Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Kingfish
Format: CD / Label: Alligator Records
Releasedatum: 17 mei 2019

Tekst: Iain Patience

Kingfish is a name anyone with an interest in modern blues music will already know, even if they have yet to hear his music. Widely promoted as a remarkable prodigy, he, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, was taken under the wing of blues giant Buddy Guy many years ago, an indication, if any was needed, that this was a career to follow. Now he has at last produced a debut release, a twelve-track album on Chicago’s Alligator Records, a label firmly and assuredly rooted to the blues.

Kingfish may well be a mere youth – he’s only around 20 – but the strength of the material included here easily belie his youth with a surprising maturity and mastery propelling the entire project forward at every turn. With his feet back home in the home of the blues, Clarksdale, Mississippi, this is a guy who was truly born to be a bluesman. And with this first eponymous release, he sure as Hell delivers. Ranging across a variety of blues styles, Kingfish covers Delta, Chicago and even ventures into Piedmont territory with some unexpectedly top-dollar acoustic flashes.

This is a truly excellent album, a delight from start to finish, rich in variety, strong on masterful fretwork, a remarkable self-penned lyrical maturity and a voice that echoes his Deep South blues background. Produced by Tom Hambridge, the album also features vocal support from Keb Mo. In short, Kingfish is a guy and an album worth catching, whatever your personal musical preference might be.


Tracks:
01. Outside Of This Town
02. Fresh Out feat. Buddy Guy
03. It Ain’t Right
04. Been Here Before
05. If You Love Me
06. Love Ain’t My Favorite Word
07. Listen feat. Keb’ Mo’
08. Before I’m Old
09. Believe These Blues
10. Trouble
11. Hard Times
12. That’s Fine By Me

Website: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram