It’s A Keep-It-Simple Sunday With A Visit From The Brits and a Brand New Album of The Week, November 28, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a simple recipe for happy today, and it’s really rather simple. We pay homage to our British Invasion innovators with five hours of uninterrupted stream, and give you a great new Album of The Week. The rest is wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid.

These particular festivities begin about mid-afternoon!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m Album of The Week: Rising Sons by Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder NEW!

This is a long story better told here, but I’ll give you the short version. Back in 1965, two 17-year-olds decided not to take the same path as Kyle Rittenhouse, and instead started a band named The Rising Sons. Their names were Ryland Cooder (better known as Ry Cooder) and Henry St. Claire Fredericks (better known as Taj Mahal). Ry Cooder, who Linda Ronstadt continually says is the best guitarist she’s ever met, played six- and twelve-string guitar, mandolin, the bottleneck and slide guitars, and dobro. Taj Mahal played harmonica, piano, and guitar. He was also the vocalist. Other members of the band included guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid, bassist Gary Marker, and drummer Ed Cassidy (who would go on soon to form the band, Spirit). Their band was short-lived, but both Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal went on to be a couple of the most innovative musicians on the planet. Today, we give you their album, Rising Sons.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

About mid-afternoon here in the states we kick off our homage to the bands of the British Invasion and beyond. You’ll hear The Beatles (of course), The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Them, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, The Pretenders, Lulu, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, and many more!

Come on, people, and get your musical freak on! Join our listeners from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Brazil, Greece, The Netherlands, Denmark, Russian Federation, Cleveland (no shit), Mexico, Spain, and points beyond. It’s Sunday and that’s a day of rest even if it is the holiday season. Say “No” to capitalism and tune us in. (Did I mention we’re not capitalists?)

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We Kick Off Tom Petty Month Today and Give You Some ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Action, Friday, October 1, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! It’s Rocktober, and that makes it Tom Petty Month. Now, we are not out to compete with any other music outlet by any stretch. But you’ll be seeing a bit more of The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys than usual this month. And that’s a good thing.

Fans gather to mourn the death of Tom Petty at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, after it had been announced that the musician had died at the age of 66. © Sheri Determan Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 02 Oct 2017 Credit: Sheri Determan/WENN.com

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

We kick off the day with our Travelin’ Fever EP. You’ll hear Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt, Asleep At The Wheel, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Band, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Loggins & Messina, Jesse Winchester, Fats Domino, Del Shannon, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Charles, Guy Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

We kick off Tom Petty month with Hypnotic Eye, the final studio album by The Heartbreakers released in 2014. It is not our album of the week because it has already been our album of the week. The reason we kick off with this album is it’s hard for a band to be this good nearly forty years on. In my mind, this album competes with Damn The Torpedos as The Heartbreakers’ best album. And The Heartbreakers were still packing them in. On the Hypnotic Eye tour, they played to 40,000 people in Boston’s historic Fenway Park.

Today’s the day, folks. We kick off Tom Petty month. Our photo today is not meant to be morbid. We celebrate Tom Petty’s life and contribution to music, both of which were huge. We merely wanted to show the outpouring of fan love that Tom Petty earned over his gigantic career. He is still missed, but his music lives on.

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It’s Trifecta Thursday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, and Neil Young is Up Later, September 9, 2021

We’ve got ourselves a Wide Open Stream/Trifecta Thursday combination here to day in the Lounge, and later on we have our Album of The Week.

Today’s Trifectas start a high noon!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Morning Open Stream with The Music Mermaid

As with most of our programming, we have wide open stream all morning courtesy of The Music Mermaid who, as you well know, has impeccable taste in music.

12:00 p.m. Trifecta Thursday Begins (Schedule Below) NEW!

12:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

1:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

2:00 p.m. The Grateful Dead

3:00 p.m. The Supremes

4:00 p.m. Donovan

5:00 p.m. Paul McCartney & Wings

6:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young

Back again with Neil Young’s 1972 masterpiece which spawned the hits Old Man and Heart of Gold (which went to number one). It also boasts some great complimentary singers in Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Graham Nash, David Crosby and Stephen Stills.

What more could you ask for? All of our Trifectas are brand new today, and we have more expansion planned down the road. Join your friends from the UK, Denmark, Italy, Israel, Japan, The Russian Federation, The Faroe Islands, Canada, France, and the great Pacific Northwest of the U.S. this morning and tune us in. All you need is a computer tab and a finger to click the link below.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, Wendy Waldman is In The Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week is Back, September 29, 2020

The Blues are back for Tuesday Bluesday, we put Wendy Waldman in The Spotlight, and our Album of the Week is back.

