It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our House Blues Playlist and Linda Ronstadt’s WE RAN as Our Album of The Week, January 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. It is definitely Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge with our house blues playlist, and with Linda Ronstadt dropping by later.

Here’s today’s programming:

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

This is a great, eclectic blues playlist that runs for just over four hours! You will hear Slim Harpo, Long John Baldry, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Buddy Guy, Cream, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Canned Heat, Delbert McClinton, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: We Ran by Linda Ronstadt

Our second airing of what I consider to be one of Ronstadt’s most eclectic works, interpreting the songs of Bob Dylan (for the first time since early in her career), John Hiatt, Naomi Neville and others. The standout song? Undoubtedly, Ruler of My Heart. Brilliant.

Tune us in, people. We’re about to expand our general rotation again and you have no idea what you are missing! No other radio station rotates a 27,000-song playlist on its best day.

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Happy Friday From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/11/2020

Greetings from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, where we enrich your lives by making sure you have all the pertinent details required to win a musical trivia contest.

Little Richard performs during the halftime show on December 31, 2004, at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The pioneering musician died on Saturday, May 9, 2020; he was 87. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/TNS)

Here’s today’s lesson!

December 11, 1960: Aretha Franklin gives her first live performance at the Village Vanguard in New York city.

December 11, 1961: Motown Records has it’s first #1 hit on the Top 100 with Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes.

Also on this day, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii goes to #1.

December 11, 1965: The Velvet Underground plays its first live gig when they open for a group called The Myddle Class in the auditorium of Summit High School in New Jersey.

December 11, 1966: Elton John’s band, Bluesology, opens for Little Richard in London. Elton would later say: “When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins, and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player.”

December 11, 1968: The Rolling Stones record their Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special, then proceed to bury it for nearly 30 years.

December 11, 1970: John Lennon releases his first solo album, titled John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

December 11, 1972: Genesis plays its first US concert ever at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

December 11, 1988: Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Don Henley perform at a Roy Orbison tribute concert at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

December 11, 1990: Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond with sales of 10 million in the US.

Born On This Day

December 11, 1926: Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton was born in Anton, Alabama. Willie Mae was the first to record Hound Dog, the song that would later be made famous by Elvis Presley.

And that is just about it from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge for this fine day!

We’ve Got New Bonnie Raitt, The Summer of Love, Live Dead, and Our Album of The Week on Saturday, November 28, 2020

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s like Grand Central Station for music lovers! We’ve got some great stuff today, but guess what? It’s still only a total of eight hours of programming in a 24-hour play cycle.

Bonnie Raitt. Great Fucking Voice. Badass Guitarist. Legend.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. The Summer of Love, Volume One: Various Artists

Undoubtedly my time here. This was a time in music history when so many really good sounds were made. And they didn’t all sound the fucking same, or come out of the magic box.

This playlist features Petula Clark, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, The Box Tops, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, The Doors and many more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America

One of America’s finest albums has its final airing today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a new album posted on the blog.

7:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt In-Studio Concert: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977 NEW!

Bonnie Raitt live in-studio in August of 1977, one month after the release of her Sweet Forgiveness album — her sixth album and the one that put her on the map (although, it should have happened much earlier). It also provided her first commercial hit, Runaway, the excellent bluesy remake of Del Shannon’s classic.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Onondega County War Memorial, New York, September 28, 1976 (aka, Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20) NEW!

Yet another live classic from the world’s preeminent jam band. Even if we repeated a concert or a hundred, you’d never know. They never sound the same and you always hear something new. (BTW, there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.)

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s the order of the day. So, just do it.

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Happy B-Day, Neil Young! Some Afternoon Open Stream, and Music About Luck, On Friday, November 13, 2020

Good Morning, Fellow Musicologists and Mixologists! It’s bleak, cold, rainy and dreary outside The Mermaid Lounge today and we’ve got about six inches of leaves on the ground out there. But inside? We’ve got great music.

Neil Young, musical legend, turns 75.

Here’s today’s Friday the 13th line-up!

