Monday Brings Some Great Heartbreakers Sandwiched Between Linda Ronstadt and Eva Cassidy, September 20, 2021

It’s Monday again here in The Mermaid Lounge and I’m pleased that I’m off from retail servitude so that I get to listen to what we’ve got lined up for you today. We call it the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sandwich.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt: The Stone Poneys & The Early Years

A collection of great early Ronstadt work with the Stone Poneys and from her early albums like Silk Purse and Hand Sown, Home Grown. All the music that’s fit to hear before she blew the doors off the music world with Heart Like A Wheel.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Vic Theatre, Chicago, April 19, 2003

One of my all-time favorite Heartbreaker performances here from a great venue. I could go off here and extol the virtues of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and what they contributed to music, but I don’t need to do that. All you need to do is LISTEN.

7:00 p.m. Eva Cassidy Recorded Live at Blues Alley, Georgetown, January 2-3, 1996

When I mention Eva Cassidy to people, they look at me perplexed. Many haven’t heard of her, and that’s because she was just coming into her own when she died of cancer at the age of 33. For those of you who don’t know Eva Cassidy and her music, she was a singer, guitarist and pianist who used her beautiful soprano voice to interpret jazz, folk, country and blues songs.

Great day to tune us in. We’ve got a great collection of programming today. And before, in between and after we’ve got all that wide Open Stream that runs 24/7. For free. No strings.

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We Close The Work Week With Mudcrutch, Our ‘Out In The Cold’ Playlist, and A Lot of Open Stream, Friday, September 17, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re closing the work week with some great programming from Mudcrutch and our playlist of songs that talk about the weather.

Today we celebrate Tom Leadon’s birthday with some live Mudcrutch!

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

Yesterday was Tom Leadon’s birthday (center), so today we give you some great live Mudcrutch from the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. The added bonus is Stephen Stills joining them on stage.

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

We’re back with a great playlist talking about the weather in the title or the lyrics…or both. You’ll hear Carole King, James Taylor, Albert King, The Marshall Tucker Band, Linda Ronstadt, The Allman Brothers Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Tom Rush, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young, Cream, Bill Withers, Johnny Rivers, and more!

Before, between, and after The Music Mermaid is in charge cycling 27,000 great songs for your listening pleasure. We’re 24/7 and free of charge. Join your friends from around the world.

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We Welcome You to Another Monday With OUR Top 50 Tom Petty Songs, and Aretha Franklin In the Spotlight, September 13, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Sorry I’m running a tad late, but the old music bat slept in a bit. I needed it. Yesterday, I saw a list of Tom Petty’s Top 50 songs from a radio station and was inspired to share our list with you once again.

Today we give you Petty’s Top 50 songs with the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Wilburys and as a solo artist.

Here’s your line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 50 Songs

Before we begin, let me say that these are not ranked in any kind of order. That would be totally impossible, I’m afraid, for anyone in The Mermaid Lounge to do. I didn’t even review the list, which was originally done several months ago, because I knew I’d have rearranged my brain around these again. Let’s leave well enough alone, I say.

Here we have our version of Petty’s Top 50. This was inspired by a list I posted on Twitter yesterday generated by some radio station somewhere. The songs are from his work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist.

Whether you agree with the list or not, consider the bonus: You get just over three hours of Tom Petty music. And that cannot be bad. Buy the way, anyone who wants to make a case to remove a song and replace it with another can always feel free to write us at become.ungovernable.radio@gmail.com.

6:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin

The undisputed Queen of Soul will be in the spotlight this evening a bit earlier than our 7:00 p.m. start because it’s my day off from the salt mines and because I can. So, there.

Give us a shot. This morning we’ve got plenty of listeners from Japan, Spain, the UK, Norway, Denmark, France, Romania, The Russian Federation, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Poland, and Argentina. We’re waiting, United States. Where the hell are you?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Muddy Waters, The Stones, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers…and, Oh Yeah, Our Album of The Week, August 17, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got some great blues here for you today from TPATH, The Rolling Stones & Muddy. We’ve also got the second airing of our Album of The Week on tap. Join us.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues

The Heartbreakers had plans to grow old together, sitting around in chairs and playing the blues. They loved the stuff. Unfortunately, the real world disturbed that vision, but they played some great blues when they were together. We are playing that today.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Why Wait! by Kate Taylor

The second airing of Kate Taylor’s long-awaited, much appreciated new album. Her first in fifty years. And it was well worth the wait.

