Welcome to another Tuesday Bluesday here in the lounge, Bluesologists! Today we have our monthly foray into our big, bad blues playlist called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues.
Our big, bad extended playlist is up today for five hours of uninterrupted blues bliss. You’ll hear The Animals, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Delbert McClinton, Long John Baldry, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Susan Tedeschi, Ry Cooder, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more!
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young
Tonight, we give you the second airing of Neil Young’s brilliant Harvest album.
Before, in between, and after it’s open stream. We run 24/7 uninterrupted with no commercials, no mouthy DJ’s, and very few station breaks. It’s all about the music. (And did I mention we’re free with no strings attached?)
Here we are with our usual frenetic Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we wish you a great Good Morning. We’ve got some really cool stuff on tap, including a brand new playlist called Repeat After Me.
Here’s your Saturday line-up!
11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists NEW!
I was driving home from work when this idea came into my head and I wondered what the hell took me so long. I also have to tell you that I somehow feel this is simply the first volume. I thought of even more this morning. Here we have some great songs that have also been the beneficiaries of great remakes. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly the case in the music world. The best want to remake and pay tribute to the best songwriters and performers who have inspired their own music.
The playlist for this volume will be in the blog under the “Playlist” tab. Just click on it and scroll to the bottom.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!
This is the final airing of this great album. Get on it while you can. Tomorrow, we’ve got a brand new album to feature, and it’s one that just got its 50th Anniversary edition to boot!
7:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays
Last summer we added surf music to our repertoire, but we’ve not given it much of an audience this summer, regrettably I might add. As we work on the Labor Day Weekend, we’re going to play Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays. There’s a story behind this one. This band made one album, although the liner notes called them the premier surf music band of the sixties (when surf music first burst onto the music scene). The band is actually Mike Campbell and Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Randall Marsh (drummer for Mudcrutch, another Tom Petty band). The did this anonymously because they didn’t want to detract from The Heartbreakers meteoric rise of 1997, the year the album was released. They didn’t particularly care if it even sold a copy (which it did; I have one). They did it because they love the sound of surf music.
The album was just picked up and re-released a few weeks ago. If you are a lover of guitars (and of Mike Campbell, simply one of the best guitarists on the planet), then there’s something about surf guitar music that can’t be explained. Tune it in and see for yourself.
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, July 1, 1973
This is one of the few repeat performances we’ve played since starting LIVE DEAD three years ago, but it also hasn’t been aired since 2019. It’ll be like new, just like every live performance The Dead has done. We have several brand new never-before-played concerts in the bucket. We just need to get them ready.
Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge is pretty busy, and this one is no different. Give us a shot. We’ve got listeners from allover this morning, including Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, The Russian Federation, Romania, Spain and even The Republic of Korea. We’re sitting here waiting on the U.S. (although we do have someone from North Carolina and someone from Texas this morning). Tune us in. Get with the damned program.
Good Morning, Musicologists! We close the week by giving you the Beatles Top 100 songs and our multi-artist ‘By The Numbers’ playlist.
Here’s today’s musical programming:
11:00 a.m. The Beatles Top 100 NEW!
We have two house bands. The Beatles is one of those house bands. (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is the other.) This list is in no numerical order. It was done very scientifically, of course. Some Beatle fans (including me) sat around getting stoned and just threw out titles. If we agreed, we kept the song on the list. We scrubbed the ones we didn’t agree on. That’s about as scientific as we can get at this stage of the game. Some day when I am indeed fully retired, we’ll open this up to listeners by email and take votes. But for now, this is what you get. We like this list a lot.
The list itself will appear under the Playlist tab on the blog before I head out to work at 10:00 a.m. Check it out.
7:00 p.m. By The Numbers: Various Artists
Songs with numbers in the titles, or the lyrics…or both. Just over two hours of great music by many artists, including Alice Cooper, James Taylor, The Mamas &The Papas, J.J. Cale, Mudcrutch, Three Dog Night, The Doors, Stevie Nicks, Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash, The Searchers, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Searchers, The Beatles, and more!
Before, in between, and after we have wide Open Stream with selections by The Music Mermaid. She has impeccabletaste and plenty of songs to choose from. We’re free. We’re free 24/7. No subscription or credit card required. And no personal information requested. What more could you ask for?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again at mid-week and today’s big event is Nanci Griffith In the Spotlight, as we promised a couple of days ago.
Here’s your mid-week line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Nanci Griffith NEW!
We heard of Nanci Griffith’s passing on August 13 at the age of 68, and a sad day it was. Her songs have contributed so much to the careers of so many of her peers over the years. Today, however, we turn the mike over to Nanci Griffith her self as we present just over two hours of her music.
Raised in Austin, Texas, Nanci Griffith lived in Nashville where it was described she kept one foot in country music and one foot in folk music. She appeared on the show Austin City Limits a number of times over her career. During her career, she recorded 18 studio albums, 2 live albums, and released 17 singles.
7:00 p.m. J.J. Cale & Leon Russell In Session at Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, June 1979
Here we have the marriage of two masters in session from Russell’s Paradise Studios in Los Angeles, guitarist J.J. Cale and pianist Leon Russell. In a 21-song set, they are joined by Cale’s wife, Christine Lakeland, on guitar, harmonica and backing vocals. Also in the session are Marty Grebb (Horn), Larry Bell (Piano), Nick Rather (Bass), Jimmy Karstein, and Ambrose Campbell (Percussion/Drums), Bill Boatman (Guitar), Pat “Taco” Ryan (Brass) and Shamsi Sarumi (Percussion).
