Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's Delta Blues

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About Kingfish

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, a 23 year old blues musician from Clarksdale, Mississippi, started playing at a very young age, but it was a class at the Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program in Clarksdale that taught him the basic fundamentals of the genre. He cut his teeth as a young musician playing clubs like Ground Zero Blues Club and Red’s Lounge when he was still in high school, accompanied by a very protective mom, and he eventually went on to play for huge crowds at music festivals—at one point opening for the Rolling Stones. On this episode, Kingfish talks about his latest album, ‘662', the story of how he got his blues name, and what he learned being on the road with his mentor Buddy Guy.

What Kingfish Talks About On This Episode

  • On how he got the nickname "Kingfish"
  • Learning to play the blues
  • Growing up in Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • His mentor Buddy Guy
  • The church's influence on him
  • On losing his mom
  • His mother's strength and her influence on his music career
  • Writing his own music
  • His recent album ‘662'
  • Winning a Grammy for his first album

Quotes From Kingfish

"This (music) is our history, especially with all of us being from Clarksdale. We come from this. It's part of our heritage. It's part of our blood." -Kingfish


Ground Zero Blues Club is one of my old stomping grounds. It was one of the places that gave me an opportunity to get on stage and showcase my talent even when I probably didn't deserve to at a certain time. That's what it means to me. It's home. 

"Each time I'm on the road with Buddy (Guy) is always a different lesson every night. How he has the crowd in the palm of his hands... It's always a masterclass. That's the biggest thing for me. I've gotten other lessons from him but seeing how he just works the audience and takes control of them has always been a big lesson for me." - Kingfish

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.Download and listen to this episode of Biscuits & Jam with Kingfish on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or everywhere podcasts are available.

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