He was voted one of the best blues guitarists in the world and has fought mixed martial arts in front of 8,000 people – it’s fair to say Kris Barras has led a varied life.

MMA fighter and blues guitarist Kris Barras in action. Picture: Marcin KaniakMMA fighter and blues guitarist Kris Barras in action. Picture: Marcin Kaniak

The internationally known singer and guitarist brings his Kris Barras Band to The Palladium Club in Bideford this Saturday night.

North Devon audiences have the chance to enjoy Kris’ own brand of southern-fried blues fury that has captivated stages across Europe and led to him being voted one of the best 13 blues guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017

In his early 20s music took a backseat for the MMA fighter and 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 said: “I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the music industry.

“I got to fight in front of 8,000 people in Asia, I would’ve much rather have played to them instead of getting punched in the face.”

That drive is at the heart of new album, The Divine and Dirty, his first album to be released on Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Just as the title refers to the good and the bad within us all, the album encapsulate everything he has been through to this point.

His influences stretch back to Zeppelin, the Stones, Howlin’ Wolf and Free, but there’s a modern energy to it as well that places Kris Barras in a similar mould to current heavyweights such as Rival Sons, Black Stone Cherry and The Cadillac Three.

For tickets go to http://www.palladiumclub.co.uk or call 01237 478860