We’re at Midweek With the ‘Ode To Morning’ EP, the Great J. J. Cale, and Some ‘Live’ Allman Brothers Later, on Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Good morning, music lovers. We’ve got our midweek mojo going with some great programming today, including our multi-artist ‘Ode to Morning’ EP!

Here’s your midweek lineup:

9:00 a.m. Ode to Morning: Various Artists

Today it’s all about the beauty of the early morning hours with Cat Stevens, Hoyt Axton, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Rascals, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Gram Parsons, Simon & Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Ry Cooder, Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters, Jonathan Edwards, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Pure Prairie League, Badfinger and more!

4:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of J. J. Cale

Mr. Cale takes his second turn as this week’s singer-songwriter. Not to be missed.

8:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at The Atlanta International Pop Festival, Middle Georgia Raceway, Byron, GA, July 3 & 5, 1970

The brothers aren’t really “pop” singers but this wasn’t really a “pop” festival either. That was a popular catch word for popular music, not a specific reference to a music genre. But I digress. What could be better than closing out the day with some great blues-rock from the Allman Brothers Band?

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It’s ‘Ladies Day Out’ in The Mermaid Lounge, the Final Airing of “No Dice,” and the Introduction of Karla Bonoff as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter on Saturday, April 15, 2023

Good morning, weekenders! We have reached the first full day of the weekend! We have a great day with our five-hour, all-women music extravaganza to kick things off!

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

Yes, the women of music own The Mermaid Lounge for a chunk of the day today. You will hear Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter, Susan Tedeschi and more!

5:00 p.m. Album of The Week: No Dice by Badfinger FINAL AIRING!

We bid a fond farewell to this great power pop album by Badfinger, the album that put them on the map, particularly in the U.S., and gave us the hit No Matter What. Tomorrow there’ll be a brand new album here for you.

8:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Karla Bonoff NEW!

Although Karla Bonoff has released several really wonderful albums, she is best known as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. Linda Ronstadt feasted off Karla’s work, including Someone To Lay Down Beside Me, Lose Again, Trouble Again and others. Others who have sung Karla’s songs include Wynnona Judd, Lynn Anderson, and Bonnie Raitt (an amazing rendition of Home for one). Tonight, we get to hear Karla sing her compositions herself.

It is Saturday, folks, and we’ve made it to the weekend. Why not give yourself a real treat and tune us in. We’re on 24/7. We’re totally free of charge. We do not run any commercial advertising. And we offer great programming you won’t hear anywhere else. What’s not to love here?

On Thursday It’s Our ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Our AOW, and a Brand New Playlist Called ‘Those Shoes’, April 13, 2023

Good morning, music lovers! We’re on our way to the weekend with ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’ which is our far-ranging soul and rhythm & blues EP to kick things off.

Here’s your Thursday programming:

9:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

This one isn’t just Motown, it’s our far-ranging soul and rhythm & blues EP with 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, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Irma Thomas, The Box Tops, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Eddie Floyd, Ann Peebles, The Ad Libs, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Wanda Jackson, Percy Sledge, Al Green and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: No Dice by Badfinger

This is our next-to-last airing of this great album that put Badfinger on the map. The final airing will be sometime Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Those Shoes: Various Artists NEW!

This was a fun one to put together, a multi-artist playlist about shoes of all kinds from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jesse Winchester, Emmylou Harris, Elmore James, Leon Russell, Elton John, Townes Van Zandt, The Band, Elvis Costello, The Eagles, Laura Nyro, Norah Jones, Maria Muldaur, Betty Everett, Richie Havens, Traffic, Dan Fogelberg and more!

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our ‘Best of Louisiana Blues’ EP, Our AOW and ‘Live’ Robert Cray Band Later, April 11, 2023

Good morning, bluesologists! We have another Tuesday Bluesday on tap here in The Lounge and we kick it off with five hours of uninterrupted blues from Louisiana!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday lineup:

9:00 a.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues: Various Artists

There’s nothing like music from Louisiana. It has its own style, and that includes da blues. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Lillian Glinn, Slim Harpo, Fats Domino, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Rodney Harris, Roosevelt Sykes, Shirley & Lee, Roy Brown, Papa Lightfoot, Guitar Slim, Annie Laurie, Fats Matthews, Big Joe Turner, Big Boy Myles, Little Walter, Mary Butler, Erline Harris, Marcia Ball, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Dave Bartholomew and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: No Dice by Badfinger

We take just a slight break in the blues programming to give you the second airing of our Album of The Week, the album that put Badfinger on the map.

