“CHRIS “Bad News” BARNES, is The King of Hokum Blues. A blues- based pioneer & a master of musical hocus-pocus with sparkling individuality and flair. IAN PATIENCE. ELMORE MAGAZINE.
Barnes second album, Hokum Blues on The Vizztone Label Group, reached No# 1 on the Roots Music Report, #1 on Air Play Direct and landed at # 6 for the Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s top 12 Albums for 2017 sitting above Greg Allman, Taj Mahal/Keb Mo and below The Rolling Stones 2017 Grammy winner “Blue Lonesome”. Barnes’ album was produced by David Letterman Bassist, Will Lee, with Jimmy Vivino on guitar, Shawn Pelton on drums, Bette Sussman on keyboards and Steve Guyger on harmonica. Barnes just departed the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise playing to sold out shows with rave reviews of his powerful high energy stage craft alongside Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Taj Mahal, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Poppa Chubby and Monster Mike Welch. Barnes is currently mixing a live album for Vizztone Records with Grammy Award winner Tony Braunagel & Johnny Lee Shell producing live tracks from that cruise featuring Gary Hoey & Steve Guyger.
To quote International “Keeping The Blues Alive” award winning journalist, blues critic and radio host Vincente Zumel, “Badnews Barnes develops a perfect speech based on a brawny sound and a good dose of energy. Badnews Barnes is in blues what Frank Zappa was in seventies underground sound. GREAT “