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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Announces 2020 Dates For "Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour"
12/3/2019
Grammy nominee Christone "Kingfish" Ingram today announced plans for his second-ever headlining tour, Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour, at GuitarPlayer.com.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Announces 2020 Dates For "Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour"

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM ANNOUNCES
"FISH GREASE 2: A JUKE JOINT TOUR"

Also Performing Festival Shows and dates with Vampire Weekend and Buddy Guy

 Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.
--Rolling Stone

The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.
--Guitar Player

Grammy nominee Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has announced plans for his second-ever headlining tour, Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour, at GuitarPlayer.com. The sequel to the young blues sensation's successful 2019 Fish Grease tour will start on January 4, 2020 and run throughout the year. These first 24 performances, through March 2020, will be followed by additional global headlining and key festival dates. He also has scheduled performances opening shows for Buddy Guy and Vampire Weekend. In addition, Ingram will celebrate his 21st birthday with two “Kingfish & Friends” shows in Los Angeles on January 17 and 18.

According to Ingram, "I had such an amazing time on the road in 2019 in support of my debut album that I really just wanted to do it again. I truly see this tour as the sequel to Fish Grease. My show will certainly be rooted in that same juke joint vibe, but like any sequel there will be a few surprises to help tell more about who I am, where I come from, and what I would like to share with the world.”

Since the release of his Grammy Award-nominated debut album Kingfish in May 2019, Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Ingram has played shows across the U.S.A., including dates with Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John's Apple Beats podcast. UK tastemaker music magazine MOJO just named the album the #1 blues release of 2019.

Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, Ingram fell in love with music as a small child, first playing drums and then bass. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it, soaking up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while he kept developing his own sound and style. He played his first gig at age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club. He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads an d winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”

 

FISH GREASE 2: A JUKE JOINT TOUR

01.04.2020 Sat

Thirsty Hippo

Hattiesburg MS

01.17.2020 Fri

Lodge Room

Los Angeles CA

01.18.2020 Sat

Lodge Room

Los Angeles CA

01.23.2020 Thu

Duling Hall

Jackson MS

01.24.2020 Fri

Proud Larry's

Oxford MS

01.31.2020 Fri

3rd & Lindsley

Nashville TN

02.01.2020 Sat

3rd & Lindsley

Nashville TN

02.07.2020 Fri

Blues On Whyte

Edmonton Alberta Canada

02.08.2020 Sat

Blues On Whyte

Edmonton Alberta Canada

02.27.2020 Thu

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn NY

02.28.2020 Fri

Club XL Live

Harrisburg PA

02.29.2020 Sat

City Winery

Philadelphia PA

03.02.2020 Mon

Askew

Providence RI

03.03.2020 Tue

3S Artspace

Portsmouth NH

03.04.2020 Wed

Fairfield Theatre - Stage One

Fairfield CT

03.05.2020 Thu

Brighton Music Hall

Boston MA

03.06.2020 Fri

Infinity Hall Norfolk

Norfolk CT

03.07.2020 Sat

Tralf Music Hall

Buffalo NY

03.08.2020 Sun

Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto ON

03.10.2020 Tue

The Pyramid Scheme

Grand Rapids MI

03.11.2020 Wed

Magic Bag

Ferndale MI

03.12.2020 Thu

The Kent Stage

Kent OH

03.14.2020 Sat

Headliners Music Hall

Louisville KY

03.15.2020 Sun

Hi-Fi

Indianapolis IN


DATES SUPPORTING BUDDY GUY

01.10.2020 Fri

Buddy Guy's Legends

Chicago IL

01.11.2020 Sat

Buddy Guy's Legends

Chicago IL

03.20.2020 Fri

House of Blues

Houston TX

03.21.2020 Sat

House Of Blues Dallas

Dallas TX

03.22.2020 Sun

Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater

Austin TX


DATES SUPPORTING VAMPIRE WEEKEND

09.23.2020 Wed

Express Live!

