We’re at Midweek With Our ‘M is For Motown’ EP and a New Playlist Called ‘Instrumentally Speaking’ Later, Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are hitting our midweek stride and closing out November with our ‘M is For Motown’ EP, plus a brand new playlist of rock instrumental music later.

Here’s your midweek musical journey:

10:00 a.m. M is For Motown: Various Artists

We’re back with the music that made America get up off the sofa and dance! You’ll hear Barrett Strong, Eddie Kendricks, Eddie Holland, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson Five, Kim Weston, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Isley Brothers, The Temptations, The Contours, Rare Earth, Mary Wells, Tammi Terrell, Diana Ross & The Supremes, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Instrumentally Speaking: Various Artists NEW!

We’ve been thinking about this one for a while and finally had the time to put this together. This is an underappreciated genre, and we’ve decided to give it some shine. You’ll hear Mason Williams, the Edgar Winter Group, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T & The MGs, Electric Light Orchestra, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, the Jeff Beck Group, the J. Geils Band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane, and more. We even toss in some great surf guitar music from Dick Dale, The Surfaris and the Blue Stingrays!

Before, in between and after, we’ve got that great wide Open Stream that runs 24/7 without interruption, endless chatter, or commercial advertising. We’re all about the music here.

We Keep It Simple Today With Our ‘Color My World’ EP and Elton John In the Spotlight Later, Monday, August 22, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Monday and I have a rare call to retail duty today, so The Music Mermaid is in charge. She’s keeping it simple on this fine day with our newest EP and a long-awaited Spotlight feature.

Today we’ve got our newest EP, Color My World, starting at 11:00 a.m. EST

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Color My World: Various Artists

This EP made its debut last month right around this time, so it’s back again. A multi-artist EP with references to colors in the title, lyrics or both will bring songs from Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Sam & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Booker T & The MGs, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Cougar Mellencamp and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Elton John NEW!

This one has been a long time coming, and I finally broke through last night and figured out why it has taken me so long: I much prefer early Elton John to the music he has made later in his career. And so it is that you will hear little of his newer music here. But early Elton John? Spectacular stuff, and The Music Mermaid and I feel like we’ve got the best of all that here in this playlist.

Speaking of The Music Mermaid, she give us all that great wide Open Stream before, in between and looooong after the programming ends. We run 24/7 totally free of charge for your musical listening pleasure. And we do not run advertising. No sir.

It’s Monday, Monday as We Open Up Reggae Week Here in The Mermaid Lounge! Read On for Details, August 15, 2022

Good Morning, Reggae-ologists! It’s Reggae Week (we are also Ska and Rocksteady inclusive here in The Mermaid Lounge) and that means a little bit of Reggae sunshine in your day nearly every day (the exception will be Tuesday Bluesday), as we bolster our rotation.

L to R: Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals.

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jimmy Cliff NEW!

Often called the Grandfather of Reggae, Jimmy Cliff is a Reggae, Ska, and Rocksteady multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who began his musical journey when he was still in primary school. He also starred in the movie The Harder They Come, which helped to propel Reggae to popularity around the world. He is the only living Reggae musician to receive the Order of Merit, the highest honor you can receive from the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts & sciences. He was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. We kick off Reggae Week by putting him In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band Live at A & R Studios, New York, NY, August 26, 1971

This afternoon, we take some time with The Brothers live and on stage in NYC. They are always a treat. I’ve seen them ‘live’ several times myself in my lifetime, and have never been disappointed.

7:00 p.m. For Foodies Only: Various Artists

Here’s a fun multi-artist playlist with the mention of food of all kinds in the title, lyrics or both. You will hear The Rolling Stones, Little Feat, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Judy Collins, Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Strangeloves, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Supertramp, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, The Kinks, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Fats Domino, The Four Tops, Booker T. & The MGs and more!

Start your day the Reggae way! We hope to broaden your musical horizons this week. We are totally free with absolutely no strings and no surprises. There are no financial commitments. There is no personal information requested. And nothing to fill out. And we run 24/7, not just when we have programming. That’s because we have a big, wide Open Stream of more than 27,000 songs to share with you.

We Debut Our New ‘Color My World’ EP, Give You The Final Airing of our AOW, and LIVE DEAD! Later, Saturday, July 30, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! This morning we debut our brand new EP called ‘Color My World’ a treasure trove of songs with the colors of the rainbow in the title, lyrics or both. We also have the final airing of our Album of The Week and LIVE DEAD! on tap for later.

Today we debut our ‘Color My World’ EP!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Color My World: Various Artists NEW!

Colors aren’t new to us here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got playlist for blue and black, but this is our first covering it all. You will hear songs from Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse), John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Sam & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Booker T. & The MGs, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, John-Cougar Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more!

