Good Morning, Musicologist! We are still upgrading and updating our musical selection on this fine Friday, so we’re lighter on the programming and heavy on the Open Stream until tomorrow!
Here’s today’s programming:
11:00 a.m. The Byrds: The Boarding House Reunion, San Francisco, February 9, 1978 NEW!
This was originally billed as McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, but then the ever-erratic David Crosby showed up and completed the original quartet for an actual Byrds reunion at The Boarding House in San Francisco. This was broadcast on KSAN 95.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Timeless, A Tribute to Hank Williams, Various Artists
This is a great line-up here, featuring Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, Beck, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Hank Williams III.
The rest of the day is dedicated to wide open stream again, as we continue to upgrade our rotation and add new playlists for the coming weeks. Spring is in the air. And we’re still fucking free, so get on it.
We have more than four hours of great blues music from a lot of different artists, including the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, J.J. Cale, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Janis Joplin, The Yardbirds, Ry Cooder, Elmore James, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band and many, many more.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Timeless, A Tribute to Hank Williams, Various Artists
Hank Williams Sr. is right up there at the forefront with the likes of Woody Guthrie, and his “fans” pay him tribute. Hear Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams III, Keb’ Mo’ and many more!
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We are off to a late start today, Music Lovers, but the music is still great in spite of all that. We have a brand new album of the week, epic Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and a great playlist later this evening.
Here’s today’s line-up:
1:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, Nashville 1969
While Bob Dylan was in Nashville recording his Nashville Skyline album, he and Johnny Cash decided to get together to record some music. Only one of those songs made it to Nashville Skyline. It was Girl From The North Country. The others were released much later. We have those recordings here for you today.
5:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Timeless, An All-Star Tribute to Hank Williams NEW!
This is one sweet album of all-stars paying their respects to a counry legend, Hank Williams, Sr. There are a number of memorable performances here, especially from Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. However, the one that stands out for me is Tom Petty’s version of You’re Gonna’ Change (Or I’m A Gonna’ Leave). Listen for it. Other contributors include Mark Knopfler, Shery Crow, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams III, and Johnny Cash.
8:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: What’s In A Name? Various Artists
We haven’t heard this one for a while, and it’s a good one. Songs with people’s names in them, either in the title or the lyrics. Begins at 8:00 p.m. tonight with contributions from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Jonathan Edwards, Dolly Parton, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, The Velvet Underground, The Turtles and more! Don’t miss it.
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Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and some great programming to go along with it!
Here’s today’s programming plan:
11:00 a.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at The Bluebird Blues Club, Ft. Worth, Texas, November 30, 1979
Master performer and blues guitarist supreme Stevie Ray Vaughan gives us some life stuff from the Bluebird Blues Club (also called The Bluebird Lounge in some circles) in Ft. Worth.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Face The Music by Electric Light Orchestra
The only departure from the blues today, but the Album of the Week must carry on no matter what genre we focus on.
7:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, December 5, 1998
A very happy birthday to Lucinda Williams, a great blues-rock performer in her own right. We are big fans of Lucinda here in the Lounge and she is, after all, a friend of Tom.
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It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here as I prepare to return to Retail Hell. Still, your lessons are important, so here we go!
Here’s today’s lesson!
January 26, 1956: Buddy Holly recorded at Decca Records for the first time using the name Buddy and the Two Tones.
January 26, 1957: The great Fats Domino had the #1 song on the R & B chart with one of my favorites, Blue Monday.
January 26, 1961: Elvis Presley had his sixth #1 song in the UK with Are you Lonesome Tonight.
January 26, 1963: The Beatles continued their frenetic live performance pace, performing two concerts on this day. One was at the El Rio Club and Dance Hall in Maccelsfield, Cheshire. They then drove 20 miles to King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire for an evening performance.
January 26, 1966: Eric Burdon handled lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert, filling in for Paul Jones who was injured in an auto accident.
January 26, 1969: Just another day on the job for The Beatles. First, they recorded Let It Be and The Long and Winding Road for the upcoming Let It Be album. Then they decided to record a series of covers, including Shake, Rattle & Roll, Kansas City, Miss Ann, Blue Suede Shoes, and Lawdy Miss Clawdy. Ringo Starr wrote Octopus’s Garden on this day. Then the band came up with the idea and plan for their amazing final show — the rooftop concert on Saville Row.
January 26, 1970: Simon & Garfunkel released Bridge Over Troubled Water on this day, both the album and the hit single.
Three Dog Night also released the song Celebrate on this day.
John Lennon wrote and recorded his hit Instant Karma all in one day at Abbey Road Studios. It is known as one of the fastest releases in music history. And it’s a great fucking song to boot.
January 26, 1973: Elton John released the album Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player. I have a love-hate thing going with Sir Elton. Nothing personal. Music related.
January 26, 1974: Dolly Parton makes her first appearance on the charts with Jolene.
Born On This Day
January 26, 1953: Lucinda Williams was born in lake Charles, Louisiana. Hell, yeah!
