If It’s Monday, It Must be Mudcrutch, And We Have Our Great EP ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ To Start Things Off, October 4, 2021

Good Morning, Petty Fans! We’re back on the train today with Mudcrutch Monday Madness! But that comes up later on. We kick it all off with our great new EP about water.

Mr. Petty’s “Other” Band, called Mudcrutch. L-R: Tom Leadon, Mike Campbell, Randall Marsh, Benmont Tench, and Tom Petty.

Here’s today’s Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

This was one of those EP’s that was so much fun to do it just kept going. It wound up being just over four hours of great songs with references to water in either the title, the lyrics, or both. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Al Green, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, The Stone Poneys, Valerie Carter, Elton John, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Loggins & Messina, Mudcrutch, Emmylou Harris, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, The Grass Roots, and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Full Catalogue

This playlist includes all of Mudcrutch, including the definitive live version of Hungry No More (a kickass song) recorded live at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016. It also includes the original version of Don’t Do Me Like That, which was originally a Mudcrutch song. This was the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville with when he made his move to L.A. to make music. It was the band that morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. And the rest, as they say, is history. EXCEPT, Tom Petty decided to bring Mudcrutch back to life in 2008 with its original members, including Tom Leadon on guitar (whose brother, Bernie, played with the Eagles) and Randall Marsh, his friend from Gainesville, on drums. As a member of Mudcrutch, Tom Petty was the bass player. Mudcrutch finally became a success in their own right. Their sound is awesome, and it’s different than The Hearbreakers even though the original Mudcrutch also had Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell. If you’re a true Petty fan, then you already know Mudcrutch. If you’re just a lover of The Heartbreakers’ hits and you’re not a deep digger, this is your opportunity.

It’s Petty month here in The Mermaid Lounge. We won’t be obnoxious about it, but we will be playing more Tom Petty than usual, and that is always a good thing. We remain all about the music. We’re commercial-free, and do not employ overly-talkative DJ’s who like to talk about themselves. Give us a shot. All you need to do is pull up a tab and click the link below:

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It’s Sunday Funday! Not Only Do You Get Folk Music From A-To-Z, But We Have An Outstanding Album of The Week, July 25, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and that can only mean good things. Not only do we have our extended-play ‘Folk Music From A-To-Z’ playlist, but we have a most excellent Album of The Week.

Chrissie Hynde makes no bones about how much Bob Dylan has meant to her, and now she delivers!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Standing in The Doorway, Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan NEW!

I don’t care who you are or where you are: There’s no denying Bob Dylan’s influence in the music world. Described as “the reigning queen of cool,” Chrissie Hynde makes no bones about how much Bob Dylan’s music has meant to her. She delivers a masterpiece of Bob Dylan songs recorded using cell phone technology during the pandemic lockdown here.

But you won’t find the usual Dylan classics here. Instead you’ll find nine songs that can be considered ‘overlooked’ Dylan songs, including the title track. While Van Morrison and Eric Clapton spent their time whining (and it hasn’t stopped yet either), Chrissie Hynde decided to do something nobody has ever done before.

This is our album of the week. This could easily be the Album of The Year. Don’t miss it.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

Here’s an extended playlist where you’ll find Dylan himself. A “history” of folk music of sorts. The songs include those of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, Tom Rush, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs, Cat Stevens, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, The McGarrigle Sisters, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Arlo Guthrie, and more!

There’s no denying it: It’s Sunday and a day of rest. It’s a great day to tune us in and find out what we’re all about. It’s pretty simple 24/7 music uninterrupted by advertising and mouthy DJ’s, free of charge all the time, and no credit card or personal information ever requested. Ever.

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On a Mermaid Lounge Sunday, J. Geils Owns Our Album of The Week and We Have Our Expanded ‘Folk From A to Z’ Playlist, March 28, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! How are you all this fine morning. It’s a bit bleak here in the Boston area today. We’re forecasted for heavy rains. We’ll see if it actually happens. Sometimes the weather is spot on, sometimes not.

Woody Guthrie, Eric Andersen, Joni Mitchell and more will grace our airwaves starting at 3:00 p.m. today.

Here’s our Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band NEW!

The J. Geils Band is a Boston favorite, and this one has been a long time coming. I know it’s sacrilege in these parts, but I prefer the music of the J. Geils Band to Aerosmith any day of the week. Just a personal observation. The band was formed back in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts under the leadership of guitarist John “J” Geils, and featured one Peter Wolf on vocals. This is my favorite J. Geils album.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A to Z: Various Artists EXPANDED & UPDATED!

