The Women of The Mermaid Lounge Take The Lead Today, and We Intro Our New Album of The Week, Sunday, November 21, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our monthly extended tribute to the women of music today as we bring you our Ladies Day Out EP. We also intro a great, new album of the week.

These are just some of our favorite women you’ll hear from today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac NEW!

It’s rare that we choose a Greatest Hits album as our Album of The Week, but there are those moments in music when it must be done. For those who are only familiar with the current iteration of Fleetwood Mac, this is not how they began their career. During the sixties, when the band came to be, it was a British blues-rock band led by a great guitarist named Peter Green. His version of Fleetwood Mac remains our favorite here in the lounge. You can learn more about Peter Green here.

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

Our Ladies Day Out EP is back to bring you five hours of exceptional music from Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Phoebe Snow, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Irma Thomas, The Supremes, The Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Alison Krauss, Maria Muldaur, Wendy Waldman, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson, Valerie Carter, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, Carole King, Carly Simon, Etta James, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Stevie Nicks, and more!

It’s a great day to tune us in. Every day is a great day to tune us in. We really mean that. There is no way we can convince you with words. You’re just going to have to try it out. For free. And it will remain totally free if you come back. How’s that?

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We Slowly Wind Down Tom Petty Month (But We Ain’t Done Yet), and Put The Soul Queen of New Orleans In The Spotlight, Friday, October 22, 2021

Good Morning, Petty-ologists! We are slowly winding down Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, but we do have some great nuggets left for you this week. Do not despair. We’ve got a very scientific offering today. (I’m lying.)

We put Irma Thomas In the Spotlight a bit later!

Here’s Friday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 60 Songs EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

The decision to move this from 50 to 60 songs was as “scientific” as the song selections themselves. We simply decided 50 wasn’t enough and some great stuff got left out. So, we arbitrarily added it in. I believe we pulled the song names out of a bucket when we originally made this list, and just said, “yeah” and “no.” But it matters not. We could redo this list and it might look very different. That’s why we don’t indulge. We think we’ve got a solid list here, and it now includes some of the stuff from Wildflowers & All The Rest and Angel Dream. ENJOY!

By the way, the set list is up under the Playlist tab and it was updated last evening. Just scroll around out there until you find it.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas is a contemporary of both Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but she never quite achieved the commercial success of either. Although, to listen to Irma, she’s feels she’s living just fine as ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans.’ At 80 years old, she’s still singing. We love Irma Thomas here in The Mermaid Lounge, and tonight we are putting her In the Spotlight where she belongs.

And you belong here listening to us. Join your friends from near and far today. We’ve got some in New York and Kansas tuning in today with folks from Italy, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Russian Federation, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Germany and France. What are you waiting for?

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Midweek Gives Us ZZ Top In the Spotlight, The All-Girl Revue, and Some Afternoon Trifectas, Wednesday, October 6, 2021

We’re at midweek once again here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got some great music for you today, including our very first All-Girl Revue.

Today we put ZZ Top In the Spotlight to kick things off

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of ZZ Top

ZZ Top was started in Houston, Texas in 1969. For 51 years the trio of Dusty Hill (vocals, bass), Billy Gibbons (vocalist, guitarist), and Frank Beard (drums) made some of the best rock music around. Oddly enough, Frank Beard was the only member in the band without an outrageous beard. Today, we put them In the Spotlight.

Wednesday Afternoon Trifectas

This afternoon we’ve got wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid and some great Trifectas:

3:00 p.m. Cannned Heat

4:00 p.m. The Kinks

5:00 p.m. The Rolling Stones

6:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume One: Various Artists

This is the very first collection of women’s music we ever put together when we started. We thought this would be a great day to break it out of the vault. You’ll hear Ann Peebles, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Petula Clark, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Irma Thomas, and more.

Tune us in, folks. We’ve got listeners from Denmark, Spain, Italy, Portugal, The Faroe Islands, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, France, Costa Rica, and a few from the good old United States tuning in today. All you have to do is open a tab and click on the link below:

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Saturday Delivers Great Music With ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul,’ the Final Airing of Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, August 14, 2021

It’s our usual Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick the day off with our R & B/Soul longplayer, the final airing of our album of the week, and the usual LIVE DEAD.

Nina Simone is just one of the artists you’ll hear in ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Today we give you more than five hours of uninterrupted soul and R & B sounds with The Temptations, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Shirelles, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Al Green, Bill Withers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sam & Dave, Marvin Gaye, Carla Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson FINAL AIRING!

This will be the final airing of this great blues and R & B album, so get on it while you can! Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a brand new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Century City Convention Hall, Wichita, Kansas, November 17, 1972 NEW!

Another soundboard recording from the ultimate road warriors here, and another brand new selection.

It’s our usual busy Saturday, but it remains that the bulk of our programming on any given day remains wide Open Stream. We’re free. We’re uninterrupted by commercials. And we do not ask for your personal informtion. All you need is a tab to access the best music on the planet from the link below.

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We’ve Got John Lennon In the Spotlight, The All-Girl Revue Too, and Our Album of The Week on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a pretty good program today…at least we think so. It begins at 11:00 a.m. as usual. Today we open with John Lennon In the Spotlight.

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

Today we have the music of one of the best voices in rock n’ roll as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a soloist. He also wrote one of the greatest songs of all time.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson

We’re winding down on this week’s album, a great blues and R & B effort by three of the most accomplished musical stylists in music. On this album they sing individually and as a group. It’s a rare treat. Don’t miss it.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Too: Various Artists

We turn the evening over to the ladies. In this second volume you’ll hear Carlene Carter, Bobbie Gentry, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Amy Winehouse, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Janis Ian, Mary Wells, Cilla Black, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Shawn Colvin, Susan Tedeschi and more!

