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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Many think Kingfish is the future of blues. Kingfish is the stage name of Christone Ingram, a young boy from Mississippi who literally stole the scene of blues music with a debut people hadn’t seen in years. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that […]
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Many think Kingfish is the future of blues. Kingfish is the stage name of Christone Ingram, a young boy from Mississippi who literally stole the scene of blues music with a debut people hadn’t seen in years.
Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.” He’s a predestined artist.

His first album, recorded in Memphis and titled “Kingfish”, received a Grammy nominee (Best Traditional Blues Album) and debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart in the no. 1 position. The album was released by Alligator Records, the historic Chicago-based record label. The best of black music of the last decades was recorded there. Alligator Records president considers Kingfish a young, visionary blues giant. Alligator Records has released his second album, recorded in Nashville and titled “662”, the telephone area code for Ingram’s birthplace. The record is somehow more personal than the previous one and talks more intimately about his author in the thirteen songs. Kingfish says 662 is a reflection of my growth as a musician, a songwriter, a bandleader, and as a young man.
Kingfish’s blues is deeply rooted in Mississippi Delta music and looking to the future, supported by a guitar-playing mastery recalling the greats of the past. Kingfish himself says he keeps one foot in the past, the most classic blues in the American tradition, but he’s also moving forward.

Growing up with gospel music, Kingfish landed in the devil’s music, playing drums first, then the bass, and ended up becoming a guitar virtuoso.

In a few years, all this (festivals, TV shows, important clubs, collaborations with Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales). This is just the beginning: I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.
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