We’ve Got Nearly An All-Brit Saturday With Our Great ‘British Are Coming’ EP, Dusty Springfield, and John Mayall! Then There’s LIVE DEAD! Later, March 26, 2022

Good Morning, Kids! It’s Grand Central Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we bring you a nearly All-Brit Saturday. Read on for details!

The British Invasion and beyond here today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

10:00 a.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

We celebrate The British Invasion (and beyond) today with our great EP. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Who, Dave Mason, Electric Light Orchestra, The Zombies, The Hollies, Petula Clark, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Queen, Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Badfinger, The Yardbirds, Traffic, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Animals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Spencer Davis Group, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Sun Is Shining Down by John Mayall FINAL AIRING!

Yes, it’s the final airing of our great Album of The Week by the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall. He brought along some of his friends on this one. Tune it in to find out who. (I’ll give you just one hint. One guy used to play with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.)

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Dusty Springfield

The early evening brings us a real treat, as we put Dusty Springfield In the Spotlight. Dusty brought us her special brand of blue-eyed soul for nearly five decades, and she’s a Mermaid Lounge favorite for sure.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall, Cornell University, New York, May 8, 1977

This is not a new performance, but a requested repeat. We’ve had a few people ask for this one over the past month or so. The last time we played it was back in 2020, so it’s like new. Many consider this to be the finest live Grateful Dead performance ever. I don’t know how you choose one out of the many they’ve had over the years, but here it is!

It’s Saturday and the first full day of the weekend. What could be better than adding some great music to the mix, free of charge, with no mouthy DJs and no commercial interruption? Come on. You know you want to.

It’s a Sunny Day Out There and We’ve Got Our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP and Nanci Griffith In The Spotlight Later, Friday, March 11, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! I personally love the morning with the sun up shining into The Mermaid Lounge. It’s a perfect day to spend with our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP. Later, it’s Nanci Griffith.

In the Spotlight today is Nanci Griffith, a singer-songwriter who kept one fot in folk, and the other in country.

Here’s your musical landscape for Friday:

11:00 a.m. Old To Morning: Various Artists

We have our EP about the night time, so you know we’d have to put one together about the morning hours, and it’s pretty damned good. You’ll hear Nanci Griffith (In the Spotlight later), The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Electric Light Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Harry Nilsson, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Norah Jones, Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Foreigner, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Badfinger, Chris Hillman, Hot Tuna, Fairport Convention, B.B. King, Cat Stevens and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Nanci Griffith

It sounds like marketing bullshit, but it’s the truth: Nanci Griffith was an American treasure. She was a singer-songwriter who was raised in Austin, Texas, and lived in Nashville. She kept one foot in folk music, and the other in country, and her beautiful voice was more than capable doing justice to both genres seamlessly. Nanci Griffith made many appearances on Austin City Limits beginning in 1985, and won a Grammy Award for her album, Other Voices, Other Rooms in 1994. She passed away in August of 2021 at the age of 68. If Nanci Griffith has fallen through the cracks on your musical journey, tune her in tonight.

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We Head For The Weekend With Alison Krauss & Union Station ‘Live’, Badfinger In The Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, January 13, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a nice musical cocktail for you today. Alison Krauss is another immensely talented woman, and we just love it when women take front and center.

Alison

Here’s your musical line-up for Thursday:

11:00 a.m. Alison Krauss & Union Station Live, April 29 & 30, 2002

The venue was not listed in the title because this was mostly recorded during their 2002 tour at The Louisville Palace. Only one song, Down To The River To Pray, was recorded at another venue. This isn’t like real estate, location doesn’t matter. Alison Krauss & Union Station are great no matter where they play.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Barn by Neil Young & Crazy Horse

We give you this warning every week. We’re down to our last two airings of this great album. The final airing will be Saturday. On Sunday, we’ve got a brand new album lined up and ready to go.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Badfinger

Badfinger was a great power pop band who recorded a string of great hits during the 70’s. They began their career as The Iveys, and they were indeed the only bona fide stars ever signed by The Beatles to Apple Records. Their final story was a sad one. The band was fleeced by its manager (not the Beatles), and two band members committed suicide, including Pete Ham, their leader. Nevertheless, while they were on the Apple label, they made some of the greatest music on the planet. There are some songs you can’t help but associate with movies and TV shows. My favorite Badfinger song, Baby Blue, will forever be emblazoned in my brain as the song that closed the great series, Breaking Bad.

Yeah, folks. We’ve got a globe full of listeners this morning from Greece, Iceland, Russian Federation, Brazil, Italy, Germany, the UK, Canada, and points beyond. Some of these folks have been on all night. What are you waiting for?

Friday. It’s Finally Here and We Have Some Toots & The Maytals, Trifectas In The Afternoon, and The Final Segment on Our Beatles Feature Later, November 12, 2021

Good Morning, Reggae-ologists! We’re here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re breaking out some great Reggae today to start off our musical programming. We’ve also got a series of new Trifectas debuting this afternoon!

