"This 10/10 live album that demonstrates he’s got the goods to be a modern-day legend": Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram's Live In London is a joy to hear

the cover of Christone Kingfish Ingram's album Live In London
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Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram is receiving some well-deserved time in the spotlight lately, not just for his grasp on authentic blues styles (Three Kings, Buddy Guy, Muddy…) but also his embracing of more modern greats such as Gary Moore and Eric Gales. On top of that, he’s into R&B and gospel/neo soul music, too, making for a really appealing range of elements.

That magic has now been captured live – and it’s a joy to hear. Take She Calls Me Kingfish, the album’s opener – here’s a tight band nailing a tasty arrangement complete with a rock gospel intro evocative of bands such as Mint Condition. On this track, Christone solos with real authority and his vocals have a richness beyond his years. Fresh Out is a slow burner, with drums and bass locked solid as he sings and wails.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.