Christone “Kingfish” Ingram had such a good 2019, he’s itching to do it all again.
The newly minted Grammy nominee will kick off Fish Grease 2: A Juke Joint Tour on January 4 in Hattiesburg, Miss., then celebrate his 21st birthday with two nights at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles on January 17-18 before making his way across the U.S. and into Canada.
Ingram will hook back up with some familiar tour mates along the way - Buddy Guy and Vampire Weekend, whom he toured with separately in 2019. Gigging with Guy, who guests on Ingram’s debut album, Kingfish, has been a master class in showmanship for the 20-year-old blues artist.
“I watch his show every night,” says Ingram. “Every time I see him live, I'm learning new things. He knows how to keep the crowd interested in what you're going to do next.”
Just as things get cooking, Ingram will be back in L.A. for the Grammy awards, where Kingfish will compete for Best Traditional Blues Album alongside Jimmie Vaughan, Bobby Rush, Jontavious Willis and Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men.
“I wanted to make the best debut album I could, and I am happy that music fans have responded positively,” he says. “Being nominated for a Grammy was truly unexpected and has certainly been a ‘wow’ moment. I’m very grateful.”
Ingram has also hinted at possible new directions in his music. He hopes to bridge his love of blues and hip-hop, and has expressed interest in collaborating with artists like Kendrick Lamar, DJ Quik and H.E.R.
“Hip-hop and blues are definitely related, because hip-hop is the blues' grandchild,” he says. “That's actually one of the things I want to do in the future - I want to blend those together.
“My core is blues, but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own.”
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram 2020 Tour Dates:
Jan. 4: Thirsty Hippo - Hattiesburg, Miss.
Jan. 10-11: Buddy Guy's Legends - Chicago*
Jan. 17-18: Lodge Room - Los Angeles
Jan. 23: Duling Hall - Jackson, Miss.
Jan. 24: Proud Larry's - Oxford, Miss.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 7-8: Blues On Whyte - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Feb. 18-22: Keeping the Blues Alive Cruise - Miami, Fla.
Feb. 27: Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Feb. 28: Club XL Live - Harrisburg, Pa.
Feb. 29: City Winery - Philadelphia
March 2: Askew - Providence, R.I.
March 3: 3S Artspace - Portsmouth, N.H.
March 4: Fairfield Theatre - Stage One, Fairfield, CT
March 5: Brighton Music Hall - Boston
March 6: Infinity Hall Norfolk - Norfolk, CT
March 7: Tralf Music Hall - Buffalo, N.Y.
March 8: Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto
March 10: The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, Mich.
March 11: Magic Bag - Ferndale, Mich.
March 12: The Kent Stage - Kent, Ohio
March 14: Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, Ky.
March 15: Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
March 20: House of Blues - Houston*
March 21: House Of Blues - Dallas*
March 22: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater - Austin, Texas*
April 9-10 and 12-13: Bluesfest Byron Bay - Tyagarah NSW, Australia
Sept. 23: Express Live! - Columbus, Ohio#
Sept. 24: Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill - Sterling Heights, Mich.#
Sept. 26: McGrath Amphitheater - Cedar Rapids, Iowa#
Sept. 27: Pinewood Bowl Theater - Lincoln, Neb.#
Sept. 29: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City Mo.#
Sept. 30: BOK Center - Tulsa, Okla.#
Oct. 6: Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, La.#
Oct. 7: BJCC Concert Hall - Birmingham Ala.#
* Supporting Buddy Guy
# supporting Vampire Weekend