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, 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.
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