We Debut Our New ‘Color My World’ EP, Give You The Final Airing of our AOW, and LIVE DEAD! Later, Saturday, July 30, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! This morning we debut our brand new EP called ‘Color My World’ a treasure trove of songs with the colors of the rainbow in the title, lyrics or both. We also have the final airing of our Album of The Week and LIVE DEAD! on tap for later.

Today we debut our ‘Color My World’ EP!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Color My World: Various Artists NEW!

Colors aren’t new to us here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got playlist for blue and black, but this is our first covering it all. You will hear songs from Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse), John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Sam & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Booker T. & The MGs, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, John-Cougar Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more!

We’ve added the song list to the Playlist section of the blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Steady On by Shawn Colvin FINAL AIRING!

This evening we bid farewell to Shawn Colvin’s great debut album as our featured AOW. Tomorrow when you rise, there’ll be a brand new selection. It’s all cued up and waiting!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY, June 27, 1985

This is another repeat performance, but hasn’t been cued up since 2020. It’ll be just like new. This is one of those great music venues that I spent much of my youthful time visiting. And this is a great Dead soundboard. Don’t miss it.

Saturday is always a good day to take us for a spin. While some of us are still toiling away with the general public, you can be here listening to great music. All day. All you need is a computer and a new tab. No credit card required and nothing to fill out. Your money’s no good here. Here we have voluntary memberships only. What’s not to love?

We Start Off the Day Fittingly With Our ‘Ode to Morning’ EP Then Pay Tribute to Ringo Later on Friday, July 8, 2022

Happy 82nd Birthday, Ringo! Still filling stadiums around the world with his All Starr band!

Here’s your Friday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Ode To Morning: Various Artists

We opened the month with our playlist about the night time, so it’s only fitting that we begin the day with our flip-side EP. You will hear Joni Mitchell, The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nina Simone, Cat Stevens, Hoyt Axton, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Rascals, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Gram Parsons, Simon & Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Ry Cooder, Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Jonathan Edwards, Townes Van Zandt, Pure Prairie League, Bob Dylan, Chris Hillman, Badfinger and more!

7:00 p.m. The Best of Ringo Starr UPDATED AND EXPANDED!

You know, there’s urban legend, and then there’s sheer musical ignorance. The notion that Ringo isn’t a “good” drummer is patently absurd. In fact, his peers will tell you otherwise. Perhaps you should watch this video featuring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Jim Keltner, Stewart Copeland, Tre Cool, Chad Smith and others. Remember, The Beatles wanted Ringo and stole him from Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, dumping Pete Best in the process. He’s a drummer’s drummer, and most of the criticism is because he isn’t John Bonham with his 40-minute drum solos. But that shit? That shit breaks up the continuity of a song, in my humble opinion. And Ringo was and still is all about giving the song what it needs. His attitude about drum solos is all that it proves is that you took lessons. But best of all is that Ringo is just a good guy who has fun on stage with his All Starr band, and at 82, he’s still filling stadiums to spread his feel-good sounds. Today, we celebrate Ringo’s 82nd birthday (yesterday) with some of our favorites where he was only the drummer, every song he sang solo on as a member of The Beatles, and his own solo stuff.

Get on board the weekend train because we are almost there, people. It’s all downhill from here, as they say. I will, of course, have one day left after today since I toil in the very real world of retail hell in a nation where buying is equated with freedom. So are guns. But we won’t go there. Instead, we’ll focus on the music, so join us. We promise no chatty DJs, and no news here. Just music 24/7. And did I mention we’re totally FREE (in all caps and with NO strings)?

We’re On The Downslide to The Weekend With ‘Live’ Neil Young, Emmylou Harris In the Spotlight, and Our AOW, Thursday, June 30, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We are on the way to the weekend effectively this morning, and we’ve got three pieces of great programming today to help get you there.

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Neil Young Live at The Cellar Door, Washington, D.C., recorded in 1970 NEW!

This collection of live performances was recorded during Young’s six live performances in Washington in 1970. It is vintage Neil Young from his early albums and from his Buffalo Springfield years. It also features the only known recording of Cinnamon Girl (a Mermaid Lounge favorite) with young playing piano.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Beauty by The Grateful Dead

We’re at the next-to-last airing of American Beauty. The final will be sometime Saturday and, by Sunday, it will be a thing of the past as we have a new selection waiting in the wings.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Emmylou Harris

It’s time to put Emmylou in the spotlight again. Over the cours of her career she has evolved into one of the most influential contributors to the country and country-rock music scene. She has released dozens of singles and albums over her career and has won 14 Grammy Awards. She became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1992, ws inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Great day to tune us in, as is every day. I know. I sound like, well, a broken record. But I can’t help myself. I can’t understand for the life of me why people would prefer to pay for their music. Or have to put up with commercial advertising and chatty DJs. What are you waiting for?

