It’s A ‘Repeat After Me’ Monday With The Flying Burrito Brothers ‘Live’ and Guy Clark In The Spotlight Later, April 18, 2022

The beginning of another work week is here. We’ve got volume one of our ‘Repeat After Me’ series, The Flying Burrito Brothers ‘live’ at My Father’s Place and Guy Clark bringing up the rear!

Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and their Flying Burrito Brothers

Here’s your Monday, Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me, Volume 1: Various Artists

They say imitation if the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly true in the music world. We prove it today with a really fun playlist. We give you the original song, then the reboot as Linda Ronstadt sings Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (not to mention Little Feat and Randy Newman), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers sing The Animals, Tracy Nelson sings Bob Dylan, Gregg Allman sings Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris covers Simon & Garfunkel, Three Dog Night covers Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin covers Carole King, The Beatles sing Barrett Strong, and I think you get the message here. Tune this one in. We’ll have volume two on Wedesday!

3:00 p.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, November 28,1976

We’ve got a band here that helped pioneer the marriage between country and rock playing at a legendary venue. My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel opened in 1971 and “created a scene that would influence music for decades to come,” according to the New York Times. They were spot on.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Guy Clark

I remember seeing this guy one very cold, snowy night as my friends and I were freezing our asses off running round Harvard Square in Cambridge getting stoned. We were freezing and one of the greatest music venues, Passim’s Coffee House, was open and serving stuff that was warm. We went in. The cover wasn’t expensive, so we took a table. And when Guy Clark came out, someone we’d never heard before, we had our minds completely blown. He’s been a favorite ever since, and is certainly one of the greatest singer-songwriters I’ve ever experienced.

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Today We’ve Got Some Badass Guitarists, Our AOW, and We Hear From That Other House Band Later, Thursday, April 14, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great line-up going for you today including some badass guitarists, Asleep At The Wheel’s Route 66, and that other house band later.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

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

They’re baaaaack, those badass guitarists. You’ll hear the handiwork of Dickie Betts, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Mike Campbell, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Winwood, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Pete Townsend, Lowell George, Stephen Stills, Walter Becker and more! Volume 2 coming up tomorrow!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Route 66 by Asleep At The Wheel

This is the next-to-last airing of this week’s selection, a great one from a great Texas swing band. Get in on it while you can! On Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection!

7:00 p.m. The Beatles Live at The BBC, Volume One: Pop Go The Beatles!

In total, The Beatles performed for 52 BBC radio programs, including Pop Go The Beatles! which began in June of 1963. We’ve got them here for you today. Keep in mind that the BBC studios were not as advanced as those at Abbey Road, so some alterations were necessary.

Great day for some great music! It was beautiful here yesterday, but doesn’t look so promising here today. Nothing that some great music won’t help. Join your friends from Chile, Germany, the UK, Korea, Australia, Greece, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, and points beyond!

The Women Dominate the Day With Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt, on Thursday, March 10, 2022

It’s International Women’s Week and we continue to celebrate here in The Mermaid Lounge. We have some great programming on tap for you today. So, come celebrate with us.

Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone represent the women of music today!

Here’s Thursday’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Nina Simone

Nina Simone was an American singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her musical style married many genres, including jazz, blues, folk, classical, gospel and pop, and is often referred to as The High Priestess of Soul.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Home Plate by Bonnie Raitt

We say this every week, so why stop now. We are winding down on this week’s Album of The Week. This will be the second-to-last airing of Home Plate, so time’s a wasting if you want to hear it here. Saturday will be the final airing before a new selection is made.

7:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, July 30. 1983

There are not many people who do not know Joni Mitchell. Her influence on pop music is legendary. She helped to expand and legitimize the folk music genre, but her repertoire covers many genres. In addition to folk music, Joni has drawn on pop, jazz, rock, and classical as she sings about romance and womanhood, as well as social and philosophical beliefs. She’s a woman of many musical styles and colors.

Come on, ladies. Get on this great International Women’s Week ride before the carnival is taken down. (Quite frankly, we consider every week women’s week, but we’re playing more than usual this week.) We run 24/7 at no charge to anyone; hell, we don’t even request personal information. Nor to we track it for our advertisers. And that’s because we do not accept advertising. Get the picture yet?

We Hit Our Midweek Stride With Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP and Laura Nyro Live at The Fillmore, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Good Morning, Travelers and Daydreamers. Today we’ve got our EP all about hitting the road, and we continue our celebration of the women of music with Laura Nyro.

Laura Nyro is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of her generation.

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

When we were kids, my friends and I dreamed of buying a VW van and driving across country. We pretty much never made it out of the driveway, although we did drive to Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry. In this playlist you’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Del Shannon, Guy Clark, Asleep at the Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, the Marshall Tucker Band, Fats Domino and more!

