Today We Feature Pink Floyd, Traffic, Blind Faith and The Shadow, Friday, January 29, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a pretty eclectic line-up today here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Steve Winwood and Traffic.

Here’s today’s line-up:

1:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Pink Floyd

We haven’t heard this one in a while, so it’s a good day to break this puppy out. Today we feature a band founded by students Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright in 1967. Under Barrett’s leadership, they released their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, with two charting singles.

5:00 p.m. The Shadow: 09 Murder On Approval

Not sure why anyone would approve of murder, but hey, that’s for The Shadow to figure out.

8:00 p.m. Traffic and Blind Faith Super Jam

We really love Steve Winwood here in The Mermaid Lounge. This is our way of paying tribute to a guy who has made so much good music in so many bands, starting with The Spencer Davis Group when he was just fifteeen years old.

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It’s Our Usual (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday Until Dan Fogelberg and The Shadow Show Up, January 27, 2021

Good Day, Music Lovers! Here we are on another (mostly) Open Stream Wednesday until, of course, Dan Fogelberg and The Shadow drop by later.

Dan Fogelberg was a folk, soft rock superstar, a hell of a songwriter with a smooth, comforting voice. His album, Souvenirs, is one of the best albums ever made.

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday

We’re circulating 27,000 songs daily. Pretty sure you won’t hear the same song twice over a several day period from The Mermaid Lounge. We add new songs monthly.

6:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Dan Fogelberg UPDATED!

Dan Fogelberg is a soft rock superstar, from our perspective. He’s written so many good songs over his career, and has made so many albums, but has never gotten the commercial airplay he deserves. We are in the process of uploading his entire catalogue.

9:00 p.m. The Shadow: 09 Murder on Approval

The second airing of this week’s episode of The Shadow. It’s all about murder, folks.

Tune us in. We’re running 24/7 at no charge. And we’ve got some great music.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our House Blues Playlist and Linda Ronstadt’s WE RAN as Our Album of The Week, January 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. It is definitely Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge with our house blues playlist, and with Linda Ronstadt dropping by later.

Here’s today’s programming:

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

This is a great, eclectic blues playlist that runs for just over four hours! You will hear Slim Harpo, Long John Baldry, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy, Cream, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Canned Heat, Delbert McClinton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: We Ran by Linda Ronstadt

Our second airing of what I consider to be one of Ronstadt’s most eclectic works, interpreting the songs of Bob Dylan (for the first time since early in her career), John Hiatt, Naomi Neville and others. The standout song? Undoubtedly, Ruler of My Heart. Brilliant.

Tune us in, people. We’re about to expand our general rotation again and you have no idea what you are missing! No other radio station rotates a 27,000-song playlist on its best day.

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A Brand New All-Girl Revue, Simon & Garfunkel In The Spotlight, and a New Episode of The Shadow, Monday, December 28, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers around the globe! How are we on this fine Monday morning, as I wind down my vacation. We are bringing you new stuff as we crawl toward 2021, and it starts with the ladies today.

The Ladies: Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Lucinda Williams, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Valerie Carter, Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and Irma Thomas.

Here’s your line-up!

11:00 a.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 5: Various Artists NEW!

We’re kicking off the day with a brand new All-Girl Revue. This makes number five. The ladies in the photo above will join others in this playlist, like Phoebe Snow, Wendy Waldman, Ann Peebles, Tracy Chapman, Susan Tedeschi, Lulu, Petula Clark, Carly Simon, Jackie DeShannon, Carole King, Judy Collins, and others! It’s just over two hours of uninterrupted bliss.

By the way, the set list will be up under the Playlist tab. Just go and scroll until you find it.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel

They made their television singing debut at the age of sixteen. Paul Simon went on to become one of the greatest songwriters of all time, and together they have sold 105 million records over their career. Today, they’re in the spotlight.

7:00 p.m. The Shadow: 05. Hounds In The Hills NEW!

You’re going to love this one: “A demented old hag living with her hunchback son kidnaps four boys and holds them captive in their mansion.” This comes direct from their wikifan page. And guess what? The plot only thickens from there. I’m not revealing one more thing.

Listen, the programming is light. I am not, however, shirking my duties. Your post-Shadow evening will be littered with Three-in-a-Rows throughout. This costs you nothing. Remember, sharing is caring. Or so they say.

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Roy Orbison In the Spotlight, The Final Airing of Moondog Matinee, Selections From Monterey Pop, and Tonight’s Live Dead, Saturday, December 26, 2020

Well, Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick off some new playlists to carry us into the New Year!

