Since making his way onto the blues rock scene with his highly lauded debut album Kingfish in 2019, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has quickly become one of the biggest stars in modern day blues and blues rock. Only in his 20s, Kingfish has already won multiple Blues Music Awards and received a Grammy nomination in 2020 for “Traditional Blues Album.” He’s also hit #1 on the Billboard blues chart twice.
Blues Rock Review lists its top 10 Christone “Kingfish” Ingram songs.
10. “Another Life Goes By”
“Another Life Goes By” appears on Kingfish’s sophomore album, 662, and is a timely song where Kingfish sings about needless hate, “We need to pay attention to the helpless cries, we’ve gotta stop the madness before another life goes by.”
“Listen” appears on Ingram’s debut album and is a collaboration with Keb’ Mo’. It’s one of Ingram’s most hopeful tracks and it closes out the album.
8. “Something In The Dirt”
“Something In The Dirt” is a blues shuffle from 662. Kingfish sings about his early days in the blues.
7. “Fresh Out”
“Fresh Out” is a duet with Buddy Guy who financed Kingfish’s debut album. It was the first track Ingram released after signing with Alligator Records. Guy has been a mentor for Kingfish. Ingram first opened for Guy at a show in Alexandria, Virginia back in 2012 and the two crossed paths again at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon. Then after jamming with Guy at the Experience Hendrix Tour in Memphis, Guy decided he wanted to help Kingfish put out an album.
6. “Long Distance Woman”
“Long Distance Woman” is a powerful track where Kingfish sings about a long distance relationship. The track really showcases Ingram’s excellent vocals and has a ripping guitar solo.
“662” is the title track from Ingram’s sophomore album and was the first single released from the album. “662” is Kingfish’s home area code. The song is an up-tempo rocker and Kingfish sings about living in the “662” which has a proud blues heritage as Ingram’s hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi is home to the famous Crossroads.
4. “Outside Of This Town”
“Outside Of This Town” is the lead track from Kingfish’s debut album and was released as a single. It’s one of the most rocking tracks off Kingfish’s debut album with its hard charging guitar riff. The music video features an animated Kingfish living inside of a guitar dreaming of taking his music on the road.
3. “Before I’m Old”
“Before I’m Old” was a standout track on Ingram’s self-titled debut album and Kingfish sings about taking advantage of being young and making time count before he grows old. Kingfish really takes the track to the next level in the live environment.
2. “That’s All It Takes”
“That’s All It Takes” is from 662 and brings Kingfish in a soul direction. The track was co-written with Tom Hambridge. Kingfish told Blues Rock Review some of his favorite soul vocalists are Sam Cooke and Willie Hutch and he always wanted to do a soul song in that vein.
1. “Rock and Roll”
“Rock and Roll” is a tribute to Kingfish’s late mother. Kingfish plays acoustic guitar and sings about the sacrifices his mother made for him so he could have a career in music. The song was originally released as a single in 2020 and appeared on 662 as a bonus track. It’s a beautiful nod to his mom and features perhaps Ingram’s most memorable guitar solo.