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MOJO Honors Four Alligator Albums in 2019 Top Ten Blues List

[11/19/2019]
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's KINGFISH #1
Toronzo Cannon's THE PREACHER, THE POLITICIAN OR THE PIMP #2
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats' CONTEMPORARY #4
The Cash Box Kings' HAIL TO THE KINGS #9
 
Tastemaker UK music magazine MOJO has honored four Alligator Records releases with inclusion in their influential Top Ten Blues Albums of 2019 list, as chosen by renowned critic Tony Russell. Sitting at the #1 spot is Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's groundbreaking debut Kingfish, followed at #2 by Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon's expectation-defying The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp. Californians Rick Estrin & The Nightcats' endlessly creative Contemporary landed at #4. And The Cash Box Kings' razor-sharp Hail To The Kings! took the #9 spot.
 
Cannon's Alligator debut, The Chicago Way, landed at #1 on MOJO's 2016 blues top ten list. The Cash Box Kings' label debut, Royal Mint, took the #2 spot in 2017.
 
 
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
"Ingram is a slashing guitarist and forceful singer…subtle and surprising…skillfully composed. Remarkable maturity."
--MOJO
 
 
Toronzo Cannon
"Toronzo Cannon rises to the front rank of Chicago bluesmen. There is nothing conventional about his songwriting. Wide-screen modern arrangements for wry, thoughtful songs, molding an ensemble sound that’s both tempestuous and scrupulously controlled."
--MOJO
 
 
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Estrin defines his own brand of hip. Original blues and vintage rock-style tunes also harbor his superb harmonica work. Estrin emotes with just the right mix of kitsch and sincerity. The current litter of ‘Cats, including guitarist Kid Andersen, reigns as the best band anywhere."
--DownBeat
 
 
The Cash Box Kings
"Singer-harpist Joe Nosek and singer Oscar Wilson are experts in classic Chicago grooves – perfectly evoking Muddy and Little Walter -- but they also enchant with original songs both funny and pointed."
--MOJO