Today We Put The Band In the Spotlight, and Celebrate The 15th Anniversary of The Release of Tom Petty’s ‘Highway Companion’ Album, Friday, July 23, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists and fellow Pettyologists! I think we’ve told you this, but Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is our ‘house’ band (along with a group called The Beatles). We try to keep on top of stuff so we can mark critical release dates. We’ve got one coming up this weekend.

Today we have an updated spotlight playlist featuring The Band!

Here’s today’s playlist:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Band UPDATED!

The Band is undoubtedly one of the finest musical entities every created. Formed in Toronto in 1967, The Band started out as the back-up band for Ronnie Hawkins and, most famously, Bob Dylan. Music From Big Pink is one of the finest albums ever made. When people asked Robbie Robertson how they got their name, he simply said that was how everyone referred to them back n the day. They were ‘the band’ so they kept it.

From Hawkins and Dylan, the band went on to carve out an amazing musical road that made them one of the most well respected and influential bands on the planet. Today, we premier an expanded playlist for you. We hope you enjoy it.

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Highway Companion by Tom Petty

Highway Companion, released on July 25, 2006, was the third and final solo album made by the late, exceptionally great Tom Petty. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts back in the day. It was produced by Petty, his bandmate Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne of both ELO and The Traveling Wilburys. The album generated three singles: Saving Grace, Flirting With Time, and Big Weekend. The first two songs are on our personal list of the 50 greatest Petty songs of all time.

In between this great programming, we’ve got a whole lot of wide Open Stream for your listening enjoyment. Tomorrow, we’ll have our usual busy ass Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, so enjoy the Mermaid’s streaming selections today.

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Welcome to Tuesday Bluesday! We’ve Got Tracy Nelson In the Spotlight and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live in Boston, Along With Our Album of The Week, July 20, 2021

We’ve got Tracy Nelson In the Spotlight today

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

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

I have been on a quest for Tracy Nelson music for quite a while, and I’m happy to say that we’re at mission accomplished. This woman’s name should be rolling off everyone’s tongue, frankly. She has made more than twenty albums during her career. We’re happy to finally add her to the list of great ladies that we champion here in The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney

Another airing of this great album of oldies by the artists that invented rock n’ roll and inspired bands like The Beatles, The Stones, and even Tom Petty himself.

7:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, MA, May 1966

A great blues band in a one of those great old (and now defunct) Boston music venues. This one puts the perfect finishing touch on today’s Tuesday Bluesday programming.

Tune us in, people. We’re free 24/7. We don’t as you to “subscribe.” We also do not require a credit card or that you provide personal information. In fact, we don’t ask you to do anything but listen.

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It’s Another Monday and We’ve Got The Lovin’ Spoonful In The Spotlight, Joni Mitchell Live at Club 47, and Drivin’ Songs Later, July 19, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another Moan-Day here in The Mermaid Lounge and we hope to make it a better day for you with some great programming and a lot of wide Open Stream.

The Lovin’ Spoonful was a great little Laurel Canyon band, and today we put them In the Spotlight!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Lovin’ Spoonful

From the moment I heard Summer In The City, I knew I was going to love this band from start to finish. These guys made some great music in their day under the direction of John Sebastian. We play all sixties music at our retail establishment. It’s what our customers like best. Every time one of their songs comes on, I find myself saying “I fucking love this song.”

3:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Club 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 10, 1968

Speaking of Laurel Canyon veterans, here’s another one. This concert is from a favorite spot in my home town, Club 47. Joni Mitchell wasn’t the only one to play this venue in its day. Linda Ronstadt used to play here, and then would visit Elsie’s Roast Beef. This later became Passim’s Coffee House, the venue where I discovered Guy Clark. You’ll like this one. It was a great performance.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Drivin’ Songs, Various Artists

This is a fun little playlist: Two hours of songs that either talk about traveling, driving…or are just great songs to drive along with. Watch out, though. Some of them give you lead foot.

Here we are on another Monday. It’s usually a tough day to get yourself going after the weekend, so good music can certainly go a long way toward helping the process. Give us a shot. You won’t regret it.