Columbus OH

09.24.2020 Thu

Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill

Sterling Heights MI

09.26.2020 Sat

McGrath Amphitheater

Cedar Rapids IA

09.27.2020 Sun

Pinewood Bowl Theater

Lincoln NE

09.29.2020 Tues

Starlight Theatre

Kansas City MO

09.30.2020 Wed

BOK Center

Tulsa OK

10.06.2020 Tues

Saenger Theatre

New Orleans LA

10.07.2020 Wed

BJCC Concert Hall

Birmingham AL


FESTIVAL DATES

02.18.2020 Tue

Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

Miami FL

02.19.2020 Wed

Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

Miami FL

02.20.2020 Thu

Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

Miami FL

02.21.2020 Fri

Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

Miami FL

02.22.2020 Sat

Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise

Miami FL

04.09.2020 Thu

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Tyagarah NSW (Australia)

04.10.2020 Fri

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Tyagarah NSW (Australia)

04.12.2020 Sun

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Tyagarah NSW (Australia)

04.13.2020 Mon

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Tyagarah NSW (Australia)

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Relix Premieres Blues-Rocker Tinsley Ellis' "Last One To Know"
11/22/2019
On Friday, November 22, Relix.com premieres Last One To Know, the blistering new song from world-renowned Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis.

Relix Premieres Blues-Rocker Tinsley Ellis' "Last One To Know"

Relix Premieres Blues-Rocker Tinsley Ellis' "Last One To Know"

RELIX TO PREMIERE BLUES-ROCKER TINSLEY ELLIS' LAST ONE TO KNOW

 New Album Ice Cream In Hell Out On January 31, 2020

 

Incendiary….Scalding guitar and banshee solos. Ellis mixes soul and fire.
--Premier Guitar

On Friday, November 22, Relix.com premieres Last One To Know, the blistering new song from world-renowned Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis. The song is the lead track from Ellis' highly-anticipated new Alligator Records album, Ice Cream In Hell, due out on Friday, January 31.

Last One To Know is currently being aired nationally on SIRIUS/XM Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville, but for now can be streamed on-demand only at Relix.com.

Filled with blazing, every-note-matters guitar playing over the course of 11 instantly memorable original songs, Ice Cream In Hell is, according to Ellis, the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals. Rolling Stone says Ellis plays "feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell is a cathartic blast of blues-rock power. Though inspired by all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie), as well by Carlos Santana, Hound Dog Taylor and others, Ice Cream In Hell is pure, unadulterated Tinsley Ellis.

Upon release of the new album, Ellis will hit the highway for a months-long tour, bringing his roof-raising, road-tested music to fans wherever they may be. “A musician never got famous staying home,” says Ellis, who continues to perform over 150 nights a year. “I’ve seen it all,” the Atlanta native says of his four decades on the road. “And a lot of my audience has been along for the entire time. It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”

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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Receives Grammy Nomination
11/20/2019
On Wednesday, November 20, the Recording Academy announced Christone "Kingfish" Ingram received a Grammy Award nomination for his debut album, Kingfish, on Alligator Records.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Receives Grammy Nomination

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Receives Grammy Nomination

CHRISTONE "KINGFISH" INGRAM RECEIVES GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATION FOR DEBUT ALBUM KINGFISH

Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.
–Rolling Stone

Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.
–Buddy Guy

The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.
–Guitar Player

Luxuriate in the glorious virtuosity of young blues lion Ingram.
–NPR Music

On Wednesday, November 20, the Recording Academy announced Christone "Kingfish" Ingram received a Grammy Award nomination for his debut album, Kingfish, on Alligator Records. The nomination is in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on January 26, 2020.

According to Ingram, “Waking up to see my name listed as a Grammy nominee next to some fantastic musicians and friends was an amazing feeling. Releasing my debut album this year was a life-long dream and I'm truly thankful, but honestly a bit numb to think that my album is up for a Grammy.”

Since the release of his debut album Kingfish in May 2019, 20-year-old Clarksdale, Mississippi native Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Ingram has played shows across the U.S.A., including dates with Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell, as well as headlining his first-ever national tour, dubbed Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John's Apple Beats podcast. UK tastemaker music magazine MOJO just named the album the #1 blues release of 2019.

With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”

 

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MOJO Honors Four Alligator Albums in 2019 Top Ten Blues List
11/19/2019
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.

