We’ve Got The Ladies Running The Festivities Early On, and We Close With Those Badass Guitarists; Before, During and After It’s Wide Open Stream, Thursday, November 4, 2021

We almost never say anything about us being 24/7, but we are. In spite of our work to bring you great programming, you should know that we run 24/7 uninterrupted, rotating more than 27,000 songs. We just thought we’d make sure you know that.

It’s Shawn Colvin’s turn In the Spotlight today!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin has been at it for decades. She learned guitar at the age of ten, and grew up listening to her father’s music collection, which included recordings of Pete Seeger and The Kingston Trio. In 1996, she released her album A Few Small Repairs, and her resulting hit Sunny Came Home became her launching point, spending four weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It 1998, Sunny Came Home won Grammys for both Song and Record of the Year. Today, we put the music of Shawn Colvin In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

Another trip around for Dusty Springfield’s great album Dusty in Memphis. We’re winding down on this one. The last airing will be on Saturday. So, get this one in while you can!

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

You may not hear them sing in this playlist, but you’ll hear their handiwork on guitar. You’ll hear Duane Allman and Dickie Betts (The Allman Brothers Band), Mike Campbell and Tom Petty (The Heartbreakers), George Harrison (The Beatles), Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards (The Stones), Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), John “J” Geils (The J. Geils Band), Pete Townsend (The Who), Paul Barrere and Lowell George (Little Feat), and more!

Ho Hum. Here we go again. It’s a great day to tune us in. That’s actually all we are asking. No strings. I know most people find that hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s the one time you’ll hear it where, if you actually give us a shot, you’ll find it is 100% true. No lie.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday with Eric Clapton & Friends, Stevie Ray Vaughn “Live” and Our Album of The Week, September 28, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a great blues line-up today sandwiched around our latest Album of The Week.

Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page & Joe Cocker on stage in 1983

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Eric Clapton & Friends: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, & Joe Cocker, Live at Royal Albert Hall, UK, September 20, 1983

Back in 1983, a bunch of musicians got together to play a benefit concert at Royal Albert Hall to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The event was organized by Ronnie Lane of the band Faces, who was a victim of the disease himself. The result was a great set of 18 songs of straight-up blues and blues-rock numbers. Even better, Clapton, Page and Beck were all once lead guitarists for The Yardbirds, but this was the first time they’d ever been on stage together. Many other great musicians were also involved in this benefit. You can read more about it here.

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

Back for the second airing of this great album from the world’s premier supergroup. You can learn how the Wilburys came to be right here.

7:00 p.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Live at The Bluebird Lounge, Ft. Worth, TX, September 30, 1979

There’s not much more you can say about Stevie Ray Vaughan that hasn’t already been said. He was on the road continually during 1978 and 1979, and one stop was The Bluebird Lounge. It is believed that the owner of the place, Robert “Bluebird” Ealey was sitting in on guitar and vocals.

Hell, it’s Tuesday Bluesday here in the lounge. Before you know it, we’ll be coming up on Blues Week here (sometime during the winter when we need it most). We’re out there sourcing some new stuff now. This is a great time to acclimate yourself to our station.

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We’re at Midweek With The Neville Brothers In the Spotlight, and Badass Guitarists: Volume One, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers across the planet! Here we are at another midweek. We have a lot of wide open stream today, but we have some great programming as well!

Today we have a brand new Spotlight, featuring The Neville Brothers

Here’s Wednesday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Neville Brothers NEW!

This one has been on my list for a quite a long time and it’s finally here. I got to see these guys just one time during one of my business trips to New Orleans. They were live at Tipitinas, a great venue, by the way. Today we have them as a band, some of them solo, and we also have The Meters. Art Neville was the founder of both The Neville Brothers and The Meters. They are truly a magical, musical family.

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Here we have some of the handiwork of some of music’s greatest on guitar. You’ll hear Dickie Betts, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Paul Barriere, Jimi Hendrix, Walter Becker, Mike Campbell, Joe Perry and more.

We’ll have Volume Two on Friday of this week, and we’re putting together Volume Three right now. So, if we’ve missed anyone, we’ll rectify that.

Once again, please give us a shot. We’re all about the music because this is a labor of love. We make no profit whatsoever. That is definitely not why we’re here.

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Badass Guitarists, The Jerry Garcia Band, and Our Album of The Week Highlight The Day, Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good Morning to all! It’s Thursday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got new music from the Jerry Garcia Band today, along with the handiwork of some of the best guitarists in music!

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Jerry Garcia Band!

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Today we begin with those badasses on guitar. You’ll hear the handiwork of Bonnie Raitt, Dickie Betts, Mike Campbell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Steve Winwood, Joe Perry, and many more.