We’ve added the song list to the Playlist section of the blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Steady On by Shawn Colvin FINAL AIRING!

This evening we bid farewell to Shawn Colvin’s great debut album as our featured AOW. Tomorrow when you rise, there’ll be a brand new selection. It’s all cued up and waiting!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY, June 27, 1985

This is another repeat performance, but hasn’t been cued up since 2020. It’ll be just like new. This is one of those great music venues that I spent much of my youthful time visiting. And this is a great Dead soundboard. Don’t miss it.

Saturday is always a good day to take us for a spin. While some of us are still toiling away with the general public, you can be here listening to great music. All day. All you need is a computer and a new tab. No credit card required and nothing to fill out. Your money’s no good here. Here we have voluntary memberships only. What’s not to love?

We’re at The Midweek Point and I Want You To ‘Repeat After Me’ Once Again, Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Good Morning, Music Masters! Here we are again at the midweek point, and we’ve got some great new music for you today. This includes our second volume of ‘Repeat After Me’ (we’ll also play the first volume again to kick off the day), and some new Trifectas in the afternoon.

Today we have volume two of our ‘Repeat After Me’ series!

Here’s today’s great line-up:

11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me, Volume One: Various Artists

We bring back the first volume which we played for the first time on September 4. To repeat, this series of playlists gives you the original song plus a reboot by a different artist. Some of the people you’ll hear singing the same songs are The Rolling Stones & Otis Redding, Barrett Strong & The Beatles, Martha and The Vandellas & Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne & Gregg Allman…you get the idea.

The set list for this one is in the blog under Playlists. Just scroll to the bottom.

Afternoon On-The-Hour Trifectas NEW!

This afternoon we have some brand new Trifectas we’ve put together for you. Here they are:

3:00 p.m. The Lovin’ Spoonful

4:00 p.m. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

5:00 p.m. Dusty Springfield

6:00 p.m. The Mamas & The Papas

7:00 p.m. Repeat After Me, Volume Two: Various Artists NEW!

Here’s the brand new volume of this playlist series. In this particular volume, you’ll hear the original song and the reboots from Eddie Cochran & The Who, The Left Banke & The ZoZo Sisters (that’s Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy to those who don’t recognize the name), Bob Marley & Eric Clapton, Del Shannon & The Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan & Johnny Winter, to mention just a few.

The set list will be up under the Playlist section. Again, just scroll to the bottom!

We have several people today from the U.S. already who are joining their compadres from Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, France, The Russian Federation, Japan, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Switzerland. Get on it, people. You cannot go wrong.

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It’s Saturday With The Flying Burrito Brothers, Booker T & The MGs, LIVE DEAD, and Our Album of The Week, May 15, 2021

Welcome to our usual raucus Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge. While I entertain the entitled consumer masses, The Music Mermaid will be seeing to your listening pleasure. We’ve got our usual great Saturday line-up.

Booker T & The MGs, the Stax Records house band, were a force. We’ve got them In the Spotlight this evening!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Palomino, Hollywood, CA, June 8, 1969 NEW!

We love this band here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this particular live recording is new to us here. Gram Parsons didn’t live long enough to really reach his potential, but we believe it was limitless and that he left us a great musical legacy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Linda Ronstadt, The Stone Poneys & Friends, Volume III FINAL AIRING!

We say farewell to this album after today’s airing, the final Stone Poneys album before Linda Ronstadt launches into her meteoric career and her decade reign as the Queen of Rock. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album for you.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: Booker T & The MGs

Yes, they were the Stax Records house band, but they were so much more than that. They were a force in the music world and, once you pay attention to them, it’s easy to see why Tom Petty and his bandmates were so smitten with them.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA, June 21, 1989 NEW!

Another new offering from the ultimate jam band here. We aired a previous Dead show several months ago from this venue, but this one is brandy new. Enjoy.

I can hear the birds outside my window this morning, the sun is already up, and our friends from Europe, Asia and beyond are already tuned in. Why don’t you join them? We’re not-for-profit. we accept no advertising to clog up your listening pleasure with a hard sell from our sponsors (we don’t have any), and we don’t employ chatty DJs who talk endlessly about inane subjects. We just play music and toss in a few station ID comments a day. And oh, by the way, we play music nobody else plays all day long. That’s it. Today should be the day.

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It’s Another Monday in Paradise With the Rascals, Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” Project, and Some Pretty Sweet Soul, March 8, 2021

Good Morning, Radio Sweethearts! It’s another Monday but, hey, the sun is out and that’s a plus. We’ve got some great music programming for today sprinkled in with that wild and crazy Open Stream.

