We Kick Off Tom Petty Month Today and Give You Some ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Action, Friday, October 1, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! It’s Rocktober, and that makes it Tom Petty Month. Now, we are not out to compete with any other music outlet by any stretch. But you’ll be seeing a bit more of The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys than usual this month. And that’s a good thing.

Fans gather to mourn the death of Tom Petty at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, after it had been announced that the musician had died at the age of 66. © Sheri Determan Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 02 Oct 2017 Credit: Sheri Determan/WENN.com

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

We kick off the day with our Travelin’ Fever EP. You’ll hear Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt, Asleep At The Wheel, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Band, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Loggins & Messina, Jesse Winchester, Fats Domino, Del Shannon, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Charles, Guy Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

We kick off Tom Petty month with Hypnotic Eye, the final studio album by The Heartbreakers released in 2014. It is not our album of the week because it has already been our album of the week. The reason we kick off with this album is it’s hard for a band to be this good nearly forty years on. In my mind, this album competes with Damn The Torpedos as The Heartbreakers’ best album. And The Heartbreakers were still packing them in. On the Hypnotic Eye tour, they played to 40,000 people in Boston’s historic Fenway Park.

Today’s the day, folks. We kick off Tom Petty month. Our photo today is not meant to be morbid. We celebrate Tom Petty’s life and contribution to music, both of which were huge. We merely wanted to show the outpouring of fan love that Tom Petty earned over his gigantic career. He is still missed, but his music lives on.

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It’s A Beatles Kind of Day As We Close Out The Month; We’ve Also Got The Wilburys With the AOW, and Our ‘On The Map’ Playlist Later, Thursday, September 30, 2021

Good Morning, Beatles Lovers (and I, for one, am one)! It’s a Beatles kind of day here today in The Mermaid Lounge, and with good reason! Read on!

In spite of the rumors, The Beatles were still loose and enjoying each other at the end.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions

October is a big month. The 50th Anniversary 5-CD set of Let It Be will be released on October 15 replete with remixes (McCartney was unhappy with Phil Spector’s versions of some of the songs; and I agree), outtakes, alternate versions, and other goodies. Peter Jackson’s six-hour Let It Be documentary will be released on October 15 as well, with the companion book, The Beatles: Get Back, coming on October 12.

We’ve had this little gem for a while now and have played it before. We thought this would be an appropriate way to kick out the September jams as we get ready for October.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One

Back with our next-to-last airing of this great album. October will also be Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. And you’ll hear plenty of the Wilburys as well during this time.

7:00 p.m. On The Map: Various Artists

We close out the day’s programming with our ‘On The Map’ playlist with cities, towns and locations in either the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Doors, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Asleep At The Wheel, Linda Ronstadt, Fats Domino, America, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Tom Rush, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, The Grateful Dead, James Taylor, CSNY, Scott McKenzie, and more!

We’re ready to rock n’ roll. Are you? Tune us in today as we close out September. You can join our friends from Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Switerland, Japan, The Faroe Islands, Portugal, The Russian Federation, Canada, and the U.S. (Texas, Missouri, and New York this morning).

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We’re Kicking Out the Jams With Trifectas, Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, on Saturday, August 28, 2021

Good Morning, Weekend Warriors! We’re continuing in the Trifecta mode to start off the weekend, but this time with all new artists. We’ve also got the final airing of our fine Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD later tonight.

The Trifecta is back with all new artists! See the schedule below.

Here’s Saturday’s musical schedule:

All Day Trifectas: Three-in-a-Row From Various Artists NEW!

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan

12:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris

1:00 p.m. Eric Clapton

2:00 p.m. Janis Joplin

3:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams

4:00 p.m. Steve Winwood

5:00 p.m. The Kinks

6:00 p.m. Wilson Pickett

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino: Various Artists FINAL AIRING!

Sadly, this great album made in tribute to the legendary music pioneer, Fats Domino, is in it’s final airing. Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a brand new featured album.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden, Boston, MA, April 2, 1973 NEW!

I’ve seen many a concert in this legendary venue, which has now sadly been transformed into a mega-arena. It was supposedly done to improve the sound quality, but I think that’s utter bullshit. I digress. This show was just over three hours of sheer bliss. If you’re a Deadhead, come join the fun tonight.

Great day to tune us in. I do, of course, say that every day because I have to say something. We have many listeners from around the world. Music, as they say, is a universal language. We’re waiting for the U.S. to catch up…and catch on.

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We’ve Got a New Feature Called Trifecta Thursday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got Our Album of The Week Later, August 26, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! If you’re lucky number is “three” this is your day. We’ve got Open Stream but we start every hour with trifectas (three-in-a-row) from some of our favorites. We’re adding this to our repertoire.

Marvin Gaye, Little Feat and Linda Ronstadt kick off our first Trifecta Thursday!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day Open Stream Trifecta Thursday NEW!

Today we kick off a new feature called Trifecta Thursday. We’re playing it by ear right now in terms of how much we’ll do it, but we have more on the horizon and continue to build our Trifectas. Here’s what you will hear today.

