As We Hit Mid-Week, The Women of Music are Fully in Control, Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Gooooood Morning, Musicologists! We are hitting mid-week with the Women taking the helm. It starts out with a bang, we go back to our wide Open Stream, then in the afternoon we begin several hours of Trifectas!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Complete Trio Sessions with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris

Yes, folks, just over two hours of brilliance from the only female supergroup (Trio) on the planet. You get outtakes, alternative versions, and never-before-heard material as three of the most spectacular voices in music banded and bonded for two of the greatest albums on the planet.

Afternoon Trifectas

Later in the afternoon, we kick off some all-girl Trifectas!

4:00 p.m. Janis Joplin (with and without Big Brother & The Holding Company)

5:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams

6:00 p.m. The Supremes

7:00 p.m. Alison Krauss

8:00 p.m. Norah Jones

9:00 p.m. Joan Baez

Great day to tune us in, folks. You not only get to hear a lot of wide Open Stream today, but you get to hear a ton of great music from the women, something we believe no other station does. And best of all, no commercials and no charge.

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Chase Your Monday Blues With Music From Laurel Canyon and Creedence Clearwater Revival In the Spotlight, November 29, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! The problem with Mondays is that the just keep coming back. But nevertheless, we’ve go you covered musically. It’ll make you smile.

We’ve got all the musical legends from Laurel Canyon up to start your day!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up

11:00 a.m. Music From Laurel Canyon: Various Artists

This great EP was expanded because Laurel Canyon was a musical hub of creativity for two generations of musicians, the sixties and early seventies. You’ll hear The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, The Monkees, The Mamas & The Papas, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, CSNY, Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Manassas, John Mayall, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Canned Heat, The Eagles, J.D.Souther, Carole King, James Taylor, and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence is one of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge. We think they’re one of the best rock n’ roll bands to strap on some gee-tars. When they first came out, we were convinced they were straight out of a Louisiana bayou. In fact, they are four guys from Berkeley. And they are In the Spotlight here tonight.

Tune us in. We’ve already got Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Russian Federation, Sweden, France, Australia, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Mexico on this morning. Some of these guys have been on all night! Switzerland has been tuned in for two days! Either the guy is dead or he really likes the music.

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It’s A Keep-It-Simple Sunday With A Visit From The Brits and a Brand New Album of The Week, November 28, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a simple recipe for happy today, and it’s really rather simple. We pay homage to our British Invasion innovators with five hours of uninterrupted stream, and give you a great new Album of The Week. The rest is wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid.

These particular festivities begin about mid-afternoon!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m Album of The Week: Rising Sons by Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder NEW!

This is a long story better told here, but I’ll give you the short version. Back in 1965, two 17-year-olds decided not to take the same path as Kyle Rittenhouse, and instead started a band named The Rising Sons. Their names were Ryland Cooder (better known as Ry Cooder) and Henry St. Claire Fredericks (better known as Taj Mahal). Ry Cooder, who Linda Ronstadt continually says is the best guitarist she’s ever met, played six- and twelve-string guitar, mandolin, the bottleneck and slide guitars, and dobro. Taj Mahal played harmonica, piano, and guitar. He was also the vocalist. Other members of the band included guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid, bassist Gary Marker, and drummer Ed Cassidy (who would go on soon to form the band, Spirit). Their band was short-lived, but both Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal went on to be a couple of the most innovative musicians on the planet. Today, we give you their album, Rising Sons.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

About mid-afternoon here in the states we kick off our homage to the bands of the British Invasion and beyond. You’ll hear The Beatles (of course), The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Them, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, The Pretenders, Lulu, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, and many more!

Come on, people, and get your musical freak on! Join our listeners from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Brazil, Greece, The Netherlands, Denmark, Russian Federation, Cleveland (no shit), Mexico, Spain, and points beyond. It’s Sunday and that’s a day of rest even if it is the holiday season. Say “No” to capitalism and tune us in. (Did I mention we’re not capitalists?)

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Saturday Brings Our Second Sixties EP, The Final Airing of This Week’s AOW, and LIVE DEAD Later, November 27, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we have the second volume of our sixties rotation, not to be confused with The Original Sixties Rotation. This particular treat covers more of the mid-to-end sixties than the first volume.

