Welcome to Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge! We Bring You A Little Bit O’ Soul, The Final Airing of “Old Yellow Moon” and our Ritual LIVE DEAD, June 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.

Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists

Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!

In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.

Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.

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Today It’s The Best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live, The All-Girl Revue #4, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, June 10, 2021

Here we go! We’re past the hump and heading for the end of the week. We’ve got a great line-up for you guys today here in The Mermaid Lounge, starting with one of our House Bands!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: The Best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live

We work really hard to make sure we don’t compete with Tom Petty Radio. It’s really hard not to overplay these guys, but we think we keep it in control pretty well. (We have the same problem with The Beatles and Linda Ronstadt.)

This entry is totally subjective. There are no experts. Some of my Petty fan friends and I came up with this list. These are the songs that we think are the best that they’ve done on stage, and we confess that there is one entry in here from Mudcrutch that could not be denied a place on this list. What we’ve got here is a playlist of just over two hours of the best damned live stuff we’ve ever heard from one of the most amazing live bands ever.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

We’re winding down on this week’s album. This is the next to last airing, with the final coming sometime Saturday. Get it in while you can because there will be a brand new album come Sunday when you roll yourselves out of bed.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 4: Various Artists

We have five of these now, and we haven’t heard volume four for a while, so this is a good time to get it in. You’ll hear Carly Simon, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, The Shirelles, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and more!

Blah. Blah. Blah. Here’s where we go into the hard sell, if that’s what you want to call it. We don’t make a dime on this radio station. In fact, it’s paid out of my pocket. It’s truly a labor of love. I’m sharing my personal music collection, which is quite substantial. (I’m pretty old and have been listening to and buying music forever, so it should be.) It’s what we call a labor of love that runs 24/7 and asks for nothing in return…except, of course, that you tune us in.

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It’s Yet Another Tuesday Bluesday Here In the Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got Our Long Player Going, June 8, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got another Tuesday Bluesday here and it’s about that time that we give you our long-playing Blues session again!

Here’s today’s bluesy line-up!

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

More than five hours of uninterrupted blues with James Cotton, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and many more! Recently updated!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Tonight, we have the second airing of this great album by two masters who, although meeting in 1974, took their sweet time making an album together. It was worth the wait.

Tune us in on this bluesy Tuesday. It’s too damned hot outside to do anything else but kick back and enjoy the tunes. And if you are working and have the space, all you need is a browser tab to give a listen.

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We’ve Got Some Hidden Gems Here Today With Townes Van Zandt, Hendrix & Stills ‘In Session’ and Our New ‘Foodies’ Playlist, Monday, June 7, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, it’s another hot one outside today and that means we’re inside The Mermaid Lounge for the duration! There will be a different kind of ‘heat’ coming from this place.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Townes Van Zandt, Live at The Old Quarter Bar, Houston, Texas, July 1973

The actual date eludes us, but this was recorded in what can only be alled a small, intimate setting…just brick walls and a bar. It was recorded on a portable four track. You can hear Van Zandt shuffling between songs and some chatter from the attendees. This, however, is considered one of the most amazing recordings of Townes Van Zandt’s musical legacy. He is one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace the planet.

3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills In Session, May 21, 1968

On May 21, 1968, Stephen Stills invited Jimi Hendrix to his basement for a jam session. This is the result of two masters joining forces to make music. Rumor has it that it was Stephen Stills who taught Hendrix how to play guitar. We’ll probably never know if that’s urban legend or actual fact.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: For Foodies Only, Various Artists NEW!

I was probably hungry when I came up with this playlist, but here it is nevertheless. Songs with food (and drink) in either the title or the lyrics. Eat it up, people.

We are laying back, hanging in, and enjoying the tunes today. It’s way to hot to venture out. We’ve got a different kind of heat going on inside The Mermaid Lounge. And we remain not-for-profit, with no advertising or obnoxious DJ’s to interrupt your music flow.

