BLUES WEEK Begins With Albert King’s Album of The Week, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Sunday, September 20, 2020

Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge beginning a week of the blues. Today, we begin with Albert King taking Album of The Week Honors, and a nostalgic visit to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Eric Clapton and Keith Richards at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King NEW!

Keeping with the Blues Week theme, this week’s Album of The Week is Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign, a compilation album released in 1967 on the Stax label. It was recorded from March 1966 to June 1967. King played with two house bands for this album, Booker T. & The MGs and the Memphis Horns.

4:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & Guests: The Crossroads Guitar Festival Revisited

We have nearly four hours of music here from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals, a series of benefit concerts to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, a drug rehabilitation center in Antigua.

Susan Tedeschi, Gary Clark, Jr., The Robert Cray Band, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana are just some of the musicians taking part.

Join us for Blues Week. Then stick around after. It only gets better from there. We promise. For free.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With The Allman Brothers, Some Badass Guitarists, and Our Album of The Week, September 15, 2020

Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday with our friends The Allman Brothers Band. We’ve also got some badass guitarists up later on along with our Album of the Week!

Duane and Gregg Allman

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesay line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bluesday! The Allman Brothers Band Live at Woodstock ’94, August 14, 1994 NEW!

Duane Allman was already long gone by the time Woodstock ’94 rolled around, but the Allman Brothers Band managed to carry on proudly in his name for many years. Today we have their performance from Woodstock ’94.

3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: The Lost Tapes by Valerie Carter

Valerie Carter was a successful singer-songwriter, as well as a background and harmony singer for Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and many others. She inspired Steve Winwood’s Valerie as well as Jackson Browne’s That Girl Could Sing. Find out why.

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Some of the best pickers in the business, including Mike Campbell, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Lowell George, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bonnie Raitt.

We’re sitting right here in The Mermaid Lounge waiting for you to tune us in. Let’s go. Come on. You know you want to.

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It’s Simply Sunday! It’s Our Sixties Weekend & We Have a Great New Album of The Week, September 13, 2020

Good morning, music lovers everywhere! We have listeners all over Europe and Asia, and we’re adding new locations every week. Where the hell are all you U.S. listeners? Still paying for you music to avoid advertising?

Today we give you five hours of our Sixties Rotation, Volume 1! Non-stop. No commercials!

Here’s today’s Sunday Funday line-up:

12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Lost Tapes of Valerie Carter NEW!

Known primarily as a “session singer” and background vocalist to most (not all), Valerie Carter was so much more than that. Her debut album, Just a Stone’s Throw, was produced by Little Feat’s Lowell George in 1977. She went on to release several more widely acclaimed albums. She was not only a singer, but a songwriter. She wrote Cook With Honey, which was a hit for someone named Judy Collins.

Back in 1995, I saw Linda Ronstadt in concert at Boston’s Orpheum Theater. Valerie Carter was the opening act, and she was a perfect fit. Ronstadt was dead on that night as well. But the best part of the night was when they were on the stage together.

A recent discovery of recordings that were never released has been transformed into this week’s Album of The Week, The Lost Tapes. Musicians and vocalists like Lowell George, Fred Tackett, Bill Payne, Linda Ronstadt, Nicolette Larson appear in testament to her immense talent. Valerie Carter: The little girl with the big voice.

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

The playlist that began our monthly focus on The Sixties. We now have two such playlists and are working on a third. Starts at 3:00 p.m. today and runs for a little over five hours. No advertising. No interruptions except for a couple of station I.D.s. No shit.

Get it together, people. You can either settle for “free” radio which is nothing more than an advertising venue and a lot of boring DJ chatter, pay for access to keep these slugs off. Or get it all for free like it used to be. Your choice.

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It’s a Busy Saturday Courtesy of Van Morrison & Joni Mitchell, Our Final Airing of our AOW, and Live Dead! on September 12, 2020

Happy Saturday, Ungovernables! Saturdays are usually busier than weekdays, and this is no exception. We have some great programming on tap wrapped around the 24/7 airing of the best music on the planet.

The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist genius known as Van Morrison.