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Today It’s All About The Ladies, Plus McCartney’s CHOBA B CCCP is Our AOW, Sunday, July 18, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s a total mermaid kind of day starting mid-afternoon. Before that, though, we’ve got a great Album of The Week for you.

Ladies Day Out is up at 3:00 p.m.!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney NEW!

The album title translates to Back in The U.S.S.R. and is the seventh studio album by Paul McCartney. It was released in October 1988 exclusively in Russia. It was released worldwide in 1991. The album is live in-studio covers of some of the great rock n’ roll hits that inspired so many artists of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Stones, and many others. This is a great album, proving that McCartney can rock with the best of them. The man’s career has spanned six decades now, and he’s still going. He’s what we call a living legend.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The ladies take over for five uninterrupted hours of bliss at mid-afternoon. This extended playlist features Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, Nicolette Larson, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, Etta James, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Norah Jones, The Ronettes, Joan Baez, and many more.

Before, in between, and after it’s our usual wide Open Stream rotating more than 27,000 songs at the whim of The Music Mermaid. Tune us in.

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One More Ride on The Linda Ronstadt Birthday Train, and The Rest is Up to The Music Mermaid, Friday, July 16, 2021

Good Morning, Linda Ronstadt fans everywhere. This is our final day on the birthday bash express. We have two great programs for you today, and the rest is up to the Music Mermaid as we give you a whole lot of Open Stream.

Linda, Dolly & Emmylou

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt & Friends: Duets and More UPDATED!

Linda Ronstadt was a supremely successful soloist, but she always wanted to be part of an all-girl band. That was her dream, and that was the driving force behind the Trio albums she made with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. But Linda Ronstadt sang with many people over her career. You will hear her with Paul Simon, Randy Newman, J.D. Souther, Don Henley, Maria Muldaur, Hoyt Axton, Wendy Waldman, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Bette Midler, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aaron Neville, Ann Savoy, Neil Young, James Taylor, Valerie Carter and more on this particular playlist.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, March 17, 1976

The Troubadour was the launching pad for many an artist, and Linda Ronstadt was no exception. This is her performance just as her career was going into full swing.

In between this great Linda Ronstadt programming you’ll hear a lot of wide Open Stream from our Music Mermaid. She’s got great taste. You’re in good hands.

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We Celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s Birthday With All Linda Programming, Save for Our Album of The Week, Thursday, July 15, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Thursday and it’s also Linda Ronstadt’s 75th birthday. We have people who are our “house” favorites. Linda is one of them. We plan on featuring these artists on our five-year anniversary, so stay tuned. But today and tomorrow? These are Linda days.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Linda Ronstadt

We cover Linda’s career from her very early days with The Stone Poneys up until her very last album. That’s a fifty-year career span. Ronstadt always says that she doesn’t identify herself as a rock n’ roll singer, but during the 70s, she was the number one female rock singer on the planet, selling out arenas across the country and playing a 20-night stand at The Universal Amphitheatre. I know. I went to forty of those concerts across the country.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers

Our second to last airing of this beauty, another great effort by Jakob Dylan and his mates. Our final airing will be on Saturday, so don’t miss this one.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, May 14, 1995

This was one of the concerts I attended in a great old hall with excellent sound. Adding to the musical magic of the night was Valerie Carter as the opening act, and who joined Linda on stage for a few songs as well. Linda Ronstadt always said she would rather have been part of an all-girl band. We’ll get to that stuff tomorrow.

We will take two days to celebrate Ronstadt because there is that much material to cover, and because we remain committed to more open stream than programming. So, tune us in and help us celebrate Linda’s 75th year. Although she can no longer sing, she has left a great musical legacy behind.

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We Kick Off Another Work Week With Tom Petty’s Finest and Volume Two of All About Blue, Monday, July 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We begin another work week in fine style with songs from our ‘House Band’ and more songs with blue in the title and lyrics.

Today we give you Tom Petty’s 50 best songs.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 50 Songs

This is a very subjective list, I grant you. It was built from some listener input as well as my own personal choices. I could today make a brand new list and have it be entirely different. These are songs he made with his Heartbreaker bandmates, with Mudcrutch, with The Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist.

If you feel inspired to weigh in with your favorites, feel free to write me at become.ungovernable.radio@gmail.com.

