Ode to His Roots: Christone Ingram brings the ‘juke joint’ to Phoenix
Ode to His Roots: Christone Ingram brings the ‘juke joint’

Ode to His Roots: Christone Ingram brings the ‘juke joint’

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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski | May 4, 2022

Blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has been hailed by the media and fans as the next big thing.

His sophomore album, “662,” took home the best contemporary blues album prize at the 64th Grammy Awards.

The 23-year-old musician takes it all in stride.

“Any musician would love any type of recognition,” Ingram says. “I know some musicians may scoff and that it’s just a little piece of their career. I think it’s great.

“To be honest, I expected it at a later age. I didn’t think people would take a liking to what I was putting down. I’ve always expected it — not saying I was going to be the best. But I knew I would be playing on stage in front of people in some form.”

Ingram will share his wins with Phoenix fans when the “662 Juke Joint Live” tour visits the Orpheum on Tuesday, May 17. He will be joined by Baltimore native Brittney Spencer.

Her recent single, “Sober & Skinny,” has garnered media praise and she’s set to release new music soon. “I’m so excited to join Kingfish for the west coast leg of his ‘Juke Joint’ tour,” she says.

“Our shared love for music and performing has caused our not-so-distant musical worlds to collide in the best way. I suspect it’ll be a magical time.”

A partnership with Nashville’s Outback Presents, the tour hits venues around the country, including the Apollo Theater in New York City, ACL Live at Moody Theater in Austin, Symphony Hall in Atlanta, and the Ace Theater in Los Angeles.

“We are so honored to work with these incredible artists,” says Andrew Farwell, vice president, Outback Presents.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to reach new audiences, bringing unbridled talent and musicianship to the masses. Combining these points of view with Christone’s virtuosic tenacity will make for an unforgettable live concert experience.”

Ingram’s album “662” was recorded in Nashville and co-written and produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge.

“662 is an ode to my roots, a nod to the area where I was born and raised,” he says about the Clarksdale, Mississippi, area code.

“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.”

“Outside of This Town” is the title of his breakout single from his 2019 Grammy-nominated debut album, “Kingfish.”

Since the release of “Kingfish,” he has headlined two national tours and performed with friends including Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy.

He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on his Apple Music podcast, “Rocket Hour,” and recently released a duet with Bootsy Collins. He’s also covered Guitar World and DownBeat magazines.

Ingram’s reason for playing music is simple.

“It’s a healer for me,” he says. “I live in a blues city. In the blues world, it’s about singing, and lyrics are a big part of it.”

He is just thankful for the support he has received from fans and his team.

“I’m just so pleased with everybody who has gone out and bought the record, the brilliant people I have behind the scenes and my manager,” he says.

“They all keep me going. I just want to create more music and fill up the vault and tour.”

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram: 662 Juke Joint Live

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17

WHERE: Orpheum Theatre Phoenix, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix

COST: Tickets start at $27

INFO: phoenixconventioncenter.com