We Keep It Simple With a Ride On ‘The Psychedelic Express’ and Donovan’s Album of The Week, Sunday, September 18, 2022

It’s officially a keep-it-simple Sunday with a full psychedelic programming spectrum today. We start it all off with a ride on our ‘Psychedelic Express’ EP.

All aboard the trippy train!

Here’s your Sunday Funday lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

Get on board. No tickets required. You’ll be entertained on your trip by Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, The Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Donovan, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, The Velvet Underground, Big Brother & The Holding Company and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sunshine Superman by Donovan NEW!

Released in 1966, this is Donovan’s most psychedelic album. It includes the iconic single Sunshine Superman, along with The Trip (no explanation required), his tribute to Jefferson Airplane with Fat Angel (which the Airplane later covered) and Season of The Witch, one of my all-time favorite songs. We’re traveling on this one for a week.

This is your day to tune in, turn on and drop out. It’s Sunday, a day of rest and relaxation. Take advantage of the good vibes by turning into a great radio station. All you need is a computer, a free tab and a mouse. No credit card required. No bullshit commercial advertising aired. No mouthy disc jockeys. What is not to love here?

We Kick Off a New Month With Valerie Carter, Our New ’27 and Gone’ Playlist, and Our AOW Later, on Thursday, September 1, 2022

We debut our new multi-artist ’27 and Gone’ Playlist today!

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Valerie Carter

One of the greatest singer-songwriters of any generation, Valerie Carter was both a successful solo artist and in demand by her peers as guests on their songs. The girl not only could sing, but she could write. One of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge!

3:00 p.m. 27 and Gone: Various Artists NEW!

The 27 Club is one of the most notorious in all of music, the musicians who have lived to just the ripe young age of 27 and then moved on to Rock n’ Roll Heaven. You can read more about it here. Of course, we don’t play everyone here, so we’ll tell you our playlist consists of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Amy Winehouse,Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (The Grateful Dead), the great bluesman Robert Johnson,Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat), Pete Ham (Badfinger), and Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang).

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney

We are getting to the end of our run with this great album. Our final airing will be on Saturday. By Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection!

We are having difficulty with the blog this morning. The settings are all messed up, and it’s really annoying when that happens and you can’t solve the problem, I might add. So, we’re cutting short and contacting WordPress. In the meantime, you know the drill: Be here or be square.

We Hit The Midweek Stride With Our ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young In The Spotlight, Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we take a trip to Laurel Canyon where so many bands of the sixties and seventies banded together to make some brand new sounds heard ’round the world. It also birthed the country-rock genre. We are starting a bit earlier than usual with the programming, so read on for the details!

Take a trip to Laurel Canyon with us today!

Here’s today’s music lineup:

9:00 a.m. Music From Laurel Canyon: Various Artists

The Laurel Canyon music scene was like a giant musical commune where artists got together to both party and develop their musical chops. The shared energy from these bands changed the face of popular music, inspiring a host of future musical generations. You’ll hear The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, Linda Ronstadt, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Doors, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, CSNY, Manassas, John Mayall, The Eagles, J.D. Souther, Harry Nilsson, Canned Heat, Carole King, James Taylor, Souther-Hillman-Furay and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

We keep with that Laurel Canyon family tonight as we put one of the finest supergroups on the planet In the Spotlight in CSNY with their unmistakably unique sound. Neil Young was off-and-on a part of this great quartet, but they were always better for his presence.

Before, in between, and after we give you that great wide Open Stream, and we’re even throwing in some unannounced afternoon Trifectas. So, you’re just going to have to tune us in to find out who those might be from! We are totally free of charge 24/7 with no commercial interruption. No strings. No surprises. We promise.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday and We’ve Got Our ‘Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blues’ EP and ‘Live’ Muddy Waters Later, July 26, 2022

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We are back with another outstanding day of Tuesday Bluesday programming with more than five hours of uninterrupted blues and ‘live’ Muddy Waters.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues: Various Artists

Today is the Big Kahuna of our blues playlists with blues, blues-rock and electric blues from all over the spectrum. You will hear B.B. King, 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, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Koko Taylor, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi, Duane Allman, Marcia Ball, Roomful of Blues, Tracy Nelson, Howlin’ Wolf, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

4:30 p.m. Album of The Week: Steady On by Shawn Colvin

Today is the second airing of Shawn Colvin’s debut album, and it’s the only break in our blues programming for the day. The Album of The Week must go on regardless of the playlist content! This one put her on the map pretty quickly.

