It’s Saturday with a Happy 80th McCartney Celebration, the Final Airing of Our AOW, Our ‘Folk Music From A-To-Z’ EP and LIVE DEAD! Later, on June 18, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great lineup for you today and it’s a bit busier here in The Lounge than usual because we’ve got McCartney’s 80th birthday celebration later on.

Happy 80th Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney!

Here’s today’s musical journey:

10:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

We begin the programming day with this great extended playlist that includes tunes from John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary, Odetta, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lead Belly, Tim Hardin, The Kingston Trio, Simon & Garfunkel, Richie Havens, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, James Taylor, The Carter Family, Jesse Winchester, Joni Mitchell, The Stone Poneys, Phil Ochs, Linda Ronstadt, Harry Chapin and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Tune by Eva Cassidy FINAL AIRING!

Today we bid a fond farewell to this week’s Album of The Week by the late, great Eva Cassidy who, unfortunately, didn’t live long enough to see her success. Don’t miss this collection of rehearsal tunes and live performances.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney

Today we say happy 80th birthday to a true musical living legend who’s still rocking away on his ‘Got Back’ tour. We’ve got Beatles’ stuff, solo performances, his stint with Wings…it’s all here for a couple of hours tonight.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Summer Jam, Watkins Glen, New York, July 28, 1973

Tonight’s LIVE DEAD! is a rare repeat, but it hasn’t been aired since 2020, so it should sound just like new to those of you who aren’t Deadheads (and they don’t care how many times they hear a Grateful Dead show; it’s all new to them).

We’re chock full of stuff today and we think you’ll like it. There’s no better way to kick start your weekend than with the little radio station that could. (I think I like that.) There are, of course, some things we just can’t do, like play rap and screaming heavy metal death, charge for listening, or play commercial advertising. But we’re pretty damned good with everything else.

At Midweek We’ve Got Our ‘Under the Influence’ EP, Trifectas in the Afternoon, and Jesse Winchester ‘Live’ Later, Wednesday, May 18, 2022

We’ve got some live Jesse Winchester for you later!

Here’s your midweek lineup:

9:00 a.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists

Yeah, we’ve all been here. Let’s not deny it. Whether it was legal or not, we have all indulged. Don’t deny it. You’ll hear Arlo Guthrie, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Donovan, Glenn Frey, John Lee Hooker, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, The Traveling Wilburys, The Temptations, Small Faces, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, The Beatles, Neil Young, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Dave Van Ronk, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Steve Winwood, Led Zeppelin, The Band, Harry Chapin, The Fraternity of Man, and many more!

3:00 p.m. Open Stream with On-the-Hour Trifectas!

We revert to Open Stream for a few hours, so we’re starting each hour with a Trifecta!

3:00 p.m. Joan Baez

4:00 p.m. Alison Krauss

5:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

6:00 p.m. The Supremes

7:00 p.m. Jesse Winchester Live at The Bijou Cafe, Philadelphia, PA, May 26. 1977

Here’s a great singer-songwriter who doesn’t get enough credit, but we love him here in The Mermaid Lounge. He was great when I saw him in venues like The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York, but he’s spectacular in small, intimate settings like The Bijou Cafe. Tune him in.

Come on, people. What’s it going to take to get you to tune us in? We have loyal listeners from all over the planet. It’s time for you to join us, and it will not cost you a penny.

Today We’ve Got Our ‘On The Map’ Playlist, James Taylor & Joni Mitchell Live, and Our AOW, on Thursday, April 7, 2022

Good Morning, Gang. We’ve got a great line-up on this fine day here in The Mermaid Lounge, including our ‘On The Map’ playlist (not an EP, by the way).

Later today, we’ve got James Taylor & Joni Mitchell Live at Royal Albert Hall.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. On The Map: Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one for a bit and we think it’s a good time to break it out. This particular playlist makes references to states, cities and other famous (or infamous) locations in the title, lyrics, or both! You’ll hear Asleep at The Wheel, Little Feat, America, Ray Charles, Neil Young, the Grateful Dead, the Lovin’ Spoonful, The Association, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester, James Taylor, CSNY, Tom Rush, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Luxury Liner by Emmylou Harris

We’re winding down on this one, folks. This is the next-to-last airing with the final airing coming on Saturday, so get in on it before it’s gone!

