Today We’ve Got Joni Mitchell In the Spotlight, The Heartbreakers Live in Minneapolis, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, July 22, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a brand new Spotlight feature today with Joni Mitchell. We’ve played her live concerts in the past, but she’s long overdue for a Spotlight position. Today she gets her due.

Today we have The Heartbreakers live from Minneapolis.

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Joni Mitchell NEW!

Joni Mitchell has had a very long career, spanning half a century. The Canadian singer-songwriter has fused together elements of rock, jazz, folk, classical, and pop to develop her own style and has toured and recorded with artists like Tom Scott & The L.A. Express and Charles Mingus. Today she gets her turn In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney

We’re winding down with this great in-studio live album of old rock n’ roll hits. Saturday will be the final airing. On Sunday we’ll have a brand new album for you.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From The Target Center, Minneapolis, August 3, 1999

Yesterday was Howie Epstein’s birthday, so there’s no better way to pay him tribute than playing a Heartbreakers’ concert. While Ron Blair (pictured above) was the original bassist and a founding member of The Heartbreakers’, Howie Epstein played bass and mandolin for the band from 1982 through 2003. He was also a great complementary vocalist to Tom Petty, singing much of the back-up on stage and in the studio.

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Today It’s McCartney’s 79th Birthday Celebration, and Our ‘Out In The Cold’ Playlist, Friday, June 18, 2021

It’s Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re busy wishing Paul McCartney a very happy 79th birthday today. The festivities begin in just a few hours. We hope you’ll join us!

Paul McCartney is 79 years young today!

Here’s today’s line up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney

We’ve got it all today in celebration of Macca’s birthday. McCartney as a founding member of The Beatles, as the leader of Wings, and as a solo artist. We celebrate the man’s six decades of musical excellence with over two hours of McCartney magic. If that isn’t enough, we’ve got a few trifectas tossed in during the day as well.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Out In The Cold, Various Artists

It’s anything but cold here today, but this is all about the weather. Or is it? Listen to Donovan, Randy Newman, The Doors, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra, and more…and then you decide.

The rest of the time is wide Open Stream for your listening pleasure. We’re totally free, we do not accept commercials, reject wordy DJ’s, and run 24/7 without interruption. And I’ll bet it’ll be hard for you to hear the same song twice in any given day. Give us a shot.

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We’re Hearing Those ‘Echoes From the Canyon’ Updated Playlist, and A Second Airing of Our Album of The Week, Thursday, June 17, 2021

Good Morning, Music Historians everywhere! Today we have an airing of our newly-expanded Echoes From The Canyon playlist (and it will go through another update soon) for your listening pleasure.

Laurel Canyon was the scene for the musical revolution of the 60’s and 70’s.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Echoes From The Canyon: Various Artists UPDATED!

There’s no question that Laurel Canyon was the epicenter of the musical revolution of the 60’s and 70’s. Jakob Dylan and Tom Petty knew it. The both drew musical inspiration from those bands.

All of these great musicians lived within walking distance of each other. Mama Cass invited people over to jam and have lunch (she also never cleaned her house), Jackson Browne lived in a basement under Don Henley, Graham Nash wrote Our House in a tiny house in Laurel, everyone loved partying with The Monkees, and John Mayall’s first album after the Bluesbreakers broke up was Blues From Laurel Canyon.

You’ll hear all of the above and many more in our newly updated playlist (which will also go through another update soon, by the way). Enjoy.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: In the Midnight Hour & Other Hits by Wilson Pickett

We’re winding down with this week’s selection. The final airing of this great album will be on Saturday.

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We’ve Made It To Friday With Our Brand New TLA Playlist, and Etta James In the Spotlight Later, June 11, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s finally Friday! Of course, if you are a retail slave, you’ll know that work never ends. Because in the eyes of most people, their freedom has finally been returned in the name of capitalism. I, personally, equate the lifting of the blue laws here as slavery. Nevertheless, we have some excellent music for you today.

We put Etta james In The Spotlight later today.

Here’s your line-up:

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

Earlier in the week, we offered up our Nothing But Heartbreak playlist, so it’s only fair that we create one for the true believers in true love. Today we have a few hours of some of the greatest love songs ever made in the annals rock n’ roll. Enjoy your delusional selves.

You’ll hear Maria Muldaur, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Tom Petty & The Heatbreakers, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Mudcrutch, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Warren Zevon, The Beach Boys, Guy Clark, Tom Rush and more!

The set list will be posted under the Playlist tab before air time. Check it out.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Etta James

We haven’t heard from the sublime Etta James for a while. As I was going down our playlists last night, it struck me that this would be a perfect day. So, here you have Etta James In the Spotlight, where she certainly deserves to be.

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We’ve Got Linda Ronstadt Singing With Her Friends, and Bob Marley’s Final Live Performance Ever, Friday, May 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists, one and all! We’ve got a lot of Open Stream today punctuated with two legends. It’s Friday, and we give you plenty of wildly rotating music before our heavier Saturday programming!

Linda Ronstadt has made lots of friends during her career. Today they drop by to sing with her.

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Friends: Duets and More

Everyone wanted to sing with Linda Ronstadt back in the day, and she once openly stated she’d rather be part of a girl’s band than a solo artist. That didn’t stop her from being the Queen of Rock throughout the seventies and beyond. Today, we give you a Ronstadt collection where she sings with those friends, John David Souther, Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra, Emmylou Harris, Wendy Waldman, Hoyt Axton, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live at The Stanley Theatre, Philadelphia, September 23, 1980

Tonight, it’s The Legend live at The Stanley Theatre at what would be his final live performance ever before his untimely death.