Here’s your line-up for Saturday:

11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, July 30, 1983

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has combined folk, jazz, pop and rock over the years to deliver an amazing library of music. She just announced the birth of the Joni Mitchell Archives, a series of boxed sets that include her earliest-recorded work will be released over the next several years. I can tell you this is much anticipated here in The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic

This will be the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow morning, there’ll be a brand new one on the blog.

6:00 p.m. Van Morrison Live at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, October 6, 1979

Again, another singer-songwriter who defies the conventional, and he has also built an incredible body of work that began in the sixties with the British blues band, Them. The concert delivered on this date is classic Van Morrison.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The McNicols Sports Arena, Denver, CO, December 14, 1990 NEW!

This Saturday’s Live Dead! is another strong outing by the world’s ultimate jam band. No two shows were ever the same, even on the same tour. Enjoy.

What you waiting for? I keep saying it: Free. 24/7. No commercials. No politicians. No chatter. Just music and a few station IDs. End of story.

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Duane Allman & Eric Clapton Rock the Studio, Love is For Losers, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have Duane Allman and Eric Clapton jamming at Criterion Studios, a playlist for those losers in love out there (myself included, by the way), and our Album of the Week.

Two Guitar Gods join forces in the studio!

Here’s today’s programming line-up:

11:00 a.m. Duane Allman & Eric Clapton Studio Jams 1 Thru 6

One day Duane Allman was working at Criterion Studios when Eric Clapton and his band, Derek & The Dominos, dropped by to record. They were introduced and the rest is history. The result became known as The Layla Sessions.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic

You can learn the history of this great album, or any of our AOW selections, by simply clicking on the album cover image in the right sidebar!

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

“I been through diamonds! I been through minks! I been through it all! Love Stinks!” J. Geils’ lament is just one of the songs for the lovelorn you’ll hear on today’s featured playlist!

So, again, I’m wondering what the people in the U.S. are waiting for. Europe, Asia and other far-flung locations are all over this radio station. As usual, the toddlers are running behind. We’re free. We require no information. All you need to do is pull up a tab. Seriously.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt Live at the Rainbow Room, and Our Album of The Week, September 8, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday with Stevie Ray Vaughan. We also toss in some Bonnie Raitt, always good for those bluesy days.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! Stevie Ray Vaughan: Blues You Can Use, Recorded Live on the Live Alive Tour, Philadelphia, PA, June 30, 1987   NEW!

Stevie Ray Vaughan was known as “the second coming of the blues” before his untimely death in a helicopter crash at the age of 35 in 1990, but his legend endures as one of the most amazing blues guitarists of all time. Bonnie Raitt dedicated her album Luck of The Draw to Stevie Ray. It’s only fitting that they are scheduled here on the same day.

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic

Steve Winwood is another of those artists whose legend will endure long after his mortal life, and with good reason. Everything this guy has touched is worth listening to on some level, and he has been around for a very long time. One of my favorite videos of all time is Steve Winwood and Tom Petty on stage together for Can’t Find My Way Home during the Heartbreakers’ 2014 tour.

7:00 p.m.     Bonnie Raitt Live at The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1972

Bonnie Raitt is another of those female pioneers who never disappoints. It’s amazing to me that even the classic rock stations fail to give these women their due. But here in The Mermaid Lounge, their presence is scheduled to grow.

So, again. What the hell are you waiting for? 

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Bonnie Raitt & Friends, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King; and REVOLVER Returns as Our AOW on, September 1, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a brand new season as we roll into September! Even better, we kick it off with Tuesday Bluesday!

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King

Here is your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, John Hammond & Freebo, Live at Ultrasonic Studios, October 17, 1972   NEW!

Some of the best stuff we have is archival discoveries and, while they may not exactly be technically perfect, it doesn’t matter. A young Bonnie Raitt is hanging out with some friends here an they are conducting a textbook super session. Her youthful versions of Jackson Browne’s Under the Falling Sky and Chris Smither’s Love Me Like a Man are really great,  but her version of Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home is the most amazing. 

When you toss in Lowell George, the grand master of Little Feat, John Hammond and Freebo, you’ve got a super group. Who is Freebo? His real name is Daniel Friedberg, and he’s legend in my generation, a super studio musician who has spent a lot of time supporting Bonnie Raitt. Freebo has also played with Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, John Mayall and many other musicians. 

