It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge With Our ‘Psychedelic Express’ EP, Desmond Dekker In The Spotlight, LIVE DEAD! and The Final Airing of Neil Young’s AOW, August 20, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a very full Saturday here for you but, nevertheless, our wide Open Stream dominates on the time scale. We never give you too much programming…just enough.

It’s time for our monthly trip into the land of psychedelia!

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Songs for Judy by Neil Young FINAL AIRING!

We bid Neil Young an early fond farewell today as we kick this one off early for our overseas listeners. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album for you all when you finally wake up!

12:00 p.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

We’re back with our trip to psychedelic music land where you’ll hear Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Donovan, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, The Velvet Underground, Big Brother & The Holding Company and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Desmond Dekker and The Aces NEW!

Another trip down Reggae Road here with Desmond Dekker, a Jamaican Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing band, The Aces, he had one of the first international reggae hits with his song Israelites. I remember hearing that song on the radio over and over and I loved it. But I didn’t really have a total appreciation for Reggae then as I do now.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden, Boston, MA, May 12, 1980 NEW!

Another great concert from a great jam band. This one comes from my hometown back in 1980. We’ve had a few from Boston, but not from 1980 yet. Tonight, we’ve got that one too.

Well, once again, allow me to tell you that it would be a great day to spend with us here in The Mermaid Lounge if you can spare some time. It won’t take long for you to get hooked. Trust me. We’re not about charging money so you can build Internet playlists. If you want to do that, you can go pay Spotify. We’re all about being radio. And we don’t clog our airwaves with mouthy DJs and commercial advertising.

It’s Sunday and We’ve Got a Great New Album of The Week and Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, August 14, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! I’m excited as hell about our Album of The Week. It’s an unusual find, but I cannot wait. We also have a lot of that Laurel Canyon country-rock mixed in with our great traditional country EP today.

Here’s your musical lineup for the day:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Songs for Judy by Neil Young NEW!

This is not your typical album, and it’s an exciting choice for our Album of The Week. If you don’t know about the album, you may be assuming it’s a bunch of “period” type songs from Judy Garland as sung by Neil Young. But you’d be wrong. It’s actually a compilation of live acoustic set songs by Neil Young while on his 1976 tour with Crazy Horse. This album comprises all 22 songs that he sung on that tour as part of an opening live acoustic set. Where does Judy Garland come in to all of this? The album title comes from Young’s own story about hallucinating one night and seeing Judy Garland sitting in the orchestra pit. This album is Volume 7 in the Performance Series of The Neil Young Archives.

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

You’ll be hearing more Neil Young here because this EP is literally named after one of his songs! In addition to Neil Young, you will hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, 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, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, The Desert Rose Band, John Prine and more! In fact, just about five hours of uninterrupted country and country rock.

It is, without a doubt, a great day to tune us in. We’ve got a great AOW and a great EP going today. The rest of the 24-hour, non-stop cycle is occupied by our great wide Open Stream under the control of the venerable Music Mermaid. Did I mention that we’re totally free, no strings, no surprises? Ever.

We Are at Midweek With Our ‘In Your Dreams’ EP and Our New ‘Long Live the Queens’ Playlist, Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are already at midweek and we’ve got great stuff for you today, including our brand new ‘Long Live The Queens’ playlist. Read on for details!

The Queens make their debut at 7:00 p.m. this evening

Here is your midweek lineup:

10:00 a.m. In Your Dreams: Various Artists

Dreams are funny things. Some people have them. Some don’t. But plenty have sung songs about them or we wouldn’t have nearly five hours of uninterrupted music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aerosmith, Crowded House, the Moody Blues, Van Morrison, The Eurythmics, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nanci Griffith, The Electric Prunes, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, The Mamas & The Papas, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffett, The Allman Brothers Band, Supertramp, Randy Newman, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Widespread Panic, The Youngbloods, Jimmy Ruffin, Jackson Browne, Mudcrutch, Patsy Cline, Joe Walsh, Dusty Springfield, k.d. lang, and more!