We’ve got some Toots & The Maytals for you this morning!

Here’s Friday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: Toots & The Maytals

The Maytals were formed in the early 60s in Jamaica, and became one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups, playing a key role in popularizing the Reggae sound. We put them here In the Spotlight today.

Trifecta Afternoon NEW!

We’ve got a set of four brand new Trifectas to help get you through the afternoon:

2:00 p.m. Fats Domino

3:00 p.m. Badfinger

4:00 p.m. Paul Revere & The Raiders

5:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix

7:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Endgame

You know, I look forward to Peter Jackson’s Beatle documentary coming up this month. Did the Beatles fight? They did. All bands fight. They’re like a family. But if the Beatles hated each other they way it was played up in the media, they would not have been able to remain as great as they were to the bitter end. Later on, they worked out their issues. It was real life under a media microscope.

Tune us in, folks. We’re here for you 24/7 completely free-of-charge every single day. We don’t ask for your personal info or a credit card, and we do not play commercials. Ever.

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It’s a Black & Blue Friday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Songs Including References to Those Two Colors Throughout The Day, October 15, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! This should be a fun day as we pull out our All About Blue and Paint It Black set lists for you. It’s a treasure trove of multi-artist songs as we play the ones with the words “blue” and “black” in either the title or the lyrics, or both!

Today it’s songs with references to the colors black & blue in the title, lyrics, or both!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

1:15 p.m. All About Blue: Volume Two: Various Artists

We’re running these two playlists back-to-back for you today to kick things off, focusing on songs with references to the color blue in the title, the lyrics…or both! And there are plenty as you’ll hear from The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Mudcrutch, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists

You’ll get the same treatment tonight only with the color black. You’ll hear from Led Zeppelin, The Wallflowers, The Move, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Grateful Dead, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang, Tom Rush, Amy Winehouse, Warren Zevon and more!

And that’s why it’s a black & blue Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a big wide Open Stream with a bit of a twist, and we hope you like it. Make today part of your background color by pulling up a tab and tuning us in. You’ll be in good company.

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We Close The Work Week (Thankfully) With Badfinger, Cream, and a Dose of The All-Girl Revue, Friday, September 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music People! It’s the end of the work week again (thankfully) and we’ve got some really great stuff coming your way from The Mermaid Lounge today!

The women of rock n’ roll bring up the rear this evening

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badfinger Live at The BBC (1972-1973)

We consider Badfinger a highly underrated band. They were pioneers in the ‘power pop’ genre, and were the one bona fide band with real star power signed by The Beatles’ Apple Records. They are the architects of one of my favorite songs of all time, Baby Blue. I remember binge watching Breaking Bad and when they closed the series with that song, I thought it was the perfect choice. Today we have them live at the BBC.

3:00 p.m. Acid: The Lost Cream Tapes

In the middle of the afternoon, we’ve got some great “lost” music that was just released to the public in this decade but was actually recorded back in 1967. This selection is pretty much all over the place with some unreleased music, some great studio jams (which we can only describe as hooch induced at this point), and even a couple of commercial recordings for Falstaff beer. Is that shit even still around?

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 5: Various Artists

As you well know, we have a particular commitment to the women of popular music, and we continue that tradition today with volume five of our All-Girl Revue. In this volume you’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Lulu, Petula Clark, Chi Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Maria Muldaur, Karla Bonoff, Marcia Ball, Wendy Waldman, Valerie Carter, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Carlene Carter, and many more!

Come on, kids. Get with the program. We have listeners from all around the globe online with us every single day. It’s time to join the party, and it won’t cost you a penny. What the hell are you waiting for?

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The Beatles at High Noon, Donovan In The Spotlight, and Badfinger Live Later, Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. Yes, it’s still morning. We’re a little later than usual kicking this off but every now and then what is known as “the real world” takes center stage. We try to keep that to a minimum here.

We’ve got some early Beatles up for you at noon!

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Early Years

Yes, The early years, when the Fab Four was in its infancy. But even back then, they were a force, no matter what the morons listening to the garbage being made today tell you. They were a really tight band even back then, and were doing things that nobody else was doing. We’ve even got some alternative takes and unreleased music in this particular playlist, so enjoy.

4:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Donovan

Surely one of the most iconic musicians of the sixties right here. Sometimes he falls under the radar, but he shouldn’t. We used to call him Mr. Cosmic when we were yunguns.

8:00 p.m. Badfinger Live at The Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City, Missouri, April 7, 1972

Perhaps the only bona fide star power band ever signed by The Beatles for Apple Records, Badfinger made some great power pop music in its day. Betrayed by their manager and royally fucked over, their ending was a sad one with two members committing suicide. But they left us a great musical legacy and we love them here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Tune us in, folks. You have no idea what you’re missing until you give us a shot. No foolin’ around here. We’re the real deal.

