Chris “BadNews” Barnes to release “BadNews Travels Fast” produced by Tom Hambridge

Gulf Coast Records announces the signing of Nashville-based blues/rock singer Chris BadNews Barnes and the April 26th release date for his label debut album, BadNews Travels Fast. The new album is available for pre-order startingGulf Coast Records will release the title track as the first single and digital pre-order on March 15.

BadNews Travels Fast was produced by multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, who also played drums on the sessions and co-wrote all of the songs on the new disc with Barnes. Joining in the recording fun was an “A-List” of Nashville musicians, along with such special guests as singers Jimmy Hall and Sugaray Rayford and guitarist Walter Trout.

“I have been a fan of Chris Barnes for years,” said Gulf Coast label head Mike Zito in announcing the signing. “He is obviously very well known for his comedic acting and writing from ‘SNL’ to ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ appearances. I took real notice of Chris a few years back when we played together at The Big Blues Bender. Chris is a sincere singer/songwriter with a style all his own. His stage presence is nothing short of exuberant. Gulf Coast Records is proud to have Chris Barnes join our family in 2024!”

“I’m honored to have found a home for my original songs with fellow artists who are also true friends,” stated Chris BadNews Barnes. “Gulf Coast has built a Castle for today’s cutting-edge Blues Artist and I’m grateful to be inside The Gates. Mike and Gulf Coast…I Offer You My Sword, Now let’s Go Slay Some Dragons!

“This is my fifth album and the second produced by Grammy Award-Winning Tom Hambridge,” added Barnes. “Walter Trout, Jimmy Hall, and Sugaray Rayford have all lent their talents for this impassioned and personal Contemporary Blues Album. “


1.       BadNews Travels Fast – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
2.       True Blues – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
3.       You Right Baby – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming
4.       A Bluesman Can’t Cry – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
5.       The Juice Ain’t Worth The Squeeze – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
6.       BluesBaller Baby – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
7.       His Majesty The Baby – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming
8.       Skin To Skin – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming
9.       Ambushed By The Blues – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge, Richard Fleming
10.   Do The Houdini – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge
11.   Mushrooms Make Me a Fun Guy – Chris Barnes, Tom Hambridge

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