What: Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival

When: Friday and Saturday

Where: Village Green City Park, 305 S. Fir St., Sisters

Cost: $110 plus fees for full festival, $45 plus fees for Friday only, $75 plus fees for Saturday only; $70/$27/$50 plus fees for ages 10-17; free for kids younger than 10 with ticketholder

Contact: sistersrhythmandbrews.com

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram has a very Zen reaction to why it took him so long to release his first album, May’s “Kingfish.”

“I guess it wasn’t supposed to be released when I was younger,” the guitarist said with a laugh recently before a show in St. Louis.

But there’s more to the story than that, of course. Since first taking the stage as an 11-year-old prodigy, Ingram, now 20, has shot up the ranks of young blues guitarists. His fiery playing has caught the attention of blues greats such as Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph, rockers including Dave Grohl and Nikki Sixx and powerful people such as former first lady Michelle Obama. (He played the White House in 2014, one of his earliest breakouts.)

Ingram honed his performing chops with countless live shows in subsequent years, including a memorable performance at the 2015 Sisters Folk Festival. He will return Saturday to headline the second Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival in Village Green Park.

But two things held him back from recording. Guy was able to help with the first issue: money.

“One of the bigger reasons why I never did anything (was) because we just really never had the funds to do anything,” Ingram said. “And one day we got this call from my godfather, Tony ‘TC’ Coleman, who played drums with B.B. King for a substantial amount of years. He called us and was like, ‘Hey, man, Mr. Buddy Guy wants to work with you and he wants to pay for your record and actually get a record out.’ So I was like, cool, man. We got together with Buddy’s producer, Tom Hambridge … and had one writing session, which we got most of the songs on the record done in one day.”

Indeed, songwriting was the second stumbling block for Ingram. He attempted to write songs before “Kingfish” but was not satisfied with the results. (“They were bad,” he said. “I didn’t really have no faith in them.”)

“At first, (Hambridge) had asked, ‘What type of record do you want to make?’ and I told him,” Ingram said. “For the writing session, he had asked me about some of the things I liked about some of the things I had going on in my life. … I pulled out some of the songs that I had already written and we brainstormed on those. So it was pretty much just him feeding off my energy, I’m feeding off of his and going back and forth.”

Since the album’s release, Ingram has been back on the road with his trio including drummer Chris Black and bassist Paul Rogers, the latter of whom also played with Ingram at the folk festival in 2015. That show was particularly memorable for fans and Ingram — he played for a full tent outside the Sisters Art Works building, with fans who couldn’t get in milling about outside. He said he “can’t wait” to return.

“We had fun that night,” he said with another huge laugh.

Festival co-organizer Jennifer Rambo is also excited for Ingram’s return. This year, she and her husband and festival co-organizer, Joe Rambo — who together own Team Rambo Events Electrical, which provides power to outdoor events such as the folk festival and the Bend Summer Festival — curated a “personal lineup” of favorites including Larkin Poe, Mr. Sipp, Joanne Shaw Taylor, The White Buffalo and more.

The festival will once again be a benefit for Sisters Habitat for Humanity and Heart of Oregon Corps YouthBuild, with all profits after expenses going to the programs. While the festival did not make any profits last year, it still raised more than $2,000 for the programs through its returning Sign a Stud program, which for a donation allows people to create artwork or a personal message on a 2-by-4 piece of lumber that will be used in a future project. The Rambos also hosted a Winter Blues Ball at The Belfry in December that netted $3,500 for the organizations, Rambo said.

“We knew going into it and we knew starting this partnership with them that this was going to be something that took some building,” Rambo said. “We are on target to break even this year, and then any additional funds will go directly to them.”

Ingram is a natural fit to co-headline Sisters Rhythm & Brews, which as the name suggests is focused on blues, blues-rock and R&B-leaning artists. He grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, often credited as the “cradle of the blues” due to its connections to artists such as Muddy Waters, who grew up on a farm near the city, and Robert Johnson, who supposedly sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads of U.S. routes 61 and 49 in the city. Ingram discovered this history through his father, who introduced him to the blues.

“He showed me — one day we were just randomly flipping the channels and this PBS documentary of Muddy Waters came (on),” Ingram said. “And he was like, ‘Oh, there’s Muddy Waters; he’s from Clarksdale.’ … My other introduction to the blues with my dad was, we watched the ‘Sanford and Son’ episode with B.B. King. And also when my dad had showed me about Muddy, that’s when I learned about Clarksdale blues history.”

Starting out on drums in his family’s church, Ingram soon moved to bass. “At first I started on guitar, but I felt my fingers were too big for the strings,” he said. But by 12 or 13, he switched to guitar.

“We lived right next to a blues band, and I could hear them — they would be jamming in the living room and I could hear them,” Ingram said. “They would invite me over; I would bring my guitar and I would cheer with them and everything. I couldn’t play then, but hanging around that was really what sparked my interest in the blues and finding out about the history of Clarksdale and such.”

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