A Little Bunny Told Me This Is a Folk Music Day, So We’ve Got John Prine With Our AOW and Our ‘Folk Music From A-To-Z’ EP, Sunday, April 17, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great music day today, particularly if you like folk music…so, I’m all in. We’ve got our great multi-artist playlist to kick it all off!

Here’s your Easter Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

We switch gears a bit here and open with an EP today from some of the greatest folk artists of all time and some whose music has been inspired by them, including Joni Mitchell, Phil Ochs, The Stone Poneys, 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, Harry Chapin, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, Joan Baez, Jesse Winchester, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Common Sense by John Prine NEW!

Released in 1975, Common Sense is John Prine’s fourth studio album. It was produced by Steve Cropper and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and Larabee Stuios in Los Angeles. The album features help from old friends Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey, and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn who played in Booker T. & The MG’s with Cropper. John Prine was a master at his craft, a master storyteller with a wry sense of humor who always had something to say. His masterpiece, Angel From Montgomery, helped put Bonnie Raitt on the map.

Come on. The Bunny commands you to tune in today. Pull up a hard-boiled egg and a Mimosa and get in on all the fun here from The Mermaid Lounge. You won’t regret it.

Today We’ve Got Our ‘Folk Music From A-to-Z’ EP and The Beatles Own Our Album of The Week, Sunday, February 20, 2022

Good Morning, Music Historians! I hope this sunny Sunday (at least it is here in the Boston area) finds you in great musical spirits. If not, we hope we can help you to get there!

The Beatles land in America, February 7, 1964

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Meet The Beatles by The Beatles NEW!

As you know, The Beatles are the other half of our ‘house band’ line-up (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers being the other half). We here in The Mermaid Lounge are very careful not to overplay either band, but this is a very special month for Beatles fans, especially myself. The Beatles first landed in America on February 7, 1964…on my tenth birthday. My present from my mother on that day was Meet The Beatles, their first U.S. release. The album changed my musical life forever. It gave me my own generation of music after having listened to my sisters’ music for several years which, by the way, I acknowledge as the beginning of rock n’ roll. The Beatles were listening to my sisters’ music as well, and drew their inspiration from those artists. We will talk about that later, however.

It is time Meet The Beatles gets its due as our Album of The Week. The Beatles changed everything, not just popular music, but popular culture as well. In England, their debut album was titled With The Beatles, and had a different line-up of songs. Today we give you the U.S. version of their debut album with the iconic cover photographed by Robert Freeman, who also photographed several other Beatle album covers. In the UK, the cover was straight black & white. In the U.S., it was released as a blue duotone.

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

We also have a great EP celebrating another important part of popular music history called folk music. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Odetta inspired Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and so many others you’ll hear in this playlist. Those “others” include Nanci Griffith, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Andersen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Tom Rush, Judy Collins, Jesse Winchester, The Stone Poneys, John Prine, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Arlo Guthrie, The Wallflowers, and more!

Come on. It’s a day of rest and relaxation. And before the Blue Laws were dropped here in Massachusetts, there weren’t any stores open to continue the capitalism game. It’s time to, as The Beatles once said, “get back to where we once belonged.” This is a good day to start.

We’ve Made It To Friday and We’ve Got Our ‘Folk Music From A-to-Z’ EP Today and a Brand New Spotlight With Al Green Later, January 21, 2022

It almost happened. I was right on the doorstep of making a fool of myself by writing 2021 in the headline. Whew. Anyway, we’ve got our great folk music EP today along with the Reverend Al Green.

Here’s Friday’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-to-Z: Various Artists

We’re on the cusp of updating this one, but I promise this version is still pretty great. You’ll hear Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary, Odetta, Bruce Springsteen, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, The Band, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, John Prine, Judy Collins, Nanci Griffith, The Stone Poneys, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, and more.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Al Green NEW!

Al Green is one of the most prolific and influential soul singers on the planet, and is often referred to as the “last of the great soul singers.” He has sold more than 20 million records, won 11 Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and those are only a few of his accomplishments. We here in The Mermaid Lounge think it’s about high time that he be put in the spotlight.

