We End the Week With a Trip to The Country (Via EP, Of Course), and Some ‘Live’ Hot Tuna Later, Friday, December 17, 2021

Good Morning, Countryologists! Hell, I’ve invented a new word again. I should have my own dictionary. Today we’ve got our ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ multi-artist EP and some great, live Hot Tuna later.

We are absolutely NOT talking about bad pop bands with fiddles here.

Here’s your pre-weekend line-up!

11:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country? Various Artists

Well, are you ready? We’re not fans of that “canned” country shit. We like the real deal, along with those who pioneered country-rock. In light of that, you’ll hear Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. You’ll also hear those who made country rock a reality, including The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, The Eagles, Neil Young, The Byrds, Pure Prairie League, Asleep at The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Band, Mudcrutch, and more! All without interruption.

7:00 p.m. Hot Tuna Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, California, March 4, 1988

Born from the ashes of the Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen (guitar/vocals) and Jack Cassady (bassist) created this great blues rock band. While other members have come and gone over the years, the stalwarts have always been these guys. In fact, they’ll be celebrating Jorma’s 80th birthday in with a live performance at Carnegie Hall on April 22, 2022. There’s something to be said for the longevity of this generation of musicians for sure. That’s why we’re here.

One mo’ time: Before, after and in between we’re circulating 27,000+ songs and are completely at the whim of The Music Mermaid. She, as you well know if you’re listeners, has impeccable musical taste. Come on. You don’t need a thing to join in except a computer, a free tab, and an index (not middle) finger.

It’s a Keep It Simple Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge Today, With Our ‘Country’ EP and Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy” As Our AOW, October 10, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s a nice, relaxing Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff for you today. We’re uncomplicating our lives here…and yours.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon NEW!

You know, there’s lots of negative things to talk about where Warren Zevon is concerned. He burned a lot of bridges. He had his demons. But he was, very simply, one of the best singer-songwriters on the planet. Linda Ronstadt proved that several times over. Excitable Boy is one of the best albums ever made. I can’t find one throw-away song on it. Produced by Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel, Zevon’s third studio album was released on January 18, 1978. Musicians who played on the album were some of the best-know studio musicians in the business in the 70’s including Russ Kunkel, Rick Marotta, and Mick Fleetwood taking turns on drums, and guitarists Danny Korchmar, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glaub, John McVie, Leland Sklar, and Waddy Wachtel. Background vocals were provided by Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Jennifer Warnes, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Kenny Edwards. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For the Country: Various Artists

We bring back our multi-artist EP of real country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) artists and the legends of country-rock. You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Byrds, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Mudcrutch and more!

It’s a great day to rest up after another work-a-day week and before the next one starts. If there’s a Big Guy up there, remember that this was also his day of rest. Dump the capitalism today and tune us in. Join our listeners from Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russian Federation, Canada, South Africa, and parts unknown.

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It’s A Beatles Kind of Day As We Close Out The Month; We’ve Also Got The Wilburys With the AOW, and Our ‘On The Map’ Playlist Later, Thursday, September 30, 2021

Good Morning, Beatles Lovers (and I, for one, am one)! It’s a Beatles kind of day here today in The Mermaid Lounge, and with good reason! Read on!

In spite of the rumors, The Beatles were still loose and enjoying each other at the end.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions

October is a big month. The 50th Anniversary 5-CD set of Let It Be will be released on October 15 replete with remixes (McCartney was unhappy with Phil Spector’s versions of some of the songs; and I agree), outtakes, alternate versions, and other goodies. Peter Jackson’s six-hour Let It Be documentary will be released on October 15 as well, with the companion book, The Beatles: Get Back, coming on October 12.

We’ve had this little gem for a while now and have played it before. We thought this would be an appropriate way to kick out the September jams as we get ready for October.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One

Back with our next-to-last airing of this great album. October will also be Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. And you’ll hear plenty of the Wilburys as well during this time.

7:00 p.m. On The Map: Various Artists

We close out the day’s programming with our ‘On The Map’ playlist with cities, towns and locations in either the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Doors, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Asleep At The Wheel, Linda Ronstadt, Fats Domino, America, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Tom Rush, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, The Grateful Dead, James Taylor, CSNY, Scott McKenzie, and more!

