SHEMEKIA COPELAND AND CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM WIN DOWNBEAT CRITICS POLL AWARDS
Copeland Wins Blues Artist Of The Year For Second Straight Year
Kingfish's 662 Named Blues Album Of The Year
DownBeat magazine, in its 70th Annual Critics Poll, named Alligator Records artist Shemekia Copeland as its Blues Artist Of The Year for the second straight year. Alligator's Christone "Kingfish" Ingram won the Best Blues Album award for his celebrated, Grammy Award-winning album 662.
In the past week, Copeland and Ingram also topped Living Blues magazine's Critics and Readers Polls, with each winning Blues Artist Of The Year (female and male, respectively), and Ingram also winning Best Blues Album and Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar).
Copeland's new album, Done Come Too Far, will be released on August 19, 2022. The album's first single, Too Far To Be Gone, is already among the most played tracks on XM/Sirius Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel.
Ingram is currently on his first European tour, playing to packed crowds in the UK and across the continent. Earlier this month, he opened for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in the UK.