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Revolver by The Beatles

The Revolver album signaled what was to come from the Beatles. It was a giant LEAP forward for the band in so many areas. This album is widely considered the most influential album in modern music. Find out why by tuning in.

7:00 p.m.     Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session,  Recorded Live at CHCH-TV on December 6, 1983

Two blues masters were recorded live at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, when SRV was 29 years old and King was 60. You can read more about this legendary blues session right here.

Come on, people, it’s a great time to tune us in. We’re here. We’re free. We ask for nada, and we operate totally outside the system. Oh, yeah, we also play great music — rotating more than 25,000 songs — on a 24-hour basis. Non-stop musical nirvana.

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Deb’s Stream Offers Up The Animals, Emmylou Harris Rarities Are On Tap, and John Fogerty Live From Red Rocks Later On, Monday, August 31, 2020

It’s another happy Monday here in paradise, but it doesn’t have to suck, people. Find refuge here in The Mermaid Lounge with #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

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Here’s today’s line-up:

10:00 a.m.   Emmylou Harris: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems

I don’t know if I’m alone in this phenomenon, but sometimes I hear Emmylou Harris and say, “Wow, I forgot that one because nobody ever plays it!” Well, we play them here, and we’re giving them to you today.

2:00 p.m.     Deb’s Stream: Absolutely the Animals!

The Animals have been around since the early sixties, and they are one badass British rhythm & blues band. The band was formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, but moved to London when they finally took hold in 1964. Eric Burdon is a favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge.

7:00 p.m.      John Fogerty’s 50-Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, June 20, 2019  NEW! 

In 2019, John Fogerty celebrated Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 50-year anniversary of their appearance at Woodstock (the original, of course) with an appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheater, one of the most beautiful of all concert venues on the planet. We love both John Fogerty and Creedence here in The Mermaid Lounge. Enjoy!

It’s Monday. Give yourself a break. Pull up a tab and click the link below. That’s really all it takes.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Leon in Long Beach, The Summer of Love Vol. 1, and Our Album of the Week, Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have Leon Russell today. We also have our first volume of The Summer of Love Playlist.

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Here’s today’s playlist:

11:00 a.m.   Leon Live! Leon Russell Recorded at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, August 28, 2020  NEW!

The ultimate session musician was also a star in his own right, and a hell of a bluesman.

3:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds

The Byrds 4th studio album was released during the Summer of Love. You can learn more about this great album by clicking on the image in the sidebar on the right!

7:00 p.m.     The Summer of Love Playlist, Volume 1: Various Artists

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Yardbirds, Donovan, The Grassroots, Aretha Franklin, and more!

This is a perfect day to tune us in and check us out. It won’t cost you a penny. Seriously.

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The Summer of Love Rages On: Dusty’s Lost British Recordings, The Lost Cream Tapes, and John Wesley Harding Pays A Visit, Monday, August 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re in our final week of The Summer of Love and we’re rolling along nicely on a Monday morning, as you will see.

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Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   The Best of The Summer of Love! John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan  NEW!

Dylan’s eighth studio album, released on December 27, 1967, marked a return to his folk roots after a few blues-influenced rock albums. It was very well received, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard charts and No. 1 in the UK. It was recorded around the same time as the home recordings made with The Band, which were eventually released as The Basement Tapes.

2:00 p.m.    Dusty in London: The Lost British Recordings

There are fucking days when I cannot believe that people do not have a grasp on what Dusty Springfield has meant to music in general, let alone as a woman pioneer in this hell-bent male profession. But we here in The Mermaid Lounge “get it” for sure.

7:00 p.m.     Acid: The Lost Cream Tapes (1967-1968)

This bootleg was actually released in 2005 and are alternate recordings of several songs as well as some jamming. Very cool. And really good quality, so enjoy. By the way, there are a couple of Falstaff Beer Commercial recordings tossed in, proving once again that advertising has been king for a long time.

Tune us in. Turn yourself on. And drop the rest of the shit out the window. It’s Monday. You really didn’t want to work anyway, did you?

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