We’ve elevated this playlist up to the level of our Sixties, Girls Day Out, and British playlists, with nearly five hours of old, traditional, and newer artists contributing. You’ll hear Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne, Odetta, Leadbelly, Janis Ian, Tim Hardin, Jesse Winchester, and many others! We are still adding to our folk artist collection, so there will be another update down the road.

In the meantime, this new playlist appears in the Playlist section of this blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

Sunday is a day of rest, and the perfect way to kick back and relax is to tune us in. I could continue to give you the line about how we’re free and outside the system, but hey, I’m kind of sick of that one. So, this is all I’ll say for now.

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It’s a Folk Music Kind of Monday With Our A-Z Playlist and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions, February 22, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. This is your day if you’re into folk music. We’ve got a great plalist that runs just under three hours. We also have some live music from Dublin featuring Springsteen and his Seeger Sessions Band.

We’ve got some great folk music going down today from The Mermaid Lounge,

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-Z: Various Artists

We’ve already expanded this play list once on a modest scale, but we’ve got an even bigger updated and expansion planned over the nest few weeks. In the meantime, you can hear just under three hours of Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Cat Stevens, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Woody and Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, John Hartford, Tom Rush, Harry Chapin and more!

5:00 p.m. Bruce Springsteen & The Sessions Band: Live at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Springsteen dropped the “Seeger” from the sessions band for this album performance; something we think is a shame. Ultimately this is Springsteens ‘take’ on Pete Seeger;s music, recorded November 17-19, 2006 in Dublin, Ireland.

The rest of the day is devoted to Open Stream, so tune us in. We’re sure you’ll like today’s music selection, and we’re completely free. No credit card of personal information is required. No advertising accepted. What are you waiting for?

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It’s The Weekend at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/16/2021

Gooooood Morning, Musicologists! Here we are at the beginning of the weekend, which is meaningless to we here in The Mermaid Lounge. Duty calls.

The Cavern Club opened its doors on this day in 1957. A band called The Beatles played there 292 times.

Here’s today’s not-too-taxing lesson:

January 16, 1957: The famed Cavern Club in Liverpool opened its doors on this day. It is where The Beatles launched their historic career. They played The Cavern Club a total of 292 times.

Also on this day, a man the Beatles considered an inspiration, Little Richard, recorded Lucille.

January 16, 1961: Shop Around by The Miracles (eventually Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) hit #1 on the R & B charts.

January 16, 1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night stint.

Also on this day, The Dave Clark Five hit #1 on the UK charts with Glad All Over. Mike Smith was their lead singer, one of the great rock n’ roll voices on the planet (John Lennon was another).

January 16, 1965: The Guess Who released their debut album, Shakin’ All Over.

On this day, The Supremes had their third consecutive #1 song with Come See About Me.

January 16, 1967: The Rolling Stones released their single, Ruby Tuesday.

January 16, 1992: Eric Clapton recorded his MTV Unplugged show, including the song Tears In Heaven and an acoustic version of Layla. It would win six Grammys, including Record of the Year.

January 16, 1988: George Harrison hits #1 with Got My Mind Set On You, his first #1 in 24 years.

January 16, 1996: Jamaican Police mistake Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane (The Hemisphere Dancer) as a drug-smuggler’s seaplane and begin firing on it when it lands in the water. U2’s Bono and his family are also on board. Nobody is injured, and the event inspires Buffett’s new song, Jamaica Mistaica. It was a close call for the Parrotheads of the world.

January 16, 2016: Bruce Springsteen kicks off The River Tour in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album, The River, is the centerpiece of the tour and is played from start to finish in many locations. The tour is the most successful of the year, grossing more than $268 million.

Born On This Day

Nobody we give a shit about here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Hope you all have a great day. We will be back with the line-up soon.

Greetings and Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/4/2021

Good Morning, Students! It’s another happy Monday here in The College, and we’re delivering all the musical news that’s fit to print:

One year before her explosion on the music world, Linda Ronstadt opened for Neil Young on tour and stole the shows. Literally.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 4, 1936: The first pop music chart based on national sales was introduced by Billboard.

January 4, 1950: RCA Victor announces that they will manufacture long playing (LP) records.

January 4, 1954: (Just about one month before I was born.) A young truck driver named Elvis Presley pays to record two songs at the Memphis Recording Service (MRS). It’s his second visit, and this time MRS head Sam Phillips gets his name and number. Later, he phones Elvis and asks him to record for his Sun label.

January 4, 1957: Solomon Burke makes his debut on The Steve Allen Show.

January 4, 1967: The Doors release their self-titled debut album.

