Good Morning, Music Lovers! We kick off the day with wide Open Stream until early afternoon, when we put Don McLean In the Spotlight!
2:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Don McLean NEW!
Who can forget that eight-minute anthem called American Pie? When I was young, we played it over and over again, lamenting the loss of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. But Don McLean was a singer-songwriter who was so much more than that song. Over his career, he amassed 40 gold and platinum records. Today we put him In the Spotlight for you.
7:00 p.m. Money, Honey: Various Artists
This is a great playlist talking about what appears to be everyone’s favorite topic: MONEY. Ask Elvis Presley, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, J. J. Cale, Slim Harpo, The Beatles, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Barrett Strong, Van Morrison, The Guess Who, and many more!
We’re sitting here in The Mermaid Lounge eagerly awaiting your arrival. What are you waiting for?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a new addition to the women of The Mermaid Lounge, and her name is Eva Cassidy. We think you’ll love her as much as we do.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon
Seems like a John Lennon kind of day here in the lounge, so we’ve got a spotlight feature for you…and us.
3:00 p.m. Eva Cassidy Live at Blues Alley, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. NEW!
To be quite honest, I had not heard of Eva Cassidy until a friend told me to find her music and listen. So I did. There could be a reason why I did not have the opportunity to know her stuff, and it’s because she didn’t live long enough to become a star. Eva Cassidy passed away from cancer at the age of 33 back in 1966. Her album, Songbird, sold over five million copies worldwide. This is a do not miss performance. And yes, Eva’s music has been added to the standard rotation as well.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur
We are winding down on our Album of the Week. We’ll have one more airing of this one Saturday, before we choose a new release for next week. For those of you who did not know Dylan had a romantic side, and that Maria Muldaur has such a great voice and interpretive skills, I suggest you listen in.
In fact, I suggest you listen in period. Because you have to pay to get this kind of music elsewhere. And by the way, there is absolutely no music outlet who features women. Not even the ones you have to subscribe to.
We’ve just completed a new round of upgrades to the Standard Rotation, adding some brand new artists and bolstering the song collection of others.
Here’s the breakdown:
New Additions: Harry Chapin, Mitch Ryder, John Hartford, Glen Campbell, The Move (pre-ELO for Jeff Lynne), Eric Andersen, Cilla Black, Brenda Lee, Dion & The Belmonts, The Blues Project, The James Gang, Basia, Solomon Burke, and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
Additional Material: Cat Stevens, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Buddy Guy. We’ve also now put Bob Dylan’s entire catalogue in with the exception of his Christmas album. This includes his latest release, Rough and Rowdy Ways, which is coming up soon as our Album of The Week.
We are already working on pulling together material for another update and will keep you informed.
I’m pretty sure I did not mention this, but we did do a recent music upgrade. In several cases, we added to artist libraries, but in a few cases, we added brand new artists.
Here’s the rundown:
Brand New Additions
Truffle, Peter & Gordon (it has been a long time coming), Hot Tuna, Jim Croce, and B. J. Thomas
Buddy Guy, LaVern Baker, Chicago, Jackie Wilson, Wendy Waldman, Linda Ronstadt (Winter Light and We Ran), Joan Baez, The Neville Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Roy Orbison, The Highwaymen, Tim Hardin, Jackie DeShannon, The Grateful Dead (live shows literally weekly), and Guy Clark
This was a first pass. We have more to add and will be doing so soon. I have a couple more days off coming up this week and will be working on this. Feverishly, I might add. Because The Music Mermaid is bitching that her download bucket is full.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a rather eclectic mix of programming from The Mermaid Lounge today, and we’re proud of it!
Here’s today’s programming:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison NEW!
We move from The Band’s Moondog Matinee to Van Morrison’s Moondance. There’s a certain unplanned symmetry to this selection. But this is undoubtedly one of the finest albums ever made in the history of popular music. It is more than a worthy selection as our Album of The Week.
3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Donovan
It has been a while since we heard from this guy. He certainly made some of the most memorable music of the sixties, and is one of my personal favorites.
7:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, November 20-22, 2003 NEW!
These live songs were recorded over a three-night performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 20, 21 and 22, 2003. Released in 2005, this was Lucinda’s first live album ever, and it’s a great one.
Beyond this, we’re on Open Stream, just as we are every single day with no advertising, no political talk, and no chatty DJ’s. We don’t cost a damned penny, we don’t ask for your credit card, and we do not require personal information. Just click on the link and see for yourselves.
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!
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.
Tune us in, people. No commercials. No credit card required. No memberships. No personal information. What’s the matter? That make you nervous?
It’s Saturday, and that means it’s like Grand Central Station for music lovers! We’ve got some great stuff today, but guess what? It’s still only a total of eight hours of programming in a 24-hour play cycle.
Here’s today’s line-up!
11:00 a.m. The Summer of Love, Volume One: Various Artists
Undoubtedly my time here. This was a time in music history when so many really good sounds were made. And they didn’t all sound the fucking same, or come out of the magic box.
This playlist features Petula Clark, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, The Box Tops, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, The Doors and many more!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America
One of America’s finest albums has its final airing today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a new album posted on the blog.
7:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt In-Studio Concert: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977 NEW!
Bonnie Raitt live in-studio in August of 1977, one month after the release of her Sweet Forgiveness album — her sixth album and the one that put her on the map (although, it should have happened much earlier). It also provided her first commercial hit, Runaway, the excellent bluesy remake of Del Shannon’s classic.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Onondega County War Memorial, New York, September 28, 1976 (aka, Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20) NEW!
Yet another live classic from the world’s preeminent jam band. Even if we repeated a concert or a hundred, you’d never know. They never sound the same and you always hear something new. (BTW, there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.)
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s the order of the day. So, just do it.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! What am I thankful for this week? This radio station. Life is too fucking short to listen to bad music and advertising.
Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up!
11:00 a.m. B.B. King & Friends: A Night of Blistering Blues! NEW!
Join B.B. King with his friends Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Paul Butterfield and others!
The playlist is indeed up. Just go to the Playlist tab on this blog and scroll to the bottom!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America
It ain’t the blues, but it is our Album of The Week and it shall be played no matter what else is going on. In fact, many of the songs on this album defy labels. That’s what makes it so great.
7:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & His Band Live From The Tokyo Dome, Japan, November 2, 1988 NEW!
Like B.B. King, Eric Clapton invited a couple of friends in Mark Knopfler and Allan Clarke, vocalist for The Hollies. A splendid time was had by all.
Come on, people. Get your musical shit together. No, we don’t offer “on demand” musicl That’s not what we’re all about. We’d have to charge for that service, and we’re not doing that. This is radio the way it used to be.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and it’s one of our busiest days. In spite of that, the majority of the music is uninterrupted Open Stream.
Here’s Saturday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Little Feat Live at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, October 31, 1975
My affection for Little Feat is well known. But let me say this: There is no Little Feat without Lowell George just as there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia. (Don’t start me on Bob Weir, Capitalist Pig.)
Little Feat defied definition, playing a concoction of blues, rhythm & blues, and good old-fashioned rock n’ roll with some of the absolute best musicians in the business. Enjoy. I did. I was there.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: The Debut Album
It’s always tough for me to take a Petty break, but this is the final airing of this iconic album. Tomorrow, we’ll be introducing our new Album of The Week.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin
Aretha is the undisputed Queen of Soul. When someone called Whitney Houston that, I nearly had an aneurism. You can forget that shit. It’s propaganda. There is only one Queen. It’s Aretha Franklin.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Indianapolis State Fair Coliseum, October 27, 1973 NEW!
As always, a brand new concert from the Grateful Dead. So far, no repeats since this series started. But even if there were, you’d never know because every show sounds new with these guys.
And there you have it. In a nutshell. All the reasons why we should be your radio station. Even people in Serbia get it. The choice is clearly yours: Continue to pay for uniterrupted music, or listen to endless bullshit advertising. Or tune us in.