Memorial Day Brings Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP Plus Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Recorded Live for PBS Sound Stage, May 29, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! The final day of the long weekend gives us a great extended playlist plus an amazing performance by our other House Band tonight.

Here’s your Memorial Day lineup:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

Again, we reiterate that water comprises 71% of the planet we live on. And it is a popular topic for the musical world. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, The Doobie Brothers, Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Al Green, Loggins & Messina, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Linda Ronstadt, Spirit, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Donovan, America, Johnny Rivers and more!

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Recorded Live at WTTW Television Studios for PBS Sound Stage, Chicago, IL, 2003

This is an amazing live performance by The Heartbreakers who bring their A-Game to the show, covering some great blues classics in tribute to the foundations of rock n’ roll, as well as giving us their original work. Not to be missed.

Enjoy the last day of this long weekend and add some great music to the mix. We’re on 24/7 and we’re totally free of charge. No strings. No lie. See for yourself.

It’s a Petty Kind of Monday With the 30th Anniversary Concert and New ‘Live’ Mudcrutch Later. The Sun & Moon Make an Appearance Also on May 8, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! Today we celebrate Mr. Petty’s posthumous Doctorate of Music from the U of Florida bestowed last week. It’s a little ray of light in a fascist state. We were also going to have a Mudcrutch Monday today, so we get the best of both worlds.

Here’s your musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, FL, September 21, 2006

This was the 30th Anniversary Tour performance in Petty’s hometown of Gainesville, and a fine performance it was. We air this today to celebrate the honorary Doctorate in Music given to him last week by the University of Florida, where the entire stadium still sings I Won’t Back Down during the Gators’ home games. I am not a football l over, but when I saw that for the first time after his death, it gave me goosebumps.

3:00 p.m. Under the Sun & Moon: Various Artists

Songs about the sun and moon from Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Cliff, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Gordon Lightfoot, Rosanne Cash, The Wallflowers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shawn Colvin, Valerie Carter and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday! The Best Performances From The 2016 Tour! NEW!

This is new to our station and it’s a great collection of their best performances from the 2016 tour. I knew their performance of Hungry No More from Boston’s House of Blues would be included. I kick myself to this day for missing this event.

We’ve got a great way to start your Monday today. If you’re lucky enough to have an office, shut the door and pull up a tab. If you’re home, tune us in. We’re on 24/7 and we’re totally free and totally free of commercial advertising. What’s not to love?

We Debut Our New ‘What’s In A Name’ EP, Give You Lukas Nelson & POTR, and Some ‘Live’ Joni Mitchell Later on Monday, May 1, 2023

Welcome to a brand new month! Today we debut a new EP we didn’t even realize we had, give you Willie’s boy at mid-afternoon, and close out with Joni Mitchell later.

Here’s your Monday, Monday music:

9:00 a.m. What’s In a Name: Various Artists NEW!

We’ve played this song before, but we didn’t realize how many hours of music this amounted to, so it becomes an official EP this morning! You’ll hear Them, The Velvet Underground, Neil Diamond, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, The Kinks, Steely Dan, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Donovan, Carly Simon, Shawn Colvin, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Jonathan Edwards, John Lennon, Chuck Berry and more!

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

It’s been a spell since we’ve heard from these guys and this playlist is probably in need of an updating, which we shall undertake soon. But in the meantime, we’ve got them In the Spotlight at mid-afternoon today.

8:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, February 3, 1973

We close out the programming on Monday with some great live Joni Mitchell from Carnegie Hall at the beginning of her illustrious career. She is a musical treasure who refuses to be defined by any one genre. Enjoy.

Hey, it’s Monday and by all measures, all Mondays are tough. Why not improve your situation with some great music? We’ve got it here for you courtesy of The Music Mermaid, your constant companion.

It’s Volume Two of The Sixties Rotation, Karla Bonoff’s AOW, and Lucinda Williams ‘Live’ on Thursday, April 27, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’re on the downslide to the weekend now and we’ve got some fine programming, including volume two of our Sixties Rotation.