Wendy Waldman was one of so many strong females out there with Linda Ronstadt.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bluesday! Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

For those who missed this during BLUES WEEK, we are re-running this playlist for our Tuesday Bluesday offering. It has already been updated with some new music!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt

The first return of Give It Up from then 23-year-old Bonnie Raitt. It was her second studio album, and it’s clear that the blues are in her DNA.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Wendy Waldman NEW!

The way it works for me is that any friend of Linda Ronstadt is a friend of mine. I have discovered so many strong female singers and songwriters that way, and Wendy Waldman is no exception. (Others have included Valerie Carter and Karla Bonoff.) If you haven’t heard Wendy Waldman sing yet, you’re in for a treat. The song to listen for is The Eagle and The Owl. She and Ronstadt sound amazing together.

Good day out here. Sun is out. Sky is blue. Music is spectacular. Tune us in.

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THE BLUES WEEK GRAND FINALE: Bonnie Raitt’s Album of The Week, B.B. King in The Spotlight, and An Amazing Blues Playlist, Sunday, September 27, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists, and welcome to the BLUES WEEK GRAND FINALE here in The Mermaid Lounge. I could say we’ve saved the best for last, but it’s been a hell of a week and I’m not sure about that, so I won’t.

B.B. King and Lucille. Legends.

Here’s your Grand Finale line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt NEW!

Everyone knows Bonnie Raitt. My friend, George, and I used to hang out at Jonathan Swifts back in the day. We’d go there to see John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys, and Bonnie Raitt would sometimes be hanging in the corner just to the left of center stage in the audience. Sometimes she’d join them.

Give It Up is 23-year-old Bonnie Raitt singing the blues before her amazing crossover career exploded. But no matter what you hear coming from her, the blues are always in her DNA, and there’s no mistaking that amazing slide guitar.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of B.B. King NEW!

I dunno what you say about B.B. King, so I won’t even try. He was a singer, songwriter, record producer who once stated:

“I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.”

Not only did he name his girl Lucille, but he did just what he wanted to do, developing his own style of blues soloing that influenced so many who came after him.

7:00 p.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

Our own original playlist of the blues, old and new, to ring out this edition of BLUES WEEK. B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, Elmore James, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many others! We think you’ll like it.

So, what is up with you people? Seriously? I guess you’d rather listen to the same shit over and over, endure endless DJ chatter, and be hit over the head with advertising, in addition to the inevitable credit card and personal info required. Sorry. We can’t help you there.

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It’s a Bluesy Saturday With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, and Albert King, September 26, 2020

Don’t scratch your head. The Heartbreakers often sang the blues both live and on vinyl, and the original Fleetwood Mac was a blues band. We also have one late-night tradition we cannot break here.

Peter Green (at the mike) and his blues band, the original Fleetwood Mac

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues

There wasn’t any style of music The Heartbreakers couldn’t make, and they have a lot of bluesy music in their catalogue. Mr. Petty often said he envisioned the band sitting around in chairs playing the blues when they got too old to rock. I have absolutely no doubt they could have pulled that off. You won’t either after you hear this playlist.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King

This will be our final airing of Albert King’s gem. Tomorrow at this time, there’ll be a brand new selection! If you want to learn more about this album, or any of our albums, all you need to do is click on the photo in the right sidebar of this blog!

7:00 p.m. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Live at The Warehouse, New Orleans, February 1, 1970

Is there a better place to hear a blues band live? Maybe Chicago, but that’s about it. No, this is not the current Fleetwood Mac. The original Fleetwood Mac was a blues band, baby. It might interest you to know that Black Magic Woman wasn’t a Santana song. It’s a Fleetwod Mac song.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York, June 27, 1985 NEW!

Here’s another band who could sing it all in their own unique style, and they often sang the blues on stage. This is our one non-blue Saturday night offering that will not be denied. The SPAC was one of our favorite musical venues when we were young. I remember packing up the car on the weekends and heading out to upstate New York. We’d camp (for lack of money) and spend what we had at SPAC. We saw many bands here and I have so many fond memories. Never got to see The Dead here, but the imagination still works.

