Another Monday Rolls Around and We Have Tom Rush In the Spotlight, Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, and One More Airing of Highway Companion, July 26, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The cycle continues with another Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got some great programming to kick off the week.

We’ve got Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration coming up later!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

We haven’t aired this one for a while. It seems like a good time to me. Tom Rush is a local boy ’round these parts, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He has made some excellent music over his long and storied career, and has launched many a singer-songwriter to fame and fortune.

3:00 p.m. Not the Album of The Week: Highway Companion by Tom Petty FINAL AIRING!

Yesterday was the actual release date fifteen years ago for Petty’s third and final solo album. We were pretty busy yesterday, so we thought we’d air it one final time today.

7:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & Friends: The 30th Anniversary Celebration

I was pretty much inspired by Chrissie Hynde’s Dylan’s covers album that is this week’s Album of The Week. The songs covered here are more of the well-known variety, but Dylan’s friend list is vast and this is a great concert with Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde, Roger McGuinn and many, many others. Not to be missed.

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We’re at Midweek With Some New Creedence, Bonnie Raitt & Friends Live, and Volume Two of Our Summer of Love, June 23, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re already at midweek and we’ve got some great music for you here today, including some live Creedence at The Fillmore!

We jump into the programming with CCR Live at The Fillmore!

Here’s your midweek line-up:

11:00 a.m. Creedence Clearwater Revival Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, July 4, 1971 NEW!

Today we have the first live playlist from one of our absolute favorite bands here in The Mermaid Lounge, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Creedence pumped out some of the best rock n’ roll swamp music on the planet, sounding just like they were born on the bayou, even though they were four guys from Berkeley, California. This concert is another that was broadcast on KSAN.

3:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt & Friends Live From Ultrasonic Studios, New York, October 17, 1972

Bonnie Raitt gets together with Lowell George of Little Feat, her bassist, Freebo, and bluesman John Hammond, for a little party at Ultrasonic Studios curated and broadcast by influential rock radio station WLIR-FM on Long Island. A great version of Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home is included.

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

We skipped this volume yesterday because it was Tuesday Bluesday, but we have volume two here for you today, with music from The Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Manfred Mann, Jimi Hendrix, Bobbie Gentry, The Turtles, The Byrds, Stevie Wonder, The Rascals and more!

We’re kicking some ass today here in The Mermaid Lounge and would like you to tune us in. Join your friends online today from The Faroe Islands, Sweden, Spain, The Russian Federation, France, Germany (always), Italy and Portugal. All you need is a computer tab.

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Monday Puts Us ‘Between Heaven & Hell,’ We Have New ‘Live’ Ry Cooder, and Volume One of Our Summer of Love Playlist, June 21, 2021

We’re back to another Monday (sometimes it’s a Moan-day) here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great programming here for you today, including some new Ry Cooder.

We feature our very first live performance by Ry Cooder today!

Here’s Monday’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists

Sometimes life is like that; it resides somewhere between heaven and hell. Just ask Donovan, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, Z.Z. Top, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Presley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fats Domino, Foo Fighters, and The Grateful Dead. You’ll hear all them and more!

3:00 p.m. Ry Cooder Live From The Record Plant, Sausalito, California, July 7, 1974 NEW!

Today we feature one of our favorites live in Ry Cooder, guitarist extraordinaire. He is joined on stage by Jim Dickinson on bass and the legendary Jim Keltner (Buster Sidebury) on drums. This marks the first live performance we’ll be airing from this guy, and we hope to have more. Linda Ronstadt calls Ry Cooder the greatest guitarist she’s ever met. That’s saying plenty as she has performed with some of the best on the planet over her long career.

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

It’s summer again, so it’s only fitting that we embark on our three-volume Summer of Love playlist set this week. You’ll hear Volume One today with music from Scott McKenzie, Procol Harum, The Doors, the Spencer Davis Group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Yardbirds, and many more!

Come on, people. What the hell are you waiting for anyway? A written invitation? I’ve been doing that every day since I started writing this damned blog! We are free, not-for-profit, do not run any advertising, and play the best music on the planet. Tune us in. Please.

