Today We’ve Got Bob Dylan Live at Royal Albert Hall, Songs Banned From the Airwaves, and Our New Seasons Playlist, Monday, June 20, 2022

Good Morning, Music Aficionados! How goes the battle on this fine Monday? We’ve got some great stuff here for you today, including a brand new playlist to close out our programming later.

We start the day off with Dylan live at Royal Albert Hall, vintage 1966

Here’s your Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, May 17, 1966

It’s a mystery. Is it May 17 or May 26. Is it the real Royal Albert Hall concert, or the Manchester concert mislabeled as Royal Albert Hall? As far as we can tell, this is the real Royal Albert Hall concert. Either way, it’s vintage early Dylan and it is a milestone in the development of popular music as he moved folk into the electric era. We here in The Mermaid Lounge love a good musical mystery. One thing we’re absolutely sure of is that this is part of what is known as The Bootleg Collection.

3:00 p.m. Banned From the Airwaves: Various Artists

This is a fun one. There are songs that have been banned from all over the spectrum, although you can pretty much catch them on all radio stations in this day and age. Petty’s You Don’t Know How It Feels was initially banned for its reference to weed; both Lola by the Kinks and Arnold Layne by Pink Floyd were banned because of their references to transgender and/or LGBTQ characters; My Generation by The Who was initially banned because it insulted people who stuttered; and McCartney’s Hi Hi Hi, The Everly Brothers’ Wake Up Little Susie, The Doors’ Love Me Two Times and The Stones’ Let’s Spend the Night Together were all initially banned because of references to sex. Listen to the rest and see if you can figure it out.

7:00 p.m. Seasons: Various Artists NEW!

Tonight we close out the programming portion with a brand new playlist about the seasons. Either the word ‘seasons’ appears in the song somewhere or the song references a specific season in some fashion. You’ll hear Bobbie Gentry, Janis Ian, Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Byrds, Johnny Rivers, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Hoyt Axton, Don Henley, Wendy Waldman, The Stone Poneys, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, Nina Simone, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Murphy, James Taylor, The Beatles, Eva Cassidy, Eddie Cochran, The Band, Sly & The Family Stone and more!

We’ve got a full house this morning with Germany, Chile, The Netherlands, Russian Federation, our friends from the Faroe Islands, Italy, Greece, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, Australia, the UK, along with Texas, Montana, Massachusetts, and New York. When are you logging on?

We’re Sliding Toward The Weekend With Bobbie Gentry & Some Friends at BBC Studios, Our ‘Rock, Blues & Ballads’ Playlist, and our AOW, Thursday, June 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists. We’ve got some great new stuff to start off the day today as we’ve discovered a Bobbie Gentry BBC Studios performance with a couple of friends along for support.

A couple of friends dropped by to help Bobbie Gentry out with her BBC Studios show

Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Bobbie Gentry Live at The BBC Studios, London, 1968-1969 NEW!

This was a great find, given the fact that Bobbie Gentry was always a bit reclusive and shunned the limelight. She just wanted to write songs for other people. But she did perform live music, and she did so at BBC Studios in 1968 and 1969. Maybe she brought Donovan and James Taylor along for moral support! We’re glad she did!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Tune by Eva Cassidy

We’re winding down on this week’s album selection as we’ve reached our next-to-last airing here. The final will be sometime on Saturday. Don’t wait too long!

7:00 p.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads, Volume One: Various Artists

I know. It’s about time I got volume two together. And I totally agree, so it’s on my weekend list. But this one’s pretty damned good and we haven’t heard it in a while. You’ll hear Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, J.J. Cale, Dusty Springfield, Neil Young, Paul McCartney & Wings, Long John Baldry, Randy Newman, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Gregg Allman, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

We’re sliding steadily toward the weekend here in The Mermaid Lounge, although I’ll grant you it’s not getting here fast enough this week. But good music goes a long way toward making the work week easier, so give us a shot. Because we play some seriously good shit with absolutely no commercial interruption, no chatty disc jockeys who’d rather talk than play music, or cost to you. Not one penny. And we’re open 24/7. What more do you want?

We Close The Work Week With Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, and The Original All-Girl Revue, Friday, June 3, 2022

Well, here we are again at the end of another work week. And this time it really is the end of the work week for me because I am taking Saturday off. We’ve got a great EP and a visit from the women of music for you today. A great way to end the week.

These are just some of the women you’ll hear tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists

You know, some of us are night owls. Some of us are at our best in the morning. This one’s for the night owl in all of us. We’ve got songs about the night from Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Them, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, The Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, The Eagles, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, The Doors, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys, and more!

7:00 p.m. The Original All-Girl Revue: Various Artists

This was the very first all-girl playlist we ever put together, and it remains the same since. You’ll hear Ann Peebles, Aretha Franklin, Bobbie Gentry, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Carole King, Chi Coltrane, Trio (Dolly Parton/Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris), Dusty Springfield, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Lulu, Mary Wells, Nicolette Larson, Patti Smith, Shawn Colvin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and more!