The Robert Cray Band Live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, December 2, 1995 NEW!

A live performance by Barack Obama’s favorite bluesman and his band billed as the 10th Annual Concert for Kids and broadcast on KFOG-FM closes out our blues programming for today.

It’s always a busy day on Tuesday Bluesday as we already have folks from Ireland, Greece, Italy, the UK, France, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Norway, The Netherlands and point beyond tuned in. Why not join them?

We Keep It Simple Today With Badfinger’s “No Dice” as Our AOW and ‘The Female Species’ EP, Sunday, April 9, 2023

Good morning, and if you’re celebrating, Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Ramadan one and all! We’re keeping it simple as usual on this fine, sunny Sunday.

Here’s your holiday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: No Dice by Badfinger NEW!

I fell in love with Badfinger early on, and I supposed that’s because I could hear the influence of The Beatles. However, Badfinger was its own juggernaut, helping to create what is known as the power pop genre. It was the one band Apple Records signed that became a big time entity, in spite of the fact that their future held nothing but tragedy. Our album of the week, however, No Dice, was their third studio album released by Apple on November 9, 1970, and helped to expand the group’s popularity, particularly abroad. It was the first to feature lead guitarist Joey Molland. It also gave us the hit No Matter What, and the first recording of the song Without You, which would later become a huge hit for Harry Nilsson.

1:00 p.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

Nope. It’s not music by women, but it is music about women, girls, ladies, and chicks by artists like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eatles, Elvis Presley, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Rolling Stones, Peter & Gordon, The Rascals and more!

Before, in between and after it’s our great wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. She’s always on duty and has impeccable taste in music, as you well know by now. In between your celebrations, tune us in. We’re on 24/7, no matter what day it is.

Monday Rolls Around & It’s Time for Mudcrutch and Some Tunes About the Color Blue, April 3, 2023

Good morning and welcome back to the work week. If you’ve got those work-a-day blues, we can help you out today. Nothing like a little Mudcrutch music to solve that problem.

Mudcrutch at Humprey’s By The Bay (photo courtesy of Alex Matthews)

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue: Various Artists

The color blue just happens to be my favorite color, so I’m indulging myself on Monday. In the first set, you’ll hear from Linda Ronstadt, Foreigner, The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Beatles, The Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Badfinger, Joni Mitchell, Jonathan Edwards, Mudcrutch, Fats Domino and more!

3:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists

In our second set this afternoon, you’ll hear Phoebe Snow, The Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Marvin Gaye, Boz Scaggs, Van Morrison, The Doors, Buddy Guy, The Association, The Beatles, The Kinks, Canned Heat, The Smithereens, Janis Joplin, George Harrison and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, W. Hollywood, CA June 26, 2016

The band that left Gainesville, Florida, and that would morph into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers came back with a bang in 2008 with the original cast. This is from their 2016 tour across America (which I still kick myself for missing when it passed through the House of Blues in Boston).

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Heading for the Weekend With ‘The British Are Coming’ EP, Hot Tuna and Our AOW, and ‘Live’ Heartbreakers Later, Thursday, March 30, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We kick off the day with our ‘British Are Coming’ EP with music from the British Invasion years and beyond! We move on from there!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

9:00 a.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

We kick off the day with music from ‘across the pond’ as they say, from The Beatles The Who, Dave Mason, Electric Light Orchestra, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Queen, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Badfinger, The Yardbirds, Traffic, Elton John, Lulu, Pink Floyd, Yes, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Donovan and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Steady As She Goes by Hot Tuna

Love this band, but we’re winding down on this selection, so get it while it’s hot! The final airing of this great blues-rock release will be sometime on Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Vic Theater, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2003

This was a great performance from what is considered one of the best road bands on the planet (actually, one of the very best bands on the planet). There’s nothing like seeing TPATH live (which I had the good fortune to do four times). TPATH is one of our official House Bands (along with The Beatles). Tonight we’ve got them live from the Vic Theatre in Chicago.