Five-octave Roy Orbison, the man with the golden voice.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Roy Orbison NEW!

We’ve got all the Roy you want here, from his outstanding solo career right up on through his time as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with friends George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, the best damned super group on the planet. Ever. Enjoy this one.

The set list is up under our Playlist tab. Simply scroll to the bottom!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band FINAL AIRING!

We’re closing out Moondog Matinee today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week ready to go!

6:00 p.m. Selections From the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, June 17-19, 1967

Since today marks the day the rockumentary hit the theaters back in 1968, we thought we’d commemorate the precursor to Woodstock by playing some tunes from the festival.

The set list is also up under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll down.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, April 12, 1986 NEW!

Another new ‘Live Dead’ offering for this week. We’ve played no duplicates here since this little extravaganza began, and we will go as long as we can with new material! This one comes from the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

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It’s Monday With Joni Mitchell, A New Episode of ‘The Shadow’ and Bob Dylan Live in ’75, December 21, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers of the Universe! I hope that your Monday can be made brighter by our programmng selections (call me dramatic).

Joni Mitchell performs on stage at The Wall Concert, Berlin, 21st July 1990. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Here’s today’s killer line-up:

11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado, July 30, 1983

Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s career has spanned four decades. Mitchell’s talents embrace various musical styles, including folk, pop, rock and jazz. I had the opportunity to see her at Boston’s Music Hall with Tom Scott & The L.A. Express on her tour supporting the release of her album, Court & Spark. She was amazing.

3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 04 Death Under The Chapel NEW!

An insane professor is dropped from the faculty after causing the suicide of one of his students. You can imagine that he might have revenge in mind.

7:00 p.m. Bob Dylan Live in ’75: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Bob Dylan on his Rolling Thunder Review tour, along with his loosely-assembled back-up band called Guam, which included Ronee Blakeley, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, T Bone Burnett, Mick Ronson and Scarlet Rivera, among others. The tour was unorthodox and almost spontaneous, and it took place just prior to the release of his fantastic Desire LP.

There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be listening to us. We’re free. We do not run advertising. And we don’t make a dime from what we’re doing. There is no need to provide a credit card, buy a subscription, or give us your personal information. So, what are you waiting for?

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It’s a Brand New Monday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/21/2020

Good Morning, Music Minions! We are here getting a proverbial “jump” on the week with our Monday edition of all the news that’s fit to print!

Martha & The Vandellas broke up on this day.

Here’s today’s musical lesson!

December 21, 1963: Joan Baez was gaining steam as she entered the Top 10 on the Album chart with Joan Baez In Concert.

Also on this day, The Beatles did their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford, England.

December 21, 1966: The Beach Boys receive three gold records: for the single Good Vibrations, and for the albums Little Deuce Coupe and Shut Down, Volume 2.

December 21, 1967: The Beatles throw a costume party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to celebrate the showing of their film, Magical Mystery Tour, on the BBC.

December 21, 1968: The newly-formed trio of Crosby, Stills & Nash performed together for the first time.

Also on this day, Glen Campbell topped the Billboard 200 with the album, Wichita Lineman. It would remain on the charts for 46 weeks, but will also be Campbell’s only number one.

If that isn’t enough, Janis Joplin made her debut as a solo concert artist at an event for the Stax/Volt record label. The Stax house band, Booker T & The MG’s, also performed at the event.

December 21, 1969: Diana Ross & The Supremes make their final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They sang Someday We’ll Be Together, their twelfth and final number one single.

December 21, 1970: Traffic’s album John Barleycorn Must Die is certified gold.

December 21, 1972: Martha & The Vandellas play their last show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Their career spanned nine years, charting over two dozen times. Ten of their singles reached the Top Ten of the Billboard R & B chart, and twelve made it to the Top 40 of the Hot 100, including Dancing In The Street, Nowhere to Run, and Jimmy Mack.

December 21, 1974: Harry Chapin enjoys his only number one single with Cats In The Cradle, one of the best damned songs every recorded.

December 21, 1979: The Eagles, Chicago and Linda Ronstadt perform a benefit show for California Governor Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign. Brown also happens to be Ronstadt’s boyfriend.

December 21, 1990: A concert in memory of John Lennon was held at the Tokyo Dome. Taking part were Sean Lennon, Hall & Oates, Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt.

