Christone "Kingfish" Ingram
Once a generation, a blues artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be, but shakes the genre to its core. With both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm. 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.
Bobby Rush, a Louisiana native who lived for decades in Chicago, earned the title “king of the chitlin circuit” after relocating to Jackson in the early 1980s. Rush's distinctive “folk funk” style, featured on his recordings for the Jackson-based LaJam label and others, bridged the blues he heard as a youth and modern soul music. His upbeat and often provocative live shows established him as a favorite among southern soul and blues audiences and later brought him international acclaim.
Born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County in 1944 and spending her childhood there, Bobbie Gentry brought the accents, sounds and images of Mississippi Delta life into scores of haunting songs she wrote and records she made, to become one of the most influential country and pop artists of the 1960s and ‘70s. With her phenomenal No. 1 hit “Ode to Billie Joe” and complex, innovative albums such as “The Delta Sweete,” she brought the sultry musical flavors of Mississippi country to the world.
Mississippi isn’t called the “Birthplace of America’s Music” for nothin’. As the home of the only GRAMMY Museum outside of Los Angeles, the state’s contributions to the world of music at large hark back generations to the founding of the blues and the birthing of “Kings” Elvis, Jimmie Rodgers and B.B. King.
The legacy carries on as two revered Mississippi sons of the blues, legend Bobby Rush and exciting newcomer Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and Delta daughter Bobbie Gentry are nominees at this year’s 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony.
***Denotes Mississippi nominee
Best Traditional Blues Album
***Kingfish, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Tall, Dark & Handsome,
Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men
***Sitting on Top of the Blues, Bobby Rush
Baby, Please Come Home, Jimmie Vaughan
Spectacular Class, Jontavious Willis
Best Historical Album
***The Girl From Chickasaw County- The Complete Capitol Masters, Andrew Batt & Kris Maher, compilation producers; Simon Gibson, mastering engineer (Bobbie Gentry)
The Great Comeback: Horowitz at Carnegie Hall, Robert Russ, compilation producer; Andreas K. Meyer & Jennifer Nulsen, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)
Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, Spencer Doran, Yosuke Kitazawa, Douglas Macgowan & Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Pete Seeger)
Woodstock: Back to the Garden - The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, Brian Kehew, Steve Woolard & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer, Brian Kehew, restoration engineer (Various Artists)
Time will tell who will emerge victorious, but don’t miss out on a chance to see these GRAMMY nominees in action. Click below to view upcoming tour dates.
Kingfish - christonekingfishingram.com
Bobby Rush - bobbyrushbluesman.com/tour