Here’s your Thursday programming:

9:00 a.m. The Sixties Rotation: Volume Two

The second volume of our great sixties rotation includes The Mamas & The Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roy Orbison, The Yardbirds, The Animals, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Box Tops, Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Marvin Gaye, The Beatles, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, The Band, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, The Ronettes, The Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimmy Cliff, the Velvet Underground and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Karla Bonoff by Karla Bonoff

We’re winding down on this selection. The final airing will be sometime on Saturday, so get it while you can!

7:00p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at Austin City Limits, The Moody Theatre, Austin, Texas, December 5, 1998

Lucinda Williams, a great singer-songwriter and performer, in a recorded performance at the Moody Theatre in Austin for the Austin City Limits show. She’s defnitely a Mermaid Lounge favorite. She’s a friend of Tom’s. He knew how great she was.

We’re headed towards the weekend. Great music makes the journey better. That’s why you should just use that button below and tune us in. We’re on 24/7 and we don’t charge you for listening. Honest. No strings. No lies.

It’s Friday and We’ve Got ‘More Cowbell, Please’ Along With Karla Bonoff and Some ‘Live’ Peter Tosh Later, April 21, 2023

Good morning, gang! It is finally Friday and we’ve got some great stuff for you today starting with our ‘More Cowbell, Please’ playlist, Karla Bonoff’s final turn as our singer-songwriter in the middle, and Peter Tosh Live in Amsterdam to close out the programming.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. More Cowbell, Please: Various Artists

It’s amazing how many songs employ the cowbell. In fact, some you’ve never imagined until you actually listen. You’ll hear music from The Beatles, The Alan Parsons Project, Aretha Franklin, Argent, Blind Faith, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Edgar Winter, Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, The J. Geils Band, Journey, Supertramp, Talking Heads, The Turtles, Warren Zevon, Stephen Stills and more!

4:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Karla Bonoff FINAL AIRING!

Brilliant songwriter and great singer Karla Bonoff takes her final turn as our featured singer-songwriter for this week.

8:00 p.m. Peter Tosh Live at The Apartheid Festival, Jaap Eden Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 13, 1981 NEW!

The late, great Peter Tosh brings his considerable talent to The Apartheid Festival held in Amsterdam back in 1981. This is the first live Tosh performance in The Mermaid Lounge, but it will not be the last!

We’ve made it all the way to the end of the week. Why not get through the final day with some great music? We’re on 24/7 free of charge with no commercial interruption. Just do it.

Monday Brings Our ‘Are You Ready for the Country’ EP and Ry Cooder & David Lindley ‘Live’ in Austria, April 17, 2023

Good morning, marathoners! Yes, it’s the Boston Marathon today and the 10th Anniversary of the bombing. We’re staying right here in The Mermaid Lounge all day where the living is easy peasy. We’ve got a great lineup in store for you.

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

Today it’s the best of real country combined with the innovation of those who melded country with rock. You’ll hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep At The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, John Prine, The Desert Rose Band and more!

7:00 p.m. Ry Cooder & David Lindley Live at The Vienna Opera House, Vienna, Austria, July 6, 1995 NEW!

This is a brand new live recording to The Lounge with two greats on the road together. You probably all know Ry Cooder. If you don’t know David Lindley, he’s one of the most accomplished musicians of his generation who supported some of the best, including Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton. He also founded the rock band El Rayo-X. He left this world on March 3 of this year. This one is for Mr. Lindley.

Hell, it’s Monday. We all need a boost as we start a new work week and try to make our way back to the weekend. We’re on 24/7 and we’re totally free of charge. Give us a listen.

Friday Brings a Tribute to The Queens, Steve Winwood’s Final Turn as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter and Some ‘Live’ Byrds, April 14, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’ve made it to the end of the work week (for most) and we’ve got a great lineup for you today.

Here’s Friday’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. The Byrds Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, February 7-8, 1969

The Byrds recorded live over a two-night stint at the historic Fillmore West.

3:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Steve Winwood FINAL AIRING!

This is our farewell airing to Steve Winwood as our featured Singer-Songwriter for this week. Tomorrow we will introduce a brand new artist, and we’re sure you’re going to love her.

7:00 p.m. Long Live The Queens: Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one in a while, and it’s time. We pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt, the Queen of Rock, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans, and Koko Taylor, Queen of The Blues. Don’t miss it.