7:00 p.m. James Taylor & Joni Mitchell Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, October 28, 1970

It was that kind of time in music. Everyone was hanging out together (in and out of relationships), many in Laurel Canyon where those echoes were heard all around the world. This is a classic, folks.

Join us, and I don’t mean that literally because we don’t require you “joining” or “subscribing” to anything. We mean “joining” as in tuning us in with your neighbors around the world because, no matter what the GOP tells you, we don’t all have to speak the same language to appreciate good music.

We’ve Got ‘Travelin’ Fever’ at Mid-Week, and We Put Steely Dan In the Spotlight Later, Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gooooooood Morning, Music Lovers everywhere! We’ve hit mid-week once again and we’ve got our most excellent ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP to kick off the day. We put Steely Dan front and center a bit later.

We put The Dan In the Spotlight later, but first we go Travelin’

Here’s your mid-week programming:

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

In the time of COVID, I’m not interested in planes, trains, or boats packed with people, so I’ll live vicariously through this great EP. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, Del Shannon, Asleep at The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan

I’ve heard some pretty dumb comments about Steely Dan. You know, like they can’t reproduce their sound “live.” Having seen them, that’s bullshit. Steely Dan made some of the absolute best music of the seventies and eighties. They fused pop, jazz, and rock into a sound all it’s own. They are In the Spotlight here tonight.

It’s December, so give yourself a Christmas present that’s totally free. Better still, try us out and then give a gift to someone you know loves music. Tell them about us. That’s free too. No commercials. No mouthy DJ’s. No hidden costs. No personal information required. Merry Fucking Christmas. Tune us in.

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Mermaid Lounge, and We Promise Our Line-up is No Turkey Today, Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving morning live from The Mermaid Lounge where we give thanks for great music, great musicians and, most of all, great listeners.

Arlo Guthrie and his friends share Thanksgiving dinner at Alice’s Restaurant.

Here’s your Turkey Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Our Thanksgiving Tradition: The Alice’s Restaurant Massacree by Arlo Guthrie

We’ve been playing this as our Thanksgiving tradition since we started back in 2017, and we continue on today with all 18 minutes and 34 seconds. The song, recorded in 1967, occupies one entire side of Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant album. As Guthrie himself explains it, the restaurant is not really called Alice’s Restaurant, even though the song is about Alice and the restaurant. That factoid is in keeping with the song’s continuing mystery. You can find the lyrics here should you want to sing along.

2:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

After the L-Tryptophan has taken effect, you can all sit down and relax with some great folk music as we air our Folk Music From A-To-Z extended playlist and hear Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, The Stone Poneys, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, Tom Rush, John Prine, Eric Andersen, The Band, Odetta, and many more.

9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

We toss in some blues to close out the planned programming with our Album of The Week by the great Peter Green and his original Fleetwood Mac. Most people don’t know he’s the founding father here. This is our next-to-last airing, so squeeze it in before you pass out.

Join us for the Turkey Trot today (figuratively, of course). I wish I could tell you that listening is free today, but the fact is that listening is free every day. Just tune us in and give us a listen today. You’ll be very thankful. We promise.

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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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Welcome to Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge Where The Traveling Wilburys Own Our Album of The Week and Folk Music Reigns Supreme With Our Extended Playlist, September 26, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Simplicity is the word of the day today. Lots of Open Stream, but…some really great programming to carry you through your afteroon.

Hell, it’s only the greatest supergroup on the planet: (R-L) George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Bob Dylan.

Here’s Sunday’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One NEW!

There are supergroups, then there are SUPERGROUPS. This one is in the latter category. Every poll I’ve seen taken in every music magazine and on every music website puts The Traveling Wilburys at the top of the supergroup heap, and we here in The Mermaid Lounge wholeheartedly agree. It started with George Harrison needing to record a “B side” for a release. The rest is history. You can read about it here.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-to-Z: Various Artists

Folk music is an amazing genre. I remember when folk music purists were upset the day Bob Dylan picked up an electric guitar. Dylan changed the face of folk and made it much more accessible to many people who may have ignored it. You’ll hear Bob Dylan in this EP. You’ll also hear Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Stone Poneys (featuring Linda Ronstadt), Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, John Prine, Tom Rush, The Wallflowers, John Prine, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Jesse Winchester, Odetta, Peter, Paul & Mary, and many more!