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Thursday Brings Another Open Stream Start Followed by Our Album of The Week and New ‘Live’ Warren Zevon, June 3, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We open up with Open Stream, then we pick up the programming pace with our second to last airing of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus album plus new live Warren Zevon broadcast by the BBC.

We’ve got new live Warren Zevon in our 7:00 p.m. slot

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers

We’re winding down on this weeks’ AOW offering. Our final airing will be Saturday. Many feel this is The Wailers’ finest album, and it did offer several great hits (Jammin’, One Love/People Get Ready, Three Little Birds), but I say it’s hard to pick this band’s best album. You decide.

7:00 p.m. Warren Zevon Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, January 25, 1988 NEW!

This is new to us here in The Mermaid Lounge, and it was broadcast by the BBC back in the day. There is none of the usual open and closing remarks, but the songs are great. A tortured soul here, an imperfect person for sure (aren’t we all), a guy who burned some bridges in his time, but a musical genius nonetheless.

It’s Thursday and we’re over the hump. Treat yourselves by tuning us in. What could be better?

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Friday Brings Joni Mitchell’s Shadows & Light Tour, and Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure, April 30, 2021

Good Friday Morning! We have a lot of Open Stream today, but the programming we offer is outstanding on this fine end to the month of April.

This evening, we bring you Tom Petty, DJ.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell, The Shadows & Light Tour, Live at The Santa Barbara County Bowl, September 9, 1979 NEW!

This concert brings what many people feel is the greatest of all Joni Mitchell’s stage bands, composed of Pat Metheny (guitar), Jaco Pastorius (bass), Lyle Mays (keyboards), Michael Brecker (sax), and Don Alias (drums)…although I saw the Court & Spark tour as well with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express and thought that was pretty fabulous as well. But we quibble here, because no matter how you feel, this one’s a winner.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty’s Peculiar Picks, Highlights From The Buried Treasure Show

Long before there was a Tom Petty Radio on Sirius XM, there was Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure Show where he morphed into our favorite DJ. I don’t know why they call this his “peculiar” picks. Frankly, Petty could give a less on the history of rock and roll, and that’s basically what he did with his radio show. He shared his personal record collection and educated us all. Here we offer you Mr. Petty, disc jockey. Enjoy. It’s a great multi-artist playlist.

Good day to tune us in for sure. I know. We say that every day, but it’s true. We’re not-for-profit and we take no advertising. We never ask you for a subscription, a credit card, or personal data.

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It’s Mostly Open Stream on Wednesday, Punctuated By Two Great Live Shows, April 7, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! I hope you are enjoying the same weather wherever you are as we are here in The Mermaid Lounge today! The sun is out, the air is clear, and the music is great!

We’re kicking off Wednesday with a great bootleg by The Band!

Here’s your midweek line-up:

12:00 p.m. The Band Live on The King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio Show

I used to listen to the King Biscuit show religiously. It was nationally syndicated and we had a few great radio stations here in Boston back in the day. That’s when radio was radio, people. Now it’s an enterprise. This particular broadcast is a bootleg of a 1976 concert by The Band at The Carter Baron Amphitheatre in Washington, D.C. We hope you enjoy it.

6:00 p.m. The Doors Live at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, May 8, 1970

The Doors were together for only four years before Jim Morrison’s untimely death in 1970, but they left behind a musical imprint that will not be forgotten.

The rest of the day is devoted to Open Stream. And we seriously mean that. No advertising. And our only interruptions are short, infrequent radio I.D. messages courtesy of yours truly. You can’t hold that against us, after all. How the hell would you know what you’re listening to?

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Tom Petty Shares His Record Collection, Lukas Nelson & POTR are In the Spotlight, and Joan Baez Owns Our Album of The Week, Sunday, January 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! How the hell are you this fine Sunday? We have a great line-up today sprinkled in all that Open Stream which, we are again expanding as we speak (or as I write).

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Joan Baez by Joan Baez NEW!

This album has great historical significance to music. In 2015, the album was placed into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress for special recognition and preservation as one of the sound recordings in over 130 years of recording history that has “cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation’s audio legacy” It was recorded in the summer of 1960 and released the same year. Later re-issues contained bonus tracks, but this is the original 13 songs and nothing more.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty’s Peculiar Picks: The Best of The Buried Treasure Show NEW!