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On Thursday, We’ve Got One-Hit Wonders 60’s Style, Our AOW, and the First-of-Its-Kind Concert for Bangladesh, March 23, 2022

Good morning, music lovers! Today, we’re heading for the weekend, and we’ve got a great lineup with One-Hit Wonders, our Album of The Week, and the Concert for Bangladesh.

Here’s your Thursday menagerie:

11:00 a.m. One-Hit Wonders, Sixties Style: Various Artists

Every musical generation has them. We’re giving you our favorites today from Robert Knight, Jose Feliciano, the Count Five, Brenton Wood, Los Bravos, Mama Cass. Roy Head & The Taints, The Capitols, The Knickerbockers, The Nashville Teens, The McCoys, Zager & Evans, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Scott McKenzie, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Merrilee Rush, Little Peggy March, Mason Williams and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Venus And Mars by Paul McCartney & Wings

The follow-up to the great Band On The Run was no slouch. It was another great collection of songs from a great band.

7:00 p.m. The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison & Friends, August 1, 1971, Madison Square Garden, New York City

Before there was Live Aid or Farm Aid, there was the Concert for Bangladesh. This first-of-its-kind gathering of musical stars was the conception of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar to benefit the refugees of East Pakistan following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide. Joining Harrison and Shankar were Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Badfinger.

We’ve got a great eclectic lineup for you today. It’s a great day to discover #BecomeUngovernable Radio. We’re on 24/7. We’re free. Best of all, we do not clutter up your listening arena with commercial advertising. It’s all about the music.

Monday, Monday Brings ‘Live’ Bonnie Raitt, Badfinger In The Spotlight, and Some ‘Live’ Doors Later, March 20, 2023

Good morning, music lovers! We’ve got a smorgasboard of stuff for you today with two live performances and a spotlight sandwiched in between.

Here’s Monday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt Live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, December 9, 1973

Some early Bonnie Raitt to get your day going. The Record Plant was a proving ground for young musical artists back in the day.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Badfinger

Badfinger was the first signing to the Beatles’ Apple Records. They were originally called The Iveys, but their name was changed by The Beatles’ road manager, Neil Aspinall. Under The Beatles, Badfinger began to take off with hits like No Matter What, Come And Get It, and Day After Day. By this time, Pete Ham was establishing himself as a major songwriter. My favorite all-time Badfinger song is Baby Blue, which was never released in the UK, because during that time, Apple Records was in turmoil and the Beatles were breaking up. It was at this point that things went south for Badfinger and they became the victim of their new manager’s greed, winding up in financial ruin. Things got worse from there for the band, but they left us some great music. If you’re interested in the full story, the book Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger by Dan Matovina is worth the read.

7:00 p.m. The Doors Live at Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, May 8, 1970

The Lizard King and his mates live at Cobo Arena in Detroit closes out the day’s programming.

Hey, it’s Monday. The beginning of yet another work week. What better way to start it out than with some great music?

Saturday in The Lounge Brings Our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP, The Final Airing of the AOW, and Tom Rush as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter for the Week, March 11, 2023

Good morning, music lovers! Our worldwide listeners are on and we’ve got a great programming lineup for you today, starting with our tribute to morning!

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

9:00 a.m. Ode To Morning: Various Artists

We’ve already paid homage to the night this month, so it’s time to do so for the morning with artists like Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Hoyt Axton, The Beatles, The Rascals, Waylon Jennings, Gram Parsons, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Ta Mahal, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Ry Cooder, Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Jonathan Edwards, Townes Van Zandt, Pure Prairie League, Bob Dylan, Chris Hillman, Badfinger, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Foreigner, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nina Simone and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Bluesiana Triangle by Bluesiana Triangle FINAL AIRING!

The final airing is upon us. This great album by Art Blakey, Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman will be gone after this airing. Tomorrow we’ll have a new selection for you.

8:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Tom Rush NEW!

Tom Rush is credited with ushering in the singer-songwriter era. Not only is he a songwriter himself, but he helped put several others on the map by singing their songs, most notably Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor. Tom Rush has been at it for over sixty years. Today he is 82 and still active. I have fond memories of spending his 79th birthday with him at a concert in a church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, his hometown. Tom Rush is a folk, blues, and New England legend. My favorite song by Tom? Kids These Days.

It’s Saturday and that’s always a good day to spend in The Mermaid Lounge. We kick it off early today at 9:00 a.m., so remember to just push the button below as we kick off your morning with songs about morning.