Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got some great blues programming for you today from The Mermaid Lounge along with our Album of the Week.
Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday programming:
11:00 a.m. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Live at The BBC (1965-1967)
A great collection of live Bluesbreakers songs recorded live at the BBC between 1965 and 1967, with the great John Mayall at the helm. It also includes two previously unreleased songs from the Old Grey Whistle Test performances, So Much To Do and Taxman Blues.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Blue by Joni Mitchell
The second airing of one of the greatest recorded albums in popular music history by the great Joni Mitchell, written and recorded during a very turbulent time in her personal life.
7:00 p.m. Muddy Waters: The Johnny Winter Sessions (1976-1981)
Johnny Winter assembled a great backing band for Muddy Waters — a giant of the Chicago blues genre — during these recording sessions, including Pinetop Perkins on keyboards and James Cotton on harp. All the great blues standards are here, Mannish Boy, Baby Please Don’t Go, Good Morning Little School Girl, and even Champagne and Reefer.
The festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. EST, and there’s no better way to get your fill of blues in. We’re totally free around the clock. We don’t ask you to subscribe or give us a credit card. And best of all, there are no commercials to interrupt the flow.
Here we are with our usual frenetic Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we wish you a great Good Morning. We’ve got some really cool stuff on tap, including a brand new playlist called Repeat After Me.
Here’s your Saturday line-up!
11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists NEW!
I was driving home from work when this idea came into my head and I wondered what the hell took me so long. I also have to tell you that I somehow feel this is simply the first volume. I thought of even more this morning. Here we have some great songs that have also been the beneficiaries of great remakes. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly the case in the music world. The best want to remake and pay tribute to the best songwriters and performers who have inspired their own music.
The playlist for this volume will be in the blog under the “Playlist” tab. Just click on it and scroll to the bottom.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!
This is the final airing of this great album. Get on it while you can. Tomorrow, we’ve got a brand new album to feature, and it’s one that just got its 50th Anniversary edition to boot!
7:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays
Last summer we added surf music to our repertoire, but we’ve not given it much of an audience this summer, regrettably I might add. As we work on the Labor Day Weekend, we’re going to play Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays. There’s a story behind this one. This band made one album, although the liner notes called them the premier surf music band of the sixties (when surf music first burst onto the music scene). The band is actually Mike Campbell and Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Randall Marsh (drummer for Mudcrutch, another Tom Petty band). The did this anonymously because they didn’t want to detract from The Heartbreakers meteoric rise of 1997, the year the album was released. They didn’t particularly care if it even sold a copy (which it did; I have one). They did it because they love the sound of surf music.
The album was just picked up and re-released a few weeks ago. If you are a lover of guitars (and of Mike Campbell, simply one of the best guitarists on the planet), then there’s something about surf guitar music that can’t be explained. Tune it in and see for yourself.
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, July 1, 1973
This is one of the few repeat performances we’ve played since starting LIVE DEAD three years ago, but it also hasn’t been aired since 2019. It’ll be like new, just like every live performance The Dead has done. We have several brand new never-before-played concerts in the bucket. We just need to get them ready.
Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge is pretty busy, and this one is no different. Give us a shot. We’ve got listeners from allover this morning, including Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, The Russian Federation, Romania, Spain and even The Republic of Korea. We’re sitting here waiting on the U.S. (although we do have someone from North Carolina and someone from Texas this morning). Tune us in. Get with the damned program.
It’s September here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we are kicking off the month in style. We’ve got a great live Hendrix and friends performance from 1968, we spotlight The Temptations later, and we toss in some Trifectas during our afternoon Open Stream.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Jimi Hendrix Jams With Elvin Bishop, Harvey Brooks, and Paul Butterfield, Live at The Cafe Au Go Go, New York, March 17, 1968
Jimi Hendrix jams with several of his friends on stage at the famed Cafe Au Go Go in New York. Not to be missed.
Afternoon Open Stream with Hourly Trifectas NEW!
