Christone "Kingfish" Ingram will perform his new album, "662," live at the Hargray Capitol Theater on March 25, 2023.
Ingram recently won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album and the Blues Music Award for Best Blues Album. He released his debut and namesake album, "Kingfish," in 2019, and has been nominated for and won nine Blues Music Awards since. Tickets for the "662" tour are available through both Ingram's website and the Hargray Capitol Theater.
Guitar World magazine calls Ingram "the real deal," and with credentials like opening for the Rolling Stones in London, it is hard to disagree. Ingram, known as "Kingfish" to his fans, is the epitome of a modern blues artist, incorporating "the urgency of hip hop with the timelessness of the blues" in his single "Another Life Goes By (Mississippi Mix)" which features rapper Big K.R.I.T. and is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms now.
Ingram himself originally hails from the area code 662, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, as do many of his inspirations. While already a bit of a legend himself, the 23-year-old pays homage to the Delta Blues artists before him on his track "Too Young to Remember," singing, "Jimi, B.B. and Buddy and Lightning Hopkins too!" referencing guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King and Blues artists Buddy Guy — who Ingram has performed alongside — and Lightning Hopkins.
""662" is an ode to my roots, a nod to the area where I was born and raised," Ingram said in a release. "The title track, "662," encompasses how a small corner of the earth influenced my view of life and music. It also points to the growth I have had since my debut album. As much as I have been fortunate to get outside of this town, I do want people to know that the 662 will always be a major part of who I am."
The Hargray Capitol Theater is located at 382 Second St. in Downtown Macon. Ingram will join a number of legends to have performed at the theater, such as Macon's own Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band.
Henry Keating '24 is a Journalism and History student at Mercer. He has worked at The Cluster as SGA correspondent, State and Local News Editor, Managing Editor and now as the Editor-in-Chief. Henry has held internships at the Macon Newsroom, Macon Telegraph, and Greenville Post and Courier. He enjoys backpacking, rom-coms, pottery and photography.