7:00 p.m. Long Live The Queens: Various Artists NEW!

We feature four queens here for you: Linda Ronstadt, the undisputed Queen of Rock; Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul; Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans; and Koko Taylor, Queen of The Blues. Tune in for something really special here.

We’re here every day uninterrupted 24/7 at absofuckinglutely no charge to you. Your money is no good here in The Mermaid Lounge. This is all about the music. Get on board, people. You won’t be disturbed by advertising or overly-chatty DJ’s either.

Sunday We Celebrate Tom Petty’s Top 100 Songs, Intro Our New AOW by Alison Krauss, and Take You Through The Night With Our ‘In Your Dreams’ EP, May 29, 2022

We’re shaking things up a bit here for the Memorial Day Weekend. It has nothing to do with patriotism. That’s an ugly word these days. It’s about the music, people. And we’ve got plenty of it.

Today we give you Tom Petty’s Top 100, as a solo artist, a Heartbreaker, with Mudcrutch, and as Charlie T. Wilbury Jnr.

Here’s your Sunday lineup:

8:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Forget About It by Alison Krauss NEW!

Released in 1999, this album by Alison Krauss is categorized as “country, bluegrass, and adult contemporary” (whatever that means). Critical commentary on this one is that in spite of the dobro and mandolin, Alison Krauss is a pop star at heart. Please. I never listen to critics. If I did, I wouldn’t have the album collection I do. Music is in the ear of the beholder. And life is too short to listen to shitty music. Regardless of what they call it, this is a great album.

10:00 a.m. Tom Petty’s Top 100 Songs UPDATED!

We started at 50 songs the first time we aired this; then moved up to 65. To hell with it, Petty’s up to 100 now and he deserves to be there. We’ve got Petty solo, as a Heartbreaker, with Mudcrutch, and as Charlie T. Wilbury Jnr. Most are original compositions. Some are covers. Some were only ever done as part of ‘live’ performances. No matter. The man is a musical godsend. I think we’re pretty measured on this station, and tend to underplay our house bands to remain in control. Today, we get to do the opposite.

7:00 p.m. In Your Dreams: Various Artists

We do not normally play an EP at 7:00 p.m. but that changes today. We take you into the evening hours with our ‘In Your Dreams’ multi-artist EP. We have a lot of listeners at night from other countries, and it’s only fair they get exposure to some of these. So, there you have it. You’ll hear Nanci Griffith, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aerosmith, Crowded House, the Moody Blues, Van Morrison, The Eurythmics, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, The Mamas & The Papas, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffett, The Allman Brothers Band, Supertramp, Randy Newman, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Widespread Panic, The Youngbloods, Jimmy Ruffin, Jackson Browne, Mudcrutch, Patsy Cline, Joe Walsh, Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Dusty Springfield, and more!

Get on it, people. We’re moving into the bowels of summer in fine form here with our house bands at the helm. Join your friends from around the world who know what we’re all about! We’re free 24/7, and our rotation is unmolested by advertising. You can’t go wrong here.

It’s Your Typical Mermaid Lounge Saturday, and We’ve Got a Bunch of Great Stuff Lined Up For You Today, May 21, 2021

We’ve got some characters for you to meet today.

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

There’s nothing quite like psychedelic music, and we’ve got it here for you today. It’s a day to tune in, turn on, and drop out with Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Donovan. Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Velvet Underground, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Get On Board by Taj Mahal with Ry Cooder FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this fine album by two masters paying homage to blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Tomorrow, we’ll have a great new album to debut.

7:00 p.m. The Beatles: Songs With Character

The Beatles introduce us to Prudence, Eleanor, the man in the mack, a lovely woman named Rita, a greedy taxman, a racoon named Rocky, Dennis O’ Dell, Mother Mary, a serial killer named Maxwell, a hunter named Bill, a real Nowhere Man, the barber on Penny Lane, and some confused chick named Loretta.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 17, 1969 NEW!

