20 year-old, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has a big year ahead of him. He will release his debut album on May 17th via Alligator Records, appear at XPoNential Music Festival in July, and then tour with Vampire Weekend in the Fall. A week before his album, titled Kingfish is officially released, you can listen to it in its entirety through NPR Music’s First Listen.
Kingfish sees the Mississippi artist boldly entering the greater blues conversation. The album features the previously released stomper “Out Of This Town”. On that track Ingram displays his confident vocals and impressive guitar playing. It makes sense that it opens the album, because it will only make you want more. Elsewhere, Blues legends Buddy Guy and Keb Mo appear, further emphasizing Ingram’s place among the greats of the genre. Throughout Kingfish, Ingram demonstrates his musical expertise and firm understanding of both the past and future of Blues. The 51-minute album is a striking introduction to artist we will be hearing about for years to come.
Listen to the full album here, via NPR Music’s First Listen.
Be sure to catch Ingram at XPoNential Music Festival this July. Tickets and more information at XPNFest.org
Information about Ingram and Vampire Weekend’s stop in Philly on Wednesday, September 4th at The Mann can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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