December 21, 1991: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody returned to #1 after the death of Freddie Mercury, and remained there for five weeks.

December 21, 1992: Legendary bluesman Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 69.

Born On This Day

December 21, 1940: Frank Zappa, rocker, composer and performer with the Mothers of Invention (and solo), was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

December 21, 1942: Soul singer Carla Thomas, soloist and also a duet performer with Otis Redding, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

December 21, 1943: Albert Lee, famous session guitarist (Emmylou Harris, among others), was born in Lingen, Herefordshire, England.

December 21, 1946: Carl Wilson was born in Hawthorne, California. He forms The Beach Boys with older brothers Dennis and Brian, then becomes the band’s lead guitarist.

And that’s it from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge today!

The Heartbreakers Live in Chicago, “Moondog Matinee” Debuts as Album of The Week, and a Great New (Old) Band Called Truffle Later On, Sunday, December 20, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have another great Sunday of music lined up for you. It’s a day of rest. Stop fucking shopping for one day and put your damned feet up.

The Band’s Moondog Matinee debuts as our Album of The Week.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From The Vic Theatre, Chicago, April 17, 2003

The house band is back, and this is a great show here from a small venue — holding 1,400 people, but 1,000 if seated. I regret not seeing Petty in a small venue. I had the opportunity with Mudcrutch at The House of Blues in Boston in 2016, and I blew it big time.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band NEW!

There’s not much more you can say about The Band, but their fifth studio album is an homage to OPM (Other People’s Music). Released in 1973, the album reflects the group’s love of R & B and the blues, covering songs written by Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, and others. The only exception to this is their interpretation of the theme from The Third Man. We are giving you the expanded version here.

6:00 p.m. Truffle Live at The House of Haze, Farmington, NH, October 18, 2020 NEW!

Truffle is not exactly new. In fact (Savoy) Truffle has been around since 1986. Seems incredible to me that the name isn’t rolling off everyone’s tongue.

Truffle is David Bailey (bass, vocals), Ned Chase (mandolin, guitar, lap steel & vocals), Mike Gendron
(drums), Pete Kowalski (percussion) and Dave Gerard (vocals, electric & resonator guitars). Both
Dave’s and Ned have been creating music together since 1986. They have performed in all but ten states
across the U.S., playing as many as 275 shows in one year. Mike (still the rookie) joined the band with
years of experience in 1996; the only lineup change in the band’s history. Truffle has achieved widespread
popularity by headlining many respected venues as well as sharing the stage with international acts as Little
Feat, Phish, The Band, Dave Matthew’s Band, David Lindley, The Radiators, and Blues Traveler to
name only a few.

Tonight we have them in the spotlight live from The House of Haze in New Hampshire. The set list will be up and under the Playlist tab.

Again, let me reiterate how much time you’re wasting with radio stations that talk incessantly, sell you shit, and cost you money. What the hell is wrong with you?

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We Kick It Off With Some Badass Guitarists, Revisit The Live Disc In The “Wildflowers” Box, and Hear From The Beach Boys Later, Monday, November 23, 2020

Happy Monday, Music Lovers! We’ve had an info-packed lesson from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge today, and now we’re giving you some great programming to start your week!

Speaking of Badass Guitarists…

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume 2: Various Artists

In spite of what assholes like Kanye West say about guitars being junk instruments, we here in The Mermaid Lounge revere guitarists and their talent. We’ve got a bunch: Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Jimmy Page…and that’s just for starters. In the immortal words of Mike Campbell, “Fuck That Guy.”

3:00 p.m. Wildflowers & All The Rest: Live Wildflowers

As we add all the new Heartbreakers material to the general rotation today, we feel it’s a good time to revisit one of the discs, so we chose to focus on the live versions of the Wildflowers songs. Funny little thing about the inclusion of Walls. It was not part of the Wildflowers time frame, but they included it anyway because they thought it fit so well with the overall feeling of the album, and because it’s such a great fucking song.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Beach Boys

We haven’t heard from these guys for a while. Speaking for myself, I never paid much attention to The Beach Boys when I was young but guys like Paul McCartney and Tom Petty had the ultimate respect, and Linda Ronstadt considers Brian Wilson a musical genius, so I started paying attention. I’m glad I did. I now love surf music in general, and I agree with Ronstadt’s assessment of Wilson.

Look, it’s Monday. Here just outside of Boston, it’s dark, gloomy and rainy. The perfect day to tune in some good music. Know what I mean?

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