Thursday Brings Our ‘Between Heaven & Hell’ Playlist, Our AOW, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at Winterland Later, March 9, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’ve got a great programming lineup for you as we move toward the weekend. Read on for the details!

Here’s Thursday’s musical landscape:

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

This is not an EP, but is sweet nonetheless, a collection of songs with references to heaven and hell in the title, lyrics or both from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Eagles, Steve Winwood, Pink Floyd, The Grass Roots, The Byrds, ZZ Top, Eddie Cochran, The Rolling Stones, Townes Van Zandt, Roberta Flack, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Presley, Maria Muldaur, Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, the Grateful Dead, Fats Domino, Mudcrutch and more.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Bluesiana Triangle by Bluesiana Triangle

A short-lived but amazing band consisting of Art Blakey, Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman released this great album that’s a little jazz, a little blues and a lot of funk. We’re winding down on this one. The last airing will be on Saturday. As they say in the restaurant business, get it while it’s hot.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 30, 1978

You heard from one of our House Bands earlier in the week, now you hear from the other in a great live performance from an iconic venue, Winterland in San Francisco. Early Heartbreakers on display here, a preview of how great this band was to become over a 40-year span.

Just do it, people. Tune us in. Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, the UK, Russian Federation, Norway, Denmark, Texas, Cali, Rhode Island are all on so far. Join our international community of music appreciators! We’re on 24/7 and we’re also free of charge with no commercial advertising.

At Midweek We’ve Got ‘The Female Species’ EP, Nina Simone, and The Beatles In The Spotlight, Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Good morning, music lovers! We continue to celebrate Women’s (Musical) History Month with our ode to the superior sex. We also feature Nina Simone as our singer-songwriter, and put The Beatles In the Spotlight later.

Here’s your midweek musical programming:

9:00 a.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

We feature our ode to women this morning and it’ll be running into the afternoon. Call it Open Stream With a Stream. You’ll hear from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Rolling Stones, The Rascals, Peter & Gordon and more!

4:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Nina Simone

We have our second airing of Nina Simone as our featured singer-songwriter for this week coming up later in the afternoon.

8:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Beatles

One of our House Bands (along with TPATH) and the band that changed just about everything in a very short period of time. They set the music world on its ear in 1964 and never stopped until their final note was played. Along the way they also changed the cultural landscape. We put them In the Spotlight where they belong.

What better day to tune us in than this one? Join your friends from France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Faroe Islands, Australia, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Germany, France, Canada and beyond. They are all on this morning!

Happy Monday From The Mermaid Lounge With Some Valentines Day Playlists and The Fab Four Sandwiched in Between, February 13, 2023

Good morning and welcome to another Monday. Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ll give you some Valentines Day TLA and heartbreak today (tomorrow is Tuesday Bluesday, so we must adjust) and The Beatles in between.

Here’s what Monday, Monday brings:

11:00 a.m. True Love Always: Various Artists

We start off the programming with the happy side of love, when everything is rosy. That’s usually when it’s “new” as it turns out. It’ll deteriorate later. You’ll hear loving entreaties from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Mamas & The Papas, Carly Simon, The Yardbirds, Van Morrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Buffalo Springfield, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt, The Hollies, The Lovin’ Spoonful and more!

3:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Early Years

We’re a bit late out of the gate here, but we always manage to catch up. On February 9, The Beatles performed for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. So, today, we give you a playlist of their early songs in celebration of that musical event that changed it all.

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

Here’s the flip side of the coin. Otherwise known as when things go sour. I’m the master of this playlist. You’ll hear Carole King, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne, Aretha Franklin, the J. Geils Band, Mudcrutch, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Dan Fogelberg, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cat Stevens, The Searchers, Ray Charles and more.

Yeah. It’s Monday, and the first day of the week pretty much sucks. But hey, you can improve the day by tuning us in. So, if you’ve got an office, close the door and pull up a tab. If you work at home, even better. You can even turn us on after work and improve your day because we run 24/7 with no commercial interruption. We’re all about the music.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our ‘Best of Chicago Blues’ EP, Our AOW in Between, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing the Blues Later, February 7, 2023

Yes, it’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and it’s also my birthday. I couldn’t think of a better present to give myself later on today than TPATH singing the blues.

Here’s today’s lineup:

9:00 a.m. The Best of Chicago Blues: Various Artists

There’s nothing like the blues from the Windy City, and we’ve got them uninterrupted for you to kick off the day. You’ll be hearing Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Lowell Fulson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Son Seals, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Otis Spann and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Poet, A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Various Artists

Townes Van Zandt is probably best known for his great tune Pancho & Lefty, which was covered by so many people it’s hard to list them. But our favorite version here in the lounge belongs to Emmylou Harris. But he was more than that. He wrote many tunes that are considered masterpieces of American songwriting, including For the Sake of The Song, If I Needed You, To Live Is to Fly, and Rex’s Blues. On this special tribute album, you’ll hear Emmylou, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, John Prine and others sing their versions of Van Zandt’s songs.

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

Tom Petty envisioned The Heartbreakers sitting around in their old age in chairs wailing the blues. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to bring that to fruition, but the band made many blues songs. We’ve got them for you tonight.

