Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram – Music News
Born in Mississippi, 23-year-old blues prodigy Ingram is an artist to watch and clearly the Rolling Stones saw this raw talent, as he fired up the crowd at the BST festival, Hyde Park.
Nice to meet you Christone (shake hands) and thank you for your time, when did you arrive in the UK?
Yesterday we flew from Memphis to St. Paul, then to Minneapolis (must be tired?) Yes, (laughing) a little. Not our first time here, we love it, we were actually here a few weeks ago, for a little tour in Saint Lukes, Glasgow. We come back, as if we had never left (laughs).
What brings you to support the Rolling Stones?
Oh man they just reached out and we were like hell yeah let’s take the opportunity. I’ve always been a fan of the Stones, I’ve always loved their music – so to have that opportunity for sure, for sure (yes, I’ll take that call) – (laughs).
I heard that one of your influences is Prince?
That’s the guy, (favorite track?) Sign ‘O’ The Times is over there, ‘I Can Never Take The Place Of Your Man’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ and a bluesy song, ‘The Ride’ .
Did you learn your first guitar in a school program?
Yeah, the Arts & Education program at the Delta Museum. (How was that?) They teach kids from 6 to 66 – different instruments in the room – teaching Delta Blues, Chicago Blues. When I entered I was under the tutelage of two local and nationally known Blues men – where I learned the history of the Blues and it’s who gave me the name ‘Kingfish’ .
On your Grammy-winning album, ‘662’, what experiences inspired you to start writing?
When we went off the road, during Covid, I just wanted to write about the experiences of the past two years, dealing with death in family (so sorry to hear this), love and that. In terms of influences, it was R’n’B, Jazzy type companies – everything is main guitar these days for me.
What is your opinion of the Blues and do you try to put them first?
Not only that, it’s that the Blues was born out of African American people – and some people don’t realize it or don’t know it and don’t want to realize it. I just want to show that there are young black children, who are still in this story, and show that they like this music, because where I come from, there are children, like me, who don’t like than rap and hip hop they do, but that’s not all they like. Other kids like me love The Blues, and I just want to show that to the masses.
What is your fanbase?
(Manager) this is an interesting cross section – you can look into a crowd and see a mix of white, black, Asian – there are YouTubers, influencers, 40s, 50s all the way to the 70s.
Are there any musicians you would like to play with?
Man, there’s different hip hop, jazz, artists that I’m into – there’s Thundercat, Anderson .Pakk, Anthony Hamilton – I want to do more in R’n’B for sure, put more worth my voice.
If you could take three things from the influence of Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and BBKing, what would it be?
Their innovation, each of these guys took The Blues further in their own way, with their traditional values. BBKing was writing beats, had his flavor modernized, Muddy Waters took The Blues from Mississippi then he went to Chicago and electrified it, his sweet voice there, his slides and Hendrix, the proof is there, he come to take The Blues and create his own genre – Blues Rock – So yeah, I like that they were all innovators for sure.
What are your future plans?
I want to create more music, create more memories for the masses – I’m currently working with different and new producers, looking for different sounds. Try to take life experience and write more about it.
Thank you for your time Christone and it was a pleasure to meet you.
Thank you ma’am…