Posted on February 22, 2019

Alligator Records is pleased to announce the signing of 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone "Kingfish" Ingram. This 21st century bluesman's debut album, KINGFISH, is set for release on May 17, 2019. On February 19th, premiered the album track Fresh Out, a sizzling duet featuring music legend Buddy Guy. It is now available to global radio via AirPlay Direct.

“Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.” ~ Buddy Guy

Produced by two-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Louis Walker, George Thorogood), KINGFISH showcases Ingram’s blistering, raw and inspired guitar playing, soulful, deep vocals and memorable songwriting. He co-wrote eight of the album’s twelve tracks. “A lot of folks know me for my covers,” he says of his many YouTube videos, some with millions of views each. “That’s why it’s important for me to release original music."

“This very well may be the most significant blues artist and debut album to be introduced to the world in a very long-time," says Robert Weingartz, Chairman - AirPlay Direct.  "This is not an artist or album for me to even attempt to describe… you truly must experience this moment in time for yourself. It is not a stretch at this point to foresee a Grammy, and the many other awards surely to be coming soon through the doorway of the Kingfish.”

About AirPlay Direct:  AirPlay Direct is the premiere digital delivery / distribution company, brand and platform for engaging radio and airplay worldwide.  AirPlay Direct is a professional B2B music business environment for artists, labels, publishing companies, radio promotion firms, PR / Media firms, etc.

AirPlay Direct currently has over 11,000 radio station members in 90+ countries and serves over 43,000 artist / label members globally on a daily basis. AirPlay Direct currently operates and services the largest global independent radio distribution network in the world with respect to Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Alt. Country, Roots Music, etc.

About Collective Evolution: Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

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