3:00 p.m. The Jerry Garcia Band Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 1977 NEW!

The Jerry Garcia Band makes its first appearance here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio in a live performance from my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. You can bet it will not be the last!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon

Once again, allow me to reiterate that this is one of the best albums ever made, and certainly my favorite by Carly Simon. Recorded while she was pregnant with her first child, it resulted in two hits: Mockingbird and Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. But personally, I think the best song on the album is Forever My Love.

Here we are again, telling you to tune us in. We’re not for profit radio. Seriously. And we ask you for no credit cards or personal information. Sound crazy? What can I tell you.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Clapton & Friends, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, and Our Album of The Week Later, March 23, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge preparing for another Tuesday Bluesday, and we’re digging deep for some stuff we haven’t heard in a while.

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Most aren’t aware that Fleetwood Mac was originally a real blues band.

Here’s your line-up for today:

11:00 a.m. Eric Clapton With Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Joe Cocker

Here’s some real blue-eyed blues rock for you, led by Eric Clapton who has a penchant for getting his friends together for a great time. This is no exception.

3:00 p.m. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Live at The Warehouse, New Orleans (1970)

Most people think of Fleetwood Mac as a pop band, but the original Fleetwood Mac was a blues band, led by Peter Green. This is a great collection here known commercially as The Warehouse Tapes. Keep in mind this was recorded in 1970, so there’s no great engineering going on with this stuff. It’s just…there.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Let It Be…Naked by The Beatles

Again, the stripped down version of the Fab Four’s final album the way it was originally meant to be heard, and the way we here in The Mermaid Lounge prefer it.

If you’re a bluesologist, this would be your day to give us a shot. Seriously. We’re totally free. We ask for no subscription or credit card information. We do not even ask your name. All you do is pull up a computer tab and click the link below. That’s the way it is every day.

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It’s a Sunny Saturday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/9/2021

Yes, the sun is out for a change here. Let’s see how long it lasts. But in the meantime, we have all the news that’s fit for a trivia buff.

Sam Cooke. His voice was made for soul.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 9, 1962: Sam Cooke releases Twistin’ The Night Away, a great fucking song.

January 9, 1963: Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones on drums, replacing Tony Chapman.

January 9, 1965: The Beatles begin nine weeks at #1 on the US Album chart with Beatles ’65, their fourth #1 album.

January 9, 1967: The Buffalo Springfield release one of the greatest songs in history, For What It’s Worth.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, The Beatles supervised the recording of the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for Penny Lane.

January 9, 1969: The Beatles owned #1 on the UK Album chart with The Beatles (also known affectionately as, The White Album).

January 9, 1970: During their UK tour, Led Zeppelin played Royal Albert Hall on Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. John Lennon, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton were in attendance.

January 9, 1976: Queen was at #1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody.

Born On This Day

January 9, 1941: American singer, songwriter, musician and activist Joan Baez was born in Staten Island, New York. She recorded and released her debut album in 1960 at the age of nineteen. She is the first singer to record songs written by Bob Dylan.

January 9, 1944: James Patrick “Jimmy” Page was born in Heston, Middlesex, England. he was a session musician before forming The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. One of the greatest guitarists on the planet.

And that is it. It’s Saturday. Your lesson should be light and it is. Have a great day and we’ll be back with the line-up.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday! We’ve Got Hot Tuna Live at Sweetwater Music Hall, Later It’s Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Joe Cocker Singing The Blues, and Our Album of The Week, December 29, 2020

Yes, it’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge and we have a full day of blues programming all lined up and ready to go. You’ll be enjoying it while I try to cope with the general purchasing public.

Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna.

Here’s today’s Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Hot Tuna Live at Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA, January 27 & 28, 1992 NEW!

Here we have two veterans of The Jefferson Airplane now singing the blues in Hot Tuna. On this night, they are joined by Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead on guitar and vocals, the very bluesy Maria Muldaur on vocals and tamborine and Pete Sears on piano and accordion. By the way, after this performance, Pete Sears would stay with Hot Tuna until 2000.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison

The second airing of our album of the week is up at 3:00 p.m. today.

7:00 p.m. Eric Clapton with Friends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Joe Cocker

Eric Clapton gets together with friends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker to round out our Tuesday Bluesday programming.

If you like da blues, this would be a good day to tune us in. We don’t cost a damned penny. We don’t ask for your personal information or for you to “subscribe” to our station. All you need to do is click the link below.

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It’s Monday Morning Back at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 11/23/2020

And so begins another week. Here at the Mermaid Lounge, we’re trying to accomplish the impossible: Programming a week in advance. It’s a valiant effort, but the jury is OUT. Nevertheless, we have a lot of info here for you.

