On This Fine Tuesday Bluesday We Have Tracy Nelson In the Spotlight, Our Album of The Week, and Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band Later, November 9, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff on tap for today as you can see.

Janis with the Kozmic Blues Band circa 1969

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Tracy Nelson

Although many have not heard of Tracy Nelson, she’s been around for quite some time. Since her career started, she has recorded more than 20 albums. Her first album, Deep Are The Roots, was an acoustic blues album recorded in Chicago and released in 1965. While in Chicago she met and learned from many blues icons, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Otis Spann. She also fronted a band called Mother Earth which shared the Fillmore concert stage with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Her signature song, Down So Low, was written and recorded by Nelson around the Mother Earth time, but has also been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Maria Mudaur, Ellen McIlwaine, and Etta James. Tune this woman in.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers

Our second airing of this breakthrough country-rock album is here. Get it while it’s hot.

7:00 p.m. Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band Live at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1, 1969

It’s an all-girl Tuesday Bluesday as we bring you a live bootleg performance of Janis with The Kozmic Blues Band live from The Netherlands. I was multi-tasking as I wrote today’s blog entry and I came across this article about Janis Joplin. I found it quite perceptive and thought I’d share it with you.

Well, gang, what can I say? We’re free. Totally. No hidden shit. Nothing that we sneak in. We don’t ask for a “subscription” or a credit card to listen. We don’t flood the airwaves with commercial advertising. And we don’t offer you DJ’s who talk too much. All we have to offer is music. Isn’t that enough?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Jimmy Reed, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, and Dusty Springfield, November 2, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a fine line-up today, but it does involve some explaining! Hey, this is why we write this blog every morning, come hell or high water (as my mother would say).

John Mayall, The Godfather of British Blues

Here’s today’s line-up:

Remember, kids, the devil is in the details!

11:00 a.m. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Live in 1967

These great archival recordings feature one of the best Bluesbreakers line-up ever, with John Mayall (vocal, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). This iteration of The Bluesbreakers were only together for about three months, but one die-hard fan managed to sneak a reel-to-reel recorder into five London venues to capture this music history. While these one-track files have been engineered a bit, please keep in mind that this is 1967 and, although a bit rough, this is genuine music history.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

Our second airing of this great Album of The Week choice. Although this album sold poorly when released, it is recognized by the critics as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jimmy Reed NEW!

Jimmy Reed is one of the most underrated bluesmen of his generation, but one thing is for certain: His particular style of electric blues was popular with both blues and non-blues audiences. His hits Honest I Do (1957), Baby What You Want Me To Do (1960), Big Boss Man (1961) and Bright Lights, Big City (1961) made it to both Billboards rhythm & blues and Hot 100 Singles charts. This Spotlight feature is taken from the Live at Carnegie Hall album set, which is basically a studio recreation of a past live concert, along with some of his greatest hits. We thought this would make a great way to introduce some folks to a guy who may have fallen through their blues cracks.

Come on, blues lovers! This is your day here in The Mermaid Lounge, and you would be greatly remiss in allowing this one to pass you by. Join your friends from Netherlands, Russian Federation, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Texas (yes, Texas), the Faroe Islands and points beyond this morning. What are you waiting for?

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We Kick Off Another Week With Two Great Live Shows and an In The Spotlight Sandwich, Monday, August 16, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re kicking off the week with a couple of great live shows and in between, we’ve got a Spotlight feature we haven’t heard for a while.

We open the programming with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris live in Boston, 1999

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, October 1, 1999

From The Western Wall Tour, we give you two lifelong friends blending two beautiful voices. This tour was in support of their great album, Western Wall. It is one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real

We haven’t aired this one in a while. We have, admittedly, been remiss. We also have some new “live” music from this band that we’ll be uploading and debuting in the next few weeks.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, December 31, 1978

Tom Petty and his band were riding a wave of popularity when they played Santa Monica’s infamous New Year’s Eve concert. This is a live bootleg of that great show. Enjoy.

Look, let’s face it. Mondays suck in general. But they’re always better when you can tune in some great music. We’ve got it here from The Mermaid Lounge. Free. Everyday. Not just Mondays.

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It’s Wilbury Wednesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got ‘Live’ Bob Marley Later, April 21, 2021

Good Morning and welcome to Wilbury Wednesday. We’ve got an excellent couple of hours of Wilbury music you will not hear anywhere else. We tell you why below!