7:00 p.m. Muddy Waters Recorded Live at Harry Hope’s (Cary, IL) and The Masonic Auditorium (Detroit, MI), sometime in 1979 NEW!

The great Muddy “Mississippi” Waters recorded live at two different venues sometime while on the road in 1979. This one’s a bootleg.

Another fine Tuesday Bluesday awaits, so don’t touch that dial. We’ve got Spain, Chile, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Russian Federation, Australia, the UK, Germany, Canada, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Cali, New York, Maine, Florida, and those folks from Kansas all on this morning! Join them. You will not regret it. I promise.

The Work Week is Back and We’ve Got The Hollies, Linda Ronstadt & a Trifecta Afternoon On Tap, Monday, July 25, 2022

Good Morning, Workers! We’re facing another work week and it starts off steamy both inside and out as we’ve got some brand new ‘live’ Linda Ronstadt later on, along with The Hollies and some Trifectas.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

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

Formed in Salford, England, in 1962, the Hollies were a force in music throughout the sixties and into the seventies and were most known for their distinctive three-part harmonies. But let’s not get too damned technical here: They were just a great band and one of the most influential British Invasion bands.

2:00 p.m. Open Stream with Afternoon Trifectas!

We haven’t had one of these afternoons in a while, so it is about damned time.

2:00 p.m. Guy Clark

3:00 p.m. Sam Cooke

4:00 p.m. Canned Heat

5:00 p.m. Valerie Carter

6:00 p.m. Norah Jones

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead, NY, January 29, 1975 NEW!

Linda Ronstadt was the christening act in the opening of the Calderone back in the day and Tom Rush was her opening act. This performance from 1975 was broadcast on WLIR-FM and most of the songs are from Don’t Cry Now and Heart Like a Wheel. I have seen Ronstadt perform live 39 times in my lifetime, and she never disappointed. Ever. This one is no exception.

Join your friends. We’ve got Croatia, Romania, Spain, the UK, France, Germany, Greece, The Faroe Islands, Australia, Canada, and some folks in Kansas, New York, and Florida on this morning. Make your Monday more tolerable.

Today’s Journey is To Laurel Canyon For A Musical Trip Back In Time, and ‘Live’ Allman Brothers Later, Friday, July 1, 2022

Good Morning, Folks! We are kicking off a brand new month in fine fashion here with our ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP and some ‘live’ Allman Brothers Band bringing up the rear.

Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash hanging out in Laurel Canyon

Here’s Friday’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Music From Laurel Canyon: Various Artists

A trip in the Wayback Machine with The Music Mermaid (instead of Mr. Peabody) to the 60s and 70s and some of the best musical cross-fertilization on the planet as country-rock was born. You’ll hear The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Doors, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, CSNY, Manassas, John Mayall, The Eagles, J.D. Souther, Harry Nilsson, Canned Heat, Carole King, James Taylor, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Souther-Hillman-Furay and more!

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

The Brothers are here for the holiday weekend, although I’m not the patriotic type to begin with and am now less so in the land of lost liberty. Nevertheless, we welcome the Allman Brothers back to the Lounge. We have’t played this one in a bit.

It’s going to be hot as Hades here today, although they did remove the cactus warning from my phone. Once you get past 85 degrees with me, it’s ugly. But it’ll be cool here in The Mermaid Lounge and you can feel free to kick back with some great music today!

It’s Your Typical Mermaid Lounge Saturday, and We’ve Got a Bunch of Great Stuff Lined Up For You Today, May 21, 2021

We’ve got some characters for you to meet today.

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

There’s nothing quite like psychedelic music, and we’ve got it here for you today. It’s a day to tune in, turn on, and drop out with Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Donovan. Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Velvet Underground, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Get On Board by Taj Mahal with Ry Cooder FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this fine album by two masters paying homage to blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Tomorrow, we’ll have a great new album to debut.

