Welcome to Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge With Our Final Airing of “Harvest,” Our Extended Country-Country Rock Playlist, and LIVE DEAD Later, on September 11, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers. Here in the Lounge, we love all kinds of music, such as REAL country (not bad pop bands with fiddles). Today we give them airtime, and we also celebrate the birth of country-rock with those who helped create the genre.

Here’s Saturday’s programming:

9:30 a.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of Neil Young’s brilliant Harvest album. Tomorrow when you wake up, we’ll be featuring a brand new album. You won’t want to miss that one either!

12:00 p.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

We’re back with our monthly homage to real country music (not bad pop bands with fiddles) and we celebrate the birth of country-rock which actually came out of Laurel Canyon in the seventies. You’ll hear Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Asleep at The Wheel, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Gram Parsons, The Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pure Prairie League, Mudcrutch, and many more!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Broome County Arena, Binghamton, New York, November 6, 1977 NEW!

Another great performance by the world’s premier jam band. No. We don’t mean Dead & Company. We’re talking about the real thing. The Grateful Dead. Because anyone who’s a real deadhead knows it ain’t The Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia, no matter how hard they try to convince you otherwise.

Tune us in, folks. We can’t say it frequently enough: WE DON’T COST A THING. EVER. We run 24/7 uninterrupted, unless the sun explodes or something. We don’t ask for your credit card or personal information. And we sure in hell don’t run endless commercials between song sets.

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The Week’s End Delivers a Brand New Extended Playlist, and Later Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman, September 10, 2021

Happy Friday, Musicolgists. We have what we believe is a great end to the work week this week. We’ve got a brand new extended playlist and later on, Emmylou Harris saves The Ryman from extinction. Read on.

We’ve got some great live music later from a woman who has inspired much during her career.

Here’s your Friday programming:

12:00 p.m. The Female Species: Various Artists NEW!

This one could have gone on for a few more hours…at least. In spite of what it sounds like, this isn’t a socio-political playlist. It’s simply songs with the word woman, lady or girl in the title and in the lyrics. In a collection of 27,000 songs, I can tell you there were plenty more that didn’t make this list. Yet. I didn’t want to get carried away. You’ll hear John Mayall, Van Morrison, The Smithereens, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Peter & Gordon, America, The Doors, Electric Light Orchestra, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, and many more!

The full set list for the concert is under the Playlist tab on this blog. Just scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, Recorded Live April 30-May 2, 1991

By the time Emmylou Harris brought her newly-formed band to the fabled Ryman Auditorium in 1991, it had been dormant for nearly twenty years. Once the home of The Grand Old Opry, it’s heyday was just a memory. The Opry had moved on to bigger and better digs. Emmylou Harris changed all that. Her concerts at the Ryman were — for lack of a better word — brilliant. They were so critically acclaimed that she literally saved The Ryman single handedly.

Following Emmylou’s shows, a renewed interest was sparked in The Ryman. The building was completely renovated and has become a world class concert hall. And in case you’re wondering who The Nash Ramblers are:

Sam Bush on fiddle, mandolin and vocals

Roy Huskey, Jr. on double bass and vocals

Larry Atamanuik on drums

Al Perkins on banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, and vocals

John Randall Stewart on guitar, mandolin, and vocals

Then, of course, there’s Emmylou Harris, an artist and musician who continually seeks to make a difference with her music.

By the way, the set list for this particular concert is also on this blog under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll to the bottom.

I say this every single day, but it’s a great day to tune us in. Emmylou Harris’ Ryman concert makes it worth the effort alone. (I can’t say it’s worth the price of admission because there is NO price of admission here in The Mermaid Lounge.) So, what are you waiting for?

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Saturday Delivers A Great New Playlist, NOT The Album of The Week, The Actual Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, September 4, 2021

Here we are with our usual frenetic Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we wish you a great Good Morning. We’ve got some really cool stuff on tap, including a brand new playlist called Repeat After Me.