7:00 p.m. Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live From The Checkerboard Lounge, November 22, 1981

It was for one night only, and was the one and only time that Mick Jagger and his boys ever played with the iconic bluesman Muddy Waters. It’s one for the books.

Tune us in on this fine Tuesday Bluesday. You won’t regret it. And it won’t cost you a penny. Trust me. (You can. I’m not a politician.)

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We Open the Week With Mudcrutch Monday, and The Soul Sisters, Volume One, August 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We kick a new week off with Mudcrutch Monday Madness, something we haven’t seen for a while. We also have volume one of The Soul Sisters coming up later.

Mudcrutch (Photo by Dennis Callahan)

Here’s your line-up:

12:00 p.m. MUDCRUTCH MONDAY MADNESS! The Complete Catalogue

Mudcrutch is back for another Monday treat. We’ve got all the Mudcrutch you can handle today, giving you all the songs they’ve made in just over two hours of great music. This is the band that left Gainesville, erupted into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and which Petty regrouped in 2008 with its original members.

6:00 p.m. The Soul Sisters, Volume One: Various Artists

We’ve got some great soul music for you here from the ladies, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Irma Thomas, Martha & The Vandellas, Carla Thomas, The Marvellettes, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, Barbara Lewis, Ann Peebles, Fontella Bass, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Little Eva and more.

It’s Monday. Some think it’s the hardest day of the week, so why not add some great music to your day. Before, in between, and after this great programming we’ve got The Music Mermaid choosing your Open Stream.

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Today We Put The Band In the Spotlight, and Celebrate The 15th Anniversary of The Release of Tom Petty’s ‘Highway Companion’ Album, Friday, July 23, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists and fellow Pettyologists! I think we’ve told you this, but Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is our ‘house’ band (along with a group called The Beatles). We try to keep on top of stuff so we can mark critical release dates. We’ve got one coming up this weekend.

Today we have an updated spotlight playlist featuring The Band!

Here’s today’s playlist:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Band UPDATED!

The Band is undoubtedly one of the finest musical entities every created. Formed in Toronto in 1967, The Band started out as the back-up band for Ronnie Hawkins and, most famously, Bob Dylan. Music From Big Pink is one of the finest albums ever made. When people asked Robbie Robertson how they got their name, he simply said that was how everyone referred to them back n the day. They were ‘the band’ so they kept it.

From Hawkins and Dylan, the band went on to carve out an amazing musical road that made them one of the most well respected and influential bands on the planet. Today, we premier an expanded playlist for you. We hope you enjoy it.

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Highway Companion by Tom Petty

Highway Companion, released on July 25, 2006, was the third and final solo album made by the late, exceptionally great Tom Petty. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts back in the day. It was produced by Petty, his bandmate Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne of both ELO and The Traveling Wilburys. The album generated three singles: Saving Grace, Flirting With Time, and Big Weekend. The first two songs are on our personal list of the 50 greatest Petty songs of all time.

In between this great programming, we’ve got a whole lot of wide Open Stream for your listening enjoyment. Tomorrow, we’ll have our usual busy ass Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, so enjoy the Mermaid’s streaming selections today.

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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.

Tune us in. We’re commercial-free, fee-free, and don’t pry for your personal information. In fact, we don’t even ask for your name. And, oh, by the way, we play the best music on the damned planet.

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We Kick Off Another Work Week With Tom Petty’s Finest and Volume Two of All About Blue, Monday, July 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We begin another work week in fine style with songs from our ‘House Band’ and more songs with blue in the title and lyrics.

Today we give you Tom Petty’s 50 best songs.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 50 Songs

This is a very subjective list, I grant you. It was built from some listener input as well as my own personal choices. I could today make a brand new list and have it be entirely different. These are songs he made with his Heartbreaker bandmates, with Mudcrutch, with The Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist.