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It’s a Scortcha Here Outside The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got a Hot Line-up As Well With A New Album of The Week and Our Original Sixties Rotation, Sunday, June 6, 2021

Good Morning, Summer Lovers! It’s going to be 95 degrees outside The Lounge here today, and it’s a good thing we’ve got AC crankin’ because it’s pretty hot inside as well!

Today we feature The Original Sixties Rotation!3:.m.

Here’s your Sunday funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell NEW!

This fantastic 2013 release won the Grammy Award for the Best Americana Album. It was Harris’ 13th Grammy. The album itself was her twenty-seventh studio release, and Crowell’s tenth. Although they originally met in 1974, it took them until 2012 to record an album together. I saw the tour promoting this album, and the musical chemistry between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell was amazing.

It only took the pair two years to release a follow up album called The Travelin’ Kind, and we’ll be featuring that as a future Album of The Week.

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

This was the very first playlist we ever put together back when we started, and it features The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, Bobbie Gentry, Little Eva, The Searchers, The Who, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, The Turtles, Petula Clark, Barry McGuire, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Kinks, and many more! More than five hours of uninterrupted musical nirvana!

It’s hotter than Hades out there, and I’m hunkering down here in The Lounge with some good music. We won’t cost you a damned penny. That’s no lie. We’re not going to ask you to subscribe. And we’re certainly not going to sell you anything. Why not join your friends from around the world and do the same?

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It’s Sunday In The Mermaid Lounge With Our New Album of The Week, and ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ On May 30, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge and that’s usually the day we bring you a long-player to fill up the musical hours along with our brand new Album of The Week.

Asleep At The Wheel is just one of the great artists you’ll hear this afternoon!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers NEW!

Exodus was Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ninth studio release in June of 1977, and boasts six singles, including One Love/People Get Ready, Jammin’, Three Little Birds, and Turn Your Lights Down Low.

Consider this a preview for our newest upcoming longplayer covering Reggae, Ska, and World Music. It will hopefully be launched by next month.

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists

This marks the second airing of this great new playlist covering both traditional and country-rock, including Asleep At The Wheel, Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse), Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Glen Campbell, The Byrds, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Carlene Carter, Roseann Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and more!

Don’t know how it is where you are, but the weather is pretty dismal here on the East Coast. It’s cold. It’s rainy. And it’s a great day to hunker down with a blanket, a book and some great music.

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Live Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash In Session, Sayonara to Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, Saturday, May 29, 2021

It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have a great line-up of programming as we wind down our tribute to Dylan’s 80th birthday.

We have Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From The Olympic on The Last DJ Tour!

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From The Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, October 16, 2002

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers live at The Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on The Last DJ tour. You know how the music critics are. Albums with a great collection of songs are not good enough anymore. They all have to have a “concept” behind them. But that is exactly what The Last DJ is: A great collection of songs amidst Petty’s lament about what radio has become. And as someone who grew up with a transistor glued to my right ear listening to AM radio (which was where the best music was at the time), WMEX in Boston, I can empathize wholeheartedly. This is a great performance, people.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Wallflowers by The Wallflowers FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of The Wallflowers. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, there will be a brand new selection. And although we have it chosen, we give you no hints.

7:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash: In Session, Nashville 1969

Back when Bob Dylan was recording Nashville Skyline, he got together with another master named Johnny Cash and they recorded a bunch of songs. Only one, Girl From The North Country, made it to Nashville Skyline. This is the result of that recording session.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at McArthur Court, The University of Oregon, Eugene, January 22, 1978 NEW!

Tonight we have The Grateful Dead live from McArthur Court at The University of Oregon, another new-to-us LIVE performance for one of the most masterful live bands in the history of music.

I don’t know how it is elsewhere, but it’s cold, rainy and nasty here. I’m forced to work in retail hell today, but if I had my way, I’d tune in to #BecomeUngovernable Radio. Join your friends today from Canada, Italy, Spain, The Russian Federation, The Faroe Islands, The Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Portugal. They’re waiting for you.

