Ingram in 2019
|Also known as||Kingfish|
|Born||January 19, 1999|
|Origin||Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, bass, drums|
|Associated acts||Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, Keb Mo|
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (born January 19, 1999) is an American blues guitarist and singer from Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States, who became a well-known performer as a teenager. His debut album, Kingfish, was released in May 2019. In addition to his own album, musicians he has recorded with include Eric Gales, Buddy Guy and Keb Mo. He has shared the stage with well-known blues artists and younger blues musicians such as The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Samantha Fish, Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar Shorty and Buddy Guy.
One of his earliest influences is Muddy Waters.
His extended family sang and performed in church. Ingram grew up attending gospel performances, and while still young joined groups to play and perform. His mother, Princess Pride, is first cousin to country musician Charley Pride. He listened to and learned from music by Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Prince and others.
Ingram became interested in the blues around age 5 when his father showed him a PBS documentary about Muddy Waters, and at the same time promised they would go to the Delta Blues Museum to learn all about the music. He was taught how to play by Bill "Howl -N- Mad" Perry and Richard "Daddy Rich" Crisman at the arts and education program of the museum. He has also attended Clarksdale's Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience, where the events are held every summer. He started playing drums at age six. By the time he was eleven he was playing bass and then he moved to guitar. He appeared on the Rachael Ray and the Steve Harvey shows. By the time he was fifteen, he had received offers to perform and for custom guitars. His early teachers gave him the name "Kingfish". Ingram described how he explained his interest in the Blues to his childhood friends who were interested in hip hop music: "They really thought it was funny, cause it was like “Man you young but you listen to that old, sad stuff.” I’m like, “Man, I ain’t really like that, I’m listening more for a culture thing, you know? This is history. This birthed what you guys listen to today, because you know rap is nothing but the blues’ grandchild.”
By 2015, he had caught the attention of Tony Coleman who was BB King's drummer. Coleman said he was playing blues the way it was supposed to be. Bootsy Collins who had been sharing his music online commented on how a young child can influence others.
Ingram began playing gigs around his hometown while he was still in seventh grade. Not long afterwards he had acquired a local fan base. Local venues he played included Red’s Lounge, Ground Zero Blues Club, the New Roxy, Shack Up Inn and the Delta Blues Room.
In July 2017, he played at the Underground 119 blues club which re-opened in spring 2017, after being closed since August, 2017. The clubs co-owner Michael Rejebian said the two kinds of bands you have to prepare for were show bands and party bands but with Kingfish, he was sort of the best of both worlds. In August 2017, he was headlining on the second night of the 10th St. Louis Blues Festival for the Saturday night 10:30 slot. The fest. also included Jake Kershaw, the Chris O’Leary Band, Erin Coburn and Jim McCarty and Mystery Train. In October that year, he appeared in an episode of Jazz Night in America which also featured Terry "Harmonica" Bean and Anthony "Big A" Sherrod. Along with Gary Clark, Jr., he was a featured artist on Eric Gales' 2017 album, Middle Of The Road. In 2018 he performed at The Chicago Blues Festival.
The May 18, 2017 issue of Billboard indicated that Luke Cage creator, Cheo Hodari Coker selected Ingram along with other acts to appear in a cameo role for the season two of the series. Season 2 premiered on June 22, 2018 with Ingram appearing in Episode 4 where he performed two songs "The Thrill is Gone" and "I Put A Spell On You".
His debut album, Kingfish, was released on Alligator Records on May 17, 2019. It was produced by Grammy winning musician Tom Hambridge at Ocean Way Studio in Nashville. Kingfish was the #1 album on The Billboard Blues Chart and the #1 Billboard Heatseeker album upon release. Billboard called Kingfish “a blues prodigy.” No Depression magazine said the album was "a stunning debut from a young bluesman with an ancient soul and a large presence in the here-and-now." Kingfish was chosen as a 'Favorite Blues Album' by AllMusic. Kingfish was nominated in the category "Best Traditional Blues Album" for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Ingram appeared in Philadelphia at the annual Non-COMMvention on May 16, 2019. Radio station WXPN wrote, “Whether playing delicately or ferociously, Ingram’s every strum is made with passion. That passion for playing was lovingly met but the crowd’s passion for listening. They lingered on his every note, and gleefully anticipated the next one. Ingram stretched each of his tracks out, squeezing every last drop of possibility out of them…It sounded like it had been pulled out of the deepest pits of the Earth. Ingram possesses the unique ability to make everything he plays sound wholly natural, but entirely his own. This talent is rare, especially for a twenty-year-old.”
In July 2020, Ingram released a new single, Rock & Roll, a song composed by Nashville-based songwriters Sean McConnell and Ashley Ray which he adapted and personalised to be a loving tribute to his mother, Princess Pride, who passed away in December, 2019.
|Middle of the Road||Eric Gales||Provogue 819873014270||2017||Featured artist|
|Marvel's Luke Cage Season Two - Original Soundtrack||Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad||Mondo MOND-139||2018||"Put A Spell On You"
"The Thrill Is Gone"
|The Steve Harvey Show||Guest||2015|||
|Luke Cage||Cameo||2018||Season 2|
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- Chattanooga Times Free Press, June 11th, 2018 - More music, more vendors and more activities coming to the Bessie Smith Strut by Barry Courter
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- International Documentary Association - Kingfish
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- The Vicksburg Post, April 26, 2018 - The blues isn’t dead, it’s just 19 years old By Cody Thomason
- The Grio, January 15, 2015 - 15-year-old 'Kingfish' is rising blues star in Mississippi, dismisses critics of his weight
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- The Clarion-Ledger, Aug. 25, 2017 - Is this resurrected blues club a sign of growth for Jackson? - Kate Eubanks
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- Discogs - Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Marvel's Luke Cage Season Two - Original Soundtrack
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- YouTube: The Steve Show - Life Saving Help for Christone "KingFish" Ingram
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