MOJO Honors Four Alligator Albums in 2019 Top Ten Blues List

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


 


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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram And Lindsay Beaver Receive Maple Blues Award Nominations
11/13/2019
The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 2019 Maple Blues Awards, Canada's national blues awards. Alligator artists Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Halifax, Nova Scotia native Lindsay Beaver were each nominated. Ingram received a nomination for the B.B. King International Artist Of The Year.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram And Lindsay Beaver Receive Maple Blues Award Nominations

Kingfish Nominated for International Artist Of The Year

Lindsay Beaver Receives Nomination for Drummer Of The Year

The Toronto Blues Society has announced the nominees for the 2019 Maple Blues Awards, Canada's national blues awards. Alligator artists Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Halifax, Nova Scotia native Lindsay Beaver were each nominated. Ingram received a nomination for the B.B. King International Artist Of The Year. Beaver was nominated for the Drummer Of The Year, an award she won in 2018.

The Maple Blues Award nominees are selected by a panel of 45 blues experts. The panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Winners in instrumental categories — guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drums, and bass — will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories will be selected by blues fans across Canada. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at Koerner Hall in Toronto on February 3, 2020.

Since the release of his 2019 debut album Kingfish, 20-year-old guitar sensation Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Clarksdale, Mississippi native Ingram has played shows across the U.S.A., including opening for Buddy Guy, Vampire Weekend and Jason Isbell. He is currently embarked on his first-ever headlining tour: "Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour", set to run through the end of November. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John's Apple Beats podcast. Guitar Player says, “The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.”

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Lindsay Beaver is a blues-rocking, soul-singing drummer, songwriter and bandleader. With influences ranging from Little Richard to The Ramones, from Billie Holiday to Queens of the Stone Age, the 35-year-old Beaver has crafted her own timeless sound and personal style. After studying voice and drums, she founded Canada's acclaimed 24th Street Wailers and made a name for herself across the country. Beaver self-released five albums by the 24th Street Wailers before moving to Austin, Texas at the urging of her friend Jimmie Vaughan. She started a new band under her own name and released Tough As Love on Alligator Records in 2018. She’s toured Canada, the United States and large swaths of Europe, earning new fans at every stop.  Beaver won the 2019 Maple Blues Award for Drummer Of The Year. Blues Music Magazine says, “Beaver i s a new Alligator all-star.”

 

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Elvin Bishop To Be Honored And Perform at Arhoolie Awards Show
11/6/2019
Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22.

Elvin Bishop To Be Honored And Perform at Arhoolie Awards Show

Elvin Bishop To Be Honored And Perform at Arhoolie Awards Show

Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio To Perform At Second Annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show To Be Held on November 22 In San Francisco

Deceptively loose but always tight…the raspy chuckle in Bishop’s singing and the sharp sting of his guitar are forceful and fresh, enduring and fun.
–Fresh Air, NPR

Raw and simple and utterly endearing.

--Relix

Elvin Bishop has always been big fun and is the ringmaster in his own blues circus. With Willy Jordan and Bob Welsh, Bishop whomps out tough, muscular and rollicking boogie-infused blues.
--No Depression

Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter and Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Elvin Bishop will receive the Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award from The Arhoolie Foundation at the second annual Arhoolie Awards And Benefit Show in San Francisco on Friday, November 22. Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Elvin on guitar and vocals, Bob Welsh on piano and guitar and Willy Jordan on cajón and vocals) will headline the event which will take place at The Chapel, 770 Valencia Street, in San Francisco. More information can be found at arhoolie.org/2019benefit.

The honor, according to Arhoolie.org, "recognizes exceptional musicians, teachers, community organizations, documentarians, and individuals working creatively to help keep tradition-based styles of music alive and moving forward. Nominations are made by board members, friends, and experts in our field. Winners are chosen by Chris Strachwitz and the Arhoolie Foundation board of directors. This award is simply meant to encourage, support, and shine a light on extraordinary individuals and organizations, and to help them continue their good work."

