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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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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Today We’ve Got Some ‘Live’ Dylan, Joni Mitchell In the Spotlight, and Our Multi-Artist Soul Men Playlist, On Monday, November 8, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we give you some Dylan recorded live at Budokan, and we put Joni Mitchell In the Spotlight to celebrate her birthday anniversary. And that ain’t all.

Happy 78th Birthday, Joni Mitchell!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan Recorded Live at Budokan, Chiyoda, Tokyo, February 28 & March 1, 1978

We kick it all off with some live Dylan this morning from his live performances at Budokan in 1978. Just to put a little bug in your ears, we’ve got a very interesting Dylan playlist coming up a bit later in the week also. Stick around.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Joni Mitchell

Yesterday Joni Mitchell turned 78. We’re sometimes a bit late on the uptake here in The Mermaid Lounge (we’re short staffed on the research side), bit we are never a dollar short. This is an excellent playlist covering her expansive career.

7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume One: Various Artists

Wrapping up the programming tonight it’s our Soul Men playlist where you will hear Ray Charles, Clarence Carter, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Ruffin, Al Green, Bill Withers, The Four Tops, Slim Harpo, The Temptations, Fats Domino, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, and more!

Before, in between, and after we’ve got all that great wide Open Stream courtesy of our Music Mermaid. She has impeccable taste in music, as you know. and has a shitload of material to choose from. And it’s all free from The Mermaid Lounge to your ears.

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It’s A Mermaid Lounge Monday With Linda Ronstadt Live in Boston, John Prine In the Spotlight, and Plenty of Music Under the Sun & Moon Later, November 1, 2021

Not only is it the beginning of another work week, but it’s the start of another month. The winter is slowly rolling in, the temps are chilly, but we’ve got just the stuff to keep you warm all winter here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We put John Prine In the Spotlight this afternoon!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, May 14, 1995

This is the infamously great concert with Valerie Carter as the opener and on stage with Linda backing her up during the main event. The good music fairy was shining down that day. It’s not often you get to see two great singers together on the same stage, but I was fortunate on this particular night.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Prine

John Prine was a genuine original, a country-folk singer-songwriter who often used his great wit and introspection to write (sometimes) humorous songs containing elements of protest and social commentary. I was fortunate to see him once during my lifetime (and his), but wish it had been more. We own all of his material here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ll play it for you later today.

7:00 p.m. Under the Sun & Moon: Various Artists

Another of our original playlists here with references to the sun and moon in the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear from Tom Rush, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, The Doors, Foo Fighters, The Kinks, The Wallflowers, Donovan, The Traveling Wilburys, and more!

Mondays are difficult at best. You will make your day so much better if you take the time to tune us in. It’s just so damned easy it isn’t funny. Pull up a tab and click the link below. You’ll see. It doesn’t cost you a penny or require any effort on your part beyond that.

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We Close Out Tom Petty Month, Give You A New Album of The Week, and Folk Music From A-to-Z, Sunday (also, Halloween), October 31 , 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists. We’ve got another fine Sunday on tap kicking off a bit earlier so that we can give you a final Heartbreakers live performance this evening to close out Tom Petty Month.

Today’s featured Folk Music EP starts at 2:00 p.m.!

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

This was the first time Dusty Springfield brought her unique R & B style together with the Memphis sound. It sold poorly when it was released in 1969, but as Springfield’s music became known and her legend grew, things changed. Later, it would be acclaimed by critics as one of the most important popular music albums ever made. It also spawned Son of A Preacher Man, Springfield’s “signature” song and her great version of Windmills Of Your Mind.

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

Take a trip down memory lane to the present with one of the original “protest” musical genres, FOLK. You’ll hear Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Tom Rush, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, The Stone Poneys, Bonnie Raitt, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jesse Winchester, Eric Andersen, The Band, Harry Chapin, Cat Stevens, and many more!

8:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, March 15, 1999

Earlier during Tom Petty month we played the recordings of the Heartbreakers’ legendary 20-might residency at the Fillmore West from 1997. Tonight, we close out another Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge with recordings from the band’s 1999 residency at The Fillmore.

There are many reasons to tune us in, people. Must I keep listing them? I mean, I will if I have to. We’re totally free and we don’t ask for a credit card or personal information. We don’t accept advertising, so we don’t mess up the musical vibe with endless capitalist chatter, and our DJ is practically a mute. I mean, I know people don’t trust the whole “no strings” thing, but maybe you should give us a shot and we’ll prove it to you.

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It’s Midweek During the Final Week of Tom Petty Month, and We’ve Got Those Echoes From the Canyon Again, Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, we’re at midweek again. We’ve got our Laurel Canyon EP going today, along with some Wildflowers action a bit later as part of Tom Petty Month.

Some of the Legends of the Canyon

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

This became an EP a little over a month ago, and it’s one of our favorites. Laurel Canyon was a musical phenomenon of both the 60s and 70s. You will hear The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Canned Heat, The Doors, The Mamas & The Papas, The Monkees, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, CSNY, Neil Young, Stephen Stills & Manassas, John Mayall and many more.

7:00 p.m. Wildflowers & All The Rest: Finding Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Ever wonder how the final songs became the final songs? This is a great playlist from the Wildflowers project released just a little over a year ago. Alternate versions of the final songs that ended up on Wildflowers are a great treat for Petty fans. I never get tired of this stuff.

