BB King - Live in Cook County Jail - Ryan Sickler

Nov 07, 2018, 11:00 AM

Episode 499 is all about going back to your roots, as the friendship between comedian Ryan Sickler and Josh goes way back, and the influence of B.B. King's signature style of blues guitar playing, captured at a dark time in American history on the album Live in Cook County Jail, is deeply embedded in the generations of musicians that have come after him. The 500 is a production of Native Creative Podcasts.  New Song / Artist influenced by B.B. King: "Witness" by Benjamin Booker

Songs of heartbreak and loss abound in this episode of The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers, which centers around B.B. King's album Live in Cook County Jail, but this week's guest doesn't shy away from music that makes you want to cry into your beer or maybe even drive off a cliff. Comedian Ryan Sickler has seen his fair share of hardship, and like the prisoners who were there to witness this album's recording on the hottest day of 1971, he finds comfort in the shared misery these beautiful recordings extol. In fact, Ryan has managed to turn some of the tragedies in his life into solid gold material that he's been able to showcase on Viceland's Party Legends, Comedy Central's This is Not Happening, and his own storytelling podcast, The Crabfeast. Two of Baltimore's favorite sons, Ryan and Josh have almost as much fun talking about who they'd love to see perform for a crowd of screaming felons as they do dissecting the fascinating minutiae of B.B. King's life.

Sickler's new album “Get a Hold of Yourself” drops everywhere #toozdee November 20, 2018. Pre-order now to get an instant download of the track, “The Dad Whistle”.

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