7:00 p.m. Laura Nyro, Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, March 30, 1971

Sweet Blindness, Gonna’ Take a Miracle, Stoned Soul Picnic, Eli’s Coming…Laura Nyro wrote some brilliant songs that put others on the map. But there’s nothing quite like hearing her sing them herself. See for yourself tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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It’s Pouring Rain Here and We’ve Got Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP On Tap Along With Buddy Holly In The Spotlight, Friday, February 4, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great line-up on tap today including, appropriately, our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP on a day that is pouring rain (last week at this time, it was a blizzard). But that’s not all. Read on for details!

Today, we finally put Buddy Holly, a true founding father of rock n’ roll, In the Spotlight!

Here’s your Friday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

I promise I didn’t plan this to be aired on a day when it’s pouring out. It kind of just happens that way, but we do have it on tap, as we say. You’ll hear from Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Deep Purple, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bruce Hornsby, The Grass Roots, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Lindesfarne, Electric Light Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Mudcrutch, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tracy Nelson, B.J. Thomas, Al Green, Foo Fighters, and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Buddy Holly NEW!

It was 63 years ago yesterday, on February 3, 1959, that the plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson (also known as The Big Bopper) went down in Clear Lake, Iowa. It was “the day the music died” for Don McLean, as he relayed so eloquently in his song American Pie. We are not focusing on all three here, but we are putting Buddy Holly In the Spotlight. He and his band, The Crickets, had a profound effect on many who came after him. Although The Beatles only recorded one of his songs for an album, they used to fill their early live shows with several of his songs. His songs have also been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Eva Cassidy, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and many others. Today, we give you Buddy Holly & The Crickets singing his own songs, but we close out the playlist with a few of our favorite covers as well as Don McLean’s opus, American Pie as the final tribute.

Great day to tune us in. Actually, I know I say that every day, but it is the truth, after all. We run totally free 24/7 with no commercial advertising. We’re all about the music, and nothing but the music. So help me, Buddha.

Today We’ve Got New ‘Live’ Dr. John, Wendy Waldman In the Spotlight, and Drivin’ Songs Later, Monday, January 17, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s pouring rain and incredibly windy here in the Beantown area this morning. Makes me want to hunker down and listen to this great music we’ve planned.

We’ve got some great, live Dr. John music for you today from Ultrasonic Studios in New York!

Here’s Monday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Dr. John Live at Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, New York, November 6, 1973 NEW!

A great 20-song performance New Orleans’ Nitetripper, broadcast live by WLIR-FM in Long Island. This was when FM radio was king and we had all those great simulcast events going on. You’ll be seeing more of these as we move through 2022, but do not miss this one today. Dr. John is a NOLA legend.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Wendy Waldman

Not only is Wendy Waldman a critically-acclaimed recording artists, she’s also recognized as a writer of multi-platinum songs for other artists, a producer, a teacher, and a working musician. In the early 70s, when folk-rock was coming into focus, she started a band called Bryndle with fellow artists Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards, and Andrew Gold. They made one unreleased album, and then went their separate ways. The rest, as they say, is musical history. Wendy Waldman went on to make several great albums. She became friends with Linda Ronstadt, singing back up on several songs and going on tour with Ronstadt. Karla Bonoff made her mark as a songwriter, while Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold joined Linda Ronstadt. I consider Wendy Waldman one of the most underappreciated figures in popular music. Listen and you will too.

7:00 p.m. Drivin’ Songs: Various Artists

Driving and music somehow just go together, and I admit that many of the songs on this particular playlist give me ‘lead foot’ when I’m on the open road. I really do have to be careful when I’m cruisin’ and playin’ the radio with no particular place to go. You’ll see what I mean when you hear the Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mudcrutch, Canned Heat, The Pretenders, The Byrds, Deep Purple, The Guess Who, Golden Earring, Little Feat, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and many more.

The beginning of a new week is upon us, and great music always makes a Monday a bit easier to take. We’re here 24/7, totally free, I promise. No endless DJ chatter. No credit card required. Do it.

It’s a Snowy Morning in the Beantown Area and We’ve Got ‘Travelin’ Fever’ in The Mermaid Lounge…Along With Eva Cassidy In the Spotlight Later, Friday, January 7, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are on our first snowy morning of the season. It’s a great day musically to get snowed in. I am not that fortunate as I must dig myself out in the next couple of hours. But you, my friends, are all set for the day here.

Today we’ll help you get to know Eva Cassidy as we put her In The Spotlight.

