We Slowly Wind Down Tom Petty Month (But We Ain’t Done Yet), and Put The Soul Queen of New Orleans In The Spotlight, Friday, October 22, 2021

Good Morning, Petty-ologists! We are slowly winding down Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, but we do have some great nuggets left for you this week. Do not despair. We’ve got a very scientific offering today. (I’m lying.)

We put Irma Thomas In the Spotlight a bit later!

Here’s Friday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 60 Songs EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

The decision to move this from 50 to 60 songs was as “scientific” as the song selections themselves. We simply decided 50 wasn’t enough and some great stuff got left out. So, we arbitrarily added it in. I believe we pulled the song names out of a bucket when we originally made this list, and just said, “yeah” and “no.” But it matters not. We could redo this list and it might look very different. That’s why we don’t indulge. We think we’ve got a solid list here, and it now includes some of the stuff from Wildflowers & All The Rest and Angel Dream. ENJOY!

By the way, the set list is up under the Playlist tab and it was updated last evening. Just scroll around out there until you find it.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas is a contemporary of both Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but she never quite achieved the commercial success of either. Although, to listen to Irma, she’s feels she’s living just fine as ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans.’ At 80 years old, she’s still singing. We love Irma Thomas here in The Mermaid Lounge, and tonight we are putting her In the Spotlight where she belongs.

And you belong here listening to us. Join your friends from near and far today. We’ve got some in New York and Kansas tuning in today with folks from Italy, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Russian Federation, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Germany and France. What are you waiting for?

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It’s a Keep It Simple Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge Today, With Our ‘Country’ EP and Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy” As Our AOW, October 10, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s a nice, relaxing Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff for you today. We’re uncomplicating our lives here…and yours.

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon NEW!

You know, there’s lots of negative things to talk about where Warren Zevon is concerned. He burned a lot of bridges. He had his demons. But he was, very simply, one of the best singer-songwriters on the planet. Linda Ronstadt proved that several times over. Excitable Boy is one of the best albums ever made. I can’t find one throw-away song on it. Produced by Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel, Zevon’s third studio album was released on January 18, 1978. Musicians who played on the album were some of the best-know studio musicians in the business in the 70’s including Russ Kunkel, Rick Marotta, and Mick Fleetwood taking turns on drums, and guitarists Danny Korchmar, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glaub, John McVie, Leland Sklar, and Waddy Wachtel. Background vocals were provided by Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Jennifer Warnes, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Kenny Edwards. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For the Country: Various Artists

We bring back our multi-artist EP of real country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) artists and the legends of country-rock. You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Byrds, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Mudcrutch and more!

It’s a great day to rest up after another work-a-day week and before the next one starts. If there’s a Big Guy up there, remember that this was also his day of rest. Dump the capitalism today and tune us in. Join our listeners from Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russian Federation, Canada, South Africa, and parts unknown.

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It’s Saturday and We Give You Tom Petty Trifectas All Day, Celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday, and It Doesn’t Stop There on October 9, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got our usual full Saturday of great stuff for you today. We continue on with Tom Petty Month and celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 81st birthday. But there’s still more!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day Tom Petty Trifectas, All Day Long NEW!

We have a recurring Tom Petty theme today, which means opening every hour of music (except for programmed times) with a Tom Petty trifecta. You’ll hear music from The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys. You’ll also hear solo material.

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

We celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 81st birthday today by putting him In the Spotlight as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a solo artist.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter FINAL AIRING!

We bid a fond farewell to this week’s featured album by Valerie Carter. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, there will be a new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live From Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 14, 1972

This is a rare repeat airing, but the last time we aired this was way back at the inception of LIVE DEAD in 2019. Tonight we revisit the Europe ’72 tour live from Copenhagen.

Saturday is always a treat here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a great day to join your friends from around the globe. Today, we have listeners from the Russian Federation, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Faroe Islands, Canada, and points beyond.

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If It’s Monday, It Must be Mudcrutch, And We Have Our Great EP ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ To Start Things Off, October 4, 2021

Good Morning, Petty Fans! We’re back on the train today with Mudcrutch Monday Madness! But that comes up later on. We kick it all off with our great new EP about water.

Mr. Petty’s “Other” Band, called Mudcrutch. L-R: Tom Leadon, Mike Campbell, Randall Marsh, Benmont Tench, and Tom Petty.

Here’s today’s Monday line-up:

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

This was one of those EP’s that was so much fun to do it just kept going. It wound up being just over four hours of great songs with references to water in either the title, the lyrics, or both. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Al Green, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, The Stone Poneys, Valerie Carter, Elton John, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Loggins & Messina, Mudcrutch, Emmylou Harris, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Beach Boys, The Grass Roots, and more!