Come on, people. Tune us in. We just added listeners from the Republic of Korea and Lithuania to the mix this week. Where are you? We’re 24/7 uninterrupted, we don’t cost you a penny, and we don’t ask for your personal information. It’s none of our business and we’re not selling you anything. It’s about the music.

Another Monday. We’ve Got Dylan and Harrison at Columbia, Stills’ Demo Album, and Allen Toussaint In the Spotlight, January 10, 2021

Happy Monday, Musicologists! I promise we’ve got some great stuff here for you to help get you through the day, not to mention our usual great wide Open Stream before, in between, and after.

Here’s Monday’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan & George Harrison: The Columbia Studio Sessions, May 1, 1970

Rumors abound in the music world. With this event, it was rumored that Dylan and Harrison were supposed to meet Elvis on this day, but he stood them up. The other half of the rumor is that they actually got caught up in the studio and stood him up. Who knows the real truth?

3:00 p.m. Stephen Stills: Just Roll Tape, April 26, 1968

Here’s another rock n’ roll story for you. Stills was helping Judy Collins out in a New York recording studio with one of her albums, and they wound up having extra studio time. Legend has it that Stills paid the engineer privately to let him record song demos. This was the result.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Allen Toussaint

A lot of people recognize the name, but don’t really know who Allen Toussaint is. He was a musician, song writer, arranger, and producer who was born in New Orleans and raised in a shotgun house in a Gert Town neighborhood. His mother, Naomi Neville, welcomed and fed all kinds of musicians who played and recorded with Allen. Toussaint was one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R & B, with a career that began in 1958 and lasted until his death in 2015. Give him a listen. You won’t regret it.

Great day to tune in this station. We’ve got great music going on today, and we’d love to have you join our family of international listeners. We’re free 24/7, we do not accept commercials, and we do not ask for your personal information. Why not try us?

It May Be Monday, But We’re Rockin’ With The Sixties and The All-Girl Revue 3, December 6, 2021

Good Morning, Audiophiles! It’s another Monday here on the planet earth, but we have your musical needs covered fully today. I promise.

We interrupted our regular programming yesterday for the Tom Petty Ph.D. Special, so today you’re treated to The Original Sixties bash!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

We did switch gears yesterday to celebrate Tom Petty’s honorary doctorate, so we are running yesterday’s EP today! And it’s always good to start out the work week with the music that inspired this station. You’ll hear The Beatles, Sonny & Cher, Mary Wells, Dusty Springfield, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Drifters, The Monkees, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Petula Clark, Buddy Holly, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, The Band, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Yardbirds, The Searchers, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Bob Dylan, and many more! It’s totally uninterrupted!

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume Three: Various Artists

We haven’t cued this one up for a while, so it’s a treat for me too since I am home and hanging in The Mermaid Lounge on Mondays! You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, Phoebe Snow, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Wendy Waldman, Melanie, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and more!

We’ve got your musical needs covered every day here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got quite a crew on this morning from around the planet, including Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Faroe Islands, Russian Federation, France, the UK, Canada, Switzerland and points beyond. Why not join them?

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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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Sunday Brings ‘Folk Music From A to Z’ and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Own The Album of The Week, April 25, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another fine Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge. We bring you our long-playing folk music playlist today, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Damn The Torpedoes.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers around 1977

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers NEW!

We chose Hypnotic Eye as our first Heartbreakers’ album to be the Album of the Week back a couple of years ago. However, Damn The Torpedoes is second to none. There is no question that this put the band on the map, and there is absolutely no question that this album is an absolute classic in popular music. It kicked off a long and wonderfully amazing 40-year run from one of our house bands (The Beatles being the other).

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

We are back with another of our long-players today, an uninterrupted homage to our folk music roots with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Tom Rush, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, John Hartford, Eric Andersen, Cat Stevens, Harry Chapin, Linda Ronstadt, The Carter Family and many, many more.

