It’s Another Sunday in The Lounge With Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder’s AOW and Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, May 15, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great day of music for you. Lots of Open Stream interspersed with some excellent programming. Sunday is typically a light day in the lounge. We hope you enjoy it.

It has been nearly 56 years since these guys have collaborated. They’re back!

Here’s your Sunday Funday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Get On Board with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder NEW!

It has been half a century since these two legends have collaborated. The first time around, it was on Rising Sons, which we featured as an album of the week some time ago. This time, they are paying tribute to the legendary Sonny Terry and Browne McGhee, and the result is some serious kick-ass blues.

2:00 p.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists

This is a great EP that gives you (real) country music and features the bands and artists that helped shape the marriage between rock and country. You’ll be treated to Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep at The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, John Prine, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Hank Williams, and more!

We’re up and running 24/7 with all the tunes fit to play. We’re totally free every minute of every day. We don’t ask for a “subscription.” We don’t charge money. And we never ask for your credit card or personal information. We don’t need it. And neither do you.

Today We’re ‘Under The Influence’ of a Great EP, We Have Our Final Airing of “Route 66,” and LIVE DEAD! Later, Saturday, April 16, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, albeit with a bit more Open Stream this week. We’ll all be just a little ‘Under The Influence’ of a great EP here soon.

Go ask Alice…when she’s ten feet tall.

Here’s today’s mind-altering line-up:

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

Yeah. We’ve all been here, no matter how much we choose to deny it. Some of us still are, illegal as well as legal. You’ll hear Arlo Guthrie, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Glenn Frey, Donovan, John Lee Hooker, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, The Traveling Wilburys, The Temptations, Small Faces, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, The Beatles, Neil Young, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Dave Van Ronk, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Led Zeppelin, Harry Chapin, The Band, The Fraternity of Man, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Route 66 by Asleep at The Wheel FINAL AIRING!

We bid this fine selection a fond farewell after this airing, but we’ll have a brand new selection for you tomorrow!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, October 12, 1968 NEW!

Another new soundboard here. We have previously aired the 1966 show at the Avalon, but this gem is from 1968. Same venue; new show. Enjoy

So, what are you all waiting for? This is a perfect day to get acquainted with us. And it won’t cost you a thing. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. Who knows. This could be the biggest find of your day!

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!

Spend Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge With Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan, on April 12, 2022

And that’s not all! We’ve also got our second airing of our Album of The Week, Route 66, by Asleep at The Wheel. Read on for the details!

The day belongs to Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan!

Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Bottom Line, New York, September 5, 1978

Johnny Winter is one of the finest electric bluesmen on the planet. He’s also just a great blues singer. You know a guy is great when the greats want to work with him. Muddy Waters earned Grammys for his work with Winter. This guy’s the real deal.

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

We’ve got one break in the blues programming today for a little bit of Texas swing, Bob Wills style, with Asleep At the Wheel.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Speaking of blues greats, we’ve got another one right here. We cover his music with both Double Trouble and as a solo artist.

Hey, it’s Tuesday Bluesday. It’s a great day to tune us in. Although, frankly, every day is a great day to tune us in. Before, in between and after, we give you all that great wide Open Stream. And the Music Mermaid will be taking care of you.

We Keep It Simple Today With Asleep at The Wheel’s Album of The Week and Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, April 10, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we do something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, which is to introduce you to one of the finest Texas swing bands ever to walk the earth, Asleep at The Wheel. (That is, if you haven’t already heard them. I’m sure some of you have.)

Asleep at The Wheel.

Here’s your Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Route 66 by Asleep at The Wheel NEW!

I can vividly remember seeing this amazing band live at The Paradise in Boston back in the day. Man, there were people dancing on the tables they were so good. We chose this album because we felt it was a great way to introduce people to them. But they have made many albums and many live appearances over their half a century in music and, while we do have some of their stuff floating around our stream, I have a vast collection about to make it’s mark on our airwaves. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.

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

Once again, we make our monthly pilgrimage to soul music mecca where 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, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles and many more! That’s five uninterrupted hours of soul and R & B!

This is a total day of rest for most sane people. Those of you who “get it” are staying out of the retail fray today and taking a mental health break. This is the place to be. We’re on 24/7 uninterrupted at no charge to the listening public. What other musical outlet says that? None.

We’re at Midweek With Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP and Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Shawn Colvin, and Others Live at Red Rocks, Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We are at midweek, and we’ve got some great music for you today starting with our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP.

Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and David Lindley will serenade you from the same stage a bit later!

Here’s today’s line-up:

10:00 a.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists

Well, are you? Because we’ve got the masters of (real) country and country-rock right here for you. Definitely no bad pop bands with fiddles. Only the real thing. You’ll hear Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Pure Prairie League, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Asleep at The Wheel, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt. Steve Earle & The Dukes, Mudcrutch, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Band, Bob Dylan, and more!

7:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, and David Lindley Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, September 12, 1999

This was one hell of a show. I did not attend the Red Rocks event, but I did see the tour when it passed through Massachusetts. It was an amazing event seeing all these great musicians and singers together on one stage with no egos in the way. Tune it in.

Here we are again, literally begging you to tune in. And we’re not doing it for the money because we don’t actually make any money on this little endeavor. It’s a labor of musical love that I share my personal music collection with all of you. Get it while it’s hot, free, and free of commercial interruption.

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.

We’re out there playing music for your listening pleasure 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. All totally free of charge, and we do not accept any advertising. We pay for this out of pocket as a labor of love. Tune us in. We’re not kidding here. No strings.

At Midweek, We’ve Got Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP & Bonnie Raitt In The Spotlight, February 9, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve reached our midweek stride here with our multi-artist ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP, and Bonnie Raitt In The Spotlight later on.

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

We’re back on the road with the musical road warriors today for an extended trip around the planet. You’ll hear The Grateful Dead, Jackson Browne, Edwin Starr, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Emmylou Harris, Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Fats Domino and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt has been serving up great music for half a century now, combining blues, country, folk and rock into her own great signature sound. Let’s also not forget that she’s one of the greatest slide guitar players on the planet. We rightfully put her In the Spotlight tonight. Be there or be square, as they say.

Before, in between and after, we run 24/7 with our great wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid calling the shots. She does, as you know, have impeccable taste in music. Tune us in. We’re totally free with no strings and no hidden costs. We don’t ask for a credit card, a subscription or personal information. And we don’t give Joe Rogan a platform either.

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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