We Keep It Simple On Sunday With The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” as Our AOW and ‘The British Are Coming’ EP in the Afternoon, January 29, 2023

Good morning, Weekenders! You know we keep it pretty simple on Sundays here in The Mermaid Lounge with plenty of wide Open Stream and just a couple of (great) programming items.

Here’s your simple Sunday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds NEW!

This is the debut album by this great band, released on June 21, 1965, and marked the debut of the signature guitar sound of Jim McGuinn’s 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and the band’s amazing harmonizing, a vocal approach of the late, great David Crosby who would carry that tradition on into Crosby, Stills & Nash later in his career. This album consists mainly of folk covers, many written by Bob Dylan including the title tune and originals co-written by Gene Clark. The album provided the first American challenge to the chart dominance of The Beatles and other British invasion bands. The Byrds would go on to influence others in the sixties as well as future generations of musicians, including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers who carried on the jangling sound of McGuinn’s 12-string Rickenbacker throughout their 40-year career. You can get all the details about this album here.

2:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

Speaking of The British Invasion, that’s exactly what we’ve got here, but we go beyond that to include many British bands and singers that came later. You will hear The Beatles, The Who, Dave Mason, Electric Light Orchestra, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Queen, the Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Paul McCartney & Wings, John Lennon, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Badfinger, The Yardbirds, Traffic, Elton John, Lulu, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Animals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Donovan and more.

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We Keep It Simple on Sundays. Today It’s Smokey Robinson & The Miracles With Our AOW and We Take A Ride On ‘The Psychedelic Express’ On January 22, 2023

Good Morning, Weekenders! Hope you’re enjoying yours. Mine has just begun. Today we give you a great selection of programming in the midst of all that wide Open Stream. Read on for the details.

Here’s Sunday’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Going To A Go-Go by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles NEW!

Released on November 1, 1965, this is the first album where Smokey Robinson’s name was front and center. They went from The Miracles to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The album also includes four of the band’s Top 20 hits: Ooh Baby Baby, The Tracks of My Tears, Going To A Go-Go, and My Girl Has Gone.

2:00 p.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

All aboard! It’s our psychedelic music extended playlist front and center today. You’ll hear Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, the Electric Prunes, The Animals, the Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Donovan, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Tommy James & The Shondells, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground, Big Brother & The Holding Company and more!

Hell, kick your shoes off. Sit back. And tune in, turn on, and drop out. If there’s a big guy up there, rumor has it he even took Sunday’s off. We’re on 24/7 (not just when we have programming) at no charge. Your money’s no good here. The music is never interrupted by commercial advertising because we don’t accept any. Give us a try. We don’t even ask your name. You won’t regret it.

Today It’s a New ‘Live’ Show by The Pretenders, Our ‘Out in The Cold’ Playlist and the Final Airing of Laura Nyro as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter, Friday, January 13, 2023

Good Morning, Global Family! Forget that it’s Friday the 13th. No bad luck here in The Mermaid Lounge; just great music 24/7 every day of the week at no cost to you! We’ve got a great lineup for you today starting with The Pretenders.

Here’s your Friday the 13th lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Pretenders Live at Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009 NEW!

Chrissie Hynde is a force of nature and a real pioneer in the world of rock and it spills over into her great band. Today we have our very first ‘live’ Pretenders playlist from Germany.

3:00 p.m. Out in The Cold: Various Artists

We haven’t aired this one in a while and it’s about time. Of course, it’s not just about the cold weather. It’s about all weather. Here in the Boston area, we’re feeling the effects of global warming. It has not been cold at all. You will hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Albert King, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, James Taylor & Carole King, Bill Withers, Cream, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Michael Murphy, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra and more!

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

Laura Nyro left us all far too early, but she left a legacy of musical genius that cannot be denied. Many recorded her songs over the years from The Fifth Dimension to Barbra Streisand, but there is nothing like hearing Laura Nyro sing her own compositions. See for yourself tonight.