Also on this day, the Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs when they appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley.

January 4, 1969: Marvin Gaye extended his stay at #1 to four weeks with I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Again, I reiterate, Marvin Gaye remade the song, not Gladys Knight & The Pips. She released it a year earlier than Marvin Gaye did, and it went to #1 then as well. They don’t mention that. They call hers the remake.

January 4, 1970: George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo and McCartney, Harrison and Starr re-recorded vocals for Let It Be. This is the final recording session for The Beatles. John Lennon isn’t even present for the session. The last time all four Beatles were together in a studio was August of 1969.

January 4, 1973: Lamar Williams joined The Allman Brothers Band, replacing the late Berry Oakley.

Also on this day, Neil Young kicked off his Time Fades Away tour in Madison, Wisconsin, with Linda Ronstadt as the opening act. Ronstadt is used to playing the club scene and has never performed in an arena setting. Nevertheless, she wows the audiences througout the tour with that fucking amazing voice, literally stealing the show along the way. The following year, she releases Heart Like A Wheel and begins her meteoric rock n’ roll rise.

January 4, 1974: Bruce Springsteen played the first of three nights at Joe’s Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Born On This Day

January 4, 1942: John McLaughlin (The Mahavishnu Orchestra) was born in Doncaster, England. In 2010, Jeff Beck called him ‘the best guitarist alive.’

January 4, 1946: R & B singer Arthur Conley, best known for his 1967 hit Sweet Soul Music, was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

And that is the end of today’s lesson! Back with the line-up soon.

Our New ‘Money, Honey’ Playlist, The Final Airing of The Shadow, and The Soul Sisters on Friday, December 11, 2020

Good Morning, Fellow Music Lovers! Here we are from The Mermaid Lounge with today’s programming line-up. Remember, children, that the majority of our 24-hour streaming day is dedicated to wide open stream.

Little Eva.

Here’s today’s line-up from The Mermaid Lounge!

11:00 a.m. Money, Honey Playlist: Various Artists NEW!

Money. It’s the root of all evil. Today we have a brand new playlist all about money. You’ll hear from Elvis Presley, Randy Newman, The Beatles, Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, the J. Geils Band, and many more!

3:00 p.m. The Shadow: Caverns of Death FINAL AIRING!

Shadow fans, this is the final airing of this particular episode. We’ll introduce a new episode on Monday.

7:00 p.m. The Soul Sisters, Volume 1: Various Artists

We get our sisters on the air this afternoon to bring us some great rhythm & blues: Carla Thomas, Little Eva, Irma Thomas, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, Ann Peebles, Aretha Franklin, The Ronettes, and more!

Come on, tune us in, people. We’re sitting here with our friends from around the world waiting for you.

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Good Morning From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12-7-2020

Here we are again from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge with today’s lesson in musical facts! We never rest here in The Mermaid Lounge.

The Grateful Dead. The ultimate jam band. There is no ‘Dead’ as long as Jerry Garcia is dead.

Here’s today’s ‘no child left behind’ lesson:

December 7, 1963: The Beatles’ second album, With The Beatles, started a 21-week run at #1 on the UK album chart. It replaced their first album, Please Please Me, which had held the top spot since it’s release 30 weeks earlier.

December 7, 1967: Otis Redding went into the studio to record (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay. The song was his biggest hit ever, but he never even saw its release; he was killed in a plane crash three days after it was recorded.

December 7, 1968: The Beatles, also known as The White Album, started a seven-week run at #1 on the UK charts. It was the first double-album ever released by Apple Records.

Also on this day, Eric Burdon announced that The Animals would dissolve after a December 22 concert in Newcastle.

The Grateful Dead play the song Rosemary at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. In spite of the fact that the song is a favorite of Deadheads, the band never plays it again on stage.

December 7, 1971: Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings, releases their first album, called Wild Life, in the UK. It would not be released in the US until 1980.

December 7, 1976: The Eagles released New Kid In Town, which became the group’s third US #1 hit. It was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and J.D. Souther.

December 7, 1987: Bruce Springsteen, Judy Collins and Paul Simon, among others, took the stage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.

Born On This Day

December 7, 1949: Singer-songwriter Tom Waits was born in Pomona, California.

It is a light day from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and that’s a good thing because it’s Monday, and we all need to be eased into the week. We’ll be back with the line up soon!

It’s Sunday Morning at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 11/29/2020

Good Morning, Rock n’ Rollers! There’s never a day off at the College. We’re here as usual with with all the news that matters on this day in music history.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the finest bands ever.