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Full Catalogue

This playlist includes all of Mudcrutch, including the definitive live version of Hungry No More (a kickass song) recorded live at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016. It also includes the original version of Don’t Do Me Like That, which was originally a Mudcrutch song. This was the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville with when he made his move to L.A. to make music. It was the band that morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. And the rest, as they say, is history. EXCEPT, Tom Petty decided to bring Mudcrutch back to life in 2008 with its original members, including Tom Leadon on guitar (whose brother, Bernie, played with the Eagles) and Randall Marsh, his friend from Gainesville, on drums. As a member of Mudcrutch, Tom Petty was the bass player. Mudcrutch finally became a success in their own right. Their sound is awesome, and it’s different than The Hearbreakers even though the original Mudcrutch also had Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell. If you’re a true Petty fan, then you already know Mudcrutch. If you’re just a lover of The Heartbreakers’ hits and you’re not a deep digger, this is your opportunity.

It’s Petty month here in The Mermaid Lounge. We won’t be obnoxious about it, but we will be playing more Tom Petty than usual, and that is always a good thing. We remain all about the music. We’re commercial-free, and do not employ overly-talkative DJ’s who like to talk about themselves. Give us a shot. All you need to do is pull up a tab and click the link below:

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It’s Another Monday Here and The Beginning of the Week is All About Love and Loss, September 27, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Fall is in the air here this morning, and love is on our minds. That is to say, music about true love and heartbreak. I’m an expert at the second part. That’s why I don’t play in that arena anymore.

First comes love. Then comes heartbreak. We’ve got both ends of the spectrum today.

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

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

We start with the bad news first. That way we can end the day on a more upbeat note. You’ll hear laments from Elvis Presley, Carole King, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Rush, Ray Charles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cat Stevens, The Pretenders, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The J. Geils Band, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Them, and many more!

3:00 p.m. True Love Always: Various Artists

This is a much longer and optimistic playlist. Funny how that works out, eh? I’ll have to do some digging into just why it’s the longer of the two. In this particular list you’ll hear The Mamas & The Papas, George Harrison, Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, Mudcrutch, The Hollies, Joni Mitchell, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Jonathan Edwards, The Beatles, Neil Young, Basia, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, The Four Tops, and more!

We’re here with you through the ups and downs of life. We’ve got some folks tuned in this morning from Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Spain, France, The Russian Federation, Brazil, Japan, Denmark, and Italy. We’ve got some new listeners from the U.S. as well over the last few days, some from Kansas and some from Texas. What are you waiting for?

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We Close The Work Week With Mudcrutch, Our ‘Out In The Cold’ Playlist, and A Lot of Open Stream, Friday, September 17, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re closing the work week with some great programming from Mudcrutch and our playlist of songs that talk about the weather.

Today we celebrate Tom Leadon’s birthday with some live Mudcrutch!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA, June 26, 2016

Yesterday was Tom Leadon’s birthday (center), so today we give you some great live Mudcrutch from the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. The added bonus is Stephen Stills joining them on stage.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream! Out In The Cold: Various Artists

We’re back with a great playlist talking about the weather in the title or the lyrics…or both. You’ll hear Carole King, James Taylor, Albert King, The Marshall Tucker Band, Linda Ronstadt, The Allman Brothers Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Tom Rush, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young, Cream, Bill Withers, Johnny Rivers, and more!

Before, between, and after The Music Mermaid is in charge cycling 27,000 great songs for your listening pleasure. We’re 24/7 and free of charge. Join your friends from around the world.

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We Welcome You to Another Monday With OUR Top 50 Tom Petty Songs, and Aretha Franklin In the Spotlight, September 13, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Sorry I’m running a tad late, but the old music bat slept in a bit. I needed it. Yesterday, I saw a list of Tom Petty’s Top 50 songs from a radio station and was inspired to share our list with you once again.

Today we give you Petty’s Top 50 songs with the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Wilburys and as a solo artist.

Here’s your line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 50 Songs

Before we begin, let me say that these are not ranked in any kind of order. That would be totally impossible, I’m afraid, for anyone in The Mermaid Lounge to do. I didn’t even review the list, which was originally done several months ago, because I knew I’d have rearranged my brain around these again. Let’s leave well enough alone, I say.

Here we have our version of Petty’s Top 50. This was inspired by a list I posted on Twitter yesterday generated by some radio station somewhere. The songs are from his work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist.

Whether you agree with the list or not, consider the bonus: You get just over three hours of Tom Petty music. And that cannot be bad. Buy the way, anyone who wants to make a case to remove a song and replace it with another can always feel free to write us at become.ungovernable.radio@gmail.com.

6:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin

The undisputed Queen of Soul will be in the spotlight this evening a bit earlier than our 7:00 p.m. start because it’s my day off from the salt mines and because I can. So, there.

