One Day Away From the Weekend With Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Multi-Artist EP and Carole King’s Final Airing as Singer-Songwriter, Friday, December 9, 2022

We are one day away from the official start of the weekend. Of course, some of us will toil in retail hell for one more day tomorrow, but we’re getting closer. We’ve got a lot of wide Open Stream today with some excellent programming tossed in for good measure.

Here’s your musical journey for today:

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

Stories about the road, the air, the sea, and going places from 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 Byrds, Asleep at The Wheel, The Traveling Wilburys, Joan Baez, Mudcrutch, Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield and more.

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Carole King

Today we bid a fond farewell to Carole King as our featured Singer-Songwriter, a woman whose music has been both an inspiration and a musical career builder. Tomorrow we welcome the late, great (and often troubled) Warren Zevon.

Before, in between and after we’ve got some great wide Open Stream, which has recently been significantly bolstered. This is not the place to detail that, but I will be writing a separate blog post on that very soon, so stay tuned! We’ve added some great artists we’ve been working on and bolstered the content of many others!

And Boom. It’s Monday. We’ve Got ‘Live’ Kinks, Our ‘Money Honey’ Playlist, and Carole King. And Plenty of Open Stream, December 5, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists. (And haters of Monday mornings.) We cannot flirt with time and make this another day, but we can help you get through this one with some good music.

Here’s today’s musical mashup:

11:00 a.m. The Kinks Live at The Hippodrome Theatre, London, UK, July 14, 1974 NEW!

This is a brand new one to us here in The Mermaid Lounge. As I said, we shop on a bunch of venues (of which Amazon and Apple are not part) and we have access to some cool stuff once in a while. This will be an experience we have together as we’ve not had the time to preview this one.

3:00 p.m. Money, Honey: Various Artists

This one could easily become an EP. Along with love and heartache, money and wealth are popular topics for the rockers. But we try to resist making every single topic an EP and will probably settle for a volume two so we can spread the wealth. At any rate, you will hear Elvis Presley, the Guess Who, The Beatles, Warren Zevon, Monty Python (yes, that Monty Python), Tom Petty, Tom Waits, The Byrds, Slim Harpo, Rosanne Cash, Albert King, Tom Rush, The Wallflowers, Allen Toussaint, Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Laura Nyro and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Carole King

This is our second airing of this week’s featured Singer-Songwriter, and a brilliant one at that. We will have one more airing of this later in the week. Time TBD.

We begin yet another work week as we mosey through the month of December and head for a new year. But we still have the (ugh) holidays to get through. I suppose if I didn’t work in retail, I may feel differently about them. But I digress. Did I mention that we’re totally free of charge? That’s one thing you won’t have to worry about. Paying for your music. We realize we have limitations compared to Spotify and others, but this is radio, and radio is where you don’t exactly know what song is coming next. Reminds me of my youth laying in the driveway with my friends listening to my old transistor. Good times.

A Keep-It-Simple Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge Brings Our New AOW and The ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP, December 4, 2022

It’s Sunday morning here in The Mermaid Lounge and I’m off to a bit of a later start than usual, but that’s because we’re keeping it simple today. Somehow, it’s only fitting that Rumors is our Album of The Week this week as we bid farewell to the late, great Christine McVie. We here in the Lounge believe the best stuff on this one was hers.

Here’s today’s musical magic:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac NEW!

Sometimes things just fall into place. When I add to my album list, I sometimes add ten or twenty to the list at time so I don’t have to think about it every week. That’s what happened with Rumors. I had no idea I’d be paying respects to the late, great Christine McVie this week. It’s only fitting that this great album fell into place here. One of my favorite albums of all time for sure from a band I sometimes have a love-hate relationship with. But that’s me. Big Mac is one of those bands I liked better as a blues band. I certainly don’t like everything they did as a pop-rock band, but I like enough of it. This was their eleventh studio album and it was released during a time of heavy drug use and personal relationship management problems, hence the title. I only ever saw them once live in my lifetime and that was enough. It was just that Stevie Nicks spent too much time changing outfits for me.

4:00 p.m. Music From Lauren Canyon: Various Artists

One of the best times in music was undoubtedly the sixties and seventies, when cross-pollination was king. It was during this time that 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 Mayuall, The Eagles, J.D. Souther, Harry Nilsson, Canned Heat, Carole King, James Taylor, Souther-Hillman-Furay, Linda Ronstadt and more!

