Happy Thanksgiving From The Mermaid Lounge, and We Promise Our Line-up is No Turkey Today, Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving morning live from The Mermaid Lounge where we give thanks for great music, great musicians and, most of all, great listeners.

Arlo Guthrie and his friends share Thanksgiving dinner at Alice’s Restaurant.

Here’s your Turkey Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Our Thanksgiving Tradition: The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree by Arlo Guthrie

We’ve been playing this as our Thanksgiving tradition since we started back in 2017, and we continue on today with all 18 minutes and 34 seconds. The song, recorded in 1967, occupies one entire side of Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant album. As Guthrie himself explains it, the restaurant is not really called Alice’s Restaurant, even though the song is about Alice and the restaurant. That factoid is in keeping with the song’s continuing mystery. You can find the lyrics here should you want to sing along.

2:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

After the L-Tryptophan has taken effect, you can all sit down and relax with some great folk music as we air our Folk Music From A-To-Z extended playlist and hear Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, The Stone Poneys, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, John Prine, Eric Andersen, The Band, Odetta, and many more.

9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

We toss in some blues to close out the planned programming with our Album of The Week by the great Peter Green and his original Fleetwood Mac. Most people don’t know he’s the founding father here. This is our next-to-last airing, so squeeze it in before you pass out.

Join us for the Turkey Trot today (figuratively, of course). I wish I could tell you that listening is free today, but the fact is that listening is free every day. Just tune us in and give us a listen today. You’ll be very thankful. We promise.


Our Thanksgiving Tradition This Morning, Some R & B This Afternoon; Our Album of The Week and The Kinks Later, November 26, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are on a rainy Thanksgiving with not a damned obligation except great music. And we’re happy about that.

Arlo Guthrie and his fellow hippies at Thanksgiving Dinner at the church that would inspire the song, Alice’s Restaurant, 1969.

Here’s today’s Turkey Day line-up:

10:00 a.m. Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant, Our Thanksgiving Tradition!

If you read the story in our college blog entry today, you know the back story. If you haven’t read it yet, you can — as they say — read all about it here.

2:00 p.m. DJ’s Choice: My Favorite R & B Stream

Every once in a while, I am inspired to string a collection of songs together when I am up late at night. The night I created this was such a night. I hope you enjoy it.

5:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America

We’re winding down on America’s Homecoming album, just a really excellent album. There will be one more airing after today before we choose our new AOW on Sunday.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Kinks

When Ray and Dave Davies weren’t beating the living shit out of each other backstage (and sometimes on stage), they were making some of the best music on the planet. And for that, we are thankful.

Tune in. Turn on. And shovel in that Thanksgiving turkey, if you are so inclined. But whatever you do today, make sure you tune us in.


Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Open Stream All Day EXCEPT For Our New Tradition!

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at #BecomeUngovernable. We are celebrating today with Open Stream, except for one new traditon at 10:00 a.m. EST

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Celebrate not only Thanksgiving, but the 50th Anniversary of the release of the album, which is also Arlo Guthrie’s debut album.¬†

Tune in with us turkeys at:www.tinyurl.com/becomeungovernableradio

Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” Becomes a Tradition Here on Thanksgiving Day 2019

Alice’s Restaurant. It’s legendary. It’s a song (also known as The Alice’s Resaurant Masacree). It’s a movie. It’s an album. Arlo Guthrie has a friend named Alice Brock, but there’s no real Alice’s Restaurant. Furthermore, the true story that inspired the song had nothing to do with a restaurant at all.

50th Anniversary Arlo

The real story is that on Thanksgiving 1965, Guthrie (and a friend) visited his friend Alice Brock and her husband in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They lived in an old deconsecrated church. On his way out, they thought they’d do them a favor by taking their trash to the dump. Unfortunately, the dump was closed that day, so Guthrie and a friend dumped the trash over a cliff where others had dumped their trash.

Guthrie was arrested, and the black mark on his record is what kept him out of Viet Nam by making him ineligible for the draft. Although the actual event happened in 1965, Guthrie’s debut album, Alice’s Restaurant, including the 18-minute anti-war anthem, was released in 1969.

Alice’s Restaurant is 50 years old this year, celebrating the same anniversary with Wodstock. Arlo Guthrie has been on the road with it, playing a sold-out performance in the Berkshires on November 23. Somehow it’s fitting that it become a tradition here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio this year.

We will be airing the album in its entirety on Thanksgiving morning at 10:00 a.m. EST.