Rising Brit bluesman Kris Barras, is about to embark in his biggest headline tour to date, to celebrate the release of his wonderful “The Divine And Dirty” album earlier in the year. It all gets underway next week, so we sat down with him to discuss his favourite bands for the road.
Blackberry Smoke: The Whippoorwill
I love everything that these guys do and have several of their albums on rotation in the van. I’d say this is my favourite though. It was the first album of their’s that I heard and there’s a great mix of tunes on there. ‘Six Ways to Sunday’ is pumping, as is ‘Pretty Little Lie’. These guys write great lyrics, my personal favourite being ‘One Horse Town’
Monster Truck: Sittin’ Heavy
These guys are awesome. There are some absolute bangers on this album. The first time I played at Ramblin’ man Fair, They were playing on the main stage as I was setting up my gear ready for my set on the Rising Stage. They were belting out! I remember singing along and it getting me pumped for my set!
It was a close call between this album and their first one ‘Furiosity’ but tunes like ‘For The People’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’ swayed it for me.
Joey Landreth: Whiskey
This guy is best slide guitar player that you’ve probably never heard of. He’s a crazy-good singer too. He’s the least well known name in this list but this guy should be a superstar. Great songs, great melodies. I have his solo album and his stuff with The Bros Landreth on repeat. Make sure you check him out!
The Temperance Movement: The Temperance Movement
I like all of their albums, but I’d say their first is my favourite. Phil Campbell’s voice is incredible and he’s a great frontman live too. Great mix of tracks from the more subtle tracks like ‘Pride’ and ‘Chinese Lanterns’ to the more Rockier tunes ‘Only Friend’ and ‘Take It Back’. One of my favourite British Bands.
Steel Panther: All You Can Eat
Controversial one for you. I love these guys, they have me in tears! I always liked the 80’s Hair Metal stuff when I was younger, can’t go wrong with a bit of ‘Crue! These guys take the piss but they’re actually awesome players. I saw them at Ramblin’ Man Fair this year and it was of my favourite sets of any band that I’ve ever seen. We usually crank on a bit of the Panther on those late night journeys home after a show. Stops us falling asleep at the wheel!
Stand Out Track: Glory Hole –
The Kris Barras band will be heading out on a headline tour to the following dates.
07 Sep Phoenix, Exeter
09 Sep Ekletica Festival, Isle of Wight
11 Sep Talking Heads, Southampton
12 Sep Engine Room, Lincoln
13 Sep Asylum 2, Birmingham
14 Sep Patriot Crumlin, South Wales
15 Sep Corporation, Sheffield
16 Sep The Tunnels, Bristol
18 Sep Trillians, Newcastle
19 Sep Club Rock, Carlisle
20 Sep King Tuts, Glasgow
21 Sep The Church, Dundee
22 Sep Night & Day, Manchester
23 Sep Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
24 Sep 100 Club, London
25 Sep Brickmakers, Norwich
27 Sep Flowerpot, Derby
29 Sep The Kent Blues Collective Festival, Gillingham