Great day to tune us in, folks. We’ve got some great music on tap, and we’re totally free 24/7 with no commercial advertising. Just do it.

It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our ‘Best of Louisiana Blues’ EP, Our AOW and ‘Live’ Robert Cray Band Later, April 11, 2023

Good morning, bluesologists! We have another Tuesday Bluesday on tap here in The Lounge and we kick it off with five hours of uninterrupted blues from Louisiana!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday lineup:

9:00 a.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues: Various Artists

There’s nothing like music from Louisiana. It has its own style, and that includes da blues. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Lillian Glinn, Slim Harpo, Fats Domino, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Rodney Harris, Roosevelt Sykes, Shirley & Lee, Roy Brown, Papa Lightfoot, Guitar Slim, Annie Laurie, Fats Matthews, Big Joe Turner, Big Boy Myles, Little Walter, Mary Butler, Erline Harris, Marcia Ball, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, The Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, Dave Bartholomew and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: No Dice by Badfinger

We take just a slight break in the blues programming to give you the second airing of our Album of The Week, the album that put Badfinger on the map.

The Robert Cray Band Live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, December 2, 1995 NEW!

A live performance by Barack Obama’s favorite bluesman and his band billed as the 10th Annual Concert for Kids and broadcast on KFOG-FM closes out our blues programming for today.

It’s always a busy day on Tuesday Bluesday as we already have folks from Ireland, Greece, Italy, the UK, France, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Norway, The Netherlands and point beyond tuned in. Why not join them?

We Head for the Weekened with The Band’s Final Concert, Our AOW, The Rascals, and a Replay of Petty Live at The Vic, on Thursday, April 6, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We are heading for the weekend and we’ve got a busy Thursday for you, including a by request replay of a Petty favorite and The Band’s final show ever, also known as ‘The Last Waltz.’

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. The Band Live at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, November 26, 1976

A fine Thansgiving it was as The Band played their last show ever with some of their friends, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, The Staples, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bobby Charles, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Prodigal Son by Ry Cooder

We’ve got one more airing of this great gospel-inspired album after today, and that will be sometime on Saturday! Get it while you can!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Rascals

One of the finest bands ever was formed in 1965 in Garfield, New Jersey. Between 1966 and 1968 they owned the top twenty of The Billboard Hot 100 with nine hits. Tonight they are In the Spotlight.

11:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2003 By Request

We just aired this one in late March, but we had a few requests from people both here and abroad requesting a repeat performance because they missed it. We’re giving it to you tonight. One of Petty’s best.

We’re on the run this morning for another opening shift, but we’re leaving you in the capable hands of The Music Mermaid. She has impeccable taste in music and will make you happy until I return.

Monday Rolls Around & It’s Time for Mudcrutch and Some Tunes About the Color Blue, April 3, 2023

Good morning and welcome back to the work week. If you’ve got those work-a-day blues, we can help you out today. Nothing like a little Mudcrutch music to solve that problem.

Mudcrutch at Humprey’s By The Bay (photo courtesy of Alex Matthews)

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue: Various Artists

The color blue just happens to be my favorite color, so I’m indulging myself on Monday. In the first set, you’ll hear from Linda Ronstadt, Foreigner, The Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Beatles, The Band, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Badfinger, Joni Mitchell, Jonathan Edwards, Mudcrutch, Fats Domino and more!

3:00 p.m. All About Blue Too: Various Artists

In our second set this afternoon, you’ll hear Phoebe Snow, The Rolling Stones, Robert Johnson, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Marvin Gaye, Boz Scaggs, Van Morrison, The Doors, Buddy Guy, The Association, The Beatles, The Kinks, Canned Heat, The Smithereens, Janis Joplin, George Harrison and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, W. Hollywood, CA June 26, 2016

The band that left Gainesville, Florida, and that would morph into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers came back with a bang in 2008 with the original cast. This is from their 2016 tour across America (which I still kick myself for missing when it passed through the House of Blues in Boston).

What could be better to help you through a Monday than great music? Not much, I’d venture. We’re on 24/7 (not just when we have programming) and we’re totally free of charge and we’re also totally free of commercial advertising. Give us a spin.