It’s Clapton at Madison Square Garden, Paul Simon in The Spotlight, and Lucinda Williams’ New Album on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! This is one of those days I wish I could stay in The Mermaid Lounge and listen, but alas, retail hell calls.

Here’s today’s line-up in the lounge:

11:00 a.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Paul Simon

Paul Simon’s career began back in 1956 with the duo of Simon & Garfunkel, add to that his years as a solo artist, and you have a career that spans six decades. Today we put him in The Spotlight.

3:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is known for working slowly, and maybe there’s a method to her madness. Her latest release at the ripe young age of 67 proves that there’s no age barrier to kicking ass.

7:00 p.m.    Eric Clapton Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, March 19, 2017  NEW!

Speaking of kicking ass, we have Eric Clapton live at Madison Square Garden airing for the first time today. Clapton is an official guitar god. In addition to his incredible solo career, he has loaned his considerable talents to The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band, The Doors Take The Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we have an oldie but goodie for you today.

Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band

Here’s your line-up for Tuesday:

11:00 a.m.  Tuesday Bluesday! Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band, Live in Amsterdam, April 1, 1969   NEW!

The Kozmic Blues Band was but one of the bands that Janis fronted after Big Brother & The Holding Company and before Full Tilt Boogie, as she continued her quest for the “perfect” band. There isn’t much information out there about the band, other than the members’ names. The link I provided is just about the best info you can find out there, and it’s a fan site.

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams

The latest album from Lucinda Williams is our featured album this week. You can learn more about this album by clicking on the photo in the right sidebar on this blog.

6:00 p.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of The Doors

Like Janis Joplin, The Doors’ leader, Jim Morrison, is one of the members of the ’27 Club’, the rockers who died in their 27th year. There are several others in this group, including Gram Parsons, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones. The Doors were only a factor for four years but, in four years, they made some seriously great fucking music.

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We’re ‘Under the Influence’ Today, Lucinda Williams Owns Our Album of The Week, and Spend Some Time With The Animals, Sunday, June 28, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Since I’m already under the influence, that’s how we’ll start our programming today. Beyond that, it’s a day of ‘firsts’ here.

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Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Under the Influence: Various Artists

Since I’m starting my weekend off under the influence, I feel we all should start our day that way!

3:00 p.m.   Album of The Week: Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams   NEW!

Lucinda Williams is back, and we have her brand new album as our latest Album of The Week! It premieres here at 3:00 p.m. Read more about it here

7:00 p.m.   Deb’s Stream: Absolutely The Animals

Personally, I can’t believe it took me this long to put this playlist together. The Animals are undoubtedly one of the premier bands in the history of blues rock, and Eric Burdon is one of the best singers on the planet.

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Cream’s Farewell Concert, The Grateful Dead Does Boston, and “Mojo” Takes Its Leave, Saturday, June 27, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a find day here in Boston, home of The Mermaid Lounge and #BecomeUngovernable Radio. Europe is already on. Where the hell are you?

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Here’s what’s in store for you today!

11:00 a.m.   Album of the Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers   FINAL AIRING!

We bid a very fond farewell to one of the best albums the Heartbreakers ever made. Tomorrow, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week when you wake up!

6:00 p.m.    Cream: The Farewell Concert 1968: Live BBC Transmission

Yet another great supergroup — featuring Eric Clapton (an official Guitar God),  bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker — formed in London in 1966.  Clapton’s stints with The Yardbirds and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers had run their course, and he was looking for something new. He found it. They gave their final live performance at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1968.

10:00 p.m.   Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden, Boston, MA: September 21, 1991   NEW!

My old stomping grounds: My beloved Boston Garden, now just a memory as we’ve exchanged it for the loud thumping, screaming, thunderous insane banging of the shithole known as TD Garden. I’ve been at TD Garden just once. That was quite enough. Thanks, anyway. But I digress. I was also at this particular Grateful Dead show. I remember it fondly.

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Time for Some Drivin’ Songs, The McGarrigle Sisters Stop By, and “Mojo” Returns on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have great music on top, including an interlude in the early evening from our sisters up north, Kate & Anna McGarrigle.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Here’s your musical landscape for today:

11:00 a.m.   Drivin’ Songs: Various Artists    NEW!

Driving. It’s something most of us do and, for some, it cannot be avoided. Some drive for a living. It goes without saying that good driving songs are essential under these circumstances. We’ll share with you some of ours. Now, some of these songs are indeed about being on the road. Some others? Hell, they are just great songs to drive to. Let’s not get too analytical here.

3:00 p.m.     Album of The Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

It’s hard to find an album these days with 15 songs on it. And it’s even harder to find an album with 15 really great songs.

7:00 p.m.     Tell My Sister: The Unreleased Recordings of the McGarrigle Sisters

I call the McGarrigle sisters the Canadian Treasure, but they are also ours. Maybe you know their most famous songs; maybe not. And maybe you do but don’t realize they were behind those songs. Like, Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like A Wheel? Maria Muldaur’s Cool River? Emmylou Harris’ Going Back To Harlan? They also have a bunch of unreleased stuff. That’s what you’ll be hearing this evening. And you will be hearing more from them down the road as we expand our library.

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It’s a Tuesday Bluesday ALL Day! Joining The Allman Brothers Band are Taj Mahal in The Spotlight, and MOJO As Our Album of the Week, on June 23, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Without really planning this, we have a total Tuesday Bluesday today. If you don’t know the music of Taj Mahal, you have no idea what you’re missing. This would be a good day to find out.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday With the Allman Brothers Band, Recorded Live at A & R Studios   NEW!