The Trifectas are pretty popular right now, so we’re riding the wave today with four new selections:
3:00 p.m. The Beatles
4:00 p.m. The Rascals
5:00 p.m. Carly Simon
6:00 p.m. Stevie Wonder
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Temptations
We close the programming today with the legendary Temptations who helped to pioneer the Motown sound.
As always, it’s a great day to join our growing worldwide community and tune us in. We run 24/7 so we can accommodate everyone’s best listening times. Some of our listeners start tuning in at 3:00 a.m., depending upon where they are in the world. Already this morning, we have listeners from the UK, Spain, Italy, Israel, France, and the Faroe Islands. Give us a shot.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! I have never liked Mondays. When I worked in corporate America, we used to call it Moan-Day. Now I have Monday’s off from retail hell, which makes it easier for me to acclimate when I get back there. Today, we’ve got great music for you to start your work week. I hope this helps.
Here’s your musical line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The J. Geils Band
Here in Boston, we have two formidable bands in rock music history: The J. Geils Band and Aerosmith. I have always preferred The J. Geils Band myself, perhaps because their roots are more seated in R & B, but also because they were more versatile. (Also because Steven Tyler is a horse’s ass, but that’s another story.) Today we put J. Geils In the Spotlight.
3:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Rainbow Theatre, London, UK, August 4, 1977
Another Mermaid Lounge favorite here, Little Feat. This was one sweet band, and their songs were the favorites of many a performer, including Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt. In fact, Bill Payne, the piano player for Little Feat was also Bonnie’s piano player on many tours. It was also rumored that Lowell George was madly in love with Linda Ronstadt. But I digress because I love musical trivia. At any rate, I think of all the bands who lived beyond their leaders’ death, Little Feat was the most formidable. But still, the Lowell George version of Little Feat could not be touched.
7:00 p.m. George Harrison with Eric Clapton & His Band Live at the International Exhibition Centre, Nagoya, Japan, December 5, 1991
Two great friends perform live together. As it turns out, the road-resistant George Harrison only played two live stints during his solo career. This turned out to be his second, and final, live performance.
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Good Morning, fellow Deadheads! This week in 1995 we lost Jerry Garcia, the heart and soul of The Grateful Dead (no matter what anyone tells you, the Dead ain’t the Dead without Jerry). Today we have just two piece of programming, both dedicated to Jerry Garcia.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Very Best of The Grateful Dead NEW!
We take a bit of a different approach today. Every Saturday night now since the beginning of this station, we have aired a show called Live Dead. (If you haven’t yet tuned into this, it’s every Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. EST.) Today, we are presenting a Spotlight of studio songs that are the very best of the Dead, just under three hours of uninterrupted music.
7:00 p.m. The Jerry Garcia Band Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, December 2, 1977
I have a particular fondness for this show since I was in attendance. We’ve aired this before, but it was quite a while ago. I thought it would be appropriate to break it out again in honor of Jerry.
In between all this great music is our wide Open Stream, with music chosen by The Music Mermaid who, by the way, has impeccable taste. Tune us in and you’ll see for yourself…all at absolutely no charge ever.
Yes, we’re back with five uninterrupted hours of blues and blues-rock with James Cotton, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball, Muddy Waters, Keb’Mo, The Rolling Stones, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Albert King, Etta James, The Robert Cray Band, Bonnie Raitt and more!
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson
We’ve got the second airing of this great bluesy album tonight. Don’t miss the chance to hear these three great women together on one album.
Once again, Tuesday is always blues day here in the lounge. And once again, it’s always a great day to tune us in. We’re free (which puts us OUTSIDE the system), we don’t accept commercials, we don’t require subscriptions, and we don’t ask for your credit card number. No need for any of that nonsense.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Monday in The Mermaid Lounge (ho hum). It’s hot. It’s sticky. And it’s ugly out there. But it’s very cool here in the lounge.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck
Good luck has never been my specialty, especially in the love department. At my advanced age, I don’t even mess with that shit anymore. But I digress. Here we have others whose luck has sometimes been good, sometimes been bad, and sometimes has been just pure dumb luck. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Eagles, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Jethro Tull, Fats Domino, The Wallflowers, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and more.
3:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt Live In-Studio: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977
Enjoy this young Bonnie Raitt selection. Some of this was used for broadcast on Dutch TV. Joining Bonnie on stage was Freebo on bass and tuba, Will McFarlane on guitar, Marty Grebbs on keys and sax, and Dennis Whitted on drums. Bonnie is on vocals and slide, as always.
7:00 p.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists
As they say, nighttime is the right time, and these artists prove it. We take you right up to the witching hour with The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Van Morrison, The Animals, The Band, Tom Petty, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Kinks, The Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Poco and more.
Join us.You won’t regret it for one musical moment. We promise.
Good Morning, Reggaeologists (that’s a new one). Today brings us a great live performance by The Wailers, and some other great stuff.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA May 26, 1976
Today we get some reggae on with The Legend himself, live from The Roxy. Marley was a pioneer in reggae music, fusing it with ska and rocksteady. He had his own distinctive singing and songwriting style.
3:00 p.m. Sam Cooke at The Harlem Square Club, Miami, Florida, January 12, 1963
Sam Cooke was a singer-songwriter who was one of the most influential soul artists of all time. He joined the Soul Stirrers as a vocalist in the early fifties, but went solo in 1957 and is responsible for a string of hits including A Change is Gonna’ Come, Bring It On Home To Me, Cupid, Twistin’ The Night Away, and Chain Gang. During his eight-year career, he released 29 singles that charted in Billboard’s Top 40, and 20 which charted in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Black Singles chart.
7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists
As promised, we bring you volume two of this playlist tonight. In this volume, you’ll hear the handiwork of Albert Lee (The Hot Band), Duane Allman, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Brian May, Andrew Gold, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, John Fogerty, Dickie Betts, David Gilmour and more!
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Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re getting closer to the end of the week; it’s all downhill from here. The one thing that will not be going downhill with us is the music selection. We’ve got some excellent stuff for you today.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Emmylou Harris
What can we say about this woman? She’s released so many albums and singles over her brilliant career it would take three paragraphs to enumerate them. She has won 14 Grammys and is in the Country Music Hall of Fame. In my opinion, if they put rappers in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (a practice which I think is absurd, frankly), Emmylou Harris belongs there. I recently read the projection is for 2027. What the fuck else does she need to do?
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Downhill From Everywhere by Jackson Browne
We’re winding down on our Album of The Week. This is our second-to-final airing; the final will be on Saturday. Get in on it while you can!
7:00 p.m. The Tedeschi Trucks Band Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, August 30, 2012
This great blues-rock band is led by married couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and was formed in 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. Revelator, their first album as a band, won the 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Need we say anything more?
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Good Morning, Music Lovers across the planet! Here we are at another midweek. We have a lot of wide open stream today, but we have some great programming as well!
Here’s Wednesday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Neville Brothers NEW!
This one has been on my list for a quite a long time and it’s finally here. I got to see these guys just one time during one of my business trips to New Orleans. They were live at Tipitinas, a great venue, by the way. Today we have them as a band, some of them solo, and we also have The Meters. Art Neville was the founder of both The Neville Brothers and The Meters. They are truly a magical, musical family.
7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists
Here we have some of the handiwork of some of music’s greatest on guitar. You’ll hear Dickie Betts, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Paul Barriere, Jimi Hendrix, Walter Becker, Mike Campbell, Joe Perry and more.
We’ll have Volume Two on Friday of this week, and we’re putting together Volume Three right now. So, if we’ve missed anyone, we’ll rectify that.
Once again, please give us a shot. We’re all about the music because this is a labor of love. We make no profit whatsoever. That is definitely not why we’re here.