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume Two: Various Artists

Today’s extended play of the sixties covers the mid-to-end decade with The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin with and without Big Brother & The Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, The Four Tops, Roy Orbison, The Yardbirds, James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Box Tops, Vanilla Fudge, Three Dog Night, Sly & The Family Stone, The Doors, The Zombies, The Chambers Brothers, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac FINAL AIRING!

They say that all good things must come to an end someday. That day is here today for our latest Album of The Week. So, this is the day to squeeze this one in. Tomorrow, we’ll have a new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Felt Forum, New York, New York, December 4, 1971 NEW!

Another live one from the vault, as they say. This soundboard recording of The Dead is from 1971 at the Felt Forum in New York.

Saturday is technically the first day of the weekend unless, of course, you are me and have this one more day of retail hell. But no matter. You are in good hands, and so are we as we’ll be streaming this in the store today! Tune us in. We’re free and we’re also commercial-free on a 24-hour basis.

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Mermaid Lounge, and We Promise Our Line-up is No Turkey Today, Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving morning live from The Mermaid Lounge where we give thanks for great music, great musicians and, most of all, great listeners.

Arlo Guthrie and his friends share Thanksgiving dinner at Alice’s Restaurant.

Here’s your Turkey Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Our Thanksgiving Tradition: The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree by Arlo Guthrie

We’ve been playing this as our Thanksgiving tradition since we started back in 2017, and we continue on today with all 18 minutes and 34 seconds. The song, recorded in 1967, occupies one entire side of Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant album. As Guthrie himself explains it, the restaurant is not really called Alice’s Restaurant, even though the song is about Alice and the restaurant. That factoid is in keeping with the song’s continuing mystery. You can find the lyrics here should you want to sing along.

2:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

After the L-Tryptophan has taken effect, you can all sit down and relax with some great folk music as we air our Folk Music From A-To-Z extended playlist and hear Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, The Stone Poneys, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, John Prine, Eric Andersen, The Band, Odetta, and many more.

9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

We toss in some blues to close out the planned programming with our Album of The Week by the great Peter Green and his original Fleetwood Mac. Most people don’t know he’s the founding father here. This is our next-to-last airing, so squeeze it in before you pass out.

Join us for the Turkey Trot today (figuratively, of course). I wish I could tell you that listening is free today, but the fact is that listening is free every day. Just tune us in and give us a listen today. You’ll be very thankful. We promise.

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It’s The Day Before Thanksgiving and All Through The Lounge Not a Creature Was Stirring Except the DJ, Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s the Wednesday mid-week, Thanksgiving travel day wide Open Stream Day here in The Mermaid Lounge. But there’s a twist!

Here’s your pre-bird programming:

We are on all day wide Open Stream with Trifectas on the hour:

10:00 a.m. Aretha Franklin

11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers

12:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

1:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt

2:00 p.m. Neil Young

3:00 p.m. Paul McCartney

4:00 p.m. The Grateful Dead

5:00 p.m. Valerie Carter

6:00 p.m. The Mamas & The Papas

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

And then back to the biggest library of circulating music on the planet.

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It’s a Full-Day Tuesday Bluesday Here Today, Including a Brand New Chicago Blues Playlist, November 23, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a full day Tuesday Bluesday this week because our Album of The Week is blues too! Does it get any better than that?

There’s no place like Chicago and The Blues!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Best of Chicago Blues: Various Artists NEW!

There’s nothing like Chicago and the blues, that’s for sure. I made several trips out to the Windy City during a previous lifetime and made sure to frequent the blues clubs every time. Today you’ll hear Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Slim, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson and more!

This one is already crying out for update and extension. We’ll get there, but we kick off this playlist with nearly three hours of blues.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

This is the second airing of our AOW, and it’s a great one. As I’ve said before, greatest hits collections do not often appear on our list (there are always exceptions), but his one belongs here. Not many people realize that Peter Green is a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, and that the Mac started out as a British blues-rock band.

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

I remember my first trip to the House of Blues in New Orleans years ago and the painting of Taj Mahal on the box office wall. I’ve been hooked ever since. Taj Mahal, also known as Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr., is a blues musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, piano and harmonica, among other instruments. He often gives a little world music flavor to the blues. You’ll love him if you haven’t heard him before.

We’re waiting on y’all. Germany, Italy, France, Russian Federation, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain…come on down and enjoy the tunes. Tuesday Bluesday is definitely a good day.

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It’s an Eclectic Monday Here in The Mermaid Lounge with The Beach Boys, Some Great R & B, and The World Between Heaven & Hell, November 22, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a rather eclectic line-up for you all today as we kick off another work week, albeit a rather short one with the Thanksgiving Holidays coming up.