We’re ready to rock n’ roll. Are you? Tune us in today as we close out September. You can join our friends from Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Switerland, Japan, The Faroe Islands, Portugal, The Russian Federation, Canada, and the U.S. (Texas, Missouri, and New York this morning).

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It’s Sunday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Our Extended ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ Playlist and a Grrrrreat New Album of The Week, August 8, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! You know how we feel about the ladies of music here in The Mermaid Lounge, and today we have a special treat for you all.

We have some great blues for you today with three very special women…all of them part of our standard rotation

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson NEW!

I’m really excited to offer this album up this week. I could write a review of this, but I actually found one that’s perfect from the Louisiana Music Factory site, so here it is:

Why settle for one great female vocalist when you can get three, especially when they’re stylish soul diva Irma Thomas, Tracy “Mother Earth” Nelson, and swamp rocker (and roller) Marcia Ball. The talented trio take the Sing It! title seriously, belting all hues of blues with satisfying sass and sincerity. Backed by a fine and funky band of Memphis-soul stalwarts and New Orleans session stars, the ladies shine both individually and as a team. Thomas, the longtime “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” struts her stuff on the Bobby “Blue” Bland classic “Yield Not to Temptation,” while Ball puts some patented bayou boogie, powered by her slinky piano lines, into her spotlight songs. Nelson repeatedly stops the show with her enormous, wraparound voice, transforming tunes like “In Tears” from simple country-flavored ballads into cathartic emotional experiences. But it’s the combined voices that makes the session so special, and the title track, a soulfully scintillating second-line anthem, is the most enjoyable example of the vocal virtuosity of these women. It’s a quintessential New Orleans celebration of singing, well worth the purchase price by itself, and it, like the entire album, also serves as an excellent sampler of the multiple talents of the superb song stylists involved.”

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great playlist combining real country and country rock legends. (That means no bad pop bands with fiddles, as Mr. Petty referred to them.) You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Asleep At The Wheel, The Band, Pure Prairie League, Jerry Jeff Walker and many more.

It’s Sunday, and that means a day of rest. Seriously. No stress here. No subscription required. No credit card number required. And no personal information requested. Evah. And did I mention we run 24/7 uninterrupted by commercials?

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It’s Sunday In The Mermaid Lounge With Our New Album of The Week, and ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ On May 30, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge and that’s usually the day we bring you a long-player to fill up the musical hours along with our brand new Album of The Week.

Asleep At The Wheel is just one of the great artists you’ll hear this afternoon!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers NEW!

Exodus was Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ninth studio release in June of 1977, and boasts six singles, including One Love/People Get Ready, Jammin’, Three Little Birds, and Turn Your Lights Down Low.

Consider this a preview for our newest upcoming longplayer covering Reggae, Ska, and World Music. It will hopefully be launched by next month.

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists

This marks the second airing of this great new playlist covering both traditional and country-rock, including Asleep At The Wheel, Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse), Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Glen Campbell, The Byrds, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Carlene Carter, Roseann Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and more!

Don’t know how it is where you are, but the weather is pretty dismal here on the East Coast. It’s cold. It’s rainy. And it’s a great day to hunker down with a blanket, a book and some great music.

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We Begin a New Week With Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Our ‘By The Numbers’ Playlist, Monday, May 10, 2021

Happy Monday, Humans! We’re kicking off a new week here from The Mermaid Lounge with some good stuff, as they say, including a new live performance by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

We have our ‘By the Numbers’ Playlist up at 11:00 a.m. today!

Here’s our Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: By The Numbers, Various Artists

Here’s a fun one we haven’t heard in a while. Great songs with numbers either in the title or the lyrics from The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Searchers, The Doors, Mudcrutch, J.J. Cale, Steely Dan, Asleep at The Wheel, Emmylou Harris, The Grass Roots, Stevie Nicks, and more!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Led Zeppelin

It has been a while between playings for this particular playlist as well, but here it is, and updated from the last airing as well.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live at TD Garden, Boston, MA, June 13, 2008 NEW!

This one is new to us, the live show by The Heartbreakers from Boston’s TD Garden. This band never disappoints on stage and this performance is no exception.

It’s dismal here today from a weather perspective, a rainy and cool spring day. It’s a perfect day for music that will chase away the doldrums. That’s what we’re all about.

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