Tune us in, folks. We’re on 24/7 and we’re totally free. No strings. No bullshit. No lie. Best of all, no commercial advertising or mouthy disc jockeys here. The Music Mermaid is in control.

We’re Exiting the Work Week in Style With an Impressive Lineup at Red Rocks, Stevie Wonder’s Final Stand, and The Final Volume of The Heartbreakers at The Fillmore ’97, on Friday, February 3, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’ve got Stevie Wonder’s final turn as this week’s singer-songwriter sandwiched between two great live performances to close out the work week. Read on!

Here’s the end-of-the-week lineup:

11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, David Lindley and Wally Ingram Live at Red Rocks, Morrison, CO, September 12, 1999

I must say I had the pleasure of seeing this tour at what was then called The Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, back in 1999. I even bought myself a tee that I wore so much that I wore it out. This was an amazing performance by an incredibly gifted group of musicians that I will never forget. We bring it to you today for your listening pleasure!

3:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Stevie Wonder FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of Stevie Wonder as this week’s featured singer-songwriter, so get on it while you can. The man had his first No. 1 hit at the age of thirteen, after signing his first contract with Tamla at the age of eleven. Tomorrow, we’ll be selecting a brand new artist, but today we’ve got “Little” Stevie Wonder.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, Volume Three, 1997

We close out the programming today with the final volume of The Heartbreakers’s unprecedented 20-show residency at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Many in attendance purchased tickets for multiple nights and were treated to a different show each time as the band scrapped their canned show and took their lead from audience suggestions. This is one event I wish I had the opportunity to see, but the release by curated by the Petty family and his bandmates is pretty incredible.

I don’t know what’s going on with the weather where you are, but here in Boston we’ve got high winds with wind chill factors down to -36 degrees forecasted for today through tomorrow. If I didn’t have to go out to work, I’d be here in The Mermaid Lounge listening to all this great music. And hey, we’re not just broadcasting when we have programming. We’re on 24/7 all year long rotating 27,000+ great tunes.

We’re Heading Toward The Weekend With Our ‘Color My World’ EP, Our AOW, and Volume Two of The Hearbreakers at The Fillmore, Thursday, February 2, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’re back with more great music as we are on the downslide to the weekend! We keep on with our time travel back to the Heartbreakers’ 20-night residency at The Fillmore a bit later on, but we start with our EP about all kinds of colors in the title, lyrics or both!

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. Color My World: Various Artists

There’s nothing quite like color, and we’ve got colors of all kinds in these song in the title, lyrics or both. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Sam & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Booker T. & The MG’s, Lucinda Williams, John Cougar Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds

We’re winding down on this one, so get it in while you can! Our final airing will be sometime on Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, Volume Two, 1997

We’ve got volume two of one of the finest series of live performances every put on vinyl (yes, vinyl is still available and is still the best way to listen). Over a 20-night residency as The Fillmore House Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers established themselves as one of the finest live rock n’ roll bands on the planet. Don’t miss this one.

We’re here in The Mermaid Lounge spinning tunes for your listening pleasure. It won’t cost you anything but time and it’s a certainty that good music makes everything just a little bit better. Don’t you agree?

We’re at Midweek With a Trip to Both Motown and The Legendary Fillmore With Some Legendary Musicians On Wednesday, February 1, 2023

We’re kicking off the month of February in style, musicologists! We start ot with our ‘M is For Motown’ EP, followed by Stevie Wonder as our featured singer-songwriter and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ legendary 20-night residency at The Fillmore! Does it actually get any better?

Here’s your midweek lineup:

9:00 a.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists

Today we take a trip to Motor City and remember the music that made us dance! You’ll hear Barrett Strong (who just passed away in the last few days), Eddie Kendricks, Eddie Holland, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson Five, Kim Weston, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross &The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, The Contours, Rare Earth, Mary Wells, Tammi Terrell, and more!

4:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Stevie Wonder

This is our second airing of Stevie Wonder as this week’s featured singer-songwriter. Wonder signed his first record contract at the age of eleven, and released his first hit called Fingertips at the age of 13. It went to No. 1. Hence, his first stage name of ‘Little Stevie Wonder.’

8:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, Volume 1, San Francisco, 1997

Today we are revisiting this great new release of The Heartbreakers’ legendary 20-night residency as The Fillmore House Band, where they scrapped the script and did something new every night to everyone’s delight. They even allowed those in attendance to leave them suggestions for subsequent shows, as many in attendance had tickets to multiple nights. To a man, the members of the Heartbreakers believed they were at their best for these legendary shows where they not only sang their original songs, but paid homage to those who inspired them. Special guests during these concerts included John Lee Hooker and Roger McGuinn, among others. We’ve broken this massive offering down into three volumes. We’ll be playing volumes two and three over the next couple of days. Enjoy. This doesn’t happen every day.

We can seriously say this is a great day to tune us in. This musical combination is off the charts, so to speak. We’re on 24/7 (not just when we have programming, by the way) and we are totally 100% free, no strings and no lies. We don’t ask for a credit card, a subscription or your personal information.