Sunday is officially a day of rest, so we’re taking it easy in The Mermaid Lounge. But The Music Mermaid is always in control here and you’re all in good hands. I promise. See for yourself.

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It’s Another Sunday Funday Here With “Folk Music From A-to-Z” and Steely Dan With Our Album of The Week, August 29, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have another great Sunday lined up here in The Mermaid Lounge with our folk music extended playlist, and Steely Dan owns our new featured album.

You’ll be hearing Peter, Paul & Mary later during our Folk Music From A-To-Z extended playlist

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan NEW!

Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we don’t care much about whether or not an album has generated “hits” or not. (Although we actually consider several songs on this masterpiece actual hit material.) What we care about is music, and this is a great album. And that’s why it’s this week’s Album of The Week.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

It’s that time of the month again when we break out the folk music archives. You’ll hear John Prine, Tom Rush, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Andersen, Jesse Winchester, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Nanci Griffith and many more!

It’s Sunday and that means it’s the Official Day of Rest. So give it a rest and tune us in. We’re 100% free 24/7 with no interruptions from those pesky advertisers. And we never ask for your credit card or personal info.

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Lucinda Williams Live, Laura Nyro In the Spotlight, Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, Saturday, May 8, 2021

Happy Saturday, Musicologists! It’s our usual rockin’ Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’re loaded with great stuff today, starting with Lucinda Williams.

Lucinda Williams, who had a stroke last year, is ready to return to action and we are celebrating!

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Lucinda Williams Live at Austin City Limits, The Moody Theatre, December 5, 1998

It recently came to light that Lucinda Williams suffered a stroke late last year. She is now ready to sing again, and we here in The Mermaid Lounge are happy about that. Today, we have her live at Austin City Limits.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Nothing But A Breeze by Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester remains one of the most underrated singer-songwriters of his generation, and today we have the final airing of his album, Nothing But A Breeze. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a new Album of The Week.

6:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro is another of those singer-songwriters who sometimes flies under the radar. She has written songs that have put many people on the charts. But there’s nothing like hearing Laura Nyro sing her own compositions. You can do that here today.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Albuquerque Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 17, 1971 NEW!

We’re back to new live performances from The Grateful Dead this week. This time we have them live from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Saturday is a great day to listen in, people. It’s the start of the weekend after a long work week. We’re not-for-profit; we don’t ask for your credit card number or your personal information. We do not run advertising. All we do is play great music. Just pull up a tab and click the link below.

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Bonnie Raitt Live at The Troubadour, Van Morrison In the Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, May 6, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! Well, after two solid days of nothing but rain the sun shines brightly outside The Mermaid Lounge! We’ve got some great music on tap for today also!

We’ve got Bonnie Raitt live at the famed Troubadour to kick off our programming!

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt Live at The Troubadour, West Hollywood, California, February 15, 1972

One of the world’s greatest performers at one of the world’s most vaunted venues right here. I’ve seen Bonnie Raitt in several small venues in Boston in my lifetime. There’s nothing like that experience.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Nothing But A Breeze by Jesse Winchester

Our second to last airing of this fine album. Our final will be on Saturday. Catch it while you can, folks! Jesse Winchester is one of the most underappreciated singer-songwriters of his generation.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Van Morrison

We haven’t heard this particular playlist in a while, so it’s a great time to break it out. I’ll say it again, Van Morrison is an insufferable cad. Don’t believe a word that comes from his mouth when he tells you he’s fighting for your freedom when he wants to pack in the tour venues during COVID-19. What he wants to do is line his pocket. I’ve also seen Van several times and he’s not exactly the nicest guy on stage either. But his music? One of the very best here.

Tune us in, folks. We are most definitely not-for-profit, and that is tough to find on the regular airwaves these days. Earlier this week, I drove in a U-Haul truck to move my daughter back to Boston. All they had was regular radio. I opted for silence instead.

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