On Monday, We Take a Trip to New Orleans, and We’ve Got Valerie Carter’s ‘The Lost Tapes 1 & 2’ Back-to-Back Later, May 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re back in retail hell for the day, but we’ve got great music on tap, including music from New Orleans and a special airing of Valerie Carter’s The Lost Tapes later.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is just one of the NOLA bands you’ll hear today!

Here’s your Moan-Day lineup:

10:00 a.m. Down in New Orleans: Various Artists

Not only will you hear authentic Cajun/Zydeco as part of this great EP today, but you’ll be treated to musical artists who were born in Louisiana. This includes BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Allen Fontenot, Aaron Neville, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chance Bushman, The Daywalkers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Kermit Ruffins, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Magnolia Sisters, The Meters, Queen Ida & The BonTemps, Boozoo Chavis, and more!

7:00 p.m. Valerie Carter: The Lost Tapes, Volumes One & Two

This is a special back-to-back airing of some great “found” music from the late, great Valerie Carter. Not only was she a solo artist in her own right, but she was a highly sought-after addition to projects from artists like Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and others. I will never forget her appearance as the opening act for Ronstadt’s concert at the Orpheum in Boston, and the two of them singing on stage together. One of my fondest musical memories.

Tune us in, people. You don’t hear this shit anywhere else, and you certainly don’t hear it for free 24/7. Before, after and in between our modest programming hours, we bring you great Open Stream around the clock.

We’ve Hit The Midweek Point With ‘The Psychedelic Express’ EP and Volume Two of ‘Repeat After Me’, Wednesday, April 20, 2022

And holy weed, Batman, it’s also 4/20! Quite an appropriate day to be taking a trip on ‘The Psychedelic Express!” You also heard volume one of ‘Repeat After Me’ on Monday, so we’ve got volume two this evening, and we’re working on a third volume as well!

Get on board, musicologists! You don’t need no stinkin’ tickets!

Here’s today’s line-up:

10:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

On this fine 4/20, you’ll hear Vanilla Fudge, The Chambers Brothers, The Beatles, The Electric Prunes, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Blues Image, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Cream, Dr. John, Procol Harum, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Canned Heat, Tommy James & The Shondells, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Mudcrutch, Blind Faith, Grateful Dead, The Velvet Underground, and more!

7:00 p.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists

Today, in volume two, you’ll hear: Trio cover Neil Young (Trio is Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers sing Lucinda Williams, Joe Cocker singing The Box Tops, CCR covering Gladys Knight & The Pips, Kate Taylor sings The Four Tops, The Traveling Wilburys sing Del Shannon, Johnny Winter covering Bob Dylan, and The Beatles covering The Isley Brothers, to name several. The original plus the reboot. Tune it in.

Before, in between, and after we revert to our wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid fully in charge. We’re totally free 24/7 with no interruptions, so get on board with us!

We Close Out Women’s History Month in Style With Lucinda, Linda and Emmylou, on Thursday, March 31, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are closing out Women’s History Month in style today with all-women programming! Of course, before, in between and after it’ll be our wide Open Stream, so enjoy the day!

We close out Women’s History Month in style!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Lucinda Williams Live at Austin City Limits, December 5, 1988

Lucinda Williams is a singer, songwriter and musician who has fused rock, blues, country and Americana into her own distinctive style. In 1988, she released her album Lucinda Williams to great critical acclaim. The album included the song Passionate Kisses, which would eventually become a hit for Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her commercial breakthrough, however, came in 1998 with the release of her album Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. And as you know, any friend of Mr. Petty’s is a friend of mine. She opened several shows on The Heartbreaker’s final 40th Anniversary Tour. Today, we have her on Austin City Limits.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Southern Accents by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This album certainly didn’t turn out the way Tom Petty originally envisioned it, but it holds some great Heartbreaker songs. We’re on our next-to-last airing today, so get in on it while you can. If you haven’t got it in your Petty collection, you’ll want to get it.

7:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt Live at The Orpheum, Boston, MA, October 1, 1999

Two of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge on their Western Wall tour. I had the total pleasure of being at this show. It was damned near life-changing for me to see two such brilliant singers together on the same stage.

We’re on our way to the weekend kids! And there’s no better way to end Women’s History Month than turning the programming portion of the day over to the women of music. Of course, as you know, every month is Women’s History Month here, at least from a musical perspective!

We Close Out Women’s Week With Our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, and The Traveling Wilburys Have The Album of The Week, Sunday, March 13, 2022

Good Morning, Gang! We’re running a bit early today, and I’m somewhat behind the eight ball. We’re closing out Women’s Week in fine style with our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP and it’s streaming right now!