7:00 p.m. The Beatles: Songs With Character

The Beatles introduce us to Prudence, Eleanor, the man in the mack, a lovely woman named Rita, a greedy taxman, a racoon named Rocky, Dennis O’ Dell, Mother Mary, a serial killer named Maxwell, a hunter named Bill, a real Nowhere Man, the barber on Penny Lane, and some confused chick named Loretta.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, April 17, 1969 NEW!

Another brand new soundboard recording never before heard in The Mermaid Lounge. Then again, every Dead show sounds new when you listen, doesn’t it?

Great day for you to join your friends from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Russian Federation, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Faroe Islands, Australia, Denmark, and points beyond! We’re free. There’s no advertising. And the music never stops. Do it.

It’s Sunday and We’ve Got Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP and The Dirty Knobs With Our Album of The Week, May 8, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers and Mothers everywhere! Today we celebrate Mother’s Day here in The Mermaid Lounge with our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP and a brand new Album of The Week!

Today we’ve got Travelin’ Fever, even though we’re going nowhere!

Here’s your Sunday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Album of the Week: External Combustion by Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs NEW!

Today we have the second full outing of music from Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, and some of it sounds very Pettyesque. And that is always a good thing from our perspective. It’s also to be expected since some of the songs were written while Campbell was lead guitarist and co-songwriter with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. That’s not to say that Campbell and his gang aren’t their own band. They surely are, but the influence is unmistakable.

3:00 p.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

We bring back our Travelin’ Fever EP today. It’s starting to warm up here and people are getting the travelin’ bug. Pretty soon, I’ll be bitching about the heat because here in New England, we go from 50 to 80, according to next weekend’s predictions. But I digress, today you’ll hear Canned Heat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Steve Miller Band, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Doors, The Eagles, Little Feat, The Band, Willie Nelson, Edwin Starr, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, The Travelin’ Wilburys, Asleep at The Wheel, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Mudcrutch, Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield and more!

Sunday is a day of rest and it’s Mother’s Day to boot. Allow me to say again, ad nauseum, that it’s a great day to tune us in. We’ve got Germany, the UK, France, Greece, Faroe Islands, Russian Federation, Chile, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Texas and California on already this morning. Tune us in.

We’ve Hit The Midweek Point With ‘The Psychedelic Express’ EP and Volume Two of ‘Repeat After Me’, Wednesday, April 20, 2022

And holy weed, Batman, it’s also 4/20! Quite an appropriate day to be taking a trip on ‘The Psychedelic Express!” You also heard volume one of ‘Repeat After Me’ on Monday, so we’ve got volume two this evening, and we’re working on a third volume as well!

Get on board, musicologists! You don’t need no stinkin’ tickets!

Here’s today’s line-up:

10:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

On this fine 4/20, you’ll hear Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, The Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, The Velvet Underground, and more!

7:00 p.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists

Today, in volume two, you’ll hear: Trio cover Neil Young (Trio is Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers sing Lucinda Williams, Joe Cocker singing The Box Tops, CCR covering Gladys Knight & The Pips, Kate Taylor sings The Four Tops, The Traveling Wilburys sing Del Shannon, Johnny Winter covering Bob Dylan, and The Beatles covering The Isley Brothers, to name several. The original plus the reboot. Tune it in.

Before, in between, and after we revert to our wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid fully in charge. We’re totally free 24/7 with no interruptions, so get on board with us!

We Hit Our Midweek Stride With Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP and Laura Nyro Live at The Fillmore, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Good Morning, Travelers and Daydreamers. Today we’ve got our EP all about hitting the road, and we continue our celebration of the women of music with Laura Nyro.

Laura Nyro is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of her generation.

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

When we were kids, my friends and I dreamed of buying a VW van and driving across country. We pretty much never made it out of the driveway, although we did drive to Nashville to visit the Grand Ole Opry. In this playlist you’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Del Shannon, Guy Clark, Asleep at the Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, the Marshall Tucker Band, Fats Domino and more!

7:00 p.m. Laura Nyro, Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, March 30, 1971

Sweet Blindness, Gonna’ Take a Miracle, Stoned Soul Picnic, Eli’s Coming…Laura Nyro wrote some brilliant songs that put others on the map. But there’s nothing quite like hearing her sing them herself. See for yourself tonight at 7:00 p.m.

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