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New ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Extended Playlist, The Final Airing of ‘Willy & The Poor Boys’ and Live Dead, Saturday, May 22, 2021

Good Morning, Audiophiles! We’ve got a newly-expanded extended playlist for you today that we debut in part earlier in the week for starters, then our usual fare!

We kick it off today with our new Travelin’ Fever Longplayer!

Here’s Saturday’s Line-up:

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

We previewed this playlist earlier in the week, but we’ve rapidly expanded and extended it to make it our newest long-player, multi-artist block. You’ll hear Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Sheryl Crow, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cream, J.J. Cale, Asleep At The Wheel, Little Feat, Jerry Jeff Walker, Fats Domino, James Taylor, Jesse Winchester, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and many more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Willy & The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival FINAL AIRING!

The final airing of this week’s featured album is upon us. Tomorrow, we’ll have a new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, May 8, 1977

This is, without a doubt, one of the Dead’s finest live performances ever. It is definitely not to be missed. Don’t forget to tune it in later tonight!

Get on the music train that runs through The Mermaid Lounge. We’re 24/7, totally free, and we play some of the best damned music on the planet.

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We’ve Got Linda Ronstadt Singing With Her Friends, and Bob Marley’s Final Live Performance Ever, Friday, May 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists, one and all! We’ve got a lot of Open Stream today punctuated with two legends. It’s Friday, and we give you plenty of wildly rotating music before our heavier Saturday programming!

Linda Ronstadt has made lots of friends during her career. Today they drop by to sing with her.

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Friends: Duets and More

Everyone wanted to sing with Linda Ronstadt back in the day, and she once openly stated she’d rather be part of a girl’s band than a solo artist. That didn’t stop her from being the Queen of Rock throughout the seventies and beyond. Today, we give you a Ronstadt collection where she sings with those friends, John David Souther, Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Emmylou Harris, Wendy Waldman, Hoyt Axton, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at The Stanley Theatre, Philadelphia, September 23, 1980

Tonight, it’s The Legend live at The Stanley Theatre at what would be his final live performance ever before his untimely death.

We’ll say it again: We’re 24/7 and totally free. We don’t ask for credit cards or personal information, we don’t run advertising because we don’t accept it, and we aren’t making a dime on this. It’s what we call a labor of love. All we ask is that you tune us in.

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Our Brand New ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ Playlist Makes Its Debut, The Final Airing of “Hotcakes” and Live Dead, Saturday, April 17, 2021

Good Morning, Country Bumpkins! We’ve got our new long-playing country/country rock playlist makes its debut today, with just about five hours of great stuff from Johnny Cash to The Flying Burrito Brothers!

The Eagles are just one of the bands you’ll hear on our brand new country playlist today!

Here’s your Saturday playlist:

11:00 a.m. Are You Ready For The Country?: Various Artists NEW!

We unveil our latest long-player today called Are You Ready for The Country? It’s just about five hours of uninterrupted great country and country-rock music. You won’t hear any of those homogenized country singers here. Instead, you’ll hear The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Buffalo Springfield, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bonnie Raitt, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountan Daredevils, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Guy Clark, Tom Rush, John Prine, and more!

A complete paylist of all the great songs you will hear appears behind the Playlist tabs on this blog. Just scroll to the bottom of the list!

7:30 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon FINAL AIRING!

We close the books on Hotcakes this evening with our final airing. Tomorrow when you roll your ass out of bed, there will be a new selection listed on the blog.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Buckeye Lake Music Center, Hebron, Ohio, June 11, 1993 NEW!

Tonight we feature another new concert by the ultimate jam band, The Grateful Dead. This one comes from the Buckeye Lake Music Center, an outdoor venue in Hebron, Ohio.

There’s no point in telling you all of the reasons why you should tune us in. We’re not-for-profit radio, so we don’t ask you for a subscription, or a credit card. We also don’t collect any personal information from you. We accept no advertising. And our DJ’s are practically mutes. We play music.

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