Join us for Bob Marley & The Wailers Live from Santa Barbara later today!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

12:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys Complete: The Bootleg Series

This material was offered to us by a listener. We have no idea where it came from, but we went on an extensive search for Wilbury “bootlegs” before this and could find nothing. We employ a musical don’t ask, don’t tell here. There are demos, rough cuts, outtakes, and session music. Chris Hillman even pays a visit. Enjoy!

6:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live From The Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 25, 1979

The legend live. There’s nothing like it. We’re on a mission here to create long-playing playlists, if you will. Reggae and Ska is next on the list. You can bet that Bob Marley & The Wailers will be a big part of that effort. This is a great live performance, so we hope you’ll tune it in.

In between this programming, we’ve got nothing but wide Open Stream as chosen by our Music Mermaid. She’s got great taste, and she’s not adverse to picking up a couple of playlists here and there. You’ll have to listen carefully.

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Bob Marley & The Wailers Live, Clapton & Friends Pay Tribute to J.J. Cale, the Final Airing of Eva Cassidy’s AOW, and Live Dead, on Saturday, March 20, 2021

Happy Saturday from The Mermaid Lounge, where we are back up and running with some great programming today. We’ve got our usual busy Saturday here.

Eric Clapton and his friends pay tribute to one of the greats, J.J. Cale

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live At The Roxy, West Hollywood, May 26, 1976

We’re going to kick off the day with the man who is rightfully seen as a pioneer of Reggae music, Bob Marley. Widely recognized as the premier Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician, he and the Wailers developed a unique sound of their own by fusing together elements of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songbird by Eva Cassidy FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird album. She had a beautiful voice that many people still have yet to experience. She is now in our standard rotation, but this album will give you the immersion experience. Enjoy before we choose a new album tomorrow.

6:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & Friends Pay Tribute to J.J. Cale

Eric Clapton and his friends pay tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of any generation, J.J. Cale, the man who pioneered what is called the Tulsa Sound, which fused blues, swamp music, rockabilly, country and jazz. Although he avoided the limelight, artists like Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Neil Young believe he was one of the most important musicl figures in popular music.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, October 22, 1983 NEW!

The boys are back for another fan-recorded event live from the Carrier Dome at Syracuse. Enjoy this entry from the worlds premier jam band.

Tune us in. After all, it’s Saturday. The weekend is here, and we’re the best fun you can have for free, with our without your clothes on, by the way.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Stevie Ray Vaughan In the Spotlight, Mick Jagger & Jeff Beck Live in Reseda, and Eva Cassidy & Our AOW on March 16, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got some great programming as we introduce a new Spotlight featuring blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. We also have Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck live.

The late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan is In The Spotlight this morning.

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Stevie Ray Vaughan NEW!

Today we introduce a brand new Spotlight featuring blues guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, some cuts studio and some live, a couple live with Double Trouble. This has been a long time coming.

We have added the track list to the Playlist section of the blog.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songbird by Eva Cassidy

Today is our second airing of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird album, a compilation album released posthumously. Eva Cassidy never got to appreciate stardom, dying tragically of cancer at the age of 33 in 1996, but her music lives on.

7:00 p.m. Mick Jagger & Jeff Beck Live at The Country Club, Reseda, CA, October 20, 1978

Speaking of the blues, this is a great bootleg from The Country Club. Rounding out the band we have Doug Wimbish on bass, Terry Bozio on drums, and Phil Ashley on keyboards.

Tune us in, folks. We have worldwide reach and plenty of countries are on board. Today we have France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Greece, the UK, Japan, Australia, and even the United States.

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What Could Be Better? It’s Wilbury Wednesday and (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday on the Same Day, February 24, 2021

Yes, here we are on another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday with our only programming coming from the best damned supergroup on the planet, The Traveling Wilburys! And just in time for George Harrison’s birthday (we celebrate that tomorrow). The planets are aligned just right this week.

The Traveling Wilburys.

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday

Yes, sandwiched around the great Wilbury programming outlined below, we’re streaming just about 27,000 songs all day and all night long with nary an interruption except for short station identifications. No advertising, people. Ever.

12:00 p.m. Wilbury Wednesday: The Traveling Wilburys Complete, Volume One & Two

This is a great bootleg offering, with outtakes, alternate versions, and the complete Traveling Wilbury playlist. That’s more than two hours of uninterrupted sheer pleasure from where I’m sitting here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We hope you’ll tune us in. All it takes is an open tab on your computer. No credit card, membership, or personal information required. When we say free, we actually mean it. Give us a try.

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Badfinger In The Spotlight, New ‘Live’ Linda Ronstadt, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Shadow on Monday, January 25, 2021

Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge where we offer up some of the best damned music on the planet every single day. Today, we’ve got some new live Linda Ronstadt for you.

