We Head Toward The Weekend With Our AOW, The ‘Ode To Morning’ EP, and a Tribute to Guitar Genius Jeff Beck, on Thursday, January 12, 2023

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are on the downslide to the weekend as we give you an airing of Santana’s AOW, our ‘Ode to Morning’ multi-artist EP, and a tribute to Jeff Beck, a man who had a profound influence on popular music.

Here’s today’s lineup:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Abraxas by Santana

We are on our next-to-last airing of this great Latin rock album here in The Mermaid Lounge. Our final airing will be sometime on Saturday, so you’ve got one more opportunity after this one!

11:00 a.m. Ode To Morning: Various Artists

We’ve had our musical tribute to the night time already this month, so now we turn to the morning hours where you will hear Joni Mitchell, The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nina Simone, Cat Stevens, Hoyt Axton, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Rascals, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Gram Parsons, Simon & Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Ry Cooder, Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Jonathan Edwards, Townes Van Zandt, Pure Prairie League, Bob Dylan, Chris Hillman, Badfinger and more!

7:00 p.m. The Yardbirds Live at B. B. King’s Blues Club, New York, NY, July 19, 2006

On January 10, we lost guitar god Jeff Beck at the age of 78, but he was more than just a guitar god. Beck influenced others for generations. He was an eight-time Grammy winner who spent time in The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice, once in 1992 with The Yardbirds and again in 2009 as a solo artist. As we assemble a Spotlight feature on him, we start with this great live reunion performance from 2006 at B. B. King’s Blues Club.

Before, in between and after we give you our wide Open Stream under the supervision of The Music Mermaid. She has impeccable taste in music, as you well know. We can make the trip to the weekend so much better with great music, and it won’t cost you a penny or require a “membership” of any kind. Hell, we don’t even ask your name.

We’ve Got Our ‘Seasons’ Multi-Artist Playlist, the Final Airing of Jackson Browne as our Singer-Songwriter, and a New Carly Simon Spotlight on Friday, January 6, 2023

Good Morning, Weekenders! Yes, it’s here: The Weekend, brought to you by The Labor Movement. And it’s going to be a great musical weekend indeed. There’s no time to lose as we begin today!

Here’s your Friday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Seasons: Various Artists

It’s supposed to be winter here in the Boston area, but it has been anything but with temperatures reaching the fifties on some days. But nevertheless, it is one of the four seasons and we have a playlist for that. You’ll hear Bobbie Gentry, Janis Ian, Donovan, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Johnny Rivers, Hoyt Axton, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Wendy Waldman, Eva Cassidy, Michael Murphy, The Rolling Stones, John Prine, Electric Light Orchestra, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, The Doors, The Kinks, Linda Ronstadt, Nina Simone and more!

3:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Jackson Browne

This is the final airing of Jackson Browne as our featured singer-songwriter, an artist who wrote for others during the sixties, helped pioneer country-rock down in Laurel Canyon and put the Eagles on the map, and whose own career took off in the seventies and is still rolling. Don’t miss it. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new artist.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Carly Simon NEW!

This one has been on my ‘to do’ list for a while and I’ve finally brought it to fruition here. Carly Simon began singing with her sister, Lucy, back in 1963 and strung together a bunch of great hits during the seventies like Anticipation, That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be, and You’re So Vain. While Mick Jagger appears on You’re So Vain and everyone assumed it was about him, Carly Simon actually revealed that it was about Warren Beatty.

We’re just getting warmed up for the weekend here in The Mermaid Lounge, so do give us a shot. We’re totally free 24/7 and we do not run commercial advertising. We’re not looking for anyone to pay our way here. We take care of that ourselves. It’s all about the music here. We intend to keep it that way.

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.

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.

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!

Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge Brings ‘The Female Species’ EP, JT & Carole King Live at The Troubadour, LIVE DEAD! and The Swan Song for “Creole Moon,” August 6, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The big highlight today, of course, is our EP called ‘The Female Species’ which is not to be confused with ‘Ladies Day Out.’ This one has songs referring to women, girls, ladies, sistahs, and various other forms of the female species.

‘The Female Species’ EP starts at 10:00 a.m.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

10:00 a.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

The female species has been the subject of many a songwriter for a very, very long time. Today we have songs referring to the female species in various forms. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt and more!

5:00 p.m. James Taylor & Carole King Live at The Troubadour, Hollywood, CA, June 22, 2010

These songs were recorded during their three-night run at The Troubadour in 2007 on their reunion tour, 37 years from their very first performance at this venue.

8:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Creole Moon by Dr. John FINAL AIRING!

This will be the swan song for this great Dr. John album, a return to his New Orleans R & B roots. Tomorrow we’ll have a brand new selection for you. You’ll see when you roll out of bed.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA, October 11, 1980 NEW!

We’ve got another new soundboard recording from the world’s ultimate jam band, this one from The Warfield Theater in San Francisco.

Saturday is always a great take here in The Lounge. While we’re toiling away in retail hell, you are being taken on a music journey by The Music Mermaid. You are in good hands. And we do not charge you one cent for the music. There are not forms to fill out so we can pester you with special membership ‘drives’ or collect personal information. Your money is no good here.

