“Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.” – Buddy Guy
Rising star blues sensation Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is featured in an October 2019 promotion by Guitar Center entitled “Guitar-A-Thon: Find The One.” Promotional spots of various lengths featuring Kingfish talking about finding the right guitar will run on United States television, radio and worldwide on the internet. Additionally, spots will run inside of Guitar Center stores around the country. Kingfish is also featured on the cover of Guitar Center’s October publication, and an interview. Guitar Center also produced a short video featuring Christone talking about his love for the blues, guitars and his gear.
“Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.” – Rolling Stone
Since the release of his debut album Kingfish, Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Ingram has played shows across the country, opening for Buddy Guy and Vampire Weekend, and he will open for Jason Isbell at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 22. He is currently embarked on his first-ever headlining tour: “Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour,” set to run through the end of November. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the “Billboard “Blues” and “Heatseekers” charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John’s Apple Beats podcast. In addition to the interview, John played the song “Outside Of This Town” from the album Kingfish.
“The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.” – Guitar Player
Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish, now just 20 years old, burst out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, Ingram fell in love with music as a small child, first playing drums and then bass. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it, soaking up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while developing his own sound and style. He played his first gig at age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club. He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”
Guitar Center’s Kingfish interview here
Guitar Center short video on Kingfish available here