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We’re Going Under The Influence, Airing Our Album of The Week, and Offering Up New Live Lukas Nelson & POTR on This Thursday, April 29, 2021

Good Morning, Folks! As I return to retail hell on this fine day (and hopefully not for long), we’ve got some great programming coming up in my absence. The Music Mermaid will handle the details.

We have Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real up in the early evening.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists

We’ve all done it. Some of us do it every day. Functioning under the influence, that is. This great multi-artist playlist features Glenn Frey, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Donovan. The Traveling Wilburys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, The Temptations, and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Damn The Torpedoes! by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

We’re winding down on our Album of The Week. We’ll have one more airing of this fantastic album on Saturday. When you roll your butts out of bed on Sunday, there will be a new selection. So, get in on this now! The Heartbreakers’ breakout album for sure. And the rest, as they say, is history.

7:00 p.m. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real Live at The Boathouse, Newport News, Virginia, June 14, 2018 NEW!

This is a great little band, and you know it’s great when a legend like Neil Young takes them on the road with him. They can stand on their own, however, and this is your chance to see that for yourself.

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It’s a Mudcrutch Monday, We Have ‘Live’ Jesse Winchester, and The Doors In The Spotlight, April 26, 2021

Ah, yes, another week begins in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got some great programming, including new ‘live’ Jesse Winchester, a great singer-songwriter who is sometimes forgotten.

Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, a man who lives through the voices of others will live through his own today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, West Hollywood, June 26, 2016

This was the same tour that brought Tom Petty’s “other band” through Boston’s House of Blues. I will forever kick myself in the ass for missing this opportunity, but I thought I had many more in the future. Sadly, I was wrong. Mudcrutch may not be The Heartbreakers, but they are a great band nonetheless.

3:00 p.m. Jesse Winchester Live at The Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, May 26, 1977 NEW!

I’ve seen Jesse Winchester twice in my lifetime, both times as an opening act for Emmylou Harris. When Emmylou breaks into Defying Gravity, few know that the song was written by Winchester. He has made a lot of music over the yeears, and he is appreciated here in The Mermaid Lounge, where we have just added his catalogue to our general rotation and will feature some of his live performances.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Doors

I’ve been missing these crazy guys lately. In just four years before Morrison’s untimely death, the left us a hell of a musical catalogue. Tonight we put them In the Spotlight.

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We Put Both Roy Orbison and The Temptations In the Spotlight, Give You the Final Airing of ‘Medicine At Midnight’ by the Foos, and Later “Live Dead,” Saturday, April 24, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! It’s another Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got some great programming again. Saturday is one of our heaviest programming days, but we don’t get carried away. There is plenty of wide Open Stream on tap every day here.

Happy Belated Birthday to the late great (and former Wilbury) Roy Orbison.

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

Yesterday was Roy Orbison’s birthday. The man was a musical marvel with that great 5-octave voice. It should also be noted that he was a former member of the greatest supergroup in popular music history, The Traveling Wilburys. In honor of Roy, we put him In the Spotlight today.

4:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Temptations

We have two spotlights today as we also focus on The Temptations, one of the greatest R & B bands of the sixties and seventies. We’ll consider this a warm-up for the introduction of next weekend’s launch of our new long-playing A Little Bit O’Soul playlist (May 1).

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters

Today we also offer up the final airing of the Foo Fighters’ newest album, Medicine At Midnight. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new selection for you.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The World Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Illinois, July 21, 1990 NEW!

Of course, we have our usual airing of Live Dead, this one was the opening of a three-night stand at The World Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. More magic from one of the world’s greatest road bands.

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It’s a Big Day for The Brits With The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and The Moody Blues, Friday, April 23, 2021

Good Morning, British Music Lovers! It’s a bit of a departure from the norm here today in The Mermaid Lounge, beginning with some new Beatles material (new to us, that is).

Pop Go The Beatles!

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. The Beatles Live at The BBC, Volume One: Pop Go The Beatles NEW!

Back in the day, the Beatles ruled, and with good reason. I’m not sure anyone could appreciate how tight a musical band they really were for their time. Even to this day, people who think the computerized shit produced in this generation is actually music and the Beatles didn’t have a clue. That’s a load of bullshit. And by the way, real musicians do not share the fickle public’s opinions. Neither do we. All of these songs were recorded live at BBC Studios between during June, July and August of 1963…before Beatlemania took hold.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd was formed in London in 1965, and became one of the premier psychedelic rock bands. The band’s hallmarks were extended compositions, sound experimentation, cosmic lyrics, and rather elaborate live shows. They were true pioneers of the progressive rock sound.

7:00 p.m. The Moody Blues Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, with The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, November 9, 1972

The Moody Blues were formed in Birmingham, England in 1964, and initially came to prominence playing R & B music. Early on, they fused rock with classical, and became pioneers of what is known as art rock. Their album Days of Future Passed is considered one of the earliest successful concept albums.

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Monday Morning Open Stream Leads to Steely Dan ‘Live’ in Houston and The Soul Men Later, April 19, 2021

We welcome you to the beginning of a new week here in The Mermaid Lounge. We start with Open Stream, but then move on to some really great programming.

We feature Steely Dan live at The Woodlands Pavillion today!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

1:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas, September 3, 1993

Today we feature one of the finest damned bands on the planet here today, live from Houston, Texas. I used to hear people say they couldn’t reproduce their sound on stage and I almost believed it…until I saw them live myself. Everyone’s a goddamned critic, especially those with no musical ability. I call bullshit.

7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume One: Various Artists

I might as well tell you we kick off a new long-play soul and R & B playlist next month, so consider this a preview! You’ll hear Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Otis Redding (The Big O), Fats Domino, Freddie King, and many more!

Again, we open the week with light programming. But the programming we have is spectacular today. We are not-for-profit radio. We’re in it for the music. Give us a shot. You won’t regret it.

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