NPR Music Premieres Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Four Songs Recorded at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi
Flashing brilliance...this Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist from Clarksdale, Miss., has risen to critical acclaim and packed venues across the nation. Kingfish blends Delta blues with contemporary melodies that resonate with blues lovers new and old.
--NPR Music, Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
On Tuesday, October 20, NPR Music premiered award-winning blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert performance. The tracks were recorded at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Ingram's native Clarksdale, Mississippi, with Paul Rogers on bass. Three of the songs -- Fresh Out, Outside Of This Town and Listen -- were first recorded on his Grammy-nominated 2019 debut album, Kingfish. The fourth song, Rock & Roll, was originally released in July 2020 as a digital single, and is a moving tribute to Ingram's late mother, Princess Pride.
Watch the full performance here: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/20/923049270/kingfish-tiny-desk-home-concert
Since the release of Kingfish, the 21-year-old musician has earned mountains of praise from press, radio and fans alike. In addition to his Grammy nomination, he won five 2020 Blues Music Awards, including Album Of The Year, Best Guitarist and Best Emerging Artist. He also won four Living Blues Awards and two Blues Blast Awards. In addition to headlining his own tours, Ingram has performed with Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues and Heatseekers charts.The song Fresh Out was the most played track in 2019 on Sirius/XM’s Bluesville channel. Songs from the album continue to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. Sir Elton John interviewed Kingfish on his Apple Beats podcast. Kingfish also appeared (honoring Buddy Guy) on PBS Television's Austin City Limits. NPR Music named him a 2020 Artist To Watch, and included Kingfish as one of the Best Debut Albums Of 2019. Tastemaker UK music magazine MOJO named Kingfish the #1 Blues Album of 2019.
Ingram made his Tiny Desk debut in 2018 at age 19, backing hip-hop icon Rakim. Upon release of Kingfish, NPR Music called his playing "astounding" saying, "He breathes mighty new life into worn-out guitar-showman clichés….he makes literally every solo a dramatic event. It’s almost like he’s singing through the guitar."