increased in size, and every time with sold out shows. He supported Jon Bon Jovi, joined Joanne Shaw Taylor on tour, as well as shows with GUN, King King, The Magpie SaluteTherapy?, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, an unprecedented one-in, one out performance at Planet Rockstock and a full European tour with Jonny Lang and Walter Trout.  He played to 3 million people on BBC Radio 2 – which caused host Richard Madeley to exclaim, “that’s the reason I love doing this show!”  They have also had numerous A-Iist singles at Planet Rock Radio, won the stations prestigious 2019 ‘Best New Band’ award  and in 2020 was nominated for ‘Best Worldwide Solo Artist’, which he was beaten by Slash and has since led to him being asked to guest present several shows on the station. He even found time to join Supersonic Blues Machine as the new singer-guitarist with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons, joining for their debut European tour, playing Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and a host of sold out shows and festivals across the continent. They made history as the first band ever to play the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, three years running on a bigger stage each year; from the Rising Stage to the Main Stage, which perfectly encapsulates this bands journey. Faraway from when Barras played the grassroots circuit with a mixture of originals in amongst covers to 20-30 people – from covering ZZ Top in pubs to playing with Billy F. Gibbons in the same band, in 2 years.

Light It Up sees him at his most expressive yet, forcing himself out of his comfort zone. “I kinda forced myself to write songs a different way. The biggest difference for this album was that I didn’t pigeonhole myself in any way, I didn’t feel like I had to conform. I just sat down and wrote songs I wanted to write, with a sound I wanted to produce, not thinking about genre whatsoever.”

He’s played with some giants in music from John Mayall to Beth Hart and The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, but it’s been the time with Billy F. Gibbons that really hit home the journey so far. “To be stood on stage with Billy Gibbons every night playing ‘Sharp Dressed Man’, that was just absolutely crazy, I never thought that would happen in my wildest dreams. Just being around Billy Gibbons is hugely inspiring. He had a phrase he used to say; “we don’t have to do it, we get to do it” and that phrase really struck a chord with me, we’re very fucking lucky to be able to go on this stage and play.”

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Full EU/UK Tour Dates

6-Mar-20   Legends Of Rock Festival, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
8-Mar-20   Garage 3, Sluis, Netherlands
10-Mar-20 Lux Club Linden, Hannover, Germany
11-Mar-20 Tower Musikclub, Bremen, Germany
13-Mar-20 Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
14-Mar-20 Club Bogaloo, Pfarrkirchen, Germany
15-Mar-20 Chelsea, Vienna, Austria
18-Mar-20 Jugend-und Freizeittreff Altes Kino, Rankweil, Austria
19-Mar-20 Legend Club, Milano, Italy
20-Mar-20 Bliss, L’aquila, Italy
22-Mar-20 Borderline Club, Pisa, Italy
24-Mar-20 Universum, Stuttgart, Germany
25-Mar-20 Rockpalast Bochum, Bochum, Germany
26-Mar-20 Rider’s Café, Lübeck, Germany
28-Mar-20 Roadrage Festival, Sheffield, United Kingdom
25-Apr-20  LE TOIT ROUGE, Monte Limar, France
1-May-20   Bonfest International Rock Festival, Kirriemuir, United Kingdom
9-May-20   Lincoln Blues Festival, Lincoln, United Kingdom
10-May-20 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom
16-May-20 The Foundry, Torquay, United Kingdom
28-May-20 Porta Caeli, Valladolid, Spain
30-May-20 Forum Celticum, Culleredo, Spain
5-Jun-20     Loverocks – Beer & Music Festival, Ferndown, United Kingdom
6-Jun-20     Hello Festival, Emmen, Netherlands
25-Jul-20    Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
01-Aug-20    Live On The Hill, Tyrone, United Kingdom
14-19-Aug-20 – Keeping the Blues Alive At Sea II Cruise, Mediterranean Sea (with Joe Bonamassa, Ian Anderson//Jethro Tull)
29-Aug-20  Stonedead Festival, Newark, United Kingdom
29-Aug-20  Bury St. Edmunds Blues Festival, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
30-Sep-20  Robin 2, Bilston, United Kingdom
09-Oct-20  O2 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
10-Oct-20   The Great Hall Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
12-Oct-20   Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
13-Oct-20   O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
14-Oct-20   Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
16-Oct-20   O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
18-Oct-20   Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
20-Oct-20   O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
21-Oct-20   O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
22-Oct-20   O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
24-Oct-20   O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
25-Oct-20   St David’s Hall, Cardiff, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
26-Oct-20   Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
28-Oct-20   Engine Shed, Lincoln, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
29-Oct-20   Rock City, Nottingham, United Kingdom (supporting Black Stone Cherry)
21-Nov-20  The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom (supporting Thunder)

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