Today, we also give you an afternoon of hour-opening trifectas:
3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan
4:00 p.m. Mudcrutch
5:00 p.m. Steely Dan
6:00 p.m. Valerie Carter
Tune us in, people. We’ve got it all here on the greatest little radio station on the planet. You won’t “get it” until you give us a listen.
Happy Monday, Humans! We’re kicking off a new week here from The Mermaid Lounge with some good stuff, as they say, including a new live performance by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
Here’s our Monday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: By The Numbers, Various Artists
Here’s a fun one we haven’t heard in a while. Great songs with numbers either in the title or the lyrics from The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, The Searchers, The Doors, Mudcrutch, J.J. Cale, Steely Dan, Asleep at The Wheel, Emmylou Harris, The Grass Roots, Stevie Nicks, and more!
3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Led Zeppelin
It has been a while between playings for this particular playlist as well, but here it is, and updated from the last airing as well.
7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live at TD Garden, Boston, MA, June 13, 2008 NEW!
This one is new to us, the live show by The Heartbreakers from Boston’s TD Garden. This band never disappoints on stage and this performance is no exception.
It’s dismal here today from a weather perspective, a rainy and cool spring day. It’s a perfect day for music that will chase away the doldrums. That’s what we’re all about.
Happy Saturday from The Mermaid Lounge, where we are back up and running with some great programming today. We’ve got our usual busy Saturday here.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live At The Roxy, West Hollywood, May 26, 1976
We’re going to kick off the day with the man who is rightfully seen as a pioneer of Reggae music, Bob Marley. Widely recognized as the premier Jamaican singer, songwriter and musician, he and the Wailers developed a unique sound of their own by fusing together elements of Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songbird by Eva Cassidy FINAL AIRING!
Today is the final airing of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird album. She had a beautiful voice that many people still have yet to experience. She is now in our standard rotation, but this album will give you the immersion experience. Enjoy before we choose a new album tomorrow.
6:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & Friends Pay Tribute to J.J. Cale
Eric Clapton and his friends pay tribute to one of the great singer-songwriters of any generation, J.J. Cale, the man who pioneered what is called the Tulsa Sound, which fused blues, swamp music, rockabilly, country and jazz. Although he avoided the limelight, artists like Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Neil Young believe he was one of the most important musicl figures in popular music.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, October 22, 1983 NEW!
The boys are back for another fan-recorded event live from the Carrier Dome at Syracuse. Enjoy this entry from the worlds premier jam band.
Tune us in. After all, it’s Saturday. The weekend is here, and we’re the best fun you can have for free, with our without your clothes on, by the way.
Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge, where we play the best music on the planet. And it’s all free. Every fucking day.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. J.J. Cale and Leon Russell in Session Live at Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, June 1979 NEW!
Back in 1979, J.J. Cale and Leon Russell go together in Russell’s Paradise Studios for a session of great music. We have it here for you today.
3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 07 League of Terror
The final airing of this week’s episode of The Shadow. Get it while you can. We will have a new episode come Monday.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Pretenders
To be honest, this is one of the few bands I enjoyed at this time (aside from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers). The Pretenders made some great music, and Chrissy Hynde is often overlooked as a pioneer female rocker. Forget Joan Jett. Chrissie Hynde is where it’s at.
Come on, people. This is your opportunity to get in on some great music for free. Totally free. Absofuckinglutely no strings attached of any kind. No shit.
Good Morning, Music Trivia Buffs! Here we are at the proverbial weekend. Today will be my final day of retail servitude for a couple of days and I’m very much looking forward to being a full-time DJ once again.
Here’s today’s lesson:
December 5, 1964: The Zombies’ debut single, She’s Not There, tops the Cashbox Best Sellers Chart. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it peaked at #12 in the UK.
December 5, 1965: The Beatles played their final gig in their own hometown of Liverpool. On December 5, 1980, John Lennon called his Aunt Mimi saying he was homesick and was planning a trip back home. On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed.
December 5, 1968: An actual, real-life banquet was held for the launch of the Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet. It ended abruptly at the (unplanned) pie-throwing fight.
December 5, 1969: Badfinger released Come And Get It, written by Paul McCartney. It is the first hit on Apple Records that is not from The Beatles.
Also on this day, the Rolling Stones release my absolute favorite Stones album, Let It Bleed, loaded with great songs including Gimme Shelter (this could be my favorite Stones song ever) and Midnight Rambler. The title might have been prophetic. The next day, a fan is killed during their performance at the Altamont Speedway.
December 5, 1975: Fleetwood Mac’s tenth album is certified Gold, and will eventually go Platinum. This is the first album of the post-Peter Green era (my preferred version of Fleetwood Mac). John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie are all there. The newcomers are Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. The band’s singles cracks Billboard Top 40 for the first time. They are Rhiannon, Over My Head, and Say You Love Me.
December 5, 1976: Three days after surviving an assassination attempt, Bob Marley performs at the Smile Jamaica Festival, which he organized to promote peace in his country. It is estimated that 80,000 Jamaican’s attend the festival. Marley does a 90-minute set.
December 5, 1980: John Lennon gives his final interview to Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone magazine. You know the rest, sadly.
Born On This Day
December 5, 1912: Legendary bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson was born Alex Miller in Tallahachie County, Mississippi.
December 5, 1932: Richard Wayne Penniman, later know to the world as Little Richard, was born in Macon, Georgia.
December 5, 1938: Singer-songwriter J.J. Cale, who brought us the Tulsa sound, was born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
December 5, 1947: Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and Loggins & Messina) was born in Maywood, California.
And that is it for today from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge here in The Mermaid Lounge.