Another brand new soundboard recording never before heard in The Mermaid Lounge. Then again, every Dead show sounds new when you listen, doesn’t it?

Great day for you to join your friends from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Russian Federation, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Faroe Islands, Australia, Denmark, and points beyond! We’re free. There’s no advertising. And the music never stops. Do it.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Gov’t Mule Live at Rockpalast, Paul Butterfield Live in Boston, and Our AOW, February 15, 2022

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got another Tuesday Bluesday on tap with some brand new ‘live’ Gov’t Mule (for the very first time here) and a vintage Butterfield performance from Boston, vintage 1966.

Gov’t Mule is Warren Haynes, Matt Abst, Danny LouisĀ and Jorgen Carlsson

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Gov’t Mule Live at Lever Kuesener Jazztag, Rockpalast, Germany, November 7, 2017 NEW!

This is our first Gov’t Mule music ever, and we’re excited to be adding this band, finally, to the rotation. They are not there yet, but we’ve got everything lined up to add. In the meantime, let this performance at Rockpalast whet your whistle!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Laid Back by Gregg Allman

The second airing of Gregg Allman’s debut solo album, released in October 1973 is on tap for mid-afternoon. Not only do we have a total blues Tuesday, but there’s a connection between Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes, leader of Gov’t Mule and former Allman guitarist.

7:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, MA, Spring, 1966

A classic band performing at one of Boston’s great small music venues of days gone by. I have fond memories of small Boston music venues. Jonathan Swift’s, The Harvard Square Theatre, and Passim’s Coffee Shop are just a few of those great venues which are now defunct. Too bad. We saw a lot of great people there.

Tuesday Bluesday is a great day to kick our tires and take us for a spin. Come on, folks. Just do it already. We do not cost you a penny on any day of the week. We are totally free 365 days a year, and with absolutely no commercial interruptions. What are you waiting for?

Love Is In The Air With Our TLA and Nothing But Heartbreak Playlists, and the Love Songs of Bob Dylan, Monday, February 14, 2022

Good Morning to the true lovers and brokenhearted everywhere (yeah, I’m still in that latter category carrying the damned torch). We’ve got some great music lined up for you today, including a new playlist of Bob Dylan love songs. Read on for details!

We’ve got a brand new Dylan playlist with a twist!

Here’s your Valentine’s Day line-up:

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

You know what the Buddhists say. Nothing is ever forever. But that doesn’t stop us hopeless romantics from thinking it is. Am I right? I sure am. This is the number one topic of the music world and you’ll hear from The Hollies, Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, The Band, Buffalo Springfield, Van Morrison, Carly Simon, Stevie Wonder, Basia, The Mamas & The Papas, Bonnie Raitt, Guy Clark and more!

3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan: The Love Songs NEW!

Bob Dylan is one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of all time, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for good reason. But Bob Dylan was so much more than protest music, even though he is also the master of that genre. He also wrote some of the greatest love songs on the planet, in our opinion. We’ve got them for you today on Valentine’s Day. But we’ve also got some surprise guests as well! You’ll have to listen to the playlist. We’re not talking…

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

And now, the flip side of that great true love feeling. My specialty: The broken heart. Comes in right behind TLA in the music subject category. You’ll hear the heartbreaking stories of Elvis Presley, Dan Fogelberg, Aretha Franklin, The Band, Cat Stevens, The Bee Gees, Lucinda Williams, Them, The Pretenders, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Tom Rush, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Mudcrutch, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and more!

Step into The Mermaid Lounge (figuratively speaking) and swoon with us today. You know you want to, so why not make this the day. You have absolutely nothing to lose because we don’t require our listeners to pay for their music. We run 24/7 totally free of charge and we don’t run advertising. We are completely self-funded. Jump in, kids!

We’re at Midweek With Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP and The Beatles Album Openers Later, Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve hit our midweek stride with a great EP about night time, and a brand new playlist of songs that open the Beatles US and UK album releases.