We’re On the Downslide To The Weekend With the Complete Trio Sessions, Our AOW, and Our ‘Out In The Cold’ Playlist, Thursday, May 19, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great day on tap today, including the complete Trio sessions with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris!

Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt) is a bona fide SUPERGROUP although nobody but us ever says it.

Here’s your Thursday lineup:

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

Continuing on the theme of the women getting short shrift in the music business, this is one of the most amazing supergroups ever to set foot in a recording studio, although nobody ever seems to say the word “supergroup.” What we have for you here are the complete sessions that result in the two critically-acclaimed Trio I and Trio II albums, replete with unreleased gems, remasters, remixes, and alternate versions. Kick back and enjoy this one.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Get On Board, Taj Mahal with Ry Cooder

This is the next-to-last airing of this great new album that pays homage to blues greats Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder reunite 56 years after their Rising Sons collaboration for this one.

7:00 p.m. Out In The Cold: Various Artists

A playlist that talks about the weather in the title, lyrics or both! We feature Bill Withers, The Association, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Rivers, Albert King, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cream, Donovan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Rush, Dr. John, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Martha & The Vandellas and more!

Get your shit together, people, and tune us in. We don’t ask you for money. Ever. We don’t require a commitment (of any kind), and we certainly don’t want your personal information. We have enough problems remembering our own. And did I mention we run uninterrupted 24/7? Well, we do.

It’s Another Sunday in The Lounge With Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder’s AOW and Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, May 15, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great day of music for you. Lots of Open Stream interspersed with some excellent programming. Sunday is typically a light day in the lounge. We hope you enjoy it.

It has been nearly 56 years since these guys have collaborated. They’re back!

Here’s your Sunday Funday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Get On Board with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder NEW!

It has been half a century since these two legends have collaborated. The first time around, it was on Rising Sons, which we featured as an album of the week some time ago. This time, they are paying tribute to the legendary Sonny Terry and Browne McGhee, and the result is some serious kick-ass blues.

2:00 p.m. Are You Ready For The Country? Various Artists

This is a great EP that gives you (real) country music and features the bands and artists that helped shape the marriage between rock and country. You’ll be treated to 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, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, John Prine, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Hank Williams, and more!

We’re up and running 24/7 with all the tunes fit to play. We’re totally free every minute of every day. We don’t ask for a “subscription.” We don’t charge money. And we never ask for your credit card or personal information. We don’t need it. And neither do you.

We’re At Midweek With Our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Olympic, Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve hit our midweek stride with our ‘Ode To Morning’ multi-artist EP, which starts a bit earlier today. Later, we’ve got Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on The Last DJ Tour.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will close out the programming tonight!

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Ode To Morning: Various Artists

Yes, songs about the morning is what we have here. It’s only fitting since we first had a songs about night. You’ll hear Joni Mitchell, The Move, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Nina Simone, Cat Stevens, Hoyt Axton, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Rascals, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, James Taylor, Gram Parsons, Simon & Garfunkel, Taj Mahal, Dan Fogelberg, Harry Chapin, Three Dog Night, Ry Cooder, Tim Buckley, Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Jonathan Edwards, Townes Van Zandt, Pure Prairie League, Bob Dylan, Chris Hillman, Badfinger and more.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2002

One of our House Bands (the other being The Beatles) here takes off on The Last DJ Tour. Tonight we’ve got The Heartbreakers live from The Olympic in LA.

As usual, the music never stops here. Before, in between, and after we’ve got all that great wide Open Stream with The Music Mermaid in charge. She has impeccable taste, I might add. We’re totally free. The music is uninterrupted all day and all night long. We do not accept advertising. We do not ask for your credit card or personal info. What’s not to love here?

We’ve Got Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert, Bonnie Raitt’s AOW, and Jerry Jeff Walker In the Spotlight, Thursday, April 28, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a great Thursday line-up as we slide toward the end of the work week this week. So, read on for all the details!

The revelers at Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert!

Here’s your Thursday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan & Friends: The 30th Anniversary Concert, Madison Square Garden, New York, October 16, 1992

Bob collected a few of his friends for this one, including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, George Harrison, The Band, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, The O’Jays, and many more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just Like That… by Bonnie Raitt

This marks the next-to-last airing of Bonnie Raitt’s great new album, her first in six years. The final will come sometime on Saturday, so get in on this one while you can.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jerry Jeff Walker

We haven’t heard this for a while, and it is definitely time to break it out into the open again. Born Ronald Clyde Crosby, our friend Jerry Jeff knew he couldn’t cut it as one of the leaders of the country outlaw movement with that name. He is best known for writing the song Mr. Bojangles, but he was much more than that. My personal favorite album is It’s A Good Night For Singin’ and my all-time favorite JJW song is Very Short Time. Like it or not, we’re all on short time here.