Here’s your snow day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

For some, there’s nothing like the lure of the open road…no ties, no roots, just going. It’s a popular subject in the music world as well, as you will see if you tune us in this morning. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Del Shannon, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, Edwin Starr, The Marshall Tucker Band, Emmylou Harris, Little Feat, The Byrds, Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Carole King, Fats Domino, and many more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Eva Cassidy NEW!

Eva Cassidy is someone we here in The Mermaid Lounge are still getting to know ourselves. She was largely unknown outside of the D.C. area for most of what can only be called a very short career by most standards. She died tragically from melanoma at the age of 33. She moved in and out of various bands, did some time as an artist, and then returned to music. You can read more about Eva here. We are still sourcing more of her music, but felt as though we had enough to spotlight her, so we did. We promise this will be updated, but Eva has a beautiful and emotive soprano voice and she lends it wonderfully to interpretations of jazz, pop, folk and blues. We have a recording of her live at Blues Alley in Georgetown that we’ve played before. We’ll get it back on the programming circuit in the next several weeks.

What could be a better antidote to winter than getting socked in with great music? Why fret? Just push the button below. We promise it won’t cost you a penny. And we also promise no commercials or self-absorbed disc jockeys. Honest.

It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and We’ve Got George Harrison’s Album of The Week, and Our ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ EP On Tap, December 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s a great day here in The Mermaid Lounge. I have two days off from retail hell and that means I can indulge myself in music. You can too. We’ve got a great line-up today.

Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison brought George’s final album to fruition posthumously. Read on.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Brainwashed by George Harrison NEW!

Today’s AOW was George Harrison’s twelfth and final album. It was not completed when he died, but his wish was for his son, Dhani, to finish what he started. Enter Jeff Lynne, commander of ELO and George’s mate in The Traveling Wilburys. Together, he and Dhani Harrison did George proud. This is undoubtedly one of George’s finest albums, released on November 18, 2002, nearly a full year after his death. It’s a great story about a great album, and you can read more about it here.

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

We’re back with our soul and R & B extended playlist today. You’ll hear Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Etta James, and more! Five uninterrupted hours of soul stream.

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We Kick Saturday Off Early With The Final Airing of Our Album of The Week, Then Move On To Our Latest EP, Jakob Dylan In the Spotlight, and LIVE DEAD Later, December 11, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Nobody can ever call Saturdays boring here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’re kicking it off a bit early today, so let’s put the speed on.

Today we give you our latest EP called ‘The Female Species’

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Smiley Smile by The Beach Boys FINAL AIRING!

It’s sayonara after today for this “theoretical” album of nineteen songs that actually never came to fruition. It’s complicated. If you want to learn more about Smiley Smile before it goes away, simply click on the Album of the Week image in the sidebar!

12:00 p.m. The Female Species, Various Artists UPDATED!

It’s our newest EP and it has already been through one brief update (last night). Songs that use the terms woman, girl, or lady in either title or lyrics or both! You’ll hear Talking Heads, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, Elvis Presley, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, not to be confused with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Percy Sledge, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, The Temptations, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jakob Dylan (& The Wallflowers)

Friend of The Lounge, Jakob Dylan, son of Bob, great musician, celebrated his 52nd birthday a few days ago. We thought it was only fitting that we put him In The Spotlight, both with and without his Wallflowers.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, August 13, 1975

This is a rare repeat performance, but it has been well over a year since its initial airing here, so it’s back in circulation! Every show is a new show when we’re talking about The Grateful Dead.

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At Week’s End, We Turn the Spotlight On Our Two ‘House’ Bands, Friday, December 10, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! If you follow us, you know we’re very careful not to overplay our two house bands, a very difficult task since we consider them the two best bands ever to strap on guitars. Today, we’re not worrying about such things.

Our programming today focuses on our House Bands!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live and Loving It!

This playlist just underwent a very modest update, and it remains one of our favorite playlists. Here we have our very subjective favorite ‘live’ performances by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (and some stuff from Mudcrutch is indeed included). This is like a smorgasbord of the greatest live stuff from one of the greatest live bands on the planet, and includes some great covers of songs that Mike Campbell says come from bands that are part of The Heartbreakers’ DNA.

7:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions

In light of Peter Jackson’s new documentary about The Fab Four and the 50th Anniversary of Let It Be, we are giving you a great playlist here. It includes about thirty minutes of sessions that were previously unreleased, and then there are the final songs from Let It Be the way it was originally planned for listening (before the sessions were handed over to Phil Spector and he applied the Wall of Sound), which resulted in the album Let It Be Naked.

Celebrating our house bands together is something we’ve not done before, so this would be a great day to tune us in! It doesn’t cost you a penny, folks. That’s all on us. All we are doing is playing great music all day long. Tune us in.

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