Give us a listen, will ya? You have nothing to lose. Unlike some others, we aren’t free for just a week. We’re free every fucking day, all day. In fact, we run 24/7 uninterrupted by advertising or screaming DJ’s. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Sunday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Our Extended ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ Playlist and a Grrrrreat New Album of The Week, August 8, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! You know how we feel about the ladies of music here in The Mermaid Lounge, and today we have a special treat for you all.

We have some great blues for you today with three very special women…all of them part of our standard rotation

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson NEW!

I’m really excited to offer this album up this week. I could write a review of this, but I actually found one that’s perfect from the Louisiana Music Factory site, so here it is:

Why settle for one great female vocalist when you can get three, especially when they’re stylish soul diva Irma Thomas, Tracy “Mother Earth” Nelson, and swamp rocker (and roller) Marcia Ball. The talented trio take the Sing It! title seriously, belting all hues of blues with satisfying sass and sincerity. Backed by a fine and funky band of Memphis-soul stalwarts and New Orleans session stars, the ladies shine both individually and as a team. Thomas, the longtime “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” struts her stuff on the Bobby “Blue” Bland classic “Yield Not to Temptation,” while Ball puts some patented bayou boogie, powered by her slinky piano lines, into her spotlight songs. Nelson repeatedly stops the show with her enormous, wraparound voice, transforming tunes like “In Tears” from simple country-flavored ballads into cathartic emotional experiences. But it’s the combined voices that makes the session so special, and the title track, a soulfully scintillating second-line anthem, is the most enjoyable example of the vocal virtuosity of these women. It’s a quintessential New Orleans celebration of singing, well worth the purchase price by itself, and it, like the entire album, also serves as an excellent sampler of the multiple talents of the superb song stylists involved.”

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great playlist combining real country and country rock legends. (That means no bad pop bands with fiddles, as Mr. Petty referred to them.) You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Asleep At The Wheel, The Band, Pure Prairie League, Jerry Jeff Walker and many more.

It’s Sunday, and that means a day of rest. Seriously. No stress here. No subscription required. No credit card number required. And no personal information requested. Evah. And did I mention we run 24/7 uninterrupted by commercials?

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Today It’s All About The Ladies, Plus McCartney’s CHOBA B CCCP is Our AOW, Sunday, July 18, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s a total mermaid kind of day starting mid-afternoon. Before that, though, we’ve got a great Album of The Week for you.

Ladies Day Out is up at 3:00 p.m.!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney NEW!

The album title translates to Back in The U.S.S.R. and is the seventh studio album by Paul McCartney. It was released in October 1988 exclusively in Russia. It was released worldwide in 1991. The album is live in-studio covers of some of the great rock n’ roll hits that inspired so many artists of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Stones, and many others. This is a great album, proving that McCartney can rock with the best of them. The man’s career has spanned six decades now, and he’s still going. He’s what we call a living legend.

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

The ladies take over for five uninterrupted hours of bliss at mid-afternoon. This extended playlist features Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, Nicolette Larson, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, Etta James, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Norah Jones, The Ronettes, Joan Baez, and many more.

Before, in between, and after it’s our usual wide Open Stream rotating more than 27,000 songs at the whim of The Music Mermaid. Tune us in.

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Welcome to Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge! We Bring You A Little Bit O’ Soul, The Final Airing of “Old Yellow Moon” and our Ritual LIVE DEAD, June 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.

Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists

Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!

In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.

Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.

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Here’s Today’s Lesson From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 2/18/2021

Good Afternoon, Music Lovers! We’ve got your trivia lesson here guaranteed to make you the envy of your family and friends. You’ll impress them with the wealth of useless information you have!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with producer Denny Cordell.

Here’s today’s lesson:

February 18, 1959: Ray Charles recorded What’d I Say.

February 18, 1963: Peter, Paul & Mary released their single Puff The Magic Dragon.

February 18, 1965: The Beatles recorded two new songs on this day, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and Tell Me What You See.

Also on this day, The Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, appears on the London Stock Exchange.

The Kinks get into the act on this day also by topping the UK chart with Tired Of Waiting For You.

February 18, 1968: Paul McCartney and Ring Starr headed to Rishikesh, India to meet up with John Lennon and George Harrison. There they will study under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Also on this day, Pink Floyd fired erratic frontman Syd Barrett.

February 18, 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at Royal Albert Hall in London.

February 18, 1972: Neil Young’s Harvest album was certified Gold.

February 18, 1973: The nationally-syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour made its debut, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

February 18, 1980: Bob Seger released the hit Fire Lake.

February 18, 1985: Don Henley released the single All She Wants To Do Is Dance.

February 18, 1995: Denny Cordell, who produced Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Moody Blues, and Procol Harum dies in Dublin of lymphoma at the age of 51.

February 18, 2006: The Rolling Stones gave a free concert at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with 1.5 million people in attendance.

February 18, 2007: Norah Jones went to #1 on the Album chart with Not Too Late, her third consecutive #1.

Born On This Day

February 18, 1934: Skip Battin, singer-songwriter and bassist for The Byrds, the New Riders of The Purple Sage, and The Flying Burrito Brothers was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

February 18, 1941: Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, was born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

February 18, 1948: Keith Knudson, songwriter and drummer for The Doobie Brothers, was born in LeMars, Iowa.

February 18, 1953: Robbie Bachman, drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

And that is your lesson for today!

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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