Sound Opinions Show

Jun 17, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… A celebration of the life and music of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King. Then, the latest from English folk-rocker Richard Thompson.



Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remember pioneering free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman who died at the age of 85. Coleman invented a revolutionary and controversial approach to jazz he called “harmolodics.” His influence extended to rock artists like Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground, and The Grateful Dead as well.


B.B. King, the world’s most famous blues musician, died in May at the age of 89. To pay tribute to the late singer and guitarist, Jim and Greg offer a Classic Album Dissection of Live at the Regal, a concert album recorded in Chicago in 1964. They’re joined by blues scholar Dick Waterman, co-author of The B.B. King Treasures and a personal friend of King’s for decades. They discuss King’s guitar virtuosity, his generosity to his fans, and his musical legacy.


Jim and Greg review Still, the sixteenth studio album from British folk-rocker Richard Thompson. Thompson was a founding member of Fairport Convention and also recorded a series of acclaimed albums with his former wife Linda Thompson. Still was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.


Jim recently rewatched David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks and was pleased to see how well the show holds up today. For his Desert Island Jukebox pick this week, he selects “Falling,” the vocal version of the Twin Peaks theme performed by frequent Lynch collaborator Julee Cruise.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.