Friday, November 22
The Future of Blues
8:00 p.m.: VANESSA COLLIER
9:45 p.m.: CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM
DoubleTree by Reading Grand Ballroom
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Once a generation, a blues artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be but shakes the genre to its core.
With both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is taking the music world by storm with the release of his debut album Kingfish on Alligator Records.
Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just 10 miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49.
A student of the Delta’s musical history, he is acutely aware of the musicians and the music that emerged from his corner of the world. “I do think I have an old soul, that I’ve been here before,” he says. “I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”
“Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”— Rolling Stone Magazine
Ingram is being hailed not only by major publications as “the future of the blues” but by elder statesman Buddy Guy who says, “Kingfish is the next explosion of the blues.”
Guy’s two-time Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge helmed Kingfish, with Guy sharing a track with Ingram and Keb Mo’ aboard for six tracks. Yes, Ingram is flanked by royalty on the album.
Rolling Stone wrote this about him:
“Is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram the future of the blues? The blues savior is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”
Despite his youth, Ingram’s rise has been more steady than meteoric. He began performing in the church and was playing drums at 6 years old and bass at 9. By 11, he’d switched to guitar and began writing songs. While his friends chose rap and R&B, Ingram fell in love with electric blues, stimulated mostly by a PBS film on Muddy Waters. Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry mentored him and gave him his nickname. Perry began to spread the word.
Kingfish has shared stages with Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph, Guitar Shorty, Eric Gales and many others.
Multi-talented Vanessa Collier is an in-demand artist, bringing her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos and witty songwriting to the stage.
She won the 2019 Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist – Horn.
Collier’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (20012-20013) while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.
In 2017 Collier continued her success with the release of her sophomore album Meeting My Shadow, earning many prestigious honors and awards. She followed that album up with Honey Up in 2018.
Collier works hard to share her love of music and the blues with the next generation. She maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. She is active with Blues in the Schools and offers jazz, blues and saxophone clinics throughout the United States.