Christone "Kingfish" Ingram: "You always want to say something when you play the blues, you always want to feel. You can’t play the blues by the book"

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, pictured with his signature Fender Telecaster Deluxe
(Image credit: Fender)

He’s the kind of player who can make people’s heads turn with just a few notes. Christone "Kingfish" Ingram has that rare quality that B.B. King had – the ability to imbue solos with weight and feeling, even when playing simple phrases. 

However, the Clarksdale, Mississippi, bluesman is also a blisteringly effective player in the faster sections, too, never losing his phrasing when he’s laying down the notes thick and fast. 

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.