We happily revisit Tom Petty’s massive “Wildflowers” project today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The (Young) Rascals

Are they The Rascals? Yes. Are they The Young Rascals? Yes. We’re quibbling here. The Rascals were one of the finest bands on the planet back in the day. Today, we put them In the Spotlight. For your listening pleasure, of course.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty’s Wildflowers Project: All The Rest

It has been a while since the release of the Wildflowers Project, and we’re going to start revisiting it intermittently today. We begin with All The Rest, or the songs that didn’t make the album. Of course, some of these songs appeared somewhere later down the road. However, some were not heard until this project was released, like Leave Virginia Alone and Confusion Wheel. We have those here today.

7:00 p.m. Sweet Soul Music 1965: Various Artists

Some early soul here with the likes of Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Fontella Bass, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Joe Tex, Lee Dorsey, Roy Head, Don Covay, Booker T & The MGs (the original Stax Records house band), Kim Weston, and more!

Please, spare me from having to tell you we’re totally free and operate outside the system yet again. I’m getting tired of saying this. I simply think Americans don’t bother to stop and smell the roses unless, of course, they are paying for it through the nose. The beauty of capitalism is that people buy into it.

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Both Macca and Booker T. & The MG’s In the Spotlight Today, Emmylou Harris Sings With The Desert Rose Band, and The Shadow Later, Monday, January 18, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are working in reverse today because there’s a lot of shit going on in The Mermaid Lounge today. Our music trivia will appear after this a bit later on. Sorry to upset your mojo.

Booker T. & The MG’s. One of the best. Unfortunately, there are people who have no idea what the fuck instruments actually sound like today. Yet they still call the shit they produce music.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney

With the Beatles, with Wings, and as a solo artist, Paul McCartney has stood the test of time. Yeah, he was the most commercial of The Beatles. Without that, there would not be the opportunity to create the other shit. Record companies don’t support people who don’t create revenue. That’s how capitalism works, like it or not.

3:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & The Desert Rose Band

One of our favorites, Emmylou Harris, takes a turn with the Desert Rose Band, founded by ex-Byrd Chris Hillman. Other members include Herb Pederson, John Jorgenson, Bill Bryson, JayDee Maness, and Steve Duncan.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Booker T. & The MG’s

Ah yes, remember when instruments mattered in music? Now, according to Kanye West, Yeezy, Ye, Assclown of the Century, you can make all that shit sound with a computer and a program. Progress. Ain’t it great?

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 08 Murder By The Dead NEW!

A convicted man sentenced to death vows retribution from the grave. A judge and a D.A. are murdered shortly after his execution. They better call The Shadow fast because the jury foreman is next unless someone figures this shit out.

Tune us in, people. You are wasting valuable hours of ear candy. Get on it.

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BLUES WEEK Begins With Albert King’s Album of The Week, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Sunday, September 20, 2020

Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge beginning a week of the blues. Today, we begin with Albert King taking Album of The Week Honors, and a nostalgic visit to Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Eric Clapton and Keith Richards at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King NEW!

Keeping with the Blues Week theme, this week’s Album of The Week is Albert King’s Born Under a Bad Sign, a compilation album released in 1967 on the Stax label. It was recorded from March 1966 to June 1967. King played with two house bands for this album, Booker T. & The MGs and the Memphis Horns.

4:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & Guests: The Crossroads Guitar Festival Revisited

We have nearly four hours of music here from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals, a series of benefit concerts to raise money for the Crossroads Centre, a drug rehabilitation center in Antigua.

Susan Tedeschi, Gary Clark, Jr., The Robert Cray Band, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana are just some of the musicians taking part.

Join us for Blues Week. Then stick around after. It only gets better from there. We promise. For free.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With The Yardbirds, Booker T. & The MGs in The Spotlight, and “On The Border”Returns, May 26, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Tuesday Bluesday once again, and we’ve got The Yardbirds on tap. Be sure to join us!

Yardbirds

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! The Yardbirds: The BBC Sessions 1965-1968   NEW!

The Yardbirds are a British blues-rock band formed in London in May of 1963. The original lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. Throughout the years, other band members have come and gone.

During the BBC Sessions featured in this playlist, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page circulated in and out of the band.

4:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: On The Border by The Eagles

This was The Eagles third studio album, and they added Don Felder to go for a more rock feel than the first two albums.

6:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Booker T. & The M.G.’s were a musical force in the sixties. Formed in Memphis in 1962, the band was influential in shaping the unique sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. The original band members were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums). As the de facto house band for Stax Records, they also played for artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, and Delaney & Bonnie.

Tune us in for a great musical feast. We’re free. All the time.

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