As always, we run 24/7 totally free. That means before, in between and after our programming, we give you our great wide Open Stream from our 27,000+ song rotation. You’d be hard pressed to hear the same song twice in a week, let alone in a day. Tune us in. You won’t know unless you try. And it won’t cost a cent for you to find out.

We Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend With The Beatles’ Top 100, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and LIVE DEAD! Saturday, May 28, 2022

We are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in style by featuring our two house bands! We start today with The Beatles’ Top 100 songs. Wherever you are, tune us in at 10:00 a.m. (or right now, for that matter).

The Beatles changed everything.

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Beatles Top 100 Songs!

The Beatles landed at John F. Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964. That was my tenth birthday. A few days later, we’d all be sitting around the TV watching them on The Ed Sullivan Show. Today we give you The Beatles Top 100 songs to kick off the holiday weekend. Grab whatever the hell you’re drinking and pull up a tab.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Delta Sweete by Bobbie Gentry FINAL AIRING!

Today we bid farewell to this great album, a very ambitious concept album by Bobbie Gentry, who was incredibly talented. She was also incredibly private and never wanted the limelight. It found her, nevertheless. Tomorrow we’ll have a brand new one for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Winterland, San Francisco, December 31, 1977

A rare repeat here for us, but it’ll be like new. The last time we aired this one was early in 2020. A classic band from a classic venue.

We’ve already got Spain, the UK, Germany, Poland, Greece, Italy, Australia, Belgium, France, Portugal, Russian Federation, Brazil, Netherlands, Dallas, San Francisco, and New York all tuned in and ready to go. Where are you today?

We Keep It Simple on Tuesday Bluesday With Our Uninterrupted Blues Extravaganza and Bobbie Gentry With Our AOW Later, May 24, 2022

Good Morning, Bluesologists. Our ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues’ EP is back, and it’s our major musical programming feature of the day. Get on it.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday and B.B. King is just one of the blues greats you’ll hear today!

Here’s your programming:

11:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

It’s just over five hours of uninterrupted blues music from B. B. King (and his sidekick, Lucille), Delbert McClinton, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Ry Cooder, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, The Animals, Albert King, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, The Yardbirds, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Robert Cray Band, J.J. Cale, Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Koko Taylor, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi, Marcia Ball, Roomful of Blues, Howlin’ Wolf, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Nelson, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Delta Sweete by Bobbie Gentry

This is the second airing of this week’s AOW, Bobbie Gentry’s ambitious concept album about life growing up in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. In truth, Bobbie Gentry didn’t want to sing. She wanted to write songs for other people and remain in the background. Her songwriting prowess is fully on show here, as is her sultry, bluesy voice.

We’ve got Chile, the Netherlands, the UK, Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, Russian Federation, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and many points beyond already tuned in this morning. Why not join them?

On Sunday Bobbie Gentry Makes a Return Visit, and Then It’s Volume Two of Our Sixties Rotation, May 22, 2022

Good Morning, Sixties Music Lovers! This is your day as Bobbie Gentry makes a return engagement with her innovative album, The Delta Sweete, and we bring on volume two of the Sixties Rotation.

Here’s your musical landscape for today:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: The Delta Sweete by Bobbie Gentry NEW!

We bring back Bobbie Gentry this week with her ambitious concept album, The Delta Sweete, a musical projection of life in her ancestral home of Chickasaw County, Mississippi. She went into the studio in 1967, and the album was released in 1968. The Beatles had already released their amazingly epic concept album, Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, and other artists joined in as well, including The Moody Blues, The Kinks, and The Beach Boys, to name a few. Frank Sinatra even did it in the 50s. Few understand how talented Bobbie Gentry truly was because she remained low key throughout her short career. We hope you enjoy this one.

3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation: Volume Two

The second portion of our Sixties obsession is upon us for another month. This EP covers mostly the mid-to-late sixties. I say mostly because I know how I am and I’m sure some early sixties stuff has slipped in. Nevertheless, you’ll hear The Mamas & The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roy Orbison, The Yardbirds, The Animals, Linda Ronstadt, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, The Box Tops, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, The Band, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, The Ronettes, The Kinks, Jimmy Cliff, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Donovan, B.B. King, The Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, and many more!

We’re on fire this morning with listeners from Germany, the UK, The Netherlands, Australia, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Faroe Islands, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and let’s toss in Dallas, Texas; Natick, Massachusetts, Long Island, and points beyond! What are you waiting for?

It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and We’ve Got Our ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ EP, The Final Airing of The AOW, and LIVE DEAD Later, February 12, 2022

Good Morning, Weekenders! We’ve got a great Saturday of music planned for you, starting with our EP called ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ which is actually a hell of a lot of soul.

Comin’ at ya starting at 11:00 a.m. EST!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

We’ve got five hours of uninterrupted soul and rhythm & blues coming at you today from 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, Edwin Star, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sam Cooke and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry FINAL AIRING!