It is a great day to tune us in. Let me reiterate: We are totally non-for-profit, and we do not allow advertising. The only thing that interrupts the flow is an occasional station I.D. announcement by yours truly. We never ask our listeners for a credit card or personal information. Best of all, we do not purchase music from either Amazon or Apple. That’s why we call ourselves #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

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It’s Saturday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/23/2021

Good Morning, fellow music trivia buffs, and welcome to The Mermaid Lounge! We have today’s lesson all prepared for you. We guarantee you’ll impress your friends and family with your knowledge if you apply yourselves.

The Winter Dance Party Tour begins. But before it’s over, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash. Don McLean called it “the day the music died” in his hit American Pie.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 23, 1959: The Winter Dance Party Tour began at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee. Before the 24-city tour is over, the headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash.

January 23, 1964: The Temptations released The Way You Do The Things You Do, one of the best R & B songs ever, in my opinion.

January 23, 1965: Herman’s Hermits released Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.

Also on this day, Downtown made Petula Clark the first woman to have a #1 in the US since Vera Lynn in 1952. Of course, she’ll have many more here, but she is an old hand at this in the UK where she has been charting since 1954.

Beatles ’65 spent a third week at #1 on the Album charts.

January 23, 1966: Stevie Wonder played The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

January 23, 1967: Johnny Rivers, one of our favorites here, released Baby I Need Your Lovin’.

January 23, 1969: Alan Parsons (later of The Alan Parsons Project) engineered his first session at Apple Studios (as 2nd engineer to Glyn Johns) as The Beatles record one of their best ever, Get Back.

Elvis Presley records Suspicious Minds at American Sound, a small studio in Memphis. It is a huge comeback hit for The King, and it is also his final #1 hit in America.

January 23, 1970: Judy Collins is denied the opportunity to sing her testimony at the infamous Chicago 7 trial.

January 23, 1971: George Harrison is the first ex-Beatle to hit #1 on the UK charts with My Sweet Lord.

Also on this day, Gladys Knight & The Pips recached #1 on the R & B charts with If I Were Your Woman. This band never got the recognition it deserved, in my opinion, and Gladys Knight was a powerhouse of a singer.

January 23, 1973: While singing to a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, Neil Young is handed a message. He then announces that a peace accord had been reached in Vietnam. The crowd goes wild for 10 minutes. Here we are in 2020, and American imperialism continues on unabated and forgotten as we fucking argue over masks.

January 23, 1978: Terry Kath of Cbicago accidentally shoots himself in the head with a gun he believed was empty. He dies instantly, just eight days shy of his 32nd birthday. It also marks the death of Chicago, as far as I am concerned, as Peter Cetera leads them down the path of elevator music and renders them irrelevant.

Born On This Day

January 23, 1950: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, was born in Farmington, New Jersey.

January 23, 1950: Bill Cunningham, bassist for The Box Tops, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

And that is all because we do not give a flying fuck about Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber. We will be back with our line-up soon!

Folk Music From A-Z Kicks Off Our Monday, Followed by The Shadow’s Second Episode, and Cream’s Final Concert, December 7, 2020

Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge! Here we are not marking Pearl Harbor Day, but kicking off the day with some folk music, as we begin to build our folk music library here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

Joan Baez with Judy Collins, two of the earliest players on the folk music scene.

Here’s today’s line-up:

12:00 p.m. Folk Music from A-Z: Various Artists NEW!

Folk music is part of the fabric of American life. We’ve got a great playlist here to kick off our push for more folk in our programming and general rotation. You can hear Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Carter Family, Joni Mitchell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio and more!

3:00 p.m. The Shadow: 02. Caverns of Death NEW!

During a cave tour, several students fall into a pit when the railing gives way. We’re not telling you the rest. You’ll have to tune into Orson Welles.

7:00 p.m. Cream’s Farewell Concert, January 5, 1969

The BBC transmission of Cream’s farewell show with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and the great Ginger Baker.

We’ve got great programming every day, and it’s always wrapped around our Wide Open Stream of 26,000+ songs. No two days ever sounds the same here, and that’s the difference between us and the rest of them.

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