Bishop's latest Alligator Records release (and second with The Big Fun Trio) is Something Smells Funky 'Round Here. Living Blues calls it "joyously raunchy, fun-loving music." Both Something Smells Funky 'Round Here and their previous self-titled album, Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio, received Grammy Award nominations. According to Bishop, “With a trio there’s no place to hide­—you’ve got to be pourin’ everything you got right out front. You need to be totally into it all the time. It’s really cool to see how people react to the goin’-for-it feel of the music.”

Ever since Bishop first hit the scene with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band back in 1965, he’s blazed his own musical trail. Whether he was playing raw, eye-popping blues, or penning the evergreen radio hit Fooled Around And Fell In Love, or touring the world for decades delivering his original, good-time countrified blues, Bishop has always inspired his fans with his rowdy guitar playing and witty, slice-of-life songs. Rolling Stone calls Bishop “a legendary guitarist” whose playing is “impeccable and spirited…a distinguished American player.”

 

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Blues Rocker Tinsley Ellis Serves "Ice Cream In Hell" on January 31, 2020
10/29/2019

World-renowned Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis will release his highly-anticipated new Alligator Records album, Ice Cream In Hell, on Friday, January 31.

Blues Rocker Tinsley Ellis Serves "Ice Cream In Hell" on January 31, 2020

Blues Rocker Tinsley Ellis Serves "Ice Cream In Hell" on January 31, 2020

Rugged, burning and riveting….Tinsley Ellis is a powerful and commanding presence, both on guitar and as a gruff, full-throated vocalist. He’s the hardest-working man in blues-rock…It’s impossible to not enjoy the ride.
--Blues Music Magazine

Incendiary….Scalding guitar and banshee solos. Ellis mixes soul and fire.
--Premier Guitar

World-renowned Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis will release his highly-anticipated new Alligator Records album, Ice Cream In Hell, on Friday, January 31.

Filled with blazing, every-note-matters guitar playing over the course of 11 instantly memorable original songs, Ice Cream In Hell is, according to Ellis, the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals. Rolling Stone says Ellis plays "feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell is a cathartic blast of blues-rock power. Though inspired by all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie), as well by Carlos Santana, Hound Dog Taylor and others, Ice Cream In Hell is pure, unadulterated Tinsley Ellis. The songs range from the nod to Stax-era Albert King, Last One To Know, to the Peter Green-flavored Everything And Everyone to the Hound Dog Taylor-esqe romp Sit Tight Mama before ending with the hair-raising, slow-burning ballad Your Love’s Like Heroin.

Ever since he first hit the road 40 years ago, Ellis has traveled enough miles, he says, “to get to the moon and back six times.” He’s released 17 previous solo albums, and has earned his place at the top of the blues-rock world one performance at a time. His imaginative songs tell stories of common, shared experiences in uncommon ways, all fueled by his high-octane, infectious, hard-rocking guitar playing. Live, Ellis has captivated and amazed fans in all 50 United States, as well as in Canada, throughout Europe, Australia and South America. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.”

Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis was raised in southern Florida. He acquired his first guitar at age seven, soon after seeing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. He took to it instantly, developing and sharpening his skills as he grew up. Ellis discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream and The Rolling Stones as well as Southern rockers like The Allman Brothers.

On the advice of a friend's older brother in 1974, Tinsley and his pals went to see B.B. King live, sitting transfixed in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on his guitar, Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, mesmerizing Tinsley with his warmth and kindness. Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And to this day, he still has the string.

Less than three years later, Ellis, already an accomplished teenaged musician, left Florida and moved to Atlanta. In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. After cutting a few Heartfixers albums for the Landslide label, Ellis was ready to head out on his own.

Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first Alligator release, hit the unprepared public by surprise in 1988. The Chicago Tribune said, “Tinsley Ellis torches with molten fretwork. Ellis takes classic, Southern blues-rock workouts and jolts them to new life with a torrid ax barrage.” His next four releases -- 1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning (his song A Quitter Never Wins, a highlight from Storm Warning, was recorded by Jonny Lang and sold almost two million copies), and 1997’s Fire It Up -- further grew his legend as well as his audience.

