We’re at Midweek With the ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP, Aretha Franklin, and Ringo Starr, Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Good morning, music lovers. As I prepare to head out I’m giving you the lowdown. We’ve got our big-ass country and country-rock EP up today, Aretha’s second turn as our featured singer-songwriter, and an updated Spotlight featuring Ringo Starr.

Here’s your midweek musical landscape:

9:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

We start off the day with our playlist of great country music, from the masters to the generation that created the country-rock sound starting in Laurel Canyon. You will hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, 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, Hank Williams, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dolly Parton, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, John Prine, The Desert Rose Band and more!

4:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Aretha Franklin

From country to the Queen of Soul as Aretha Franklin takes her second turn as this week’s featured singer-songwriter.

8:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Ringo Starr UPDATED!

Perhaps not as prolific as McCartney (but who is?), but Ringo Starr has made over 39 albums since The Beatles split. His All Starr Band tours continue to pack them in and, in his 80’s, he’s got his 2023 tour on track. Tonight we put him In the Spotlight where he belongs.

It’s midweek. From here on out, we’re on the downslide to the weekend. It gets better from here, people. And it will be a pleasant slide if you simply tune us in. We’re totally free 24/7 with no commercial advertising. What are you waiting for?

It’s Saturday and The Women of Music are in Charge; We’ve Also Got Mudcrutch and Aretha Franklin, May 13, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! Today it’s ‘Ladies Day Out’ as our featured EP, Aretha Franklin as our new featured singer-songwriter and Mucrutch’s final turn with our AOW.

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. Album of the Week: Mudcrutch by Mudcrutch FINAL AIRING!

Today we bid a fond farewell to Mudcrutch’s self-titled 2008 debut album. Tomorrow we’ll have a brand new selection for you.

12:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

At high noon, the women of music take over. They come in all shapes and sizes and all musical genres, including Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Cilla Black, Irma thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crown, Susan Tedeschi, Valerie Carter, Dusty Springfield, Dolly Parton and more. Five hours of uninterrupted music!

8:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Aretha Franklin NEW!

The undisputed Queen of Soul’s career spanned six decades with global sales of over 75 million records, making her one of the world’s best selling musical artists. She charted 112 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts, including 73 Hot 100 entries, 17 Top 10 pop singles, 100 R & B entries with 20 number one R & B singles. ‘Nuff said.

We’ve made it to the weekend. I’ve got one more day in retail hell, but The Music Mermaid can take it from here. She has impeccable taste in music and will keep the place humming before, in between and long after our programming is completed.

Heading for The Weekend With the ‘A Little Bit O’Soul’ EP, Mudcrutch’s AOW, and Some ‘Live’ Dr. John, Thursday, May 11, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’re over the hump and the weekend is in sight! We’ve got some great programming with our usual wide Open Stream wrapped around it. Read on!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

9:00 a.m. A Liltle Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

The music that made America dance from Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, Sam & Dave, The Staple Singers, Nina Simone, LaVern Baker, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Irma Thomas, The Box Tops, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Eddie Floyd, The Ad Libs, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, Wanda Jackson, Percy Sledge, Ann Peebles, Al Green and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Mudcrutch by Mudcrutch

Our next-to-last airing of this great 2008 debut album. Last chance sometime Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Dr. John Live at Ultrasonic Studios, Hempstead, New York, November 6, 1973

Closing out today’s programming is music to take care of what’s ailing you from the good doctor from New Orleans, the Nite Tripper himself.

Great day to be here in The Mermaid Lounge with us. We’ve got great programming covering the entire musical spectrum. Before, in between and after, we’ve got our big wide Open Stream going 24/7.

Tuesday Bluesday Brings ‘TheBest of Louisiana Blues’ EP and Janis Joplin ‘Live’ at The Fillmore East; in Between, We’ve Got Mudcrutch with the AOW, May 9, 2023

Welcome to another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge and today we kick off our programming with a fine Louisiana blues EP!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday lineup:

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

We begin the day in Louisiana with Ray Charles, Lillian Glinn, Slim Harpo, Fats Domino, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Rodney Harris, Roosevelt Sykes, Shirley & Lee, Ray 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: Mudcrutch by Mudcrutch

The band finally released their first album 32 years after arriving in L.A. Disbanded by the record company, Petty formed The Heartbreakers. In 2008, he reformed Mudcrutch with the original members and released this great album. They also took to the road.

7:00 p.m. Janis Joplin Live at The Fillmore East, New York, NY, February 12, 1969

We close out the blues programming with our queen of blues-rock live from The Fillmore East in New York.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a popular day here. We hope you’ll choose to join us today if you’ve never been here before. We’re on 24/7 (not just when we have programming but all day and night) and we’re free of charge. Even better, we give you music uninterrupted by commercial advertising!

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?

