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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here we are on another Friday, getting ready for the weekend, and we’ve got some great music to usher in the weekend after an open stream kind of morning.
Here’s today’s line-up:
3:00 p.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live From My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, New York, November 28, 1976 NEW!
The Flying Burrito Brothers were founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman. They have undergone many personnel changes over the years, but are best remembered for their influential early work in country rock, and their debut album The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969).
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur is a folk and blues singer, who was an influential part of the folk music revival of the 1960s. Sometimes the general public overlooks her incredible body of work, but her peers do not.
So, let’s get this show on the road. Are you doing to tune us in or what? Let’s get real, people! We are totally outside the system.
Good Morning, Audiophiles! How are we this fine Sunday morning? We are doing very well here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have some great stuff coming your way. Today we also celebrate Roger Waters’ 77th birthday.
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, July 21, 1974 NEW!
Like so many other small venues of its time, My Father’s Place was the incubator for future stars. In Boston (actually, Cambridge), we had Jonathan Swift’s, Jack’s, The Inn Square Men’s Bar, and Passim’s Coffee House.
Linda Ronstadt was one of those future stars who passed through My Father’s Place on her way to the top. We have her July 21 ,1974 performance today. That was also her Heart Like A Wheel breakout year.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic NEW!
Here’s the thing about British bands and America. The releases are always different between Europe and the U.S., and I’m always so annoyed by that. Why? Because the European ones are always so much stronger. But never mind that shit. Traffic was an excellent band, although a bit psychotic about how to handle Dave Mason. It was some kind of love-hate relationship. Still, he and the magnificent Steve Winwood played their styles off each other very well, and Jim Capaldi? Well, Traffic would never have been Traffic without him. This is a great album, no matter where the hell it came from.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Pink Floyd NEW!
Today is Roger Waters’ 77th birthday, and it’s time for Pink Floyd to step into The Spotlight here in The Mermaid Lounge, where music nirvana is made daily.
Look, people, again I say Europe and Asia is all over this station. I have no idea what the problem here is in America. Perhaps you prefer to pay for your music. I can’t explain the lethargy. Whatever. Whenever you wake the fuck up, we’ll be here.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a brand new season as we roll into September! Even better, we kick it off with Tuesday Bluesday!
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.
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!
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Good Morning, Ungovernables and Music Lovers Alike! It’s Saturday and it’s the last work day before my weekend. Time to celebrate.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Best of The Summer of Love!The Doors by The Doors
The Doors had two releases in 1967. This was their debut album, recorded in 1966 and released in January of 1967. It is considered a seminal event in the development of psychedelic and acid rock. An amazing album.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds FINAL AIRING!
This is the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow, there’ll be a new one in its place!
7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, December 6, 1975
Heart Like a Wheel was released in 1974, and Prisoner in Disguise in 1975. It was lift-off time on the launch pad of Linda Ronstadt’s career.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix Club, San Francisco, December 4, 1966 NEW!
Tonight we take it back to 1966 and the infamous Matrix Club on Fillmore Street, San Francisco, a key location to what is called ‘the San Francisco sound.’ Enjoy.
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Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re on our final week of The Summer of Love, so we’re focusing on the Sixties today.
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
1:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds NEW!
This was The Byrds’ fourth studio album, released in February of 1967. With this album, they continued their foray into psychedelic music…with a touch of jazz thrown in for good measure. Chris Hillman began to take the spotlight, revealing himself to be a formidable singer-songwriter.
4:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Transformative Years
The Beatles also moved into the world of psychedelic music in the latter half of the sixties. The album Revolver was really the album that catapulted the band forward in this direction. This is a great playlist.
8:00 p.m. Janis Joplin Live at Winterland 1968
To close out the evening’s festivities, we hear from one of the most important, influential female rockers of the sixties live on stage at Winterland, Janis Joplin.
This is, like all the other days, a great day to tune us in. We’re no bullshit all day, every day. No hidden charges. No credit card required. No personal information requested. No advertising and no fucking politicians.
While we celebrate the music of our past, the future looms ahead of us with a much-anticipated Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release. Today, on a light-programming day (meaning a lot of Open Stream), we celebrate both.
Here’s your Friday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Deep Cuts & B-Sides
You know, people, any one of the songs on this playlist could have been a hit. Not like this band’s hits were junk, like some others. Far from it. But this band produced so much good music it’s incredible. And it’s incredible that this band was firing on all cylinders 40 years later, because Hypnotic Eye, their last studio release in 2014 was about as good as they get. They are the house band for a reason.
7:00 p.m. The Best of The Summer of Love!Big Brother and the Holding Company Featuring Janis JoplinNEW!
This debut album was released in August 1967. Not surprisingly, it was re-released one month later with Janis Joplin’s name added to the cover and a couple of additional songs thrown in. We have it here for you today.
Come on, Empire dwellers, let’s get our shit together. Europe, Asia, and other more far-flug areas are all over this station. As usual, the toddlers are bringing up the rear.