Kris Barras released his last album, “The divine and dirty” in March 2018 with a small show at Thousand Island (formerly known as Upstairs at the Garage) in London. Just a few dozen people were there. Since then his career has exploded as he’s played several headline tours with the venues getting steadily larger. He’s also supported acts including Beth Hart and Joanne Shaw Taylor and played festivals including Planet Rockstock and Ramblin Man Fair (where he played the main stage this year). In between all that he’s become part of Supersonic blues machine alongside Billy Gibbons.
Somehow between all the live shows he’s managed to find time to write and record a new album – Light it up, and judging by how good it is, I fully expect Kris Barras to be playing bigger and bigger venues over the coming years.
It’s bigger and better than “The divine and dirty”, an album I love, but with this album Kris Barras shows how he’s grown musically in the last 18 months as this album surpasses anything he’s done before.
The album opens with “What you get”. Check it out…
The first song to be released from the album was “Ignite (Light it up)”. Check it out here…
Those two are both great songs, but “Rain” is a track I’d have chosen for one of the first releases – it’s a beautiful song. It’s not as rocky as the two above and has a softer sound with the organ more prominent, so it shows a different side of Kris’s music.
This is a superb album. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now and it’s barely been off the stereo since then – this really is an album woth checking out.
“Light it up” will be released on 13th September 2019
1. What you get
2. Broken teeth
3. Vegas son
4. Ignite (light it up)
7. Counterfeit people
8. Let the river run
10. Wound up
11. What a way to go
12. Not fading
13. Pride is forever