Kris Barras: “I love the Kemper live for two reasons: stability and consistency. You’re not relying on whoever’s mic’ing the amps up”

Kris Barras
(Image credit: Future / Phil Barker)

“If I could take anything positive out of the lockdown experience, it was the fact it actually gave me time to spend time on songwriting,” Kris Barras tell us. “The thing is, I’ve toured so much over the past few years I would always have to squeeze the songwriting in. 

“But lockdown meant it was literally the only thing I had to do. So it meant I could really hone in on the songs and hone in on the sound. There are some tunes on the album that we rewrote five or six times. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.