This is Sunday, a day of rest, even for whomever The Big Person is is up there overlooking the universe. Why not kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and tune us in for a spell. Come on. You know you want to, so why not just do it. Seriously.

Things Are Rockin’ Today With Our AOW, an Outgoing and Incoming Singer-Songwriter, and Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, Saturday, December 3, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We have a rockin’ day here in The Mermaid Lounge today with CCR, Neil Young, Carole King and our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP all on tap! Read on for details!

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of this album, which was actually the third album released by Creedence alone in 1969. To say they burst onto the music scene with a bang is an understatement. They never looked back. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection by the time you wake up!

11:00 a.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists

Today our favorite musicians and singers wax poetic about the night time. Because the night time is the right time. You’ll hear The Traveling Wilburys, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt, 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 and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Neil Young FINAL AIRING!

Today we give you the final airing of our Singer-Songwriter series featuring the great Neil Young, but don’t despair. We’ve got some new-to-the-station live Neil coming up next week!

10:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Carole King NEW!

For our final programming act of the day, we give you our new featured Singer-Songwriter in Carole King. This will repeat two more times during the upcoming week. Times TBD.

Great day to tune us in. We’ve got lots of features on tap for today, but we still spend the majority of our 24-hour continuous cycle on wide Open Stream under the watchful eye of The Music Mermaid. And did I mention that we’re totally free of charge?

It’s Sunday Funday in The Mermaid Lounge and The Ladies Are In Charge, Including Janis Who Owns Our Album of The Week, November 13, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! It is officially Sunday in the Lounge and the living is easy here today. It’s rainy. It’s chilly. And the music is already rolling here as we welcome our usual Sunday morning listeners. You should join us too.

Here’s today’s musical journey:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama by Janis Joplin NEW!

Janis gets a spin for this week with her very first and only solo album released during her lifetime on September 11, 1969. This is the album she recorded right after leaving Big Brother & The Holding Company. She enlisted Sam Andrews, guitarist for Big Brother, to help with the project, as well as the Kozmic Blues Band. She also added a brass and horn section, something Big Brother would not allow when she was with them. This album was a departure from her psychedelic rock days as it was much more R & B- and blues-driven. This is the expanded 1999 release with ‘live’ tunes from Woodstock included and with a cover of Dylan’s Dear Landlord, with some new lyrics and a new arrangement by Joplin.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The women of rock own the programming today. After Janis makes her AOW debut, you’ll hear her right here along with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter, Dusty Springfield, Dolly Parton and more!

Ooooh, wheee! We’ve got a good one going today, music lovers, and you should be part of it. The Music Mermaid has chosen this day to put her sirens in charge of the music. It’s always a good choice. Join our full house of listeners from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, California, Texas and Oregon this morning!

We’ve Got a Busy One Today With Our ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP, Our AOW, and An Outgoing and Incoming Singer-Songwriter Series, Saturday, November 5, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, people, but no matter what we have going, we’re always going to have more open stream hours in a day than programs. And that’s by design. Read on for details!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

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

Laurel Canyon was home to two generations of musicians, a vast musical landscape of cross-pollination that helped to create the genre known as country rock and inspire a host of musicians who came after. You will hear from The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Doors, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, CSNY, Stephen Stills & Manassas, John Mayall, The Eagles, J.D. Souther, Harry Nilsson, Linda Ronstadt, Canned Heat, Carole King, James Taylor, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Revolver (2022) by The Beatles FINAL AIRING!

We bid farewell to this latest masterpiece, but we are by no means done with the Revolver box set. You will see more in the coming weeks. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album for you. Still TBD.

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Jackson Browne FINAL AIRING!

Jackson Browne is our outgoing featured Singer-Songwriter this week. We hope you’ll get a chance to tune this in if you haven’t yet done so. We air these three times a week at various times.

10:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Lucinda Williams NEW!

We usher in our new Singer-Songwriter for her debut! One of the finest singer-songwriters on the planet, Lucinda Williams labored in obscurity for a while before knocking ’em dead. She has since become one of the most respected music artists and songwriters in the business. You can read about her here, and you can hear her for yourselves tonight at ten.

We’re off to an early start today, so I can’t spend a lot of time writing here. Suffice it to say that you can look at the blog post from yesterday and read the final paragraph. It’s the same every day, kids. You’ve just got to take that leap of faith and give us a shot. We are totally free. The only thing we require is a bit of time.

We Are at Midweek With Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP and a Return to Tom Petty Month With a Great ‘Live’ Show in Lucca, Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a great day lined up with our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP (appropriately, we are on our second day of gloomy weather here) and a return to Tom Petty Month!