Tom Petty had a side gig. He was a DJ on The Buried Treasure Show, which debuted on Sirius XM’s Deep Tracks channel, then moved to Tom Petty Radio. Tom Petty shared not only some pretty great music (some of it buried and pretty obscure), but his knowledge about its history and how it influenced the influencers. Those of us who listen beyond the catchy tune stage consider this show a national treasure, and agree totally with the sentiment expressed in this article.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real

Yeah. He’s Willie’s boy. And he’s pretty damned good. POTR, as they are affectionately known, also has a side gig as Neil Young’s touring band. Can’t get a much better endorsement than that.

I have no clue what any of you are up to today but — whatever it is — you should have this station tuned in. After all, it’s Sunday Funday. And we’re really fun and won’t cost you a dime.

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We’ve Got New Bonnie Raitt, The Summer of Love, Live Dead, and Our Album of The Week on Saturday, November 28, 2020

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s like Grand Central Station for music lovers! We’ve got some great stuff today, but guess what? It’s still only a total of eight hours of programming in a 24-hour play cycle.

Bonnie Raitt. Great Fucking Voice. Badass Guitarist. Legend.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. The Summer of Love, Volume One: Various Artists

Undoubtedly my time here. This was a time in music history when so many really good sounds were made. And they didn’t all sound the fucking same, or come out of the magic box.

This playlist features Petula Clark, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, The Box Tops, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, The Doors and many more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America

One of America’s finest albums has its final airing today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a new album posted on the blog.

7:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt In-Studio Concert: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977 NEW!

Bonnie Raitt live in-studio in August of 1977, one month after the release of her Sweet Forgiveness album — her sixth album and the one that put her on the map (although, it should have happened much earlier). It also provided her first commercial hit, Runaway, the excellent bluesy remake of Del Shannon’s classic.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Onondega County War Memorial, New York, September 28, 1976 (aka, Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20) NEW!

Yet another live classic from the world’s preeminent jam band. Even if we repeated a concert or a hundred, you’d never know. They never sound the same and you always hear something new. (BTW, there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.)

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s the order of the day. So, just do it.

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It’s Sixties Sunday and ‘Deja Vu’, An Album That Helped Us Move Into 1970, Is Our Album of The Week, July 12, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here we are with another Sixties Sunday and, oddly enough, our new Album of the Week is Déja Vu, an album that helped make moving into the seventies more palatable.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up!

11:00 a.m.   Album of The Week: Déja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young   NEW!

Déja Vu was the second album by Crosby, Stills & Nash; and the first by the quartet of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And what an album it is. It has stood the test of time. To date it has sold more than 8 million copies and is still the number one selling album of each member’s career.

2:00 p.m.    The Sixties on Sunday! The Sixties Rotation, Volume 2: Various Artists

Traffic, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Vanilla Fudge, The Temptations, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Sly & The Family Stone and then some. Join us for a continual five-hour, no repeats, no commercial trip into the past.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. Someone famous said that, I believe. You should take his advice.

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We Celebrate The Fourth With Our British Invasion Playlist, The Dead Return Later This Evening, and a Fond Farewell to Lucinda’s Great New Album, Saturday, July 4, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today, instead of celebrating with that warmongering national anthem of ours, we’re going to give you a full afternoon of The British Are Coming!

The British Are Coming!-Twitter

Here’s your July 4th line-up:

9:00 a.m.    Album of The Week: Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams

We bid farewell to this great new Lucinda Williams album. Tomorrow when you wake up, we’ll have a brand new album posted on the blog!

12:00 p.m.  The British are Coming!: Various Artists   NEW!

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Them, Queen, The Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Eric Clapton, and many, many more! 

The full set list appears under the Playlist tab of this blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

10:00 p.m.   Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Love at Shoreline Amphitheater, October 3, 1987   NEW! 

Another great jam concert from The Grateful Dead, this one from the Shoreline Amphitheater, a beautiful venue in the San Francisco area.

This is the perfect day to tune us in, people. We’ll be playing this in the backyard of my sister’s house all afternoon, so please join us!

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