11:00 a.m. Marvin Gaye

12:00 p.m. Guy Clark

1:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt

2:00 p.m. B. B. King

3:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys

4:00 p.m. Aretha Franklin

5:00 p.m. Neil Young

6:00 p.m. The Byrds

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino by Various Artists

We’re winding down on this week’s album of the week, a great array of songs by those who knew Fats Domino was more than just another singer. He was a pioneer in rock n’ roll. Nobody was singing the stuff he was singing back then. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Toots & The Maytals, and many more!

Great day to tune us in. We’ve got a new feature for you. We’re totally free, run 24/7 without commercial interruption, we don’t ask for a subscription, your credit card, or personal information. We’re all about the music.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday: We’ve Got Some Brand New Blues, Some Old Blues, and Even Some AOW Blues, August 24, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! If you’re into the blues and the Allman Brothers Band, then we’ve got a treat for you today here from The Mermaid Lounge.

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Allman Brothers (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday Line-Up:

11:00 a.m. Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band, Volume 1 NEW!

This is from Scorcese’s ode to the blues. There’s a lot more where this came from, and this is just the first volume of the music from The Allman Brothers band, some of which has never been released in album form. The second volume will be aired next Tuesday morning, if you’re making notes on your musical calendar.

3:30 p.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute To Fats Domino: Various Artists

The second airing of this great tribute album featuring the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Lucinda Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, Willie Nelson, John Lennon and more.

7:00 p.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Hondarribia Blues Festival, Guipuzcoa, Spain, July 7, 2011

The late, great Johnny Winter, one of the most underrated bluesmen I’ve ever heard, makes his stand at this great blues music festival.

Tune us in. We already gave you all the good reasons in yesterday’s post, so I won’t repeat them hear. Simply check out the post above this one! We hate being repetitive.

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge And We Turn It Over to The Ladies of Music, and Give You a Great New Album of The Week, August 22, 2021

Happy Sunday Funday here in the lounge, where we give you our Ladies Day Out long player and a brand new Album of The Week dedicated to a rock n’ roll pioneer.

The Beatles hanging out with Fats Domino, a rock n’ roll game changer who should not ever be forgotten

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino (Various Artists) NEW!

The man from New Orleans was truly a pioneer in rock n’ roll, and his contemporaries knew that. So did the bands he inspired. They got together to pay him tribute. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (with an exceptional version of I’m Walkin’), Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Los Lobos. Lucinda Williams, Art Neville, Robbie Robertson, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bonnie Raitt & John Cleary, Norah Jones, Bruce Hornsby, John Lennon and many more.

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

At mid-afternoon, we turn the festivities over to the women of music. I hesitate to say rock n’ roll because so many genres are represented in this playlist. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde), Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Cilla Black, Ann Peebles, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Eva Cassidy, Lulu, Wendy Waldman, Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Baez, Valerie Carter, Dolly Parton, Carla Thomas, Carole King, and so many more. This is five hours of uninterrupted music from The Mermaid Lounge, where women are decidedly not second class citizens.

It’s a great day here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio and we do hope you’ll join our friends from around the world and tune us in. Today we have lots of listeners from Germany, Belgium, France, the UK, Sweden, The Faroe Islands, Israel, Italy, Canada, and the Russian Federation. That’s because they have great musical taste.

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The Last Day of the Month Brings Our Extended Travelin’ Playlist, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and Live Dead Later, Saturday, July 31, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists and road warriors everywhere. Today we bring you our extended, multi-artist Travelin’ Fever playlist, the final airing of Chrissie Hynde’s great new album, and Live Dead later this evening.

Today we have our four-hour, multi-artist Travelin’ Fever playlist.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Travelin’ Fever, Various Artists

The road is always a popular music topic, and this extended playlist provides ample evidence of that. You’ll hear more than four hours of uninterrupted music from The Doors, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Tom Rush, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, J.J. Cale, Del Shannon, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, The Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Standing In The Doorway by Chrissie Hynde FINAL AIRING!

If you haven’t heard this masterpiece yet, this is your last chance to hear it here. Chrissie Hynde delivers what we consider to be the album of the year with her covers of lesser-known, underappreciated Bob Dylan songs. She did this during lockdown using cell phone technology. Not to be missed.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, July 19, 1974 NEW!

Another great live performance from The Dead, the world’s ultimate jam band! This one is live from the Selland Arena in Fresno.

This would be an excellent day to tune us in. In fact, they all are. We’ve got Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, the UK, Spain, Portugal and points beyond all on this morning. Why don’t you join them?

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Fats Domino In the Spotlight, Emmylou Harris & Spyboy Live, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and “Live Dead” Tonight, Saturday, March 13, 2021

Good Morning, Folks! It’s our usual Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and our Music Mermaid has chosen some great material for today.

Emmylou Harris & Spyboy coming at ya later today.

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Antoine “Fats” Domino

We love Fats Domino here in The Mermaid Lounge. There’s a lot of discussion about where rock n’ roll started, what was the first rock n’ roll song, and the question has been asked “Was anyone singing rock n’ roll before Fats Domino?” Not sure anyone actually was, but we certainly consider our friend from New Orleans a pioneer of the genre.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur FINAL AIRING!