If you’re just tuning us in for the first time, then you’re in luck…good luck. We’re on 24/7 at no charge to you and with no commercial advertising to interrupt the musical juju. We’re all about the music, and that’s the way it should be.

At Midweek We Have Our ‘British Are Coming’ EP, A Trip Back in Time to The Monterey Pop Festival, and The McGarrigle Sisters On Tap, December 28, 2022

We’re getting close to the new year, music lovers and today we start the day with a bit of music from across the pond. Then, we move on to Monterey Pop as we celebrate festival week here. The McGarrigle sisters are our featured singer-songwriters later.

Here’s your midweek lineup:

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

We’re starting off our programming with music from across the pond, as they say. You’ll hear The Who, The Beatles, Dave Mason, Electric Light Orchestra, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Queen, the Dave Clark Five, The BeeGees (pre-falsetto only), The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Badfinger, The Yardbirds, Traffic, Elton John, Lulu, Pink Floyd,Yes, The Animals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, the Spencer-Davis Group, Cream, Donovan and more!

4:00 p.m. Music from The Monterey International Pop Festival: Various Artists, June 17-19, 1967

The precursor to Woodstock introduced Otis Redding to the world, and offered up some pretty big names in Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Country Joe & The Fish, Jimi Hendrix, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Association, Simon & Garfunkel, The Electric Flag, Booker T & The MG’s, Scott McKenzie and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Tonight we give you the second airing of this week’s featured singer-songwriters in Kate & Anna McGarrigle, whose songs have helped put many folks on the map.

As always, a great day to tune us in. This is the beginning of our Festival Frolic. Tomorrow is Woodstock. We will move on from there. We’re totally free. We don’t charge you a penny, and we are free of commercial advertising. No strings. No lie.

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 Begin Another (Albeit, Short) Work Week With Nanci Griffith, Neil Young and Our All About Blue Too Playlist, Monday, November 21, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Monday in The Mermaid Lounge and we face another work week. But hey, it’s a shortened work week, so that’s a bonus. Speaking of getting a bonus, we’ve got some great music today, including a new ‘live’ Neil Young performance later.

Here’s your Moan-Day lineup:

11:00 a.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Nanci Griffith

We give you Nanci’s second spin as our featured Singer-Songwriter for this week. We will hear this selection at least one more time later in the week before we flip the switch again. Get on it. She’s great.

3:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists

We aired the first volume of this a couple weeks ago, so it’s only fitting we air the second half. You’ll hear Robert Johnson, Paul Simon, Laura Nyro, Shawn Colvin, Phoebe Snow, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Doc Watson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Association, Buddy Guy, Linda Ronstadt, Electric Light Orchestra, Guy Clark, Little Feat, The Smithereens, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and more! It’s a couple of hours dedicated to my favorite color.

7:00 p.m. Neil Young Live at The Bottom Line, New York City, May 16, 1974 NEW!

This was a “surprise” live performance by Young and it was recorded and broadcast on WNEW-FM in New York. It was originally only a fan-recorded event, but it was eventually officially released in 2017. When the release came out, there were two songs that were also live performances but not at this venue. We have also included those live songs here and they are the last two songs in this set. Enjoy. Neil Young is always a treat in our book.

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The Weekend is in Sight With the ‘All About Blue’ Playlist, Our AOW and the Final Airing of This Week’s Singer-Songwriter, Thursday, November 10, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are motoring toward the weekend again and we’ve got our ‘All About Blue’ playlist (not an EP), our Album of The Week and Lucinda Williams’ final turn as this week’s Singer-Songwriter.

Here’s your musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

Yes, it’s time for the best of all color again: BLUE. The word blue in the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Paul McCartney & Wings, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Electric Light Orchestra, Elvis Presley, The Band, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, Badfinger, Joni Mitchell and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sweet Harmony by Maria Muldaur

This is our next-to-last airing of this great album that encompasses R & B, the blues and a little folk from one of the most versatile singers on the planet, Maria Muldaur. The final airing will be Saturday.