Today’s highlight is new ‘live’ Linda Ronstadt from The Record Plant and broadcast on KSAN Radio!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Badfinger

Badfinger was one of the truly bonafide hit groups ever signed by Apple Records, and a great power pop band. Their story is quite tragic because they were screwed over by their manager, but they made some truly great music in their time.

3:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California (1973) NEW!

Seek and ye shall find. That is our motto here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this is the beginning of some great new stuff coming your way. Here we have Linda Ronstadt live from The Record Plant with some classic stuff from her early solo career. This was broadcast live on KSAN Radio.

7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at The Atlanta International Pop Festival, July 3-5, 1970

Simply one of the greatest bands in music history and certainly pioneers of that Southern rock sound. And could they play the blues? Damned straight they could. But it wasn’t just about the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. It was about Gregg Allman, the band’s songwriter and the man who kept them going after Duane’s tragic death.

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 09 Murder On Approval NEW!

This is certainly appropos at this particular time in history. This is the one about a germ released near military installations, designed to kill soldiers so that the U.S. is left open to invasion. It’s up to The Shadow to save our sad, sorry asses.

Tune us in, people. You have no idea what you’re missing until you do. This one is on you.

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Harrison & Clapton Live From Japan, It’s Mudcrutch Monday and They’re Live From Hollywood, and Episode 3 of The Shadow, Monday, December 14, 2020

Good Morning, Music Addicts! We’ve got some great stuff planned for today, including two live events. This is Mudcrutch Monday, by the way, and we’ve got live music from their 2016 tour!

Eric Clapton persuaded George Harrison to tour with he and his band in Japan after a 17-year hiatus. We have the music.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. George Harrison & Eric Clapton Live in Nagoya, Japan 1991

George Harrison was persuaded by Eric Clapton to return to touring after 17 years away from the road. This music is from their 12-date Japan tour in 1991. All of the songs were recorded on December 2 and 5.

It should be noted that the drummer on this tour was none other than Steve Ferrone, who would go on to spend 25 years as drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

4:00 p.m. It’s Mudcrutch Monday! Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, June 26, 2016

This is a great bootleg of Mudcrutch’s performance at the Fonda Theatre during their 2016 tour. Stephen Stills turned out to be a surprise special guest at this show. This is one of my deepest regrets in life now that Tom Petty is gone: Missing the 2016 show in Boston where Mudcrutch blew the roof off the House of Blues (according to a friend in attendance), and recorded the definitive version of the great song, Hungry No More. I may never recover.

8:00 p.m. The Shadow: 03 Death From The Deep NEW!

Who has been sinking all of these ships of many country origins, of various sizes and with various functions? I’ll be damned if I’m going to tell you. You will have to listen to see what The Shadow knows.

Come on, people. It’s Monday. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s pretty damned dreary here. I’m already tuned in with my headphones on. What are you doing?

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It’s A Great Day When You Have Harris & Ronstadt Live On Stage Together, Laura Nyro Owns the Album of The Week, and The Band Closes Out The Programming, Sunday, December 6, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! This is my prototypical perfect programming day. The ladies dominate today, but we have The Band bringing up the rear later to close out the programming. (We do, however, return to Open Stream after; we are 24/7 baby; no interruptions.)

Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris together. Today, we have their Boston concert from 1999 on The Western Wall tour.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of the Week: Eli and The Thirteenth Confession by Laura Nyro NEW!

Laura Nyro has made many people famous because she was such a fucking amazing songwriter. But when she sings her songs herself, it’s amazing. She has a special place in our hearts here in The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, Live at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, on The Western Wall Tour, October 1, 1999 NEW!

It is not often that you have two amazingly talented singers on stage together. To say that they sound like angels is a phrase that is often over-used, but not in this case. The singing would be enough for me, but hearing them talk about the history of some of their songs and introducing their amazing band is an added bonus. This is the reason I spend so much time “finding” music out there. It’s a lot of work but, when you find something like this, it makes it all worthwhile.

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

The Beatles. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The Band. My big three. They started out as Bob Dylan’s back-up band. Then they managed to forge a musical career of their own that is unrivaled in many ways. Tonight we close out the programming by putting them In The Spotlight.

I don’t know what you’re waiting for. We have some people from Denmark and Norway who have been on for three days solid now. We’ve recently added listeners from Argentina and the Russian Federation. Maybe people here just take this shit for granted. I feel sorry for you. Your lives must be empty if you don’t listen to music. And if you’re still paying for this stuff, your wallets are also empty.

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