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 set to take the music world by storm with the long-awaited release of his debut album on Alligator Records (see review in this edition of Bluesnotes). Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and although he grew up near the crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly cut a deal with the devil, Kingfish insists he didn’t do any of that to make his guitar howl the blues. “I just practice all the time,” he says, “that’s the only deal I made, and it’s with myself. . . I do think I have an old soul, that I’ve been here before. I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”
The Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. Sunday, October 13. 8:00 pm. $18.00 at Ticketweb.com. 21 & over. The Cerny Brothers opens.