The very first juke box at the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco

November 23, 1899: The first jukebox was placed at The Palais Royale Hotel in San Francisco (see photo).

November 23, 1962: The Beatles auditioned at St. James’ Church Hall in London for The BBC, which was looking for people with potential to be on TV. The Beatles failed. I wonder if the guy who made that decision kept his job.

November 23, 1963: Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs have the top R & B song with Sugar Shack.

November 23, 1964: /The Beatles release the single, I Feel Fine. The B-side is She’s A Woman.

The Rolling Stones are late for the radio shows Top Gear and Saturday Club, and were banned by The BBC.

November 23, 1965: The Beatles film promos for I Feel Fine, Ticket To Ride, Help!, Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out at Twickenham Studios in London. The BBC paid 1,750 pounds for the broadcast rights, and then deals were made with other broadcasters around the world.

November 23, 1967: The Who played the New Barn at The Lions Delaware County Fairgrounds in Muncie, Indiana.

November 23, 1968: Little known fact, here: After Dusty Springfield had recommended Jimmy Page to Ahmet Ertegun, head of Atlantic Records, Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized their recording contract.

Steve Miller debuted on the charts after his first single, Living in The USA.

The Beatles tied the existing rock era record (held by Bobby Darin’s Mack The Knife) with a ninth week at #1 for Hey Jude.

Judy Collins’ version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now enters the Top 40, where it will peak at #8. It will also win The Best Folk Performance of the year.

November 23, 1970: George Harrison released his first solo single, My Sweet Lord, in the US.

November 23, 1972: Bob Dylan arrives in Durango, Colorado, to film the movie Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door).

November 23, 1975: Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody goes to #1 on the UK charts, where it will remain for nine weeks.

November 23, 1976: Wings kicked off a 19-date UK tour at The Royal Court in Liverpool.

November 23, 1983: Tom Evans of Badfinger committed suicide after the band decided to break up.

Born On This Day

November 23, 1939: Betty Everett, of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) fame, was born in Greenwood, Mississippi.

November 23, 1940: Freddie Marsden, drummer for Gerry & The Pacemakers, was born in Liverpool.

November 23, 1954: Bruce Hornsby, one of the greatest keyboardists ever, leader of Bruce Hornsby & The Range and keyboardist for The Grateful Dead, was born in Williamsburg, Virginia.

And that is it, children. Today’s lesson is over.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With The Yardbirds, Booker T. & The MGs in The Spotlight, and “On The Border”Returns, May 26, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Tuesday Bluesday once again, and we’ve got The Yardbirds on tap. Be sure to join us!

Yardbirds

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! The Yardbirds: The BBC Sessions 1965-1968   NEW!

The Yardbirds are a British blues-rock band formed in London in May of 1963. The original lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. Throughout the years, other band members have come and gone.

During the BBC Sessions featured in this playlist, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page circulated in and out of the band.

4:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: On The Border by The Eagles

This was The Eagles third studio album, and they added Don Felder to go for a more rock feel than the first two albums.

6:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Booker T. & The M.G.’s were a musical force in the sixties. Formed in Memphis in 1962, the band was influential in shaping the unique sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. The original band members were Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Steve Cropper (guitar), Lewie Steinberg (bass), and Al Jackson Jr. (drums). As the de facto house band for Stax Records, they also played for artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King, Wilson Pickett, and Delaney & Bonnie.

Tune us in for a great musical feast. We’re free. All the time.

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“Wildflowers” Debuts, The Soul Queens Return & Eric Clapton Hangs With His Friends, on Sunday, April 19, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Well, we have some great new stuff for you on this day, including the debut of Tom Petty’s solo gem, Wildflowers, as our Album of the Week.

The Soul Queens, Vol. 1

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

1:00 p.m.  Album of the Week: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers   NEW!

Wildflowers was the second solo studio album by Tom Petty, and it was released on November 1, 1994. In spite of Petty’s desire to break free of the constraints of the band, he used most of his compadres as session musicians. The album resulted in four single releases, the most successful of which was You Don’t Know How It Feels. The other three were It’s Good To Be King (my all-time favorite Petty song), You Wreck Me, and A Higher Place. Read more about the album and the contributors here

4:00 p.m.   The Soul Queens, Volume 1: Various Artists

Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Carla Thomas, Little Eva, and more.

8:00 p.m.   Eric Clapton & Friends Live!  NEW!

Eric Clapton has a few friends over, and they ain’t social distancing. He is joined by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker for a great repertoire of songs. Enjoy!

It’s Sunday. A day of rest. Take advantage and tune us in.

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