Its like Open Stream with a Theme. Yeah. That’s what it is. And it’s always uninterrupted by commercials or mouthy DJ’s who overstay their welcome. We’re also free, and we don’t ask you for a damned thing. So, what are you waiting for?

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Saturday Brings Our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, Our Final Airing of “Full Moon Fever” by Tom Petty, and LIVE DEAD Later, October 23, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we turn the beginning of the day over to the women of music.

It’s ‘Ladies Day Out’ starting at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The ladies kick it all off today as we go through a magical musical journey of rock, country, soul, R & B. the blues, folk, and many other genres with Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Cilla Black, Ann Peebles, The Supremes, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Lulu, Joan Baez, Melissa Etheridge, Dolly Parton, Valerie Carter, Carole King, Carla Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty FINAL AIRING!

Today we bid a fond farewell to Tom Petty’s first solo album, although he did have help from many of his bandmates in both The Heartbreakers and in The Traveling Wilburys. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, MA, October 27, 1979 NEW!

Another one from the vault from the world’s ultimate road jam band. This one’s from the Cape Cod Coliseum, a venue which many claims feels like it’s “in the middle of nowhere.” Funny, I don’t remember that. Then again, I don’t remember a lot about my trips to the Cape Cod Coliseum, to be honest.

Great day to tune us in, as always. I know I say that every day, but I also mean it every day. Hey, look, where else do you get to try something out for free. In my experience, new “experiences” always seem to require a credit card with the caveat that you can cancel at any time. Well, that’s not the way we do business around here. In fact, we’re not “doing business” around here. We’re playing music. Period. End of story.

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It’s a Black & Blue Friday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Songs Including References to Those Two Colors Throughout The Day, October 15, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! This should be a fun day as we pull out our All About Blue and Paint It Black set lists for you. It’s a treasure trove of multi-artist songs as we play the ones with the words “blue” and “black” in either the title or the lyrics, or both!

Today it’s songs with references to the colors black & blue in the title, lyrics, or both!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

1:15 p.m. All About Blue: Volume Two: Various Artists

We’re running these two playlists back-to-back for you today to kick things off, focusing on songs with references to the color blue in the title, the lyrics…or both! And there are plenty as you’ll hear from The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Mudcrutch, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists

You’ll get the same treatment tonight only with the color black. You’ll hear from Led Zeppelin, The Wallflowers, The Move, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Grateful Dead, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang, Tom Rush, Amy Winehouse, Warren Zevon and more!

And that’s why it’s a black & blue Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a big wide Open Stream with a bit of a twist, and we hope you like it. Make today part of your background color by pulling up a tab and tuning us in. You’ll be in good company.

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Today We Ask ‘What’s In A Name?’ and Take You On A Flight to Copenhagen Aboard The Jefferson Airplane, Friday, October 8, 2021

Welcome to Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge. I was inspired last evening and updated our ‘What’s In A Name’ playlist. It is now officially an EP. Read on, Musicologists!

This evening we give you some live Jefferson Airplane!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. What’s In A Name: Various Artists UPDATED & EXPANDED!

These playlists are a blast to create. So, last night, as I was planning to simply program today’s musical events, I realized just how many great songs were left off this list! Before I knew it, it was our latest EP. You’ll hear Chi Coltrane, Tony Joe White, The Beatles, Three Dog Night, Laura Nyro, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Warren Zevon, The Allman Brothers Band, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, The Association, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Steve Winwood, Badfinger, The Kinks, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, and then some!

The complete set list for this particular EP will be on this blog under the Playlist tab. Just scroll to the bottom!

7:00 p.m. Jefferson Airplane Live at The Falconer Center, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 28, 1968

Take a trip back in time on Jefferson Airplane to Copenhagen for this great concert. We haven’t heard this one in a while. This seems like the perfect time to break it out.

Join us this morning, although not literally. No subscription or credit card is required. No personal information is asked for. All you need to do is pull up a tab and click on the link below (I promise, as soon as I have time, it’ll be a button).

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It’s Another Monday Here and The Beginning of the Week is All About Love and Loss, September 27, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Fall is in the air here this morning, and love is on our minds. That is to say, music about true love and heartbreak. I’m an expert at the second part. That’s why I don’t play in that arena anymore.

First comes love. Then comes heartbreak. We’ve got both ends of the spectrum today.

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

We start with the bad news first. That way we can end the day on a more upbeat note. You’ll hear laments from Elvis Presley, Carole King, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Rush, Ray Charles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cat Stevens, The Pretenders, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The J. Geils Band, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Them, and many more!

3:00 p.m. True Love Always: Various Artists

This is a much longer and optimistic playlist. Funny how that works out, eh? I’ll have to do some digging into just why it’s the longer of the two. In this particular list you’ll hear The Mamas & The Papas, George Harrison, Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Mudcrutch, The Hollies, Joni Mitchell, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jonathan Edwards, The Beatles, Neil Young, Basia, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, The Four Tops, and more!

We’re here with you through the ups and downs of life. We’ve got some folks tuned in this morning from Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Spain, France, The Russian Federation, Brazil, Japan, Denmark, and Italy. We’ve got some new listeners from the U.S. as well over the last few days, some from Kansas and some from Texas. What are you waiting for?

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