Here’s today’s musical magic:

7:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

We close with the grand kahuna of our extended playlists as you’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Laura Nyro, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Wendy Waldman, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3 NEW!

There was actually never a second volume, adding to the offbeat mystique of this great supergroup. Another great selection of songs from the guys who also actually never traveled together (as in performing on the road). They were just friends having a great time playing music together, and it showed.

Tune us in. We’ve got Bolivia and Chile both joining the fun this morning. You could be having some fun here too. Because it is absolutely effortless and free. Just push that button below.

What Could Be Better Than a Friday ‘Under The Influence’ and With Lucinda Williams In the Spotlight Later? February 18, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve made it to Friday. Yes, we have. And it’s looking good as the weekend approaches. Next to love, perhaps being ‘Under The Influence’ is the most sung-about condition. We’ve got it here for you today!

Come join the fun! They’re clearly ‘Under the Influence’

Here’s your Friday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists

Look, let’s face it. We’ve all been here at one time or another in our lives, and sometimes with legal substances…but sometimes not. So, we can all identify with the songs of The Doors, The Byrds, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Arlo Guthrie, Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, Jonathan Edwards, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Jackson Browne, Harry Chapin, Emmylou Harris, The Band, Eric Burdon & War, Bob Dylan, The Fraternity of Man, Little Feat, and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is a blues, country, rock and folk singer, songwriter and musician. Like so many other women of her generation, her early releases went ignored. However, as of today, Williams is recognized as one of the most influential singer-songwriters of her generation. Her commercial breakthrough finally arrived in 1998 with her album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, which fused blues, rock, country, and Americana music into Lucinda’s own signature sound. The album won the Grammy for the Best Contemporary Folk Album. The rest, as they say, is history.

The weekend is technically here, people. Yes. Yes. I know we have one more day of work (in my case, two days), but the end is in sight now. It’s time to start to mellow out. It would be a great weekend to get on board the music train here in The Mermaid Lounge. Come on. You know you want to.

It’s Snowing Outside The Mermaid Lounge But The Music is Hot With Our New AOW by Gregg Allman and Our ‘Down in New Orleans’ EP, Sunday, February 13, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, here we are in New England. Yesterday it was 51 degrees and sunny. Today, it’s about 30 degrees colder and snowing. But it’s nice and warm here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got some great programming on tap.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is just one of the bands and artists you’ll hear today!

Here’s your Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Laid Back by Gregg Allman NEW!

This is the first solo album by Gregg Allman, the leader, songwriter and main vocalist of the venerated Allman Brothers Band. In fact, he worked on his debut album while working simultaneously on the Allman’s Brothers And Sisters album. It was released on Capricorn Records in October of 1973. The album resulted in two singles, Midnight Rider and Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing. Midnight Rider was also covered by the Allman Brothers Band, but Gregg Allman’s version remains my favorite.

3:00 p.m. Down In New Orleans: Various Artists

Saving this great playlist for Mardi Gras week is a thing of the past. It should be played more frequently than once a year. Not only will you hear music that is central to the culture of New Orleans, but you’ll hear from some mainstream artists who were born in New Orleans. You’ll hear the music of The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Clifton Chenier, Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas. Allen Fontenot, Aaron Neville, Chance Bushman, The Daywalkers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Kermit Ruffins, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Magnolia Sisters, The Meters, Queen Ida and The Bon Temps, Boozoo Chavis, and more!

Get on the train, people. It’s about to pull out of the station and you don’t want to get left behind. We’ve got our usual worldwide weekend music lovers tuned in and it’s about time you joined them. It won’t cost you a penny. No lie here. We’re totally free, accept no advertising, and don’t spent a hell of a lot of time talking. We play music.

We’re On the Downslide to the Weekend With ‘Nothing But Heartbreak’, Warren Zevon In the Spotlight, and our Album of The Week, Thursday, January 20, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got some great programming interspersed with all that wide Open Stream. The festivities start promptly at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Later today, we put singer-songwriter Warren Zevon In the Spotlight

Here’s your musical landscape today:

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

We start out the day with something I’m an expert in: The love thing. Not my strength. I decided to give it up in my old age. Clearly, I’m not the only one because the lovelorn dominate the music scene. You’ll hear from Carole King, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, the J. Geils Band, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Dan Fogelberg, Them, The Walker Brothers, The Pretenders, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cat Stevens, The Bee Gees, Lucinda Williams and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Raising Sand by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Our Album of the Week is back at mid-afternoon for it’s next-to-last airing. Many feel this was an unlikely musical duo, but it sure resulted in what I consider to be a masterpiece. I’m not the only one.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Warren Zevon

The excitable boy is back In the Spotlight. We haven’t heard this playlist for a bit, and the time is right. Warren Zevon, undeniably one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of his generation whose compositions became hits for several artists, struggled to break through as a solo artist. That is, until Linda Ronstadt began singing his songs on her albums and on stage. The result was a great career that spanned a quarter century until his untimely death at the age of 56. Tune him in tonight.

