Former MMA fighter Kris Barras is used to entertaining crowds, having fought in front of 8,000 people in a cage he has hung up his gloves and picked up his guitar.

September 18 see’s the Devon born artist bring his band to Newcastle this Tuesday, something which he is excited about.

“I’m really excited to be heading out on my headline UK tour in September. We have really tried to reach some areas that we haven’t played in before, as well as returning to some of the cities that we did acoustically on the Beth Hart Tour. It will be great to go back to those with the full, electric set! We’ve finally got a Scottish date in there too, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve been a big fan of Joanne for many years, so to head out on the road with her and her band…it’s awesome.

We’ll be doing an acoustic trio set, similar to what we did on tour with Beth Hart. It’ll be stripped back versions of tracks from both of my albums and although they’re acoustic, we will make sure that it’s still got plenty of ooommff!”

In March this year he released his new album ‘The Divine and Dirty’ whilst playing a headline tour supporting Beth Hart across the UK.

October will see the band support Joanne Shaw Taylor for 10 dates and in celebration revealed the new video for ‘Stitch Me Up’ – capturing moments of the band on the road throughout their tour earlier this year.

Talking about the video he  says “this is a track that I love to play live and it was great to use footage from our ‘Divine and Dirty’ tour to make the video. Although it’s different when it comes to my music, I actually don’t take myself too seriously. There’s plenty of backstage moments captured in this vid where I’m pi**ing about! We had great fun on the tour and I think this video sums it up well.”

As with many people Barras has endured his share of ups and downs, from his performances in front of thousands in a cage, to living it up in Vegas and dealing with bankruptcy – the fighter turned musician who suffered deep and persona loss unleashed blues fury on stages across Europe.

In doing so he was also voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the world right now by Music Radar.

Talking about the tours he says; “I’m really excited to be heading out on my headline UK tour in September. We have really tried to reach some areas that we haven’t played in before, as well as returning to some of the cities that we did acoustically on the Beth Hart Tour. It will be great to go back to those with the full, electric set! We’ve finally got a Scottish date in there too, which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve been a big fan of

He picked up the guitar and took up martial arts as a child. After playing in bands throughout his teens he became disillusioned.

He had toured the east coast of the USA twice and recorded an album in Philadelphia, but struggled to get to the next level. By his early 20s, offers for fights were coming thick and fast. Music took a backseat as he travelled the world to compete in tournaments, winning 14 out of 17 fights and even settling to live in Las Vegas and Thailand.

He retired from the cage in 2014, feeling like he had achieved everything that he was going to achieve. It had consumed his life for so long, making so many sacrifices that he felt that it was time to move on. Music, his real love was too strong for him to ignore.

Armed with this kind of passion and dedication, The Kris Barras Band are coming out swinging. Stand back – rock has a new hero.

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