Posted on May 29, 2019

Once a generation, a blues artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be but shakes the genre to its core.

Alligator recording artist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram did just that as he took the stage to a sold out crowd for Nashville's Lightning 100 Sunday night at 3rd & Lindsley show.

"When it come s to the blues, it is rare to see the depth and perception of an artist of the calibre of Christone "Kingfish" Ingram," says Lynda Weingartz, CEO -

Photo by Jeff Fasano Photography
At 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN

AirPlay Direct. "Watching Christone"Kingfish" was undoubtedly one of the best live performances of an emerging new artist in my life."

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Recorded in Nashville and produced by two-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Louis Walker), KINGFISH showcases Ingram’s blistering, raw and inspired guitar playing, soulful, deep vocals and songwriting. He tells stories with his solos, channeling the spirits of all the past masters while the music he makes is his own.

He co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 tracks. “A lot of folks know me for my covers,”

Ingram says. “That’s why it’s important for me to release original music.” The first radio single, Outside Of This Town, is a fierce statement of purpose – both musically and lyrically – from this rising star.

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer considers Kingfish a natural fit for the blues and roots label. “At the age of 20, Kingfish is one of the most exciting and passionate young artists I’ve seen in many years. He’s creating new music that feels like blues but doesn’t copy what’s already been done.

His roots are firmly in the Mississippi

Delta, and you can hear that raw Delta

L-R: Ric Whitney, Lynda Weingartz, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Dana Cooper
Photo by Jeff Fasano Photography

honesty in his playing and singing. His guitar work is technically dazzling, but it’s all about the emotions of the song and moving the audience. He’s perfectly capable of crowd-pleasing shredding, but his music is remarkably mature. He knows which are the important notes, the notes that tell the story and grab the audience, and he leaves out the extraneous ones. He sings with the intensity and directness of a seasoned blues artist. He venerates the blues masters of the past and present but is eagerly making his own statement, inspired by the music they created.

I’m watching him become a young, visionary blues giant. He has an amazing future ahead of him, and I’m proud that he’s joined the Alligator family.”

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