7:00 p.m. All About Blue Too

A few days ago, we ran Volume One of this multi-artist playlist so we thought it would be a good evening to run the second volume. You will hear The Rolling Stones,, Robert Johnson, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Phoebe Snow, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Guy Clark, The Smithereens, The Beatles, Robert Johnson, Canned Heat, Emmylou Harris and more.

What could be better than great music on a Monday? Well, for one thing, music that’s totally free with no monthly subscription charges, no commercial interruptions, no downtime (we run 24/7), and no chatty DJ’s to waste your time? That’s us.

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It’s Sunday and The Wallflowers Own Our Album of The Week, While Our Extended Play Sixties Set List Starts This Afternoon, July 11, 2021

Good Morning, Gang! Here we are again on another Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge. We had a bit of an interruption in the flow with Fillmore Fest earlier in the month, but we’re back on track now!

The Wallflowers are back with their first new album in ten years and its our Album of The Week!

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers NEW!

This guy is my personal songwriting favorite in the post-Petty era. Jakob Dylan recently gave an interview, in fact, in which he said that his friend Tom Petty loomed large over this album, his first in ten years with The Wallflowers. We are certainly glad they are back.

3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two: Various Artists

The music that inspired me to start this radio station is back for another uninterrupted five-hour stint today. We had a minor delay to pay honor to The Fillmore, but we are back on track now. This is the music that covers the mid-to-late sixties with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Janis Joplin (with and without Big Brother), The Kinks, The Grateful Dead, The Chambers Brothers, Melanie, The Temptations, The Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt), The Band, Bob Dylan, The Four Tops, Cream, Derek & The Dominos, Scott McKenzie, The Mamas & The Papas, and many, many others.

Get off to an early start. We already have people listening in from the UK, France, Denmark, the Russian Federation, The Faroe Islands (look them up; it’s real), Switzerland, Germany, and our home base in the U.S. All are welcome. We’re free. There’s no commercial interruption, and no credit card required. All you need is a computer tab.

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Happy Saturday to All With Valerie Carter In the Spotlight, A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, The Final Airing of ‘Angel Dream’ and LIVE DEAD Later, July 10, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual eventful Saturday line-up from The Mermaid Lounge. We feature two great singers here today and we’re very excited about it.

Today we feature Valerie Carter and Townes Van Zandt

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Valerie Carter UPDATED!

Today we rightfully put Valerie Carter In the Spotlight. We’ve updated her playlist to include some songs we really feel belong in the mix. We hope you enjoy this beautifully powerful voice.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Angel Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers FINAL AIRING!

Today marks the final airing of the latest from the Petty estate as they admirably continue to keep his music and legacy alive for his millions of fans, myself included.

7:00 p.m. Poet: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

Today we take a little time out to pay homage to one of the world’s great singer-songwriters, Townes Van Zandt. Some of the artists you’ll hear from include Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Steve Earle & The Dukes, and Nanci Griffith.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, July 18, 1976 NEW!

Another great live performance from the world’s ultimate jam band. This concert was also simulcast on KSAN-FM, San Francisco.

Tune us in today if you’re interested in hearing stuff you’ll never hear anywhere else for free and with no commercial interruptions. If not, you can stick with the usual junk radio.

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We’ve Got Lots of Open Stream Today Punctuated by Two Guitar Gods and The Ladies of Rock Later, Friday, July 9, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re giving you lots of open stream today as we prepare for our usual hectic Saturday programming.

Later on today, The Ladies are in charge.

Here’s your line-up:

12:00 p.m. Duane Allman & Eric Clapton: Studio Jams 1-6

Here we have just over an hour of music from two of the best in the business, just hanging out in the studio together blowing the doors off the place. Enjoy.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Volume 3: Various Artists

We haven’t heard one of these for a while. The time is absolutely right. In this volume, you’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Carole King, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Melissa Etheridge, Valerie Carter, Wendy Waldman, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Melanie, and many more!

In between all this stuff, you’ll hear wide Open Stream today. The Music Mermaid can pick up anything she likes when we’re on that setting. She may even be inclined to pick up a playlist or two. You never know, and I am out of control when she’s in charge. That’s how it works here.

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