Today we’ve got a great new playlist of remakes and reboots along with the originals!

Here’s your Saturday line-up!

11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists NEW!

I was driving home from work when this idea came into my head and I wondered what the hell took me so long. I also have to tell you that I somehow feel this is simply the first volume. I thought of even more this morning. Here we have some great songs that have also been the beneficiaries of great remakes. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly the case in the music world. The best want to remake and pay tribute to the best songwriters and performers who have inspired their own music.

The playlist for this volume will be in the blog under the “Playlist” tab. Just click on it and scroll to the bottom.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this great album. Get on it while you can. Tomorrow, we’ve got a brand new album to feature, and it’s one that just got its 50th Anniversary edition to boot!

7:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays

Last summer we added surf music to our repertoire, but we’ve not given it much of an audience this summer, regrettably I might add. As we work on the Labor Day Weekend, we’re going to play Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays. There’s a story behind this one. This band made one album, although the liner notes called them the premier surf music band of the sixties (when surf music first burst onto the music scene). The band is actually Mike Campbell and Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Randall Marsh (drummer for Mudcrutch, another Tom Petty band). The did this anonymously because they didn’t want to detract from The Heartbreakers meteoric rise of 1997, the year the album was released. They didn’t particularly care if it even sold a copy (which it did; I have one). They did it because they love the sound of surf music.

The album was just picked up and re-released a few weeks ago. If you are a lover of guitars (and of Mike Campbell, simply one of the best guitarists on the planet), then there’s something about surf guitar music that can’t be explained. Tune it in and see for yourself.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, July 1, 1973

This is one of the few repeat performances we’ve played since starting LIVE DEAD three years ago, but it also hasn’t been aired since 2019. It’ll be like new, just like every live performance The Dead has done. We have several brand new never-before-played concerts in the bucket. We just need to get them ready.

Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge is pretty busy, and this one is no different. Give us a shot. We’ve got listeners from all over this morning, including Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, The Russian Federation, Romania, Spain and even The Republic of Korea. We’re sitting here waiting on the U.S. (although we do have someone from North Carolina and someone from Texas this morning). Tune us in. Get with the damned program.

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We Close The Work Week (Thankfully) With Badfinger, Cream, and a Dose of The All-Girl Revue, Friday, September 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music People! It’s the end of the work week again (thankfully) and we’ve got some really great stuff coming your way from The Mermaid Lounge today!

The women of rock n’ roll bring up the rear this evening

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badfinger Live at The BBC (1972-1973)

We consider Badfinger a highly underrated band. They were pioneers in the ‘power pop’ genre, and were the one bona fide band with real star power signed by The Beatles’ Apple Records. They are the architects of one of my favorite songs of all time, Baby Blue. I remember binge watching Breaking Bad and when they closed the series with that song, I thought it was the perfect choice. Today we have them live at the BBC.

3:00 p.m. Acid: The Lost Cream Tapes

In the middle of the afternoon, we’ve got some great “lost” music that was just released to the public in this decade but was actually recorded back in 1967. This selection is pretty much all over the place with some unreleased music, some great studio jams (which we can only describe as hooch induced at this point), and even a couple of commercial recordings for Falstaff beer. Is that shit even still around?

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 5: Various Artists

As you well know, we have a particular commitment to the women of popular music, and we continue that tradition today with volume five of our All-Girl Revue. In this volume you’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Lulu, Petula Clark, Chi Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Maria Muldaur, Karla Bonoff, Marcia Ball, Wendy Waldman, Valerie Carter, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Carlene Carter, and many more!

Come on, kids. Get with the program. We have listeners from all around the globe online with us every single day. It’s time to join the party, and it won’t cost you a penny. What the hell are you waiting for?

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We’ve Got a New Feature Called Trifecta Thursday Here in The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got Our Album of The Week Later, August 26, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! If you’re lucky number is “three” this is your day. We’ve got Open Stream but we start every hour with trifectas (three-in-a-row) from some of our favorites. We’re adding this to our repertoire.