If you feel inspired to weigh in with your favorites, feel free to write me at become.ungovernable.radio@gmail.com.

7:00 p.m. All About Blue Too

A few days ago, we ran Volume One of this multi-artist playlist so we thought it would be a good evening to run the second volume. You will hear The Rolling Stones,, Robert Johnson, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Phoebe Snow, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Guy Clark, The Smithereens, The Beatles, Robert Johnson, Canned Heat, Emmylou Harris and more.

What could be better than great music on a Monday? Well, for one thing, music that’s totally free with no monthly subscription charges, no commercial interruptions, no downtime (we run 24/7), and no chatty DJ’s to waste your time? That’s us.

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Welcome to Tuesday Bluesday and our ‘Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Playlist’ for Five Unadulterated Hours of Great Blues, July 6, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s Tuesday Bluesday and it’s once again time for our extended blues playlist. We run this once a month. We also feature the second airing of our Album of The Week today.

The 11:00 a.m. hour kicks off five hours of uninterrupted blues!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

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

Five hours of uninterrupted blues with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Muddy Waters, The Animals, the Robert Cray Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball, Them (featuring Van Morrison), and many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Angel Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The second airing of the reimagined soundtrack from She’s The One is upon us. It includes four new never-before-released songs, including a great studio version of J.J. Cale’s Thirteen Days and an extended version of Supernatural Radio.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great day to tune in #BecomeUngovernable Radio. We surely are outside the system on all fronts. Your revolutionary spirit is well served here. We do not purchase music from either Amazon or Apple, we do not accept advertising of any kind, we do not ask you for a “subscription” and we do not require any personal information. We require that you have a set of ears. That’s it. And a browser and free tab.

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We’re Winding Down on The Fillmore Fiesta, But We’re Not Done Yet! And The Heartbreakers’ New “Angel Dream” Owns Our Album of The Week, Sunday, July 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Running a tad late today because I slept in just a bit. This old body gets tired after a week in retail hell. But never you mind. We’ve got a great grand finale for all Fillmorians today, and a brand new Tom Petty effort for our Album of The Week.

We wrap up our Fillmore Festival today with some great stuff!

Here’s your July 4th line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Angel Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers NEW!

This is the new release from the Petty estate, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their soundtrack album, She’s The One. It’s a reimagined vision of great music, which also happens to include four previously-unreleased tunes. There’s always a bonus because The Heartbreakers have so much unreleased music yet to go. One is a long version of Supernatural Radio, one of my favorite tunes and the other is an unbelievable studio version of J.J. Cale’s Thirteen Days, another of my favorites which the Heartbreakers have done live in the past. Two others are brand new songs.

There is no doubting Petty’s musical genius at this point. But what is evident and what must always be said is how dedicated his bandmates were to his musical cause, and just how fucking brilliant they all were together.

3:00 p.m. Laura Nyro Live at The Fillmore East, New York, March 30, 1971 NEW!

Laura Nyro called this performance Spread Your Wings and Fly, but we here in The Mermaid Lounge believe she did that for her entire career. This is one of my favorite performances ever. The Fillmore East closed its doors a few days earlier than West, on June 27, 1971. Laura Nyro’s performance was one of the finals, just a few months before the end.

7:00 p.m. Fillmore, The Last Days: Various Artists NEW!

Here we have a multi-artist effort of live performances at the Fillmore West just before the doors closed. Most of the bands are from the Bay area, and include Quicksilver Messenger Service, Santana, the Elvin Bishop Group, Boz Scaggs, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Cold Blood, Taj Mahal, and The Grateful Dead (life would not be complete without them), and many more!

And with that, our Fillmore Festival is done for now. We have a lot more Fillmore performances in our vault, so we’ll be doing this again for sure. Just not sure when, but you’ll be the first to know. It’s the fourth of July, folks. I’m not a flag waver, and I hate the word “patriot” because I really believe the right-wing uses that term way too much. They are actually “hatriots.” So, I’m listening to music. That’s the best way to celebrate.

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