It’s Barns Courtney New Vinyl Thursday. Check out this week’s new vinyl arrivals:
311 – Voyager
Andrew Combs – All These Dreams
Andrew Combs – Canyons Of My Mind (150 Gram Vinyl, Digital Download Card)
Andrew Combs – Worried Man
Andrew Combs – 5 Covers & A Song (10-Inch Vinyl)
Adele – 19
Barns Courtney – 404
Black Star Riders – Another State Of Grace (Gatefold LP Jacket)
The Beatles – Rubber Soul (180 Gram Vinyl, MONO Remastered, Reissue)
Bleached – Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?
Bon Iver – I,I
Can – Tago Mago
Chrissie Hynde & The Valve Bone Woe Ensemble – Valve Bone Woe
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Kingfish
Christone Ingram is the future of the blues…
Future is an ambiguous term. It can mean Ingram is carrying the torch for existing blues music, or it can mean he’s reinventing it. ‘Kingfish’ features Ingram working solidly in blues rock territory. But while the grooves are familiar, his guitar playing demonstrates a maturity, restraint, and passion, while his vocals are as rich and as resonant as his syrup-like guitar tone.
Broadly speaking, most contemporary blues guitarists either pull from the classic blues wells (B.B., Albert, and Freddie King, Buddy Guy.) or start with the great interpreters (Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan). Ingram grabs from everywhere, though. “Outside of This Town,” the album’s lead-off track, is pure “ZZ Top”, from the tone to the bends to the hooks. One song later, on “Fresh Out,” Ingram is performing a slow blues with Guy, dropping in solos that could have been recorded 70 years ago.
Actually, that’s not quite true. Ingram’s huge tone is decidedly contemporary. It has a presence that way too few guitarists have achieved. And that’s the only tell that Ingram is working in the present. Otherwise, he’s seemingly integrated all of the blues and blues rock into his own personal style.
Ingram isn’t just about electric blues, either. The album also includes two acoustic numbers, showcasing Ingram’s mastery of dynamics. “Been Here Before” is surprisingly gentle, especially given how muscular and powerful his electric work is. “Hard Times” is an acoustic blues featuring fellow bluesman Keb’ Mo’ on resonator guitar. The tracks are impressive because of Ingram’s willingness to keep them low-key. He doesn’t feel the need to throw in needless guitar licks, but instead trusts the songs and his own voice.
This was a smart debut. All of the tracks are written by some combination of Ingram and drummer/producer Tom Hambridge, with one track co-written with fellow blues wunderkind Jontavious Willis. Nothing strays too far from standard blues and blues rock fare, which, by sticking to the familiar, allows Ingram to execute everything perfectly. If his talent somehow plateaus right where it is right now, Ingram has an incredible career in front of him. But if his playing and songwriting evolve, as I strongly suspect they will, we’re in for some real genre-changing music from a smart, talented artist. I can’t wait to hear more. Pick up a copy from the Vinyl Underground, it’s definitely worth the price of admission. -Albert Schmurr
Death Cab for Cutie – Blue (180 Gram Vinyl, Extended Play, Digital Download Card)
Donald Byrd – Chant
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Empty Moon – The Empty Moon Story
Gorillaz – Demon Days
Greta Van Fleet – Anthem Of The Peaceful Army
Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters
Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love (180 Gram Vinyl)
Jenny Lewis – On the Line (Colored Vinyl, Blue, Indie Exclusive, Poster, Stickers)
J Mascis – Elastic Days
Kashmere Stage Band – Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 (Digital Download Card)
Kid Rock – Greatest Hits: You Never Saw Coming
Kanye West – College Dropout
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I (180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered)
Lauryn Hill – Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Metallica – Ride the Lightning (180 Gram Vinyl)
Misfits – Die Die My Darling
Michael Jackson – Thriller (Gatefold LP Jacket)
My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges
Nina Simone – It Is Finished
Panic! At the Disco – Pray For The Wicked (Black, Digital Download Card)
OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
OutKast – Atliens
Otis Redding – Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul Of Otis Redding
Paul Cauthen – Room 41 (Gatefold LP Jacket, 140 Gram Vinyl, Colored Vinyl, Red, Indie Exclusive)
Portishead – Dummy
Ramones – Road To Ruin (syeor Exclusive 2019)
The Rolling Stones – HONK
Stevie Vaughan Ray & Double Trouble – Couldn’t Stand The Weather
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
Stanley Turrentine – Hustlin’
Tinariwen – Amadjar
Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter (180 Gram Vinyl)
Tyler Childers – Country Squire (Large Item, Gatefold LP Jacket, 150 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert)
The Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground and Nico (180 Gram Vinyl)
Xxxtentacion – ? (Deluxe Edition, Boxed Set, Clear Vinyl)
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