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Neil Young

Happy Belated Birthday to Neil Young today, who turned 75 yesterday. He’s still out there, staying true to himself like all the greats do. In addition to his outstanding solo career, Neil Young has been part of Buffalo Springfield, The Stills-Young Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. On the road, his backing bands have been Crazy Horse, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. His discography is immense and his contribution immeasurable.

Afternoon Open Stream with Three-in-a-Rows

We’ve got an Open Stream afternoon with some Three-in-a-Row interludes for your listening pleasure. Keep your head low and stay out of trouble today.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck NEW!

You knew this had to happen today. It’s just too good an opportunity to remember some of the songs addressing the issue of luck. You would actually think there’d be more. Tough to find! This playist is about luck (title or lyrics) and taking chances. Enjoy.

By the way, the playlist for this is up on the blog. Just navigate yourselves to the Playlist tab and scroll to the bottom!

This morning, we welcome listeners from Portugal and Lithuania to our community. We’d like to welcome more from the U.S. But as with every other issue, they seem to be asleep at the switch. Or tab. Or keyboard. Whatever your perspective.

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Happy Belated Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, Our AOW, and Later Some Great Drivin’ Songs, Thursday, November 12, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We hope you checked out our new College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge feature this morning! Today, we make amends for missing Bonnie’s birthday.

Happy Belated 71st Birthday to Bonnie Raitt, guitarist extraordinaire!

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Bonnie Raitt

Yes, we were remiss on this one. We do try to keep up with all of the birthdays of consequence here in The Mermaid Lounge. Some days it’s difficult. But we always make amends. We’ve got a great panoramic playlist of Bonnie Raitt’s career here. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The self-titled debut album has one more airing after today, so get on it. It delivered iconic songs like American Girl and Breakdown. You can’t go wrong here. There are some wonderful sleepers as well, like Mystery Man and Luna, two of my favorite Petty songs ever.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Drivin’ Songs-Various Artists

Anybody who has ever driven for distance knows how important good music is. We’ve collected some of the best songs here from The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, and many more!

What in Buddha’s name are you all waiting for? Open your musical minds, people. This is totally free with no strings. I know you’re not used to that shit, but that’s what we’ve got here.

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The Heartbreakers Live on Soundstage, The All-Girl Revue is Back; So is Live Dead and UNCHAINED, Saturday, October 17, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Saturday is always our busiest programming day and that holds true today as well. But trust me. It’s all good, as they say.

Bertha. Lookin’ Good.

Here’s your Saturday line-up!

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live on Soundstage, April 19, 2003

This 2003 performance remains one of the best recordings of any band live anywhere on the planet. I’m not the only one who shares that opinion either. The Chicago location opens up all the possibilities of a blues outing, and the band does not disappoint.

3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Unchained by Johnny Cash FINAL AIRING!

The final airing of this great album is mid-afternoon today. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album featured on the blog.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 3: Various Artists

Tune in to nearly two hours of music with Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Lydia Pense (a blast from the past; the lead singer of Cold Blood), The Shirelles, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, and many more!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, August 13, 1975 NEW!

No two shows the same. Ever. Even on consecutive nights. That’s the legend of The Grateful Dead.

We’re pretty busy this morning. People from around the world are tuning in already. That’s good. Because tomorrow, we begin unveiling Wallflowers & All The Rest from Tom Petty. Be here or be square, as they say.

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Today We Open With Some Heartbreakers, Followed by Bonnie Raitt, Ronstadt at Rockpalast, Our Saturday LIVE DEAD, and Some Wildflowers, October 3, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual full-slate Saturday as Tom Petty Month continues. We’ve got a great Heartbreaker’s playlist today. (Among other great musical experiences.)

I was at this Christmas Eve concert. Best thing I ever did.

Here comes your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Under the Covers

The Heartbreakers were not only the best rock n’ roll band I’ve ever experienced, but they were also the best cover band. They loved to add ‘oldies’ for their live shows, even instrumental recreations like Goldfinger and Booker T’s Green Onions, which happen to be two of my favorites. My first introduction to this was their inclusion of a very energetic version of Shout at the ’78 Boston show. Enjoy this playlist. It’s one of two we own. We will get to the other also.

