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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Brings a Piece of the Delta to Blues Break with Michael Bourne

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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, who just released his debut album, KINGFISH, on Alligator Records

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is the brightest young artist erupting on the Blues scene today. 

He’s from Clarksdale, Miss., ground zero of the Delta blues. He grew up near the crossroads where Robert Johnson legendarily sold his soul in a guitar showdown with the Devil, and he plays so fiercely it’s often wondered whether Kingfish is likewise musically hellbound.

You can hear him playing live and singing songs from his first Alligator album, Kingfish, when he came to the Blues Break with Michael Bourne on WBGO.

Hear the full segment above, and watch a short in-studio performance below.

Audio production: Sarah Kerson

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Michael Bourne, who died on August 21, 2022, was a presence on the air at WBGO between the end of 1984 and the start of 2022 when he retired from full-time hosting duty. He is the host of the Singers Unlimited Podcast by WBGO Studios. Previously, he hosted the popular Singers Unlimited (1985-2022). He also hosted the equally popular Blues Break for several years. Michael is a senior contributor to Down Beat, with the magazine since 1969. Doctor Bourne earned a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University -- which comes in handy when he's a theatre critic for the WBGO Journal.