Give us a shot. This morning we’ve got plenty of listeners from Japan, Spain, the UK, Norway, Denmark, France, Romania, The Russian Federation, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Poland, and Argentina. We’re waiting, United States. Where the hell are you?

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We Close the Work Week In Style With The Beatles Top 100 and Our ‘By The Numbers’ Playlist, Friday, August 20, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We close the week by giving you the Beatles Top 100 songs and our multi-artist ‘By The Numbers’ playlist.

Today it’s The Beatles Top 100 to open the day’s programming!

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. The Beatles Top 100 NEW!

We have two house bands. The Beatles is one of those house bands. (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is the other.) This list is in no numerical order. It was done very scientifically, of course. Some Beatle fans (including me) sat around getting stoned and just threw out titles. If we agreed, we kept the song on the list. We scrubbed the ones we didn’t agree on. That’s about as scientific as we can get at this stage of the game. Some day when I am indeed fully retired, we’ll open this up to listeners by email and take votes. But for now, this is what you get. We like this list a lot.

The list itself will appear under the Playlist tab on the blog before I head out to work at 10:00 a.m. Check it out.

7:00 p.m. By The Numbers: Various Artists

Songs with numbers in the titles, or the lyrics…or both. Just over two hours of great music by many artists, including Alice Cooper, James Taylor, The Mamas &The Papas, J.J. Cale, Mudcrutch, Three Dog Night, The Doors, Stevie Nicks, Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash, The Searchers, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Paul Simon, Wilson Pickett, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Searchers, The Beatles, and more!

Before, in between, and after we have wide Open Stream with selections by The Music Mermaid. She has impeccable taste and plenty of songs to choose from. We’re free. We’re free 24/7. No subscription or credit card required. And no personal information requested. What more could you ask for?

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We Pay Tribute to Nanci Griffith, Give You J.J. Cale & Leon Russell Later, and An Afternoon of Trifectas, Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again at mid-week and today’s big event is Nanci Griffith In the Spotlight, as we promised a couple of days ago.

Today we put Nanci Griffith where she rightfully belongs: In the Spotlight

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Nanci Griffith NEW!

We heard of Nanci Griffith’s passing on August 13 at the age of 68, and a sad day it was. Her songs have contributed so much to the careers of so many of her peers over the years. Today, however, we turn the mike over to Nanci Griffith her self as we present just over two hours of her music.

Raised in Austin, Texas, Nanci Griffith lived in Nashville where it was described she kept one foot in country music and one foot in folk music. She appeared on the show Austin City Limits a number of times over her career. During her career, she recorded 18 studio albums, 2 live albums, and released 17 singles.

7:00 p.m. J.J. Cale & Leon Russell In Session at Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, June 1979

Here we have the marriage of two masters in session from Russell’s Paradise Studios in Los Angeles, guitarist J.J. Cale and pianist Leon Russell. In a 21-song set, they are joined by Cale’s wife, Christine Lakeland, on guitar, harmonica and backing vocals. Also in the session are Marty Grebb (Horn), Larry Bell (Piano), Nick Rather (Bass), Jimmy Karstein, and Ambrose Campbell (Percussion/Drums), Bill Boatman (Guitar), Pat “Taco” Ryan (Brass) and Shamsi Sarumi (Percussion).

Trifectas

Today, we also give you an afternoon of hour-opening trifectas:

3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan

4:00 p.m. Mudcrutch

5:00 p.m. Steely Dan

6:00 p.m. Valerie Carter

Tune us in, people. We’ve got it all here on the greatest little radio station on the planet. You won’t “get it” until you give us a listen.

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We Open the Week With Mudcrutch Monday, and The Soul Sisters, Volume One, August 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We kick a new week off with Mudcrutch Monday Madness, something we haven’t seen for a while. We also have volume one of The Soul Sisters coming up later.

Mudcrutch (Photo by Dennis Callahan)

Here’s your line-up:

12:00 p.m. MUDCRUTCH MONDAY MADNESS! The Complete Catalogue

Mudcrutch is back for another Monday treat. We’ve got all the Mudcrutch you can handle today, giving you all the songs they’ve made in just over two hours of great music. This is the band that left Gainesville, erupted into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and which Petty regrouped in 2008 with its original members.

6:00 p.m. The Soul Sisters, Volume One: Various Artists

We’ve got some great soul music for you here from the ladies, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Irma Thomas, Martha & The Vandellas, Carla Thomas, The Marvellettes, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, Barbara Lewis, Ann Peebles, Fontella Bass, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Little Eva and more.

It’s Monday. Some think it’s the hardest day of the week, so why not add some great music to your day. Before, in between, and after this great programming we’ve got The Music Mermaid choosing your Open Stream.

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