Marvin Gaye, Little Feat and Linda Ronstadt kick off our first Trifecta Thursday!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day Open Stream Trifecta Thursday NEW!

Today we kick off a new feature called Trifecta Thursday. We’re playing it by ear right now in terms of how much we’ll do it, but we have more on the horizon and continue to build our Trifectas. Here’s what you will hear today.

11:00 a.m. Marvin Gaye

12:00 p.m. Guy Clark

1:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt

2:00 p.m. B. B. King

3:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys

4:00 p.m. Aretha Franklin

5:00 p.m. Neil Young

6:00 p.m. The Byrds

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino by Various Artists

We’re winding down on this week’s album of the week, a great array of songs by those who knew Fats Domino was more than just another singer. He was a pioneer in rock n’ roll. Nobody was singing the stuff he was singing back then. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Toots & The Maytals, and many more!

Great day to tune us in. We’ve got a new feature for you. We’re totally free, run 24/7 without commercial interruption, we don’t ask for a subscription, your credit card, or personal information. We’re all about the music.

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Mid-Week Brings Our Rock, Blues & Ballads Playlist, Creedence Clearwater Revival In The Spotlight, and a Tribute To The Great Charlie Watts, Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great line-up today as we play tribute to Charlie Watts, a Rolling Stone from beginning to end, and celebrate his life and music.

In tribute to the steady beat of Charlie Watts, we put The Stones In the Spotlight tonight.

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. Rock, Blues & Ballads, Volume One: Various Artists

This one gives us a little bit of everything. It’s just a great collection of individual songs by some of the best singers, songwriters and musical artists on the planet. You’ll hear from Warren Zevon, J.J. Cale, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton and many more!

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Four guys from Berkeley, California, made some of the best damned rock n’ roll and swamp music on the planet. Someone once said they were overrated. I told that guy to shut the fuck up.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Rolling Stones

Charlie Watts, the steady heart beat of the Stones, passed into that great musical heaven in the sky yesterday. He was a constant from beginning to end with the Stones; all he ever wanted to do was play the drums and he did it with style. Tonight we put The Rolling Stones In the Spotlight.

Why you should tune us in (besides the greatest music on the planet): We’re totally free, we do not accept commercials, therefore your music is uninterrupted all day and all night, we do not ask for personal information, and we do not track you. Neither do we purchase music from either Amazon or Apple. Get it?

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge And We Turn It Over to The Ladies of Music, and Give You a Great New Album of The Week, August 22, 2021

Happy Sunday Funday here in the lounge, where we give you our Ladies Day Out long player and a brand new Album of The Week dedicated to a rock n’ roll pioneer.

The Beatles hanging out with Fats Domino, a rock n’ roll game changer who should not ever be forgotten

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino (Various Artists) NEW!

The man from New Orleans was truly a pioneer in rock n’ roll, and his contemporaries knew that. So did the bands he inspired. They got together to pay him tribute. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (with an exceptional version of I’m Walkin’), Paul McCartney, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Los Lobos. Lucinda Williams, Art Neville, Robbie Robertson, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bonnie Raitt & John Cleary, Norah Jones, Bruce Hornsby, John Lennon and many more.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

At mid-afternoon, we turn the festivities over to the women of music. I hesitate to say rock n’ roll because so many genres are represented in this playlist. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde), Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Cilla Black, Ann Peebles, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Emmylou Harris, Maria Muldaur, Eva Cassidy, Lulu, Wendy Waldman, Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Joan Baez, Valerie Carter, Dolly Parton, Carla Thomas, Carole King, and so many more. This is five hours of uninterrupted music from The Mermaid Lounge, where women are decidedly not second class citizens.

It’s a great day here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio and we do hope you’ll join our friends from around the world and tune us in. Today we have lots of listeners from Germany, Belgium, France, the UK, Sweden, The Faroe Islands, Israel, Italy, Canada, and the Russian Federation. That’s because they have great musical taste.