3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt

The final airing of Bonnie Raitt’s excellent Give It Up, our Album of The Week. Tomorrow is a new day. And a new album.

5:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All The Rest, The New Releases

You’ll be hearing this short playlist regularly as we move toward the release of the entire package around mid-month.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at Rockpalast, Germany, November 11, 1976

Linda Ronstadt as she approached her Zenith. She was in full control of her career from start to finish, and it shows.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at USAir Arena, Landover, Maryland October 9, 1994 NEW!

No two show ever the same. Yet another classic Dead performance here. This one in one of the hearts of the Deep State.

Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out. Sounds like a plan on a Saturday. You?

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The British Are Coming, Bonnie Raitt’s Album of The Week, and Tom Petty Month Kicks Off on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Good Morning, Music Mates! We’ve got some special programming today as kick off Tom Petty Month here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio!

The British Invasion is upon us!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

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

We’ve got just over five hours of non-stop, no-commercial British Invasion music for you today as we unleash our The British Are Coming playlist. Hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Animals, The Kinks, The Bee Gees, Dave Clark Five, Cream, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live & Loving It!

This is DJ’s choice: My favorite “live in concert” Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker performances over the years as we officially kick off Tom Petty month in ROCKTOBER!

11:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt’s second studio album with some pretty great blues tunes running throughout. If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t miss out. There’s only one airing left after today.

Great day to tune us in and have some fun. We’re 24/7. We’re free. No advertising. And no boring DJ chatter. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, Wendy Waldman is In The Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week is Back, September 29, 2020

The Blues are back for Tuesday Bluesday, we put Wendy Waldman in The Spotlight, and our Album of the Week is back.

Wendy Waldman was one of so many strong females out there with Linda Ronstadt.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

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

For those who missed this during BLUES WEEK, we are re-running this playlist for our Tuesday Bluesday offering. It has already been updated with some new music!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt

The first return of Give It Up from then 23-year-old Bonnie Raitt. It was her second studio album, and it’s clear that the blues are in her DNA.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Wendy Waldman NEW!

The way it works for me is that any friend of Linda Ronstadt is a friend of mine. I have discovered so many strong female singers and songwriters that way, and Wendy Waldman is no exception. (Others have included Valerie Carter and Karla Bonoff.) If you haven’t heard Wendy Waldman sing yet, you’re in for a treat. The song to listen for is The Eagle and The Owl. She and Ronstadt sound amazing together.

Good day out here. Sun is out. Sky is blue. Music is spectacular. Tune us in.

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THE BLUES WEEK GRAND FINALE: Bonnie Raitt’s Album of The Week, B.B. King in The Spotlight, and An Amazing Blues Playlist, Sunday, September 27, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists, and welcome to the BLUES WEEK GRAND FINALE here in The Mermaid Lounge. I could say we’ve saved the best for last, but it’s been a hell of a week and I’m not sure about that, so I won’t.

B.B. King and Lucille. Legends.

Here’s your Grand Finale line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt NEW!

Everyone knows Bonnie Raitt. My friend, George, and I used to hang out at Jonathan Swifts back in the day. We’d go there to see John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys, and Bonnie Raitt would sometimes be hanging in the corner just to the left of center stage in the audience. Sometimes she’d join them.

Give It Up is 23-year-old Bonnie Raitt singing the blues before her amazing crossover career exploded. But no matter what you hear coming from her, the blues are always in her DNA, and there’s no mistaking that amazing slide guitar.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of B.B. King NEW!

I dunno what you say about B.B. King, so I won’t even try. He was a singer, songwriter, record producer who once stated:

“I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.”

Not only did he name his girl Lucille, but he did just what he wanted to do, developing his own style of blues soloing that influenced so many who came after him.

7:00 p.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

Our own original playlist of the blues, old and new, to ring out this edition of BLUES WEEK. B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, Elmore James, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and many others! We think you’ll like it.

So, what is up with you people? Seriously? I guess you’d rather listen to the same shit over and over, endure endless DJ chatter, and be hit over the head with advertising, in addition to the inevitable credit card and personal info required. Sorry. We can’t help you there.

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