It’s a Two-Tom Day Today: Petty & Rush, One’s in the Spotlight and One’s On Stage; The New Wildflower Releases, Friday, October 2, 2020

Here we are in The Mermaid Lounge on day two of Tom Petty month. We have a Two-Tom Day today. Seriously good programming.

Tom Rush plays Mountain Stage, Charelston WV – 2009

Here’s today’s Two-Tom line-up:

11:00 a.m. The New Releases: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest NEW!

Very simply, the five latest releases on the way to the new Tom Petty compilation (available October 16), Wildflowers & All The Rest. We thought that would be appropriate today. You can learn more about this release here and on Tom Petty’s official web site. We will repeat this at 11:00 p.m.

By the way, there are ‘home demos’ here that are release worthy for most people.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

Another favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge. And by the way, still kicking ass.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June 10, 1995

This is one of my personal favorites, particularly because of the song selection. But hell, they’re great live. Always have been. You can love their albums, but you can really appreciate their talent when they are live.

Come on, people. Get with the program. Today.

Big Things Come In Groups of Threes Today From The Mermaid Lounge, Friday, September 18, 2020

It’s finally Friday. Of course, for those of us working retail, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the week. But no matter. Today in The Mermaid Lounge, great things come in groups of three. You’ll see what I mean.

Linda. Emmylou. Dolly. A supergroup no matter what they tell you.

Here’s Friday’s planned programming:

12:00 p.m. The Complete Trio Collection: Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton

I always lead off with Linda Ronstadt when I’m talking about a group of women singers. That is totally my bias, but it is without shame. No matter how you cut it, women get the short end of the straw in music. If they were guys, the word ‘supergroup’ would be flowing off everyone’s tongue. Linda, Emmylou and Dolly were a supergroup. The Complete Trio Collection proves it.

The complete collection gives you just that along with alternative versions of some of the songs and previously-unreleased material.

7:00 p.m. Steve Earle, Townes VanZandt, and Guy Clark: Together at The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, September 3, 1995

It was Emmylou Harris who led me to Guy Clark originally. But one winter night in Harvard Square, three friends were outside in the snow freezing and decided to go into Passim’s Coffee Shop to get out of the elements for a while. Somebody was playing that night, but when I walked in and saw it was none other than Guy Clark, I was excited. The three of us were literally blown off our fucking stools. He has been a favorite ever since. A friend of Emmylou.

Now we add Steve Earle and songwriter in the extreme Townes VanZandt to the mix and what we have here is an amazing evening at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. This event took place just fifteen months before VanZand’s death.

Yeah. It’s all-country programming today. What about it? This is one of the things that makes us different than all the rest. This will be about 6 or 7 hours of actual programming. The rest of the 24-hour cycle? All open stream with no commercials. No cost. No obligation. No credit card or personal data required. Radio like it used to be.