We’re Sliding Toward The Weekend With Bobbie Gentry & Some Friends at BBC Studios, Our ‘Rock, Blues & Ballads’ Playlist, and our AOW, Thursday, June 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists. We’ve got some great new stuff to start off the day today as we’ve discovered a Bobbie Gentry BBC Studios performance with a couple of friends along for support.

A couple of friends dropped by to help Bobbie Gentry out with her BBC Studios show

Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Bobbie Gentry Live at The BBC Studios, London, 1968-1969 NEW!

This was a great find, given the fact that Bobbie Gentry was always a bit reclusive and shunned the limelight. She just wanted to write songs for other people. But she did perform live music, and she did so at BBC Studios in 1968 and 1969. Maybe she brought Donovan and James Taylor along for moral support! We’re glad she did!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Tune by Eva Cassidy

We’re winding down on this week’s album selection as we’ve reached our next-to-last airing here. The final will be sometime on Saturday. Don’t wait too long!

7:00 p.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads, Volume One: Various Artists

I know. It’s about time I got volume two together. And I totally agree, so it’s on my weekend list. But this one’s pretty damned good and we haven’t heard it in a while. You’ll hear Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, J.J. Cale, Dusty Springfield, Neil Young, Paul McCartney & Wings, Long John Baldry, Randy Newman, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Gregg Allman, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

We’re sliding steadily toward the weekend here in The Mermaid Lounge, although I’ll grant you it’s not getting here fast enough this week. But good music goes a long way toward making the work week easier, so give us a shot. Because we play some seriously good shit with absolutely no commercial interruption, no chatty disc jockeys who’d rather talk than play music, or cost to you. Not one penny. And we’re open 24/7. What more do you want?

The Workday Week Begins With The Heartbreakers’ Deep Cuts & B-Sides, and Nothing But Heartbreak Later, Monday, June 6, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We kick off the work week in style with some lesser-played Heartbreaker songs, and our multi-artist heartbreak playlist bringing up the rear.

Danger! Heartbreak dead ahead!

Here’s your Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Deep Cuts & B-Sides

We’ve got a few hours here of some great Heartbreakers’ music that you probably don’t hear much, at least on traditional radio. Even if you’re a subscriber to Tom Petty Radio, some of these may not be heard with frequency. But we’ve got them here today, and they are always in our rotation.

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

This one is for the lovelorn, something I’m pretty good at, by the way. To say that my skills in choosing the right person are lacking would be an understatement. But nevertheless, you’ll know that I’m not the only one when you hear Carole King, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Tom Rush, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Mudcrutch, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dan Fogelberg, Aretha Franklin, The Band, Cat Stevens, The Bee Gees, Lucinda Williams, The Walker Brothers, Them, The Pretenders, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and more!

There is no better way to start your week than by pushing this little button below. You don’t need your wallet. Your money’s no good here. Got it?

We Start the Week With Our ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP and Some New ‘Live’ Stevie Wonder, Monday, May 30, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Rumor has it it’s going to be a hot one today. It’ll be hot for sure in The Mermaid Lounge as we start the day off with some music from Laurel Canyon.

Today’s featured EP is Music From Laurel Canyon

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Music From Laurel Canyon: Various Artists

Laurel Canyon was the incubator for two generations of great musicians, and we feature them both. 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 Tayor, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, and more! (Rumor has it that Mickey Dolenz was a party animal.)

7:00 p.m. Stevie Wonder Live at the O2 Arena, London, England, September 11, 2008 NEW!

We’ve got some brandy new ‘live’ Stevie Wonder for you today from his 2008 tour. We think you’re going to like it.

It’s Memorial Day and it’s time to kick back. Most places are closed today. What will the ever-consuming public do? Hey, for those of you who just can’t stop spending, you an always hit the keyboards. Me? I’m going ot put my headset on and enjoy the tunes.

We Slide Toward The Weekend With Our ‘What’s In a Name’ EP, our Album of The Week, and a Tribute to Bob Marley, Thursday, May 12, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great day of programming on tap for you folks today, including our ‘What’s In A Name’ EP which, in fact, we here in the Lounge sometimes forget is an EP.

Tonight we give you some live Wailers in memory of the great Bob Marley.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. What’s In A Name: Various Artists

I confess we often forget this one, but it’s a fun one. Songs with names in them…in the title, lyrics, or both! You’ll hear from The Turtles, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Steely Dan, Buddy Holly, CSNY, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Tony Joe White, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, The Allman Brothers Band, Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night, Shawn Colvin, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: External Combustion by Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs

The next-to-last airing of The Dirty Knobs’ great new album, very Pettyesque in fact, and most welcome. It makes us yearn for yesteryear. But I digress. Get on it now because we’ll have a brand new one for you on Sunday. Final airing on Saturday. Time TBD.

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 25, 1979

It’s hard to believe that Bob Marley has been gone for 41 years, but he has. He passed on May 11, 1979. Tonight, we pay tribute to the man and the band that put Reggae on the map for so many people.

Here we are again. We have our usual collection of worldwide listeners this morning from Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, the UK, France, Portugal, Russian Federation, Faroe Islands, Australia, and points beyond. Get on the map, people. You have no idea what you’re missing until you try it.