On August 26, 1971, the legendary Allman Brothers Band hung out at A & R Studios in New York and delivered some great music. We’ve got it here for you in The Mermaid Lounge.

4:00 p.m.     Album of The Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This album is the Heartbreakers’ ode to the blues. Tom Petty once said he envisioned all of them sitting in chairs playing and singing the blues together when they got really old. It’s a shame we will never have that experience now.

7:00 p.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal (born May 17, 1942) is the stage and recording name of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and accomplished bluesman, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks. I have bumped into several people who don’t know who Taj Mahal is, and I actually feel sorry for them. Mahal has successfully married traditional blues with influences like Cajun, Caribbean rhythms, Latin, reggae, R & B, gospel, and calypso. He’s an amazing gift to music.

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Little Feat “Live” in London, Tom Rush Takes His Turn in The Spotlight, and MOJO is our Album of The Week, Sunday, June 21, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Welcome to Sunday Funday, and it’s a good one today. We have Mr. Petty and his band, Little Feat, and Tom Rush on the schedule.

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Here’s today’s Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Album of the Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers   NEW!

The Heartbreakers’ blues album is on tap this week. We chose this because Mojo was released ten years ago on June 15. The album was their 12th studio album, it was Petty’s first in eight years with the band, and the first with Ron Blair back full-time as bassist after the death of the beloved Howie Epstein. (Blair was one of the original founding members of the Heartbreakers; Howie Epstein took over when Blair left.) The album was recorded in Tom Petty’s studio, The Clubhouse and was largely recorded live in the studio without overdubs. This album offers 15 really great songs by a really great band.

2:00 p.m.    Little Feat Live at The Rainbow Theater, London, August 2, 1977   NEW!

Little Feat is like Jello. There’s always room for Little Feat, one of the most amazing, fun, and enjoyable bands on the planet. I’m talking here about the original Little Feat with Lowell George mostly, although the post-George bands were respectable. I saw these guys a few times in my life, but the best show I ever saw was at the Harvard Square Theater, yet another lost venue, with Jerry Jeff Walker opening.

7:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

Tom Rush’s contribution to music cannot be overstated and sometimes people forget him. His recording of Joni Mitchell’s music helped to briing her to the forefront. He was just not interested in star power. I saw this guy on February 8 of this year and he was amazing. He’s 79 years young and still on the road. A real troubadour.

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Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks, The Dead Live in OK City, and Farewell to “Surrealistic Pillow” on Saturday, June 20, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a fine music day today, not too little programming and not too much to hinder the flow of 23,000+ songs on a continual 24/7 cycle.

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Here’s today’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m.   Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

The Airplane approaches its final landing for this cycle. On Sunday, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week, so enjoy Surrealistic Pillow while you can!

6:00 p.m.     Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado (1983)

I have seen Joni Mitchell in concert more than once, most notably during her Court & Spark Tour when she traveled with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express. I have never considered her a ‘warm’ person; she sometimes had attitude with her adoring crowd. I feel the same way about Van Morrison, having seen him more than once also. But brilliant? Absolutely no question. Some days they took themselves too seriously, but their  music? That should be taken very seriously.

10:00 p.m.   Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Live at Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK, September 25, 1985   NEW!

The world’s most famous jam band. The ultimate road band. They’re back for another spin with Live Dead. This week, coming to you from Oklahoma Put on your tie dye and light up a fatty. It’s a fucking Grateful Dead concert.

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Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney, Linda Ronstadt “Live” at Budokan, and “Surrealistic Pillow” gets more air time on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today, we’re going to celebrate Paul McCartney’s 78th birthday with a special playlist. Later, we have another legend — Linda Ronstadt — live at Budokan.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney   NEW!

This playlist could have gone on, literally, for hours. But I did show some restraint, so give me some credit here! People bitch and moan that McCartney is the most ‘commercial’ of the Beatles. That may be so. But it’s that commercial side of the coin that allows performers to make the music they love. And I certainly have loved being around for Mr. McCartney’s career.

6:00 p.m.    Linda Ronstadt Live at Budokan Hall, Japan, March 3, 1979

Ronstadt dominated the 70s, building a following that was unheard of  for a woman in the male-dominated rock world. Although she didn’t always enjoy playing massive venues, she sold them out routinely. I remember traveling to Los Angeles to see Linda Ronstadt at the Los Angeles Forum on Christmas eve during the Living in the USA tour. One of the best decisions I ever made.

9:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

The Airplane come back in for a landing this evening with Surrealistic Pillow on board.

By the way, the set lists for McCartney and Ronstadt are both up under the Playlist tab. Scroll toward the bottom.

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Tuesday Bluesday With SRV, Van Morrison in The Spotlight, and a “Surrealistic Pillow” Flashback, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Stevie Ray Vaughan makes his Tuesday Bluesday debut, the Airplane make a landing, and Van Morrison is in The Spotlight later.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday: Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at The Austin Opera House, April 15, 1984   NEW!

People toss the term Guitar God around like everyone should wear it, but it is reserved for a select crew. Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of them. Beyond his obvious talent, he was a fascinating character whose full story, I confess, I did not know until after he passed. I was too busy listening to his music.

2:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane comes in for a layover and brings this masterpiece with them.

6:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Van “The Man” Morrison

There are few who compare with this guy’s body of work. What could be better than SRV and Van “The Man” on the same day?

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