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We Kick Off Another Week With Two Great Live Shows and an In The Spotlight Sandwich, Monday, August 16, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re kicking off the week with a couple of great live shows and in between, we’ve got a Spotlight feature we haven’t heard for a while.

We open the programming with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris live in Boston, 1999

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, October 1, 1999

From The Western Wall Tour, we give you two lifelong friends blending two beautiful voices. This tour was in support of their great album, Western Wall. It is one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real

We haven’t aired this one in a while. We have, admittedly, been remiss. We also have some new “live” music from this band that we’ll be uploading and debuting in the next few weeks.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, December 31, 1978

Tom Petty and his band were riding a wave of popularity when they played Santa Monica’s infamous New Year’s Eve concert. This is a live bootleg of that great show. Enjoy.

Look, let’s face it. Mondays suck in general. But they’re always better when you can tune in some great music. We’ve got it here from The Mermaid Lounge. Free. Everyday. Not just Mondays.

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We’ve Got John Lennon In the Spotlight, The All-Girl Revue Too, and Our Album of The Week on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a pretty good program today…at least we think so. It begins at 11:00 a.m. as usual. Today we open with John Lennon In the Spotlight.

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

Today we have the music of one of the best voices in rock n’ roll as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a soloist. He also wrote one of the greatest songs of all time.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson

We’re winding down on this week’s album, a great blues and R & B effort by three of the most accomplished musical stylists in music. On this album they sing individually and as a group. It’s a rare treat. Don’t miss it.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Too: Various Artists

We turn the evening over to the ladies. In this second volume you’ll hear Carlene Carter, Bobbie Gentry, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Amy Winehouse, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Janis Ian, Mary Wells, Cilla Black, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Shawn Colvin, Susan Tedeschi and more!

Give us a listen, will ya? You have nothing to lose. Unlike some others, we aren’t free for just a week. We’re free every fucking day, all day. In fact, we run 24/7 uninterrupted by advertising or screaming DJ’s. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Sunday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Our Extended ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ Playlist and a Grrrrreat New Album of The Week, August 8, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! You know how we feel about the ladies of music here in The Mermaid Lounge, and today we have a special treat for you all.

We have some great blues for you today with three very special women…all of them part of our standard rotation

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson NEW!

I’m really excited to offer this album up this week. I could write a review of this, but I actually found one that’s perfect from the Louisiana Music Factory site, so here it is:

Why settle for one great female vocalist when you can get three, especially when they’re stylish soul diva Irma Thomas, Tracy “Mother Earth” Nelson, and swamp rocker (and roller) Marcia Ball. The talented trio take the Sing It! title seriously, belting all hues of blues with satisfying sass and sincerity. Backed by a fine and funky band of Memphis-soul stalwarts and New Orleans session stars, the ladies shine both individually and as a team. Thomas, the longtime “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” struts her stuff on the Bobby “Blue” Bland classic “Yield Not to Temptation,” while Ball puts some patented bayou boogie, powered by her slinky piano lines, into her spotlight songs. Nelson repeatedly stops the show with her enormous, wraparound voice, transforming tunes like “In Tears” from simple country-flavored ballads into cathartic emotional experiences. But it’s the combined voices that makes the session so special, and the title track, a soulfully scintillating second-line anthem, is the most enjoyable example of the vocal virtuosity of these women. It’s a quintessential New Orleans celebration of singing, well worth the purchase price by itself, and it, like the entire album, also serves as an excellent sampler of the multiple talents of the superb song stylists involved.”

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great playlist combining real country and country rock legends. (That means no bad pop bands with fiddles, as Mr. Petty referred to them.) You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Asleep At The Wheel, The Band, Pure Prairie League, Jerry Jeff Walker and many more.

It’s Sunday, and that means a day of rest. Seriously. No stress here. No subscription required. No credit card number required. And no personal information requested. Evah. And did I mention we run 24/7 uninterrupted by commercials?

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