This Kid Is Amazing

Via The Root, I was just introduced to 15-year-old blues prodigy Christone "Kingfish" Ingram:

[Video is a news segment on Kingfish care of his local Fox affiliate.]

Kingfish, a fat black teenage boy, sits on his living room couch, holding and playing a guitar. In voiceover, the male reporter says, "With his fingers to the guitar threads, 15-year-old Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram shreds." Video of Kingfish shredding. Reporter, in voiceover: "He has played the White House and met First Lady Michelle Obama."

Cut to Kingfish being interviewed. "No words, no words. It was the same feeling I got when I met B.B.—B.B. King. You know? It's—it's no words that can describe it."

Over video of Kingfish playing, the reporter says: "He has played guitar, drums, or bass since he was five years old, but credits his parents for signing him up for classes at Clarksdale's Delta Blues Museum, for really teaching him to play. He started playing gigs in seventh grade."

Cut to Kingfish being interviewed. "When there was no place that I probably wouldn't be playing on the weekend, man. It was—that's when I just got hooked. You know? I'm like, you know what, this is what I'm gonna be doing for the rest of my life."

Over video of Kingfish playing, the reporter says: "Later this month, the Kingfish tours France."

Kingfish: "I'm very excited about that trip, man. I'm very ecstatic about it, man. It's gonna—it's gonna be awesome, man, you know. The morning I woke up and she told me about it, I really didn't believe it." Shreds.

Reporter: "His goal in life: To have two albums out by the time he is twenty. Reporting at Friars Point, Mississippi, I'm Tom Dees for Fox 13 News."
Now, here is video of Kingfish playing (and singing) "Don't Waste My Time" at the Big Eyed Blues Festival in October, so you can really see what all the fuss is about:

Hello, sir!

Kids today. Get ON my lawn!

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