This would be an immensely good day for you to use your index finger to tune us in. It’s really very simple and it’s completely free and without strings, if you can imagine that.

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Total Blues. The Robert Cray Band Live With SRV, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in Boston, and Clapton Joins The Allman Brothers at the Beacon, Friday, September 25, 2020

OooohWheee, that is a mouthful, even from me. But that’s what we’ve got today from The Mermaid Lounge.

Robert Cray

This is your line-up for Friday:

11:00 a.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, January 21, 1987 NEW!

There is no question that this is a Robert Cray Band concert at Club Redux, but he’s joined on stage by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the end for an amazing jam and the encore performance of New Blood. Some of the best musical experiences come in small packages.

3:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966

Spring 1966 is the closest we can get to the actual date of this performance. This is one for the wayback machine of your mind. Boston had a pretty amazing music scene, I must say. The Unicorn Coffee House (the only beverage served), Club 47, Jonathan Swifts, among the best. We veterans of such places yearn for those days again.

We may not have the exact date, but we did manage to find the set list! This is posted under the Playlist tab of this blog. Scroll to the bottom!

7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton, Live at The Beacon Theater, NY, March 19, 2009

On a March evening in 2009, Eric Clapton joined the brothers on stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for six great songs and the rest is history as you will see.

You can’t see unless you give it a try. And it doesn’t cost you anything but a little click of the link below. No card. No personal information. Nada.

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We’ve Got Some Badass Blues Today With the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Albert King, and Muddy Waters, Thursday, September 24, 2020

Blues Lovers, we’ve got a great day on tap in The Mermaid Lounge. In between that great stream, we’ve got great blues programming.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks

This is your Thursday blues line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tedeschi Trucks Band Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, August 20, 2012 NEW!

We have so much music still to add, but we were remiss in not putting Tedeschi-Trucks in before this. Blues Week was the perfect time to escalate our actions here, and we have. Today is our very first Tedeschi Trucks live performance and today they join the standard rotation.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King

No lie: I actually pulled this out of a hat because I couldn’t decide which one would be Album of The Week for Blues Week. I’m glad it was this one. You’re running out of time if you haven’t listened in! Our final airing will be Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Muddy Waters: The Johnny Winter Sessions 1976-1981 NEW!

“Well, one of the best things is workin’ with Muddy.” – Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter answering questions about playing the blues.

Yeah, baby. Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter, one of the most underrated blues guitarists on the planet. Except here in The Mermaid Lounge. Muddy knew it. And so did many other blues guys. Today you get to hear it.

Great day to become a #BecomeUngovernable Radio fan, people. It doesn’t cost you a penny. No shit. No lie. We’re free and we do this because we love music.

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BLUES WEEK continues! Johnny Winter at The Bottom Line, The J. Geils Band in The Spotlight, and our Albert King AOW, Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We have da blues all week long here from The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got an interesting selection for you today, to say the least.

Johnny Winter was the real deal, people.

Here’s today’s high-energy line-up:

11:00 a.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Bottom Line, New York, September 5, 1978

Johnny Winter was the real deal, but perhaps not in the traditional sense. He is known for his distinctive blues-rock style, and his live performances of the late 60s and the 70s are legendary. He also produced three Grammy award-winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Today we have him live at The Bottom Line.

3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King

If you missed the first airing on Sunday, here’s another opportunity to hear our Album of The Week.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The J. Geils Band

Some purists may turn their nose up at this selection, but that’s why I run the station. No matter what they tell you, this was Boston’s original party band, and they were once known as the J. Geils Blues Band before they made their crossover. No matter, they were the masters of blues rock, and when they were on stage, there was nobody like them.

It’s a day, isn’t it? So, why not tune us in. Doesn’t matter what time you choose…unless, of course, you want to hear our programming. Otherwise, we run 24/7, For free.

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Beefing Up The Standard Rotation With The Blues, September 21, 2020

While you’ve been enjoying all the great blues music over the past day or so, we’ve been busy adding several hundred classic blues artists and their songs to our standard rotation. That means, going forward, you’ll hear them along with the rest of our stream as a matter of routine.

We’ve added several hundred new blues selections in the last 48 hours.

Here are the artists we’ve recently added:

  • Roomful of Blues
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Muddy Waters
  • Little Walter
  • The Robert Cray Band
  • Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (solo and with Double Trouble)
  • Marcia Ball
  • Howlin’ Wolf

We expect to be adding more artists again over the next day!

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