While we promise more from Bobbie Gentry, we’re sorry to report that this is the final airing of her debut album, Ode To Billie Joe. Get it while you can. We’ve already got our new choice lined up for tomorrow.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Manhattan Center, New York, NY, April 5, 1971 NEW!

Yes, they are back for another week! We’ve been at this for a while and there’s no end in site for the world’s ultimate jam band. This is another good soundboard recording with more than three hours of Dead music.

As usual, we’ve got plenty of wide Open Stream before, in between and after. We run 24/7 totally free to all and we are worldwide. No hidden costs. No subscriptions. No personal information asked. Do it.

We’ve Got ‘Rock, Blues and Ballads’ On Tap Along With Gregg Allman ‘Live’ in NOLA, and Our AOW, Thursday, February 10, 2022

Good Morning, Loungers! Hope the day is beginning well for you. If not, maybe we have some music today that will help you get over the aggravation. Read on for more!

These are just some of the artists you’ll hear today.

Here’s your musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads: Various Artists

This isn’t one of our EP’s but it’s a good one for sure. You’ll hear Aretha Franklin, Warren Zevon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Delbert McClinton, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, J.J. Cale, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Johnny Cash, Gregg Allman, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry

Our next-to-last airing of this great album by the mysterious and talented Bobbie Gentry. I promise you’ll be hearing more of her in the coming weeks and months as she gains more ground in our standard rotation and playlists. Tune it in. Our final airing will be Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Gregg Allman Live at The House of Blues, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 31, 2012

To close out the programming for today (but not the music; we run 24/7) we bring you Gregg Allman’s New Year’s Eve concert live from The House of Blues in New Orleans, a great music venue in its own right. Don’t miss this one.

Let’s do it, people! Join our listeners today from the Republic of Korea, Australia, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Greece, Italy, The Faroe Islands, Texas, California, New York, and points beyond. It’s simple. It’s free. And there’s no advertising allowed.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Some New ‘Live’ Music From Roomful of Blues, Tracy Nelson In The Spotlight, and Our AOW, February 8, 2022

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another Tuesday and you know what that means! Today, we’ve got our blues programming on tap for you.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Roomful of Blues Live at Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, CA, February 3, 1996 NEW!

Roomful of Blues has been around playing ‘swing’ blues for half a century. I’ve experienced them ‘live’ twice here in Boston in small venues and they are a really great band. Tune us in at 11:00 a.m. EST to see for yourselves as we add a new live performance from Bimbo’s in San Francisco.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry

We’ve got our second airing of Ode To Billie Joe by the mysterious singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry, whose contributions to music are often underappreciated but also undeniable. We hope to change the underappreciated aspect.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson who keeps one foot in country and the other in the blues, has been singing, writing and recording albums since 1965. She started out with her band called Mother Earth (which we will soon be adding to our standard rotation), and was the composer of one of my favorite Linda Ronstadt songs, Down So Low, which is most definitely a blues song. Tune her in tonight and see just how good she is.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great day to tune #BecomeUngovernable Radio in. We truly are outside the system. We do not charge for subscriptions, do not ask for a credit card, or request your personal information. We also do not accept advertising, so you get the best of both worlds. A truly free music source without any strings or hidden costs. No lie.

Welcome To Sunday With Bobbie Gentry Owning Our Album of The Week and Our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP, February 6, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great line-up for you today as we finally focus a bit on Bobbie Gentry, a musical pioneer who is often overlooked. No more. Today is just the beginning.

Remembered for her hit “Ode To Billie Joe,” Bobbie Gentry was so much more than that. But we start there today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry NEW!

This is another artist who has been high on our list, but when you’re a one-woman band here it takes time. Bobbie Gentry really just wanted to write songs to sell to others. She never really wanted to perform her own work. But singing Ode To Billie Joe was cheaper than hiring someone else to do it, so she went into the studio. The rest is history, and the album garnered several Grammy Awards. The problem is that people only remember her for Ode to Billie Joe, and she was so much more. We will begin to reveal the many facets of Bobbie Gentry today.

3:00 p.m. Ode To Morning: Various Artists

This is the second airing of our newest EP. Last week we gave you our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, so this week we give you our songs that focus on the morning. You’ll hear Nanci Griffith, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Electric Light Orchestra, Harry Nilsson, Emmylou Harris, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Norah Jones, Todd Rundgren, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Jefferson Airplane, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Foreigner, Gram Parsons, Taj Mahal, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, B.B. King, Hoyt Axton, Townes Van Zandt, Badfinger, Chris Hillman, Hot Tuna, Fairport Convention, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Association.

This would be a most excellent day to join the rest of the listeners from around the world. I must say, I believe we are also catching on here in the U.S. these days. Hell, we’re so much better than Spotify. We don’t charge you to be misinformed. And we don’t charge you for the music either. All you need to do is push the button below.