Before, in between, and after our programming (which we keep to a minimum), you’ll be listing to all that great wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid in charge. There are days when she even picks up a playlist or two on her own. You’ll never know unless you tune in. By the way, today we add the Republic of Korea and Lithuania to our list of listeners. Where are you and what are you doing today?

We’re At Mid-Month, and The Women of Music are Back For An Extended Visit! We’ve Also Got Our New Album of The Week, Sunday, January 16, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The Women of Music are back in the featured role today with our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, and our critically-acclaimed Album of The Week.

It’s Ladies Day Out!

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Raising Sand by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant NEW!

This great album was a collaborative effort between what many consider to be two unlikely vocalists in Alison Krauss (Union Station) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin). Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, he hand-picked all the songs. Released in October 2007, Raising Sand won Album of The Year at the 2008 Americana Music Awards, and at the 2009 Grammy Awards. I have to tell you that I personally have a love-hate relationship with Led Zeppelin most of the time (I like some of their stuff; but not all) and have been ambivalent about Robert Plant overall. But this album? It’s a major winner.

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

The chicks are back in charge of The Mermaid Lounge today, and they make our siren’s job easy. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Susan Tedeschi, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crowe, Carly Simon, Chrissie Hynde, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Wendy Waldman, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Nora Jones, Valerie Carter and more!

It’s Sunday. Even the Big Guy (you know who that is) took today off. So, give us a break and tune us in. It’s effortless. Just pull up a tab and click the link below. No commercials. No endless chatter. No credit card required and no personal information sought. Honest.

At Midweek, We Put the Music of New Orleans Front and Center with Our ‘Down In New Orleans’ EP and Dr. John In the Spotlight, January 12, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve taken our NOLA fetish out of the closet and have put it in the mainstream. It’s no longer just for airing during Mardi Gras week. (And we start a bit early today.)

Not only does New Orleans have great food, but it also has great music!

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Down in New Orleans: Various Artists NEW!

We usually dust this playlist off once a year, but that is a thing of the past. Today, we move it into the mainstream after a bit of an updating. It not only features authentic New Orleans music, but highlights the musicians who were born in Louisiana, like Lucinda Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint. In addition to those artists, you’ll hear BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas (The Soul Queen of New Orleans), Allen Fontenot, Aaron Neville, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chance Bushman, The Daywalkers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Kermit Ruffins, The Magnolia Sisters, The Meters, Queen Ida & The Bon Temps, Boozoo Chavis, and many more. Chance Bushman and The Daywalkers are local NOLA artists whose music I had the pleasure of hearing during a 2014 trip. The Boogaloo Swamis, oddly enough, were a band we fell in love with here in Boston at a local place called Johnny D’s in Somerville, Massachusetts. We hope you enjoy this extended playlist.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Dr. John

We thought we’d make all of the programming a celebration of New Orleans today, and we could think of nobody more deserving of the Spotlight than Dr. John, also known as The Nitetripper. Dr. John was a New Orleans legend whose career spanned decades. He was musically active from the 1950’s up until his death in 2019. His musical style combined New Orleans blues, jazz, funk and R & B.

Before, in between and after our programming, you’ll be treated to our wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. We stream 24/7 at no charge to you whatsoever. We run no commercial advertising, and we do not ask for either a credit card or your personal information. We’re all about the music.

As We Hit Mid-Week, The Women of Music are Fully in Control, Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Gooooood Morning, Musicologists! We are hitting mid-week with the Women taking the helm. It starts out with a bang, we go back to our wide Open Stream, then in the afternoon we begin several hours of Trifectas!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Complete Trio Sessions with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris

Yes, folks, just over two hours of brilliance from the only female supergroup (Trio) on the planet. You get outtakes, alternative versions, and never-before-heard material as three of the most spectacular voices in music banded and bonded for two of the greatest albums on the planet.

Afternoon Trifectas

Later in the afternoon, we kick off some all-girl Trifectas!

4:00 p.m. Janis Joplin (with and without Big Brother & The Holding Company)

5:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams

6:00 p.m. The Supremes

7:00 p.m. Alison Krauss

8:00 p.m. Norah Jones

9:00 p.m. Joan Baez

Great day to tune us in, folks. You not only get to hear a lot of wide Open Stream today, but you get to hear a ton of great music from the women, something we believe no other station does. And best of all, no commercials and no charge.

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