The Beatles album openers are on tap for later!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

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

We’ve got an EP dedicated to the morning, and we’ve got one for the night. Songs with the word “night” in the title, lyrics, or both is on tap for this morning. You’ll hear Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Poco, Cat Stevens, Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, The Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh, the Ronettes, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Steelers Wheel, Gregg Allman, Sam Cooke, Phoebe Snow, The Electric Prunes, Jimmy Cliff, and more!

7:00 p.m. The Beatles: The LP Opening Songs NEW!

Some playlists are long; others short. By our standards, this one is pretty short but oh, so sweet. We give you the opening songs from both the US and UK Beatle album releases. As you know, some were different country-to-country and, in some cases, albums were released in one country and not in another. We do not focus on compilations or post-career releases…just the studio albums released on the Beatles labels over the years (Capitol, Parlophone, Apple, and so on).

A couple of more comments on this playlist, there is a complete list (with notes) on the blog under the Playlist tab should you wish to take a look. And while some sources do not include “With A Little Help From My Friends” as part of the opening to Sgt. Pepper, we here in The Mermaid Lounge do.

Come on, people. It’s midweek and we’re going strong around the planet this morning. It’s time to tune us in. We’re free 24/7. No credit card or subscription required. No personal information requested. We’re all about the music.

Today We Are ‘Out In The Cold’, Listening to New ‘Live’ Neil Young, and Put Johnny Rivers In The Spotlight, Monday, December 27, 2021

Another Monday rolls around as we approach the end of this year, but we’ve got you covered musically, my friends with some vintage stuff today.

We’ve got some ‘live’ vintage Neil Young & Crazy Horse today!

Here’s your Monday, Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Out In The Cold: Various Artists

We kick it off with a great, multi-artist playlist all about the weather. We’ve got songs with references to the weather — inclement or otherwise — in the title or lyrics. Or both. You’ll hear Carole King, James Taylor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Albert King, The Marshall Tucker Band, Linda Ronstadt, Martha & The Vandellas, Tom Rush, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young (speak of the devil), Cream, Bill Withers, Johnny Rivers, and more!

3:00 p.m. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Live at The Cow Palace, San Francisco, October 22, 1978 NEW!

Great bands never die. Crazy Horse, for example. Young’s new album with Crazy Horse, Barn, is out now and will be our Album of The Week very soon. In the meantime, we’ve got a great, vintage live performance dating back to 1978 at the Cow Palace from the Cortez The Killer tour. It’s new to the station, so tune it in!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Johnny Rivers

We haven’t streamed this one in a while, and we here in The Mermaid Lounge consider Johnny Rivers an underrated musical entity. He was a hit machine during the sixties and seventies, and his live performances at the Whiskey are legendary. Today, we put him In the Spotlight where he belongs.

What better way to kick off a Monday? We’ve got great music coming your way, all totally free with no commercials and no chatty DJ’s to suck up all the air in the room. All you need is a tab and an index finger. Trust me.

We’ve Got Both The Byrds and Bob Marley & The Wailers Live Today, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, December 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re edging closer to the weekend and we’ve got a couple of great live performances here today, as we also wind down on this week’s AOW.

We’ve got some Byrds live for you today!

Here’s your Thursday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Byrds Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, May 13, 1971

We’ve got one we haven’t aired in quite a while here, and we here in The Mermaid Lounge are looking forward to hearing it again. Luckily, for us, we are the management today at work and will have #BecomeUngovernable Radio tuned in throughout the store today!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder

We’re winding down on this one. This is our next-to-last airing of this gem that managed to spawn two of the most innovative musicians of their generation. Give it a listen.

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California, October 13, 1973 NEW!

We’ve got a brand new airing here for you today from Bob Marley & The Wailers, and it’s a good one. Don’t let this one pass you by!

Again, we’ve got our usual international conglomeration of Mermaid loungers on this morning, You should join the crowd! There are no costs, and never any hidden fees or agendas. It’s all about the music with us. That’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you try us, you’ll see we don’t lie.

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