January 26, 1944: Merilee Rush, of Angel of The Morning fame, was born in Seattle, Washington.
January 26, 1945: Ashley Hutchings, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bassist for the folk group Fairport Convention (yes, their music is coming) was born in Southgate, Middlesex, England.
January 26, 1948: Corky Laing, drummer for the band Mountain, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
January 26, 1957: Not a fan of Van Halen the band. Never really have been. But I am a fan of Eddie Van Halen, kickass guitarist, and I pay him the utmost respect always. He was born on this day in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Good Morning from The Mermaid Lounge where we have some excellent programming planned for today, so give us a shot!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness: The Works!
This is the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville with all those years ago. In fact, the original Don’t Do Me Like That was a Mudcrutch song. Mudcrutch didn’t pan out back then, but it morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Then, in 2008, Tom Petty brought the original Mudcrutch back, and it was a whole new ballgame. We have their entire catalogue here this morning. You’ll want to hear this.
5:00 p.m. Goin’ Home, A Tribute to Fats Domino: Various Artists
There is no denying Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino’s place in the annals of rock n’ roll music. I’m not sure anybody was actually playing it before he was. This is truly an all-star tribute, featuring Art Neville, John Lennon, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Tom Petty, Robbie Robertson, Toots & The Maytalls, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint and more!
9:00 p.m. The Shadow: 07 League of Terror NEW!
Not only do we have Orson Welles in this episode, but Agnes Moorehead, as they take down a counterfeit ring that is preying on the poor. (Frankly, sounds like the government.)
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Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a rather eclectic mix of programming from The Mermaid Lounge today, and we’re proud of it!
Here’s today’s programming:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison NEW!
We move from The Band’s Moondog Matinee to Van Morrison’s Moondance. There’s a certain unplanned symmetry to this selection. But this is undoubtedly one of the finest albums ever made in the history of popular music. It is more than a worthy selection as our Album of The Week.
3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Donovan
It has been a while since we heard from this guy. He certainly made some of the most memorable music of the sixties, and is one of my personal favorites.
7:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, November 20-22, 2003 NEW!
These live songs were recorded over a three-night performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 20, 21 and 22, 2003. Released in 2005, this was Lucinda’s first live album ever, and it’s a great one.
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Good Morning, Music Lovers. We’ve got some really good stuff going on today, particularly with our new playlist kicking it all off at noon.
Here’s today’s line-up!
12:00 p.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists NEW!
We’ve got some real interesting songs in this one. Some stuff I know I’ve never put in a playlist before. Includes songs from Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, ZZ Top, Lucinda Williams, Roberta Flack, and others! it’s a good one.
Take this with a grain of salt, but the playlist should be up before the stream begins. Go to the Playlist tab and scroll to the bottom to see if I make good on my attempt.
4:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Early Years
We certainly don’t play enough of our co-House Band here. But all of this stuff I research has made me understand that sometimes we forget just how fucking good they were. But Bob Dylan? He knew:
“We were driving through Colorado, we had the radio on, and eight of the Top 10 songs were Beatles songs…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand,’ all those early ones. They were doing things nobody was doing. Their chords were outrageous, just outrageous, and their harmonies made it all valid… I knew they were pointing the direction of where music had to go.”
8:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas
Somehow, there are those great singers who fall through the cracks when they should be much bigger. Irma Thomas is such a singer. She is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin, and she is known as The Soul Queen of New Orleans.
It’s Monday. It’s going to be rainy here with 50-mph winds. I’m turning it up and hunkering down. You should too.
Good Morning, Musicologists, and welcome to another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got some great programming today and blues Three-in-a-Row’s all day long.
Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bluesday! The Blues Train: Big Joe Turner, Roomful of Blues, and Dr. John!
The trifecta of Blues Perfection. Pay attention, children. This is how it’s done.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The debut album is our Album of the Week. It was released 44 years ago yesterday. And the rest, as they say, is history.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of B.B. King
The final blues programming of the day belongs to the Blues King and his girl, Lucille. It’s only fitting.
By the way, did I mention those Tuesday Bluesday Three-in-a-Rows? You should tune us in. Today, you’ll hear Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band and Lucinda Williams. What the hell are you wating for?
Good Morning, Musicologists! Today’s mix is Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. It was Lucinda who opened for The Heartbreakers on their 40th Anniversary Tour at The Hollywood Bowl. It’s only fitting that we pair them up today.
Here’s Monday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Lucinda Williams Live From Austin City Limits, December 5, 1998
Lucinda Williams is a singer-songwriter extraordinaire whose bluesy roots rock music has stood the test of time. If her name doesn’t roll off your tongue, it should.
4:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All The Rest, The New Releases
We’re back with the five new releases from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers new box set, due out on October 16.
6:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, December 31, 1978
The infamous New Year’s Eve show from Santa Monica with a very young, energetic Tom Petty. That’s how we remember him.
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