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It’s Mudcrutch Monday in The Mermaid Lounge, and Later We Have Badfinger Live at the BBC, March 22, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve designated today as Mudcrutch Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and that can only mean good things.

Mudcrutch plays live at The Troubadour!

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness!

Yes, it’s the full magilla. We’ve got the entire Mudcrutch catalogue for you today. That’s just over two hours of uninterrupted music from the original band that left Gainesville with Tom Petty and morphed into The Heartbreakers. When Tom Petty reformed the orignal band in 2008, it became a band to be reckoned with in its own right. Enjoy this interlude.

7:00 p.m. Badfinger Live at The BBC (1972-1973)

Undoubtedly one of the most underrated bands in popular music history, and the only bona fide hit band the Beatles ever signed to Apple Records (aside from themselves, of course). The story of Badfinger is a sad one to be sure. Scammed by their manager (not the Beatles, by the way) and left penniless, two of its members committed suicide. But while they were making music, they were an amazing power pop band and they left a great catalogue of music.

All of our European and Asian friends are tuned in. Where the hell are you music lovers in the United States? Still listening to commercial-laden radio that plays the same shit over and over? Perhaps you’re paying a monthly subscription fee to listen to the music you want. You have no idea what you are missing.

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Badfinger In The Spotlight, New ‘Live’ Linda Ronstadt, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Shadow on Monday, January 25, 2021

Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge where we offer up some of the best damned music on the planet every single day. Today, we’ve got some new live Linda Ronstadt for you.

Today’s highlight is new ‘live’ Linda Ronstadt from The Record Plant and broadcast on KSAN Radio!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Badfinger

Badfinger was one of the truly bonafide hit groups ever signed by Apple Records, and a great power pop band. Their story is quite tragic because they were screwed over by their manager, but they made some truly great music in their time.

3:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California (1973) NEW!

Seek and ye shall find. That is our motto here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this is the beginning of some great new stuff coming your way. Here we have Linda Ronstadt live from The Record Plant with some classic stuff from her early solo career. This was broadcast live on KSAN Radio.

7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at The Atlanta International Pop Festival, July 3-5, 1970

Simply one of the greatest bands in music history and certainly pioneers of that Southern rock sound. And could they play the blues? Damned straight they could. But it wasn’t just about the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. It was about Gregg Allman, the band’s songwriter and the man who kept them going after Duane’s tragic death.

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 09 Murder On Approval NEW!

This is certainly appropos at this particular time in history. This is the one about a germ released near military installations, designed to kill soldiers so that the U.S. is left open to invasion. It’s up to The Shadow to save our sad, sorry asses.

Tune us in, people. You have no idea what you’re missing until you do. This one is on you.

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Here’s Your Lesson From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/12/2021

Here we are again! Greetings and salutations from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge! We have a pretty active lesson today!

British bluesman Long John Baldry and his band, Bluesology. Yes, That’s Elton John on the far right. Long John Baldry is to his left.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 12, 1957: Elvis Presley recorded All Shook Up, Got a Whole Lot of Lovin’ To Do, I Believe, and Tell Me Why at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California.

January 12, 1959: Jackie Wilson continued at #1 on the R & B chart for a fifth week with Lonely Teardrops.

January 12, 1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night at The London Palladium, where they sang I Want To Hold Your Hand, This Boy, All My Loving, and Twist & Shout.

January 12, 1968: Manfred Mann released the single, The Mighty Quinn.

Also on this date, Pink Floyd debuted as a five-piece band at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.

January 12, 1969: Led Zeppelin released their debut album in the U.S.

Also on this day, Wonderwall, the psychedelic movie with the George Harrison soundtrack, opened in theaters across the U.S.

January 12, 1970: Badfinger (a great power pop band) released the single, Come And Get It.

January 12, 1974: The late Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, finally hit #1 after 47 weeks on the charts.

Also on this day, The Steve Miller Band’s The Joker goes to #1 in the US, and everyone wants to know what the fuck the “pompatus of love” is to this day.

And if that isn’t enough, Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna’ Do) knocked Stevie Wonder’s Livin’ For The City out of the #1 spot.

January 12, 1980: Damn The Torpedos, Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s breakout album, was at #6 on the Album chart on this day.

Also on this day in 1980, An American Dream by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Linda Ronstadt was making its run up the charts, from #59 to #33.

Born On This Day

January 12, 1928: R & B singer Ruth Brown was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.

January 12, 1941: Long John Baldry, who recruited the likes of Elton John and Rod Steward for his band Bluesology, was born in East Haddon, Derbyshire, England.

January 12, 1944: Cynthia Robinson, singer and trumpet player for Sly & The Family Stone, was born in Sacramento, California.

January 12, 1955: NRBQ drummer Tommy Ardolino was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.

And that’s it from the college, people! Be back soon with the line-up!