Today we have the final airing of our Album of The Week as sultry crooner Maria Muldaur interprets the romantic side of Bob Dylan. Don’t forget to tune it in. Tomorrow when you wake up, we’ll have a new choice.

6:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & Spyboy Live at Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 1997

A few weeks ago, we featured Emmylou Harris’s brilliant album, Wrecking Ball, as our Album of The Week. Her tour with Spyboy took Wrecking Ball on the road, although she did feature several songs from other albums, most notably, her ode to Gram Parsons, the beautiful Boulder to Birmingham. The stripped-down approach to her music continued her love of working with a variety of different musicians. The band consisted of country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller on guitar, and two New Orleans musicians, Daryl Johnson on bass and Brady Blade on drums.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1979 NEW!

One more from the road from the greatest jam band in popular music history. Not sure I’ve ever said this, but please keep in mind that Live Dead shows are sourced from a variety of providers, including fan-recorded events so there may be some flaws and quality variations as we progress through the catalogue.

Tune us in, people. Germany and Britain love us. We’ve recently added regular listeners from Estonia, the Russian Federation, and the Scandinavian countries. We hope you’ll join us soon!

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We Kick Off March in The Mermaid Lounge With Some ‘Live’ Bonnie Raitt, Music About Luck (Good, Bad, and Dumb), and Our Psychedelic Express Playlist, on Monday, March 1, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Well, they say “Beware the Ides of March,” so it’s only fitting that we kick off the month with our playlist about luck (all kinds). But it doesn’t end there. We have some live Bonnie Raitt and a little psychedelic music history.

Bonnie Raitt at the Rainbow Room in Philly is today’s live music offering.

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt, Live at The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1972

There’s nothing like seeing Bonnie Raitt in a small venue. One of my favorite places in the Boston area was Jonathan Swifts in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a Friday night routine for my friends and I, and I saw Bonnie Raitt there one time. Enjoy this treat.

3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck, Various Artists

Luck. Some people believe in it. Some don’t. Some create their own luck. But no matter, because there are plenty of songs about it, from Cream, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Loggins & Messina, Billy Joel, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, The Beatles, and others. You’ll hear them today.

7:00 p.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

Did you know that scientists are exploring the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness? We used to do our own kind of research on psychedelics back in the day. So did a lot of famous musicians, and you’ll hear The Beatles, Vanilla Fudge, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, They Byrds, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Blues Image and more!

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It’s Another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday EXCEPT For One Great New Orleans Playlist, On February 17, 2021

Good Morning, fellow music lovers! Here we are on our usual (mostly) Open Stream Wednesday. But we do have an amazing playlist for you today called the Down in N’Awlins Playlist. It offers just a hair (like, one second) over four hours of authentic music from one of great music centers in the world (in my humble musical opinion).

We’ve got four hours of great New Orleans music for you today!

Here’s what you’ll hear!

12:00 p.m. Down in N’Awlins Playlist: Various Artists UPDATED!

We have only one playlist for you today, and it’s a pretty amazing eclectic collection of all sounds New Orleans and Louisiana, from Cajun-Zydeco to the blues. We’ve also updated it from last year’s version to keep it fresh and to reflect music we’ve hunted for over the past year. Here are some of the people you’ll hear:

  • BeauSoleil
  • Clifton Chenier
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Kermit Venable
  • Dr. John
  • The Neville Brothers (together and solo)
  • Professor Longhair
  • Tony Joe White
  • Antoine “Fats” Domino
  • Irma Thomas (The Soul Queen of New Orleans)
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Queen Ida
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Chance Bushman & Friends
  • The Daywalkers
  • The Boogaloo Swamis

Some of the people on this list I discovered on my trips to New Orleans. The Neville Brothers, for example, I saw at the world-renown venue called Tipitinas on one of my earliest business trips to the city.

I discovered The Daywalkers on a vacation trip I took in 2014 at one of Bourbon Street’s most famous venue called The Cat’s Meow. I spent the day driking Tito’s vodka and just having a blast with the music. I discovered another band on that same trip at a great restaurant called Cafe Sbisa, which has sadly closed temporarily due to COVID-19. The band’s name is Chance Bushman & Friends. By the way, they also make a great Bacon Bloody Mary for the day after.

One band, however, I discovered right here in the Boston area; in Somerville, Massachusetts, to be exact. The Boogaloo Swamis were as good a Cajun-Zydeco band as anything you can hear in New Orleans because they genuinely loved the music. It was a craft to them. We’d spend every Friday night at a great place called Johnny D’s Uptown just partying with the Swamis. Great food. Great Drinks. (And a great Sunday Blues Brunch as well.) The family-owned venue rocked for 47 years. It finally closed for good in 2016, but it remains one of the great Boston-area music venues of all time. Great memories. I went on a hunt for Boogaloo Swamis music. I found some. I have some in vinyl form that I will send out for conversion to mp3’s over the next couple of months, but I did have some in CD form which have already been converted and added to the radio station. You’ll hear some of it today, and it has also been added to the general rotation.

Please tune us in. We’re sure you’ll love this playlist. It begins at noon.

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