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

This is the final airing of Lucinda Williams as our featured singer-songwriter for this week. On Saturday, we introduce the legendary John Prine as our featured artist.

Again, we are here in The Mermaid Lounge to bring you the best music on the planet. And no. We are not all things to all people. There is stuff you will not hear on this station. We don’t play hip-hop, disco or rap. But we DO play plenty of soul music, rhythm & blues, and the blues. You know, actual music.

At Week’s End We’re on ‘The Psychedelic Express’ and Give You Some ‘Live’ Byrds Later, Friday, October 21, 2022

Good morning, psychedelic music lovers! Today we take a five-hour uninterrupted trip across the cosmos with ‘The Psychedelic Express’ EP. Later, it’s The Byrds live from Royal Albert Hall.

We’re boarding The Psychedelic Express at 11:00 a.m. sharp today! No stragglers!

Here’s your musical trip for today:

11:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

Take a trip inside your mind on The Psychedelic Express 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, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Tommy James & The Shondells, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, The Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground, Big Brother & The Holding Company and more!

7:00 p.m. The Byrds Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, May 13, 1971

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we air a live performance of The Byrds at Royal Albert Hall in London. It just so happens that this is, in a way, celebrating Tom Petty’s birthday because The Byrds great twangy guitar sound was a major influence on The Heartbreakers. Tune it in.

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At the End of the Work Week, It’s ‘The Female Species’ EP and Marvin Gaye In the Spotlight, Friday, October 7, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we give you a multi-artist EP that celebrates women, girls, and ladies of all types. (Even those Sweet Cream Ladies.) Marvin Gaye brings up the rear in the early evening.

Today it’s open stream with a theme with ‘The Female Species’, not to be confused with ‘Ladies Day Out’ which comes along a bit later this month!

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

Our Open Stream with a Theme playlist today celebrates the female species with the words women, girls, ladies and other terms of endearment in the title, lyrics or both! You’ll hear from Talking Heads, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Jackson Browne, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (not to be confused with the previous entry), Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye was instrumental in developing the Motown sound during the 60s, first as an in-house session player, then as one of its most successful solo artists. His talents earned him the nicknames The Prince of Motown and the Prince of Soul. We put him in the spotlight tonight.

We are on the cusp of the weekend now, people, and the music just continues to roll along guiding our path. We’ve got a bunch of listeners on this morning from around the globe, including Italy, Greece, France, the UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Texas, Ohio, New York and beyond. What exactly are you waiting for?

We Start a New Month With the ‘Color My World’ EP, the Final Airing of “Cloud Nine,” and LIVE DEAD! Later, Saturday, October 1, 2022

Welcome to a brand new month as we move into the fall-winter spectrum. We’re happy to be here with the leaves changing and little bite in the air. We’ll counter all that with some hot music. We’ve got some new additions to our routine coming, and maybe a couple of changes on deck as well. Stay tuned.

‘Color My World’ is one of those “off the bench” EP’s. We call on it to break the pattern. We’ve got it for you today.

Here’s your musical line-up for October 1:

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

Today we start the program with nearly five hours of songs about all of the color spectrum in the title, lyrics or both. We call our EP’s ‘Open Stream With a Theme’ for a reason. This one debuted on July 30 of this year, and you will hear from Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, 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 Experience, Booker T. & The MGs, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, John Cougar Mellencamp and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Cloud Nine by The Temptations FINAL AIRING!

This will be the swan song for Cloud Nine, where the Temptations broke the boundaries by introducing us to ‘psychedelic soul’ sound. We will continue on with our ‘psychedelic’ album presentation tomorrow with a brand new selection. Get in on this one while you can.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Saenger Center, New Orleans, LA, October 18, 1980

We haven’t aired this one since the summer of 2020, so it’s like a brand new airing. Great music from one of my favorite American music towns.

Before, in between and after it’s that great wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid at the controls. As you know, she has impeccable taste in music. Get on board today.