published Monday, March 26th, 2012

Off the Couch: B.B. King serves up the blues in Chattanooga Thursday

LISA DENTON: Barry, I was looking over B.B. King's discography, and I could swear some of his songs are about me. I'd start with "Fine Looking Woman" and "Sweet Little Angel," of course, but I'd probably have to end with "She's a Mean Woman" and "Get Off My Back Woman." My favorite title is "You're Still a Parallelogram," which I believe is a reference to his beloved guitar, Lucille.

BARRY COURTER: "Parallelogram" could reference how you look walking around with only one high heel on.

LISA: Um, that was you.

BARRY: Oh yeah. I never did find that other shoe. You know he also did "Dust My Broom"? Not sure why you would know that, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

Blues Boy King is probably best known for "The Thrill Is Gone," but I'm betting he will prove to fans who show up at the Tivoli Thursday night that the thrill is very much still there.

LISA: He's a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and No. 6 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. That's some top-tier credentials.

He's the second musician of legendary status that we've had at the Tivoli in as many weeks. I caught the recent Don Williams show, and that was a blast. He was very laid-back, but you figure when these guys reach a certain age (Williams is 72, King is 86) that all they have to do is walk onstage to make the crowd happy. One online source says King has logged more than 15,000 performances in 62 years. That's a long time to have the blues.

BARRY: No kidding. Changing subjects: While she is nowhere near those milestones, our own Lauren Alaina continues to add to her numbers. She opened for Jason Aldean Saturday in New Jersey, and this morning at 10 she will sing her Top 30 hit "Georgia Peaches" on "Today."

Oh, and don't forget the Lookouts open the 2012 season at AT&T Park Thursday night as well.

LISA: Yep, they kick off the season against the Tennessee Smokies, and the giveaway that night is a magnet from Bi-Lo listing the schedule for the season.

This year, the Montgomery Biscuits have been edged out as my favorite opposing team, a decision I base solely on the team name. The Carolina Mudcats have moved from North Carolina to Florida and changed their name to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Hearing that makes me want to sing like Linda Ronstadt: the Bluuuuuuue Wah-hoooooos.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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