Great collection of music here today. We’ve got all basic genres covered with the exception of Reggae, which we have plenty of in our daily stream. Join Germany, The Netherlands, Chile, Peru, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Greece, Australia, and points beyond today. It’s totally free, folks. Every day.

We Close The Work Week With Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, and Volume Two of Those Badass Guitarists, Friday, April 15, 2022

Good Morning, Weekenders! We’re getting there, and we’ve got a great musical line-up as we slide toward the weekend, including our ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP!

Well, are you?

Here’s Friday’s musical landscape:

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

Today we’re back with some real country (not, as Tom Petty put it, “bad pop bands with fiddles”), along with the pioneers of country-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, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, The Desert Rose Band, John Prine and more!

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists

We heard volume one yesterday, and we’re back today with volume two as promised. You’ll hear the handiwork of Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Albert Lee, Lowell George, Duane Allman, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Tom Petty, and more!

Look, it’s tax day. Everyone needs a cheering up on this day when you pay more than the corporations do. This is the perfect landing spot for that. Today we welcome the inhabitants of Macau to our musical family. That’s right on the southern coast of China. What are you waiting for?

Sunday In The Lounge Brings TPATH’s ‘Southern Accents’ As Our AOW, and Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP, March 27, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and that means I don’t have to rush around to get to retail hell. We’ve got a great line-up today, including a multi-artist playlist about water everywhere — in the title, lyrics or both!

At 3:00 p.m. we give you five hours of music about water, which actually covers 71% of this planet we live on!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Southern Accents by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers NEW!

Thirty-seven years ago yesterday, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released their sixth studio album, which was considered a failure at least by the critics (not the fans). According to at least one critic, it was envisioned as a concept album that was “weighted down by its own ambitions.” When one looks at the songs cut from the album, you have to wonder why that decision was made, I must admit. Still, it’s The Heartbreakers, and it’s an album with several great songs, three of which were co-written with Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, including Don’t Come Around Here No More. But my favorite song on the album remains Rebels.

3:00 p.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

And then, there’s water…in the title, lyrics, or both. Water, a valuable resource that covers 71% of the planet we live on, is more than worthy of it’s own EP. And we’ve got it here. You’ll hear Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Deep Purple, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bruce Hornsby, The Grass Roots, Lindesfarne, Electric Light Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Mudcrutch, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tracy Nelson, B. J. Thomas, Al Green, Foo Fighters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, The Beatles and more!

This is a great day to tune us in. We’ve got great programming, but most of our day every day is dedicated to Open Stream with no commercial interruption, and no overly talkative disc jockeys. Just music for the masses. Just push play.

We Barrel Into Women’s Week With A Broad Spectrum of Programming From The Pioneers, on Monday, March 7, 2022

Good Morning, aficionados of music, particularly women’s music. Let’s face it, women still get the short end of the stick in the music world. And I’m not talking contractually. I’m talking as someone who listens to other radio stations and knows that women still do not get enough air time.

These are just a few of the women you’ll hear today!

Here’s your opening day line-up:

11:00 a.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume Four: Various Artists

We’ve got five volumes of this so far, and this is the one we haven’t heard in the longest time. So, today is the day we break it out. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Nicolette Larson, Shawn Colvin, The Shirelles, Phoebe Snow, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Carole King, Valerie Carter, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, and more!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin

It’s only fitting that the first one In the Spotlight this week is the undisputed Queen of Soul, the first woman ever inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and whose career spanned a half century.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Friends: Duets and More

In spite of her incredibly successful solo career and her position as the Queen of Rock during the 70’s, Linda Ronstadt always preferred singing with others and dreamed of being in a girl group. She finally achieved that when she joined up with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris for the Trio albums. Here you’ll hear her sing with J. D. Souther, Randy Newman Ry Cooder, Hoyt Axton, Wendy Waldman, Neil Young, Ann Savoy, Paul Simon, Rosemary Clooney, Aaron Neville, Maria Muldaur and more. And you’ll hear her as lead vocalist, background singer, and harmony singer.

Every week is women’s week here in The Mermaid Lounge. People who listen to us regularly already know that. But this is a very special week, and we’re very happy to put the pedal to the metal and give you that little extra. We’re always free, and we’re always on the air 24/7. What could be better?