Here we are again on Saturday. Seems weird this week with a Thursday holiday. I’m all discombobulated. But the good news is that I’m completely aware of what’s going on here musically. And it’s all great stuff.
Here’s today’s programming:
8:00 a.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Nanci Griffith
Today is the final airing of the late, great Nanci Griffith as our featured singer-songwriter. Get in on this one if you’ve got the time this morning. We’re starting a bit earlier than usual.
11:00 a.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists
We’re back with our tribute to the British Invasion and beyond with today’s EP. You’ll hear the music of The Beatles, The Who, Dave Mason, Electric Light Orchestra, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Queen, The Dave Clark Five, The Bee Gees, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, George Harrison, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Badfinger, The Yardbirds, Traffic, Elton John, Lulu, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Animals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Donovan and more!
7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Neil Young NEW!
Tonight we bring in the new featured singer-songwriter, Neil Young, undoubtedly a Mermaid Lounge favorite. He’s in very good standing here. The Mermaid herself is very fond. Some days we have to keep her from turning this into Neil Young Radio. We’ve got a great set list on tap for tonight.
10:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Everybody Knows by Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
To close it out, we’ve got the final airing of this week’s Album of The Week by Stills and Collins. We’ll have a new album ready to roll in the morning.
Before, in between and after we’ve got our great Wide Open Stream under the guidance of The Music Mermaid, and you know she has impeccable taste. We are free 24/7 and we’re never off the air. We do not clog up the music pipeline with commercial advertising, and your money (and credit cards) are no good here.
Happy Thanksgiving, Musicologists! What are we thankful for today? Great music for one thing, and the fact that it’s totally free here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio. We’ve got a great line-up for you today, so don’t forget to tune us in.
Here’s today’s lineup:
11:00 a.m. Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant Massacree: A Thanksgiving Tradition
This is our fifth year of this great Tradition, all 18 minutes of Arlo Guthrie’s rambling historical narrative of Alice’s Restaurant. Whether the event really happened according to the musical legend