30-Day Song Challenge Day 29 – A Song You Have/Want to Download

Kingfish album

“I think there is a song out there to describe just about any situation.” (Criss Jami)

A friend and long-time loyal blog follower recently sent me a 30-Day Song Challenge meme in the hope that I couldn’t resist taking the challenge and blogging about it. Here’s Day #29 – A Song You Have/Want to Download: all of them from the debut album of Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.

The syntax on this category allows it to be interpreted in different ways so for clarity (and what I think the original intent was), I understood this to mean, “a song I have to have.”

As they say, timing is everything. I had already written this entry and was awaiting its turn for publication. But last night I finally got around to listening to Hayley Williams’ new album Petals for Armor and it is a total WOW. I had been reading and hearing about it since its release on May 8[1] and it is everything that everybody has been saying it is. And it’s now waiting in my Amazon shopping cart for other items to get me to the $25 for free shipping level.

Alright, back to Kingfish. In my too-much-music-too-little-time world, his debut album came out a year ago but I finally just heard it very recently and ordered it immediately. Hence its entry for this category.

I discovered Kingfish, then a 19-year old blues prodigy, last year on a wet Sunday morning at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2019.[2] It’s ironic to think that he could play in any of the many Chicago blues clubs/bars and not be able to order a drink in any of them!

Here’s a video I shot of a young man that Rolling Stone says has “a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix & Prince.”

And speaking of Prince:

So, yeah, if you loves you some blues, check out Kingfish.


[1] As well as commentary on the songs she released periodically prior to the formal album drop.

[2] The festival is in early June. I have been several times. Thinking back, I don’t recall seeing his merch team promoting/selling his album that came out in May. Maybe it was the rain.

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