After releasing a few albums on other labels, Ellis returned to Alligator in 2005 with Live--Highwayman, followed by 2007's Moment Of Truth and 2009's Speak No Evil. He self-released four successful albums on his own Heartfixer label before coming back home to Alligator in 2018, releasing the fan favorite Winning HandVintage Guitar said of the album, “He delivers blistering blues-rock, soul romps, minor-key blues, and shuffles – and it all sounds great.”

Now, with Ice Cream In Hell, Tinsley Ellis will again hit the highway, bringing his roof-raising, road-tested music to fans wherever they may be. “A musician never got famous staying home,” says Ellis, who continues to perform over 150 nights a year. “I’ve seen it all,” the Atlanta native says of his four decades on the road. “And a lot of my audience has been along for the entire time. It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”

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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Featured In Guitar Center Promotion
10/14/2019
Rising star blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
will be featured in an October 2019 promotion by Guitar Center entitled "Guitar-A-Thon: Find The One."

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Featured In Guitar Center Promotion

Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.

--Rolling Stone

Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.
--Buddy Guy

The blues phenom plays guitar like he’s on fire.
--Guitar Player

Rising star blues sensation Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
will be featured in an October 2019 promotion by Guitar Center entitled "Guitar-A-Thon: Find The One." Promotional spots of various lengths featuring Kingfish talking about finding the right guitar will run on United States television, radio and worldwide on the internet. Additionally, spots will run inside of Guitar Center stores around the country. Kingfish is also featured on the cover of Guitar Center's October publication, and an in-depth interview is hosted at here. Guitar Center also produced a short video (available here) featuring Christone talking about his love for the blues, guitars and his gear.

Since the release of his debut album Kingfish, Ingram has gigged nonstop and has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television. Within the last few months, Ingram has played shows across the country, opening for Buddy Guy and Vampire Weekend, and he will open for Jason Isbell at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on October 22. He is currently embarked on his first-ever headlining tour: "Fish Grease: A Juke Joint Tour", set to run through the end of November. Kingfish debuted at #1 on the Billboard "Blues" and "Heatseekers" charts and continues to receive regular airplay on radio stations around the world. He was recently interviewed by Sir Elton John on John's Apple Beats podcast. In addition to the interview, John played the song Outside Of This Town from the album Kingfish.

Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish, now just 20 years old, burst out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. Born to a musical family, Ingram fell in love with music as a small child, first playing drums and then bass. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it, soaking up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince, but all the while developing his own sound and style. He played his first gig at age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club. He performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of student musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary blues music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”

 

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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Release Hilarious New Video
9/3/2019
Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats today released a hilarious video for Contemporary, the title track from their decidedly unpredictable new album, which will hit stores on September 20. Watch the video here.

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Release Hilarious New Video

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Release Hilarious New Video

RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS RELEASE CONTEMPORARY VIDEO

 New CD, Contemporary, Set For September 20 Release

"Hugely entertaining, intelligently conceived and executed roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition. Estrin’s harp work is masterful."
–Living Blues

"Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter."
–DownBeat

Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats today released a hilarious video for Contemporary, the title track from their decidedly unpredictable new album, which will hit stores on September 20. Watch the video here.

The video, directed by band guitarist Kid Andersen, is a funny, mind-blowing Zappa-esque mashup of Chicago blues, uptown funk, rock 'n' roll and tongue-in-cheek rapping. The full album is packed with originals that combine memorable, savvy songwriting and world-class musicianship, creating a potent and powerful modern blues sound.

Contemporary is the band's fifth album for Alligator Records. With Estrin's virtuoso harmonica and sly, soulful vocals, Christoffer "Kid" Andersen's wildly inventive guitar, Lorenzo Farrell's masterful keyboards and Derrick “D’Mar” Martin's funky, creative drumming, the band takes Estrin’s ingenious, original songs to new and unexpected places. With these musically fearless players kicking everything up a notch, Contemporary explores some different sounds, instrumentation and grooves from their previous releases, as they continue to reinvent traditional blues styles.