Great Stuff Coming To Get You Through Monday: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Our Playlist About Luck, and a New Spotlight With J. J. Cale, January 23, 2023

Good Morning to the Working Class. We’ve got great stuff coming your way this morning, including a playlist from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, our playlist about luck on several levels, and a brand new Spotlight featuring J. J. Cale.

Here’s Monday’s musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Deep Cuts & B-Sides

Everyone knows Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ hits and there were many. But the band made so much great music that casual Petty fans may not know about many of their songs. To be sure, if you subscribe to Sirius and listen to Tom Petty Radio you’ll hear this stuff, but for those who don’t there’s us. We’ve got everything the band has ever made and then some. This is one playlist that’s not to be missed.

3:00 p.m. Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck: Various Artists

This is a multi-artist playlist about luck and fortune. You’ll hear it in the title, lyrics or both from Jethro Tull, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bonnie Raitt, Cream, The Eagles, Taj Mahal, Fats Domino, Genesis, Stevie Wonder, The Wallflowers, The Byrds, Warren Zevon, The Beatles, Steve Winwood, Sheryl Crow, Linda Ronstadt, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Paul McCartney & Wings, Joe Walsh, The Rolling Stones and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of J. J. Cale NEW!

J. J. Cale wrote so many great songs (Cocaine, After Midnight, Call Me The Breeze and more) that became hits for so many artists, yet never achieved stardom himself. We are big fans here in The Mermaid Lounge however, and Cale is much respected by his peers in the music industry. Today we will put J. J. Cale In the Spotlight, where he belongs, singing his own compositions.

Let’s face it. Monday’s suck. There’s no better place to be than right here. We’re totally free 24/7 and we are on uninterrupted by commercial advertising. It’s all about the music. All you need to do is pull up a tab and click the button below!

Heading Toward The Weekend With Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, Our AOW, and Beatle Songs With Character on Thursday, January 5, 2023

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are again on yet another rainy morning. This makes three in a row here in the Boston area. Plenty of rain; no snow. Highly unusual. But hey, here in The Mermaid Lounge, the living is easy and the music is outstanding!

Here’s your Thursday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Here Comes The Night, Various Artists

We have the flip side of this coming up soon, but for now we’re talking about songs with reference to night time in the title, lyrics or both. It’s Open Stream with a Theme here today. You’ll hear Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Them, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, the Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, The Eagles,The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, The Doors, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Idlewild South by The Allman Brothers Band

We’re winding down on this gem of an album. The final airing will be sometime on Saturday, so if you haven’t caught it, this might be the time! We’ll have a brand new selection on Sunday.

7:00 p.m. Beatle Songs With Character UPDATED!

The Beatles loved to name drop as you will see. They invented characters like Mr. Kite, Maxwell of silver hammer fame, Lucy who floated around the sky with diamonds. You’ll also hear about the man in the mack, a barber on Penny Lane, Prudence (who was actually Mia Farrow’s sister), Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and mother Mary. This playlist has recently been expanded and updated, so give it a listen!

We’re sitting here waiting for you to join your friends from around the world in discovering what great music we play 24/7 at no cost to you. Your money is no good here. We’re also advertising free, and our disc jockeys are virtually mute. Take a spin. You’ve got absolutely nothing to lose.

Saturday Brings the ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, Volume Three of The Heartbreakers’ Fillmore Adventure, and Dan Fogelberg as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter as the Holidays Approach, December 17, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists across the globe! Hope you’re all doing well as we tee it up in The Mermaid Lounge this morning. We’ve got a pretty full slate peppering our great wide Open Stream (a little Tom Petty imagery there).

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

We’re talking real country here. And we’re also talking about the pioneers of country-rock who made it happen from the cross-fertilization center of the world: Laurel Canyon. You’ll hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep at The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, the Marshall Tucker Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, The Desert Rose Band and more!

4:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 1997, Volume Three NEW!

The third and final installment as we roll out the brand new Heartbreakers’ compendium of their legendary 20-night residency as The Fillmore House Band. They threw away the script and kicked ass, and every one of them felt it was the most creative opportunity the band had, and the highlight of their time together. For the first time ever, there are more cover songs on a Heartbreakers album than original compositions. That was by design as they chose to pay homage to those artists who inspired them. They are, in our humble opinion, the best cover band on the planet.

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Dan Fogelberg NEW!

It’s time to flip the switch to a new featured singer-songwriter, and Dan Fogelberg is one of the most underappreciated. Except here in The Mermaid Lounge, where we made him one of the very first artists to have a ‘Spotlight.’ Today he starts a week in the spotlight as our featured singer-songwriter.

10:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dixie Chicken by Little Feat FINAL AIRING!

Tonight we bit a fond farewell to one of our favorite albums and bands as we close out this week’s featured album. We’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new selection.

Saturday is always a bit of a busy day here in The Mermaid Lounge, but we never have more programming than open stream in a 24-hour cycle. We also never run commercial advertising or emply overly-talkative DJ’s. We just play music. Free of charge 24/7. No lie. No surprises. No credit card. No personal information. Ever.