We put The Beach Boys In the Spotlight today!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Beach Boys

It took me a long time to come around to The Beach Boys. It wasn’t until I heard people like Linda Ronstadt and Paul McCartney call Brian Wilson a musical genius that I started paying attention, and I realized they were right. Today we put them In the Spotlight so we can hear their blend of pop, rock, surf, and psychedelia.

3:00 p.m. DJ’s Choice: My Favorite R & B Stream

I probably would have about fifteen different R & B streams with different songs on each one if given the opportunity. But I don’t give myself that opportunity. On this one you’ll hear Al Green, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, The Four Tops, Sam Cooke, The Staple Singers, Sam & Dave, Gladys Knight & The Pips, James Brown, Booker T & The MGs, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Ruffin and more!

7:00 p.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists

This was a fun one. Songs with references to either heaven or hell (or both) in either the lyrics or title (or both). Confused yet? Well, then tune this one in and hear Donovan, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Presley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fats Domino, Foo Fighters, The Grateful Dead, and more!

Come on by. People from Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Russian Federation, Canada, and points beyond are already tuned in and enjoying the sounds! You can too. For free. Every single day.

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The Women of The Mermaid Lounge Take The Lead Today, and We Intro Our New Album of The Week, Sunday, November 21, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our monthly extended tribute to the women of music today as we bring you our Ladies Day Out EP. We also intro a great, new album of the week.

These are just some of our favorite women you’ll hear from today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac NEW!

It’s rare that we choose a Greatest Hits album as our Album of The Week, but there are those moments in music when it must be done. For those who are only familiar with the current iteration of Fleetwood Mac, this is not how they began their career. During the sixties, when the band came to be, it was a British blues-rock band led by a great guitarist named Peter Green. His version of Fleetwood Mac remains our favorite here in the lounge. You can learn more about Peter Green here.

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

Our Ladies Day Out EP is back to bring you five hours of exceptional music from Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Phoebe Snow, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Irma Thomas, The Supremes, The Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Alison Krauss, Maria Muldaur, Wendy Waldman, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson, Valerie Carter, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, Carole King, Carly Simon, Etta James, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Stevie Nicks, and more!

It’s a great day to tune us in. Every day is a great day to tune us in. We really mean that. There is no way we can convince you with words. You’re just going to have to try it out. For free. And it will remain totally free if you come back. How’s that?

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Saturday Brings Sounds of The Supergroups, The Kinks In the Spotlight, the Final Airing of Our AOW, and LIVE DEAD Later, November 20, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another one of those crazy music Saturdays here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff for you today. Read on for details!

Our jumping off programming point today is an expanded ‘Sounds of the Supergroups’

Here’s your Saturday programming:

11:00 a.m. The Sounds of The Supergroups: Various Artists EXPANDED & UPDATED!

We’ve done some work on this since the last time we aired it. You know, the term ‘Supergroup’ is used a bit too liberally today, but we can’t control that shit except as we define the term. These bands do not come along very often, and they generally aren’t a lifetime deal. They may tour, or they may not. But one thing’s for sure: They have been created by artists who were successful either in other bands or as solo artists. We feel confident that we’re giving your the all-inclusive list.

You will hear Cream, Derek & The Dominos, CSNY, The Traveling Wilburys (the world’s all-in number one supergroup of all time as continually voted by the public), The Highwaymen (Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson), Blind Faith, Supertramp, The Plastic Ono Band, Trio (Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris), andThe Super Super Blues Band (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley).

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul FINAL AIRING!

It’s sayonara after today’s airing, so get on it. Tomorrow we’ll introduce a brand new choice to you as our Album of The Week.

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

The Muswell Hillbillies are back with their own unique sound and collection of hits that can’t be denied. Somehow, I feel like these guys were always on the cusp of being considered a great band in some people’s minds, but The Kinks were as good as any band in their day and had a kick ass sound all their own.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium, Anchorage, Alaska, June 21, 1980

This is a repeat performance for us, but this has not been aired for more than a year here. This show is one of three that The Dead played in the 2,000-seat auditorium at West High School in Anchorage back in 1980. Many consider it one of their best live shows.

Saturday is here. The weekend is upon (some of) us. Some of us have one more stint left, and that would be me. But you can be here with us in The Mermaid Lounge enjoying life free of charge.

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