Here’s your message from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and The Beatles continue to dominate:

November 29, 1963: The Beatles release I Want To Hold Your Hand in England. For the first time in music history, there were one million advance orders. It would spend seven weeks at #1.

November 29, 1966: The Beatles continue working on Strawberry Fields Forever by recording two more “takes” at Abbey Road Studios. They later remade the song, but the first minute from the final take on this day was remixed and used in the final version of the song.

November 29, 1966: Bob Dylan finished work on his John Wesley Harding album. He recruited Pete Drake to play some light pedal steel guitar, as he recorded the final two songs, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight and Down Along The Cove.

November 29, 1968: John Lennon released his first solo album called Unfinished Music.

Also as of this day, The Beatles sold 1.5 million copies of The White Album in the UK during the first week of its release.

November 29, 1969: The Beatles’ domination of music continues when the the double-sided monster hit Come Together/Something goes to #1. This is the band’s 18th number one hit. It is also a first for George Harrison. It is the first time he is the composer of an A-side hit.

Meanwhile, Creedence Clearwater Revival has a two-sided hit of its own climbing the charts with Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son.

Also on November 29, Abbey Road by the Beatles is on its fifth week at the top of the Album charts.

November 29, 1975: Red Octopus became the first #1 album for the Jefferson Starship — and it is their only worthwhile album thanks to the influence of Marty Balin. The fact that this band even used part of Jefferson Airplane’s name is a travesty. What the fuck was Grace Slick thinking?

November 29, 1980: Stevie Wonder spends a fifth week on top of the R & B charts with Master Blaster (Jammin’), his 13th number one hit on the charts.

Also on this day, Bruce Springsteen’s The River remained at #1 on the Album chart for a fourth week.

November 29, 1986: It was another good day for Bruce. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live 1975/1985 hits #1 on the Album charts.

November 29, 2001: George Harrison, the youngest Beatle, a ground-breaking solo artist, and a proud member of the Traveling Wilburys later in his career, left this earth at a friend’s home in Hollywood Hills, California after a long battle with lung cancer. He was just 58 years old. His wife Olivia and son Dhani were at his side. His final words were reported to be “Love one another.” We will celebrate George Harrison’s life in music today.

November 29, 2013: Dick Dodd, lead singer and drummer for The Standells of Dirty Water fame, died in Fountain Valley, California, also at the age of 58.

Born On This Day

November 29, 1933: John Mayall, the father of British blues, singer, songwrite and multi-instrumentalist for his Bluesbreakers, was born in Macclesfield, England.

November 29, 1940: Denny Doherty of The Mamas & The Papas was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

November 29, 1944: Felix Cavaliere, keyboardist with The Young Rascals and one of the greatest rock n’ roll singers in one of the best rock n’ roll bands on the planet, was born in Pelham, New York.

And that’s it for today. We will be back soon to tell you about today’s programming.

Here’s Today’s Lesson From the College of Rock N’ Roll Knowledge: 11/19/2020

Good Morning from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge. It’s another busy day in musical history, as you will see.

Tom Petty & Dave Grohl on stage during the Heartbreaker’s 30th Anniversary Tour.

Here’s today’s lesson plan:

November 19, 1955: Carl Perkins records Blue Suede Shoes at Sun Studios in Memphis. It will be Perkins’ biggest hit, reaching #2 on Billboard.

November 19, 1966: The Supremes enjoy their eighth US #1 hit with You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

November 19, 1971: B.B. King celebrates his 25th year in music by kicking off a European tour in London.

November 19, 1973: Led Zeppelin begins recording demos for their album, Physical Graffiti.

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan releases his 13th studio album, simply called Dylan.

November 19, 1975: The J. Geils Band records Blow Your Face Out (a fucking great album) at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

November 19, 1976: Van Morrison’s Moondance album receives a Gold Record. The album spawns two hits. In addition to the title track, Into The Mystic is released.

November 19, 1982: Led Zeppelin releases its final studio album, Coda, which is a collection of unused tracks written before drummer John Bonham’s death in 1980.

November 19, 1983: Tom Evans of Badfinger died at the age of 36. Like his and mate, Pete Ham, Evans also hanged himself. The story of what record company and manager greed and avarice did to Badfinger’s career is one that should be told. We will touch on that in the blog sometime.

November 19, 1994: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform You Don’t Know How It Feels and Honeybee on Saturday Night Live, with Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters on drums.

November 19, 1995: Bruce Springsteen’s thirteenth album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, is released.

A 60-track album called Beatles Anthology I is released and sets a single-day sales record of 450,000 units.

That’s it, children. Take notes. There’ll be a quiz later (just kidding).