UK GUITARIST KRIS BARRAS IS KNOWN FOR HIS 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.
2019 has seen the band already complete a near sell-out UK tour, going from playing to an average of just 50 people per show in late 2017, up to selling out 400-500+ capacity venues, all in the space of just over one year. Plans for the rest of the 2019 include a main stage appearance at the Ramblin’ Man Fair festival, main support to Black Stone Cherry on their UK/Ireland dates and a spot on the ‘Rockin the Blues’ tour. This will be several dates across Europe alongside label mates Jonny Lang and Walter Trout. With a brand new album scheduled for release later this year, the band will have extensive UK/european tour plans for the autumn.
After a self-released debut 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 album 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.
As a side project, Kris Barras is the 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 is currently working on new material with the band and will feature on all upcoming releases.
Kris is signed to world-renowned record label Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster that includes names such as Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.
"It's hard hitting, down 'n' dirty, oil stained Blues Rock - and we love it" Guitarist Magazine
"Barras is fast maturing as an artist with a growing live performance reputation thrillingly captured here on record" Daily Express
Born and raised in the small town of Pound, VA, Kaitlyn Baker rises from the depths of the coal mines where her family has worked for generations and where the coal dust covers more than just the birds in a veneer of black. Baker has always known that singing would carry her far beyond the Appalachian peaks that she calls home. Referred to as a modern day “coal miner’s daughter,” her pure country voice rings of true and her songwriting rivals Nashville’s finest.
Baker got her start by singing in church, but she also began to perform professionally, as a young girl. By the time she was 14, she had recorded three self-produced albums, which were sold at live performances. Though she is a country artist, she is steeped in musical influences spanning beyond.
Baker’s debut single “Burn” charted on Music Row’s Breakout Chart in 2015 and inspired the creation of Kaitlyn Baker’s BURN Sauce, a hot sauce produced by Pepper Palace in Sevierville, Tennessee. Her follow up singles “Coal Train” and “To Pieces” garnered national attention on music industry charts and media outlets. In 2016 her self-penned “Heart of Appalachia” song was adopted as the official theme song of the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority, a nonprofit organization that promotes tourism.
On “Blackbird” Baker’s voice soars. The six songs, all co-penned by the 23 year-old, are songs about life and love. They show impressive growth, both lyrically and sonically, for the artist who began winning regional talent contests when she was just seven years old, and made national wave with a song called “Coal Train” before her eighteenth birthday.
Baker has performed coast to coast, and has opened for Craig Morgan, Brett Eldredge, Travis Tritt, Billy Currington, Chase Bryant, Rhonda Vincent, Jim Lauderdale and many others. Notable appearances by Baker include Country Jam Colorado, the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, California, Findlay Market – Cincinnati Reds Opening Day parade, and "Song of the Mountains," a nationally syndicated public television concert series.
Baker is quite settled into herself now. A strong young woman with a message to share and a song in her heart.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Kaitlyn's performance has electrified our fairgrounds for the second straight year!" — Justin Smith,
Holmes County Fair, Millersburg, Ohio
"Top 10 Country Artists to Watch" — Huffington Post
"...one of country music's fastest rising stars" — Dayton Daily News
“Feisty ultimatum songs, sung with a voice that's a dead ringer for Carrie Underwood's.” — Hazel Cills, Buzzfeed
Hail Mary (Official Music Video)
Blackbird (Lyric Video)