We start very early today with ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Here’s today’s anything-but-gloomy lineup:

8:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

We like facts here in The Mermaid Lounge, even though we know our conservative counterparts have absolutely no use for facts. The fact is, however, that the earth is comprised of 71% water and today we pay it musical homage with Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, Neil Young, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Valerie Carter, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Loggins & Messina, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Linda Ronstadt, Spirit, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Steely Dan, Ton Rush, Johnny Rivers, The Beatles, America, Donovan and more!

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy, June 29, 2012

Without a doubt, one of our favorite Heartbreakers’ concerts ever right here, live from the Piazza Napoleone in Lucca, in my ancestral homeland, now fully engulfed in fascism. So, don’t say it can’t happen here. I know I digress and I have a “no politics” policy, but I fear that people need a warning shot about what’s going on around the world and that the U.S. is in real crisis right now.

Here’s the part where I tell you that you will be treated to a boatload of wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid throughout the afternoon. We are free to all 24/7. No lie. No surprises. Come on in!

We Close Out The Work Week With The Ladies in Charge and With Little Feat ‘Live’ in Boston Later On, Friday, October 14, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We are closing out the week in fine style with the women of music fully in charge during the day and Little Feat bringing up the rear later.

Here’s your musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

Here we are at the end of another work week (unless, of course, you work retail; then it never ends) and we put the ladies completely in charge for five hours. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Valerie Carter, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Dusty Springfield and more!

7:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, October 31, 1975

Without a doubt, a Mermaid Lounge favorite, but with Lowell George at the helm. Do I think they were good post-George? Yes. But the notion that there’s a Little Feat without Lowell George is the same for me as the Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia or The Heartbreakers without Tom Petty.

Before, in between and after we’ve got that great wide Open Stream courtesy of our resident music maven, The Music Mermaid. She has impeccable taste in music, as you well know by now.

At Midweek, We’re Airing Our ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP and Putting Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight, Wednesday, October 5, 2022

We’re at the midweek stage and we’ve got those echoes coming from Laurel Canyon. We’re also spotlighting Bonnie Raitt later on.

Laurel Canyon was home to two generations of great musicians and singers.

Here’s your midweek music:

10:00 a.m. Music From Laurel Canyon: Various Artists

The Laurel Canyon scene was like musical cross-pollination on steroids as it become “home” to the best of two generations of musicians and singers that ultimately brought us country-rock. 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, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Bonnie Raitt

Tonight we put one of the Laurel Canyon crew In the Spotlight when we feature the great Bonnie Raitt. She’s still out there kickin’ in, a true road warrior.

Before, in between and all night long we’ve got that great wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. As you know, she’s got impeccable taste in music and we’re adding new tunes to the standard rotation as we speak. We’ll have a final report for you about who’s been added soon!

We Begin Delving Into the World of Psychedelic Music With Our AOW, and Then The Women of Music Take Over, Sunday, September 11, 2022

Good Morning, Psychedelic Music Lovers! We’ll delve into the world of psychedelic music over the next few weeks with our Album of The Week. We start it off with Country Joe & The Fish!

Today we take a mind-expanding trip into psychedelic music!

Here’s your musical lineup for Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Electric Music For the Mind and Body by Country Joe & The Fish NEW!

Country Joe & The Fish’s debut album was released in May of 1967, and was one of the very first psychedelic music albums to come out of San Francisco. We include the write up from DiscoverMusic below:

An early 1967 release, Country Joe And The Fish’s debut album opened up all kinds of possibilities: heady jams, poetic ballads, free-form ragas and even a taste of political satire. Because Joe McDonald was a songwriter first, the whole album is wrapped in a tuneful package. The closing “Grace” is a romantic epic in honour of Grace Slick (Janis Joplin would get similar treatment on the follow-up album).

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/best-psychedelic-albums/

Songs from the LP made it to the airwaves of progressive radio stations like KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco, and I distinctly remember listening to Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine on Boston’s WMEX back in the day. I managed to catch Country Joe live at Boston Garden as well.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

Starting mid-afternoon, the ladies of music take over the lounge and what a line-up it is with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Carly Simon, Chrissie Hynde, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter and more!

It’ a keep-it-simple Sunday here in The Lounge. The Music Mermaid is fully in charge today pushing out the great mind-expanding sounds for our friends from Germany, the UK, Chile, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Faroe Islands, Texas, Kansas and New York this morning. Why not join us?