It’s Another Simple Sunday With the New Album of The Week by Mudcrutch and Our ‘Here Comes the Night’ EP, May 7, 2023

We like to keep it simple on Sundays and give you plenty of wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid. Today we’ve got the first Mudcrutch album as our AOW to kick it off.

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Mudcrutch by Mudcrutch NEW!

We start the day and a new week with the first Mudcrutch album. This is the band that left Gainesville looking for musical fortune in L.A. It didn’t work out until later as the band split and morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (we’re happy for that part). Later in 2008, Tom Petty reunited the original band and they finally found their place in the music world, releasing two albums and going on tour. Enjoy this one. They were a fine band in their own right.

3:00 p.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists

Night time is the right time. Just ask Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Them, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, the Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, The Eagles, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, The Doors, Emmylou Harris, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, the Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt and more!

Kick back and relax with us today. It’s Sunday. Don’t know where you are today, but here it’s bright and sunny and will be in the 70’s. Nice. Great day for great music.

We’re Back to Monday and We’ve Got Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP and Fats Domino In the Spotlight Later, April 24, 2023

Yes, the work week returns and even I am stuck working on what would normally be my day off, but I digress. We’ve got a great EP of traveling music today and Fats Domino, a true rock and roll pioneer, In the Spotlight later.

Here’s your Monday musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

Traveling is a popular music topic, just ask Canned Heat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Doors, The Eagles, Little Feat, The Band, Willie Nelson, Edwin Starr, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Asleep At The Wheel, The Traveling Wilburys, Mudcrutch, Loggins & Messina and Buffalo Springfield. You’ll hear all of them and more in this EP, which is just about five hours of uninterrupted traveling music.

8:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Fats Domino

I’m not sure anyone was actually playing rock and roll before Fats Domino. He certainly was in the forefront of the entire musical movement and is considered one of its founding fathers. We’ve got him In the Spotlight tonight. He’s a Mermaid Lounge favorite.

Before, in between and after we’ve got our wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid. We’re playing music 24/7 with no commercial interruption. All you need is an open tab and a mouse, and musical mecca is at your fingertips.

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.

Good Morning, Weekenders! We’ve Got the Final Airing of Our AOW, the ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP and a Brand New Singer-Songwriter Feature on Saturday, March 18, 2023

Yes, we’ve made it to Saturday, and that can only be a good thing. We’ve got some great stuff lined up, including the late, great Christine McVie as this week’s singer-songwriter.

Here’s your Saturday lineup:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Hot Chili Mama by BeauSoleil FINAL AIRING!

We’re bidding a very fond farewell to BeauSoleil’s great album of Cajun and Zydeco music today, but there’s more where that came from. We promise. Tomorrow we’ll have a brand new album for you.

11:00 a.m. Are You Ready For The Country: Various Artists

We’re back with our great EP of real country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) and country-rock pioneers today, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep At The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, 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, Chris Hillman & The Desert Rose Band and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Christine McVie NEW!

Many people consider Stevie Nicks the driving force behind Fleetwood Mac, but we consider that force to be Christine McVie the writer and singer, of many of their biggest hits (Say You Love Me, Little Lies, Over My Head, You Make Loving Fun). Rolling Stone magazine calls her ‘the beating heart of Fleetwood Mac.’ She was was part of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (before Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham; when they were a blues band) and a woman who was a fixture in the mid-60’s British blues scene. She is this week’s featured singer-songwriter.

This is an excellent day to join us (not literally, because there are absolutely no ‘joinng’ requirements). See for yourself. Just pull up a tab and click the button below.

Thursday Brings Our ‘Between Heaven & Hell’ Playlist, Our AOW, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at Winterland Later, March 9, 2023

Good morning, musicologists! We’ve got a great programming lineup for you as we move toward the weekend. Read on for the details!

Here’s Thursday’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists

This is not an EP, but is sweet nonetheless, a collection of songs with references to heaven and hell in the title, lyrics or both from The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Eagles, Steve Winwood, Pink Floyd, The Grass Roots, The Byrds, ZZ Top, Eddie Cochran, The Rolling Stones, Townes Van Zandt, Roberta Flack, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Presley, Maria Muldaur, Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings, the Grateful Dead, Fats Domino, Mudcrutch and more.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Bluesiana Triangle by Bluesiana Triangle

A short-lived but amazing band consisting of Art Blakey, Dr. John and David “Fathead” Newman released this great album that’s a little jazz, a little blues and a lot of funk. We’re winding down on this one. The last airing will be on Saturday. As they say in the restaurant business, get it while it’s hot.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Live at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 30, 1978

You heard from one of our House Bands earlier in the week, now you hear from the other in a great live performance from an iconic venue, Winterland in San Francisco. Early Heartbreakers on display here, a preview of how great this band was to become over a 40-year span.

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