Produced by multi-instrumentalist Kid Andersen and Estrin and recorded at Andersen’s Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California, Contemporarydelivers twelve surprising, wise-cracking, foot-stomping songs, including nine by Estrin (one co-written with Andersen), one each by Andersen and Farrell, and one obscure cover. According to Estrin, “Contemporary is the most fully realized expression of who Rick Estrin & The Nightcats really are and what we’re capable of as a band. Recording at Greaseland, we all had so much fun and were so relaxed, the ideas just started pouring in from all sides. I really expect this record to blow some minds.” The UK’s Blues & Rhythm says, “Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have crafted an instantly identifiable sound. They serve up insightful, original blues combined with tough rock ’n’ roll. This band is superb.”

 

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Toronzo Cannon Releases First Single, The Chicago Way, From Upcoming CD, THE PREACHER, THE POLITICIAN OR THE PIMP
8/13/2019
On Tuesday, August 13, Chicago's own ambassador of the blues, Toronzo Cannon, released The Chicago Way, the first single (digital only) from his second Alligator CD, The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp.

Toronzo Cannon Releases First Single, The Chicago Way, From Upcoming CD, THE PREACHER, THE POLITICIAN OR THE PIMP

Toronzo Cannon Releases First Single, The Chicago Way, From Upcoming CD, THE PREACHER, THE POLITICIAN OR THE PIMP

"Deep, contemporary Chicago blues… razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing"
–Chicago Tribune

"Cannon is at the front rank of Chicago bluesmen. He creates wide-screen modern arrangements for wry, thoughtful songs, molding a sound that’s both tempestuous and scrupulously controlled."
–MOJO


"Toronzo Cannon is a beast. He lights up the room."
--Gary Clark, Jr.

On Tuesday, August 13, Chicago's own ambassador of the blues, Toronzo Cannon, released The Chicago Way, the first single (digital only) from his second Alligator CD, The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp. The full album will be out on Friday, September 20, 2019. With this release, the songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver continues to blaze his own visionary blues trail, fusing his original, keenly-detailed tales of everyday life with his fiery guitar playing. Blues Music Magazine says, "Cannon has all the fire and spontaneity of the Chicago legends. His songwriting is a timely and original look at the world he sees by day on a bus and in blues clubs by night, and his assertive voice is the perfect vehicle to deliver the message."

The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp features twelve Cannon originals, ranging from wryly sung, slice-of-life songs flavored with humor to burning social commentary. His broad-shouldered blues guitar work echoes the sounds of the city. His fervent vocals are filled with personality. His original songs are inspired by his deep Chicago roots, the wisdom of his grandparents and his years of observing the public while driving a bus. “It’s not about the solos,” Cannon says, “It’s about the songs. People get used to everyday life, so it’s easy to miss the things around them. I write about those things. I know the problems of Chicago, the hardship. But I love and respect the city. I'm proud to be carrying the Chicago blues tradition forward and honoring those blues giants who came here from the south and created the city's blues sound.”

With The Preacher, The Politician Or The Pimp, Toronzo Cannon continues to deliver his messages loud and clear. With his distinctive original songs, soulful vocals and guitar mastery, Cannon has grown from being a local attraction to become a world-renowned ambassador for Chicago blues. PBS Television’s Chicago Tonight says, "Cannon is just your typical CTA bus driver who moonlights as a sought-after Chicago blues musician. As a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he drives the sound of Chicago blues from the city to blues clubs and festivals around the world.”


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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats To Release CONTEMPORARY On September 20
8/5/2019
Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will release their fifth Alligator Records album, Contemporary, on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats To Release CONTEMPORARY On September 20

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats To Release CONTEMPORARY On September 20

"Hugely entertaining, intelligently conceived and executed roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition. Estrin’s harp work is masterful."
–Living Blues

"Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter."
–DownBeat

Award-winning San Francisco Bay-area blues band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will release their fifth Alligator Records album, Contemporary, on Friday, September 20, 2019. With Estrin's harmonica virtuosity and sly soulful vocals, Christoffer "Kid" Andersen's wildly inventive guitar, Lorenzo Farrell's masterful keyboards and Derrick “D’Mar” Martin's funky, creative drumming, the band takes Estrin’s ingenious, original songs to new and unexpected places. With these musically fearless players kicking everything up a notch, Contemporary explores some different sounds, instrumentation and grooves from their previous releases, as they continue to reinvent traditional blues styles.

Produced by multi-instrumentalist Kid Andersen and Estrin and recorded at Andersen’s Greaseland Studio in San Jose, California, Contemporarydelivers twelve surprising, wise-cracking, foot-stomping songs, including nine by Estrin (one co-written with Andersen), one each by Andersen and Farrell, and one obscure cover. According to Estrin, “Contemporary is the most fully realized expression of who Rick Estrin & The Nightcats really are and what we’re capable of as a band. Recording at Greaseland, we all had so much fun and were so relaxed, the ideas just started pouring in from all sides. I really expect this record to blow some minds.” The UK’s Blues & Rhythm says, “Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have crafted an instantly identifiable sound. They serve up insightful, original blues combined with tough rock’n’ roll. This band is superb.”

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have performed at festivals and concert stages from San Francisco to Chicago to New York, and everywhere in between, plus tours of the United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, Israel and recently Estonia and Russia. Their worldwide popularity helped Estrin win five Blues Music Awards, including two nods for Song Of The Year (1994 and 2018), Best Instrumentalist—Harmonica (2013) and Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year (2018). The full band, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, won the highly coveted 2018 Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year. On stage, the band’s ability to deliver an unpredictable, no-holds-barred show is unmatched. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “These are serious musicians out to have a hotter than hot good time. It’s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking."  Says Estrin, “People don’t go out to see people who look like themselves. They want to see something special. I was schooled in this business to be a showman, and that’s what you get when you come to see us perform. We know how to put on a show. I feel sorry for anyone who has to follow us.”

For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted Little Charlie & The Nightcats, flawlessly combining his songs, vocals and harmonica with Little Charlie Baty’s one-of-a-kind guitar excursions. The band won international acclaim and toured the world repeatedly. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick took over leadership of the band. He knew the only way to replace Baty’s mashup of blues, jazz and roots rock was to find someone with an equally daredevil guitar approach. As luck would have it, Kid Andersen, who had been working with another harp legend, Charlie Musselwhite, became available. “Kid’s a fearless nut on the guitar,” says Estrin. “He’s really the only guy who could fit in with us.” The new band charged out of the gate with Twistedin 2009, following up with One Wrong Turn in 2012, You Asked For It -- Live! in 2014 and Groovin' In Greaselandin 2016. As No Depression says, "This is a band that always delivers the goods."

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Three Alligator Records Artists Receive Six 2019 Living Blues Awards
8/1/2019
Living Blues magazine has announced the winners for the 2019 Living Blues Readers' Awards. Three Alligator Records artists received a total of six awards.

Three Alligator Records Artists Receive Six 2019 Living Blues Awards

Living Blues magazine has announced the winners for the 2019 Living Blues Readers' Awards. Three Alligator Records artists received a total of six awards. Shemekia Copeland won the Critics' Poll for Blues Artist Of The Year (Female), Most Outstanding Blues Singer and Album Of The Year (for America's Child). Additionally, Will Kimbrough, who produced America's Child, won for Producer Of The Year. Billy Branch won the Critics' Poll for Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica) and Marcia Ball won both the Critics' Poll and the Readers' Poll for Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards).

Alligator president Bruce Iglauer and co-author Patrick A. Roberts won the Readers' Poll Award for Book Of The Year for Bitten By The Blues: The Alligator Records Story.

Alligator artists and awards are as follows:

SHEMEKIA COPELAND:
Critics' Poll:
Blues Artist Of The Year (Female)
Most Outstanding Blues Singer
Best Blues Album Of 2018 (New Recordings) - America's Child

Producer Of The Year (Will Kimbrough) - America's Child


MARCIA BALL:
Critics' Poll:
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards)

Readers' Poll:
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboards)


BILLY BRANCH:
Critics' Poll:
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica)



BRUCE IGLAUER and PATRICK A. ROBERTS:
Readers' Poll:
Best Blues Book Of 2018 -
Bitten By The Blues - The Alligator Records Story
 
 


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