CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM
“Ingram plays guitar with dramatic, searing tone and sure-handed authority. And that’s just in the studio; he’s even scarier live.” –NPR Music
Since the release of “Kingfish,” his Grammy-nominated 2019 Alligator Records debut, and “662,” his 2021 Grammy-winning sophomore album, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has become the defining blues voice of his generation. From his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the world, the 23-year-old has already headlined three U.S. tours and was selected to open for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park. “Kingfish” debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart in the #1 position and remained on the chart for an astonishing 91 weeks. In addition to receiving a Grammy Award nomination, “Kingfish” was named the #1 Best Blues Album of The Year by MOJO.
As soon as “662” dropped in 2021, it also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Kingfish appeared on NPR’s “World Café” and “Mountain Stage,” and the album’s title track became a “Top Tune” for trendsetting radio station KCRW. MOJO selected “662” as the Best Blues Album of The Year, while NPR Music said Ingram’s playing is “astounding…it’s almost like he’s singing through the guitar.”
“662” won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, won the Blues Music Award for Best Blues Album, and topped both the DownBeat Critics’ Poll and the Living Blues Critics’ Poll. Kingfish has been nominated for a total of nine Blues Music Awards and has won them all. He’s also won nine Living Blues Awards. In July 2022, The Washington Post Magazine ran a 5,000-word story on the young musician. Kingfish simultaneously appeared on the cover of Guitar World magazine, where the publication exclaimed, “Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram has already made his mark as one of the best, and undoubtedly most exciting, blues guitarists in the world.”
Kingfish’s natural talent just keeps growing. With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, he performs every song with unmatched passion and precision. With both “Kingfish” and “662,” Christone “Kingfish” Ingram creates contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond, delivering the full healing power of the blues.