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Another great blues performer is coming to The Kent Stage. Twenty-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingramwill perform on Thursday, June 13.

Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten 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 said. “I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”

He was recently signed to the acclaimed blues label Alligator Records, which will release Ingram’s debut album “Kingfish” on May 17.

Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer considers “Kingfish” a natural fit for the blues and roots label. “At the age of 20, “Kingfish” is one of the most exciting and passionate young artists I’ve seen in many years, said Iglauer. “He’s creating new music that feels like blues but doesn’t copy what’s already been done. His roots are firmly in the Mississippi Delta, and you can hear that raw Delta honesty in his playing and singing. His guitar work is technically dazzling, but it’s all about the emotions of the song and moving the audience. He’s perfectly capable of crowd-pleasing shredding, but his music is remarkably mature.”