It’s evident when a young artist just has it. At just 14 years old, it was clear that Christone “Kingfish” Ingram was a musical prodigy and would go places. Like many young musicians growing up in the south, Kingfish was exposed to music at an early age while in church. The gospel choirs and backing bands really inspired him, and he picked up the drums at age 6. He switched to bass but would eventually settle on the electric guitar by the time he hit 14.
Ingram’s influences cover a wide spectrum, but the blues will always have a special home in his heart. He draws a lot of his solo inspiration from Muddy Waters and B.B. King and infuses these techniques with his love of Jimi Hendrix’s heavier rock tone. Where does this love of blues come from? Well, it may stem from a family of musicians who have been exposing him to this music for his whole life, it may be the fact that he was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
The most notable aspect of this small rural city is the fact that the great grandfather of blues Robert Johnson is rumored, by way of vivid folklores, to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for god-like music abilities. So, maybe Kingfish inherited leftover blues voodoo chops.
Now, at 18 years old, he has branched out even more with his musical palate, exploring jazz, funk, and rock music to add to his own concoction. When you see him play, there is a mature touch and tone to his playing that surpasses his age. This way of playing is something that cannot necessarily be taught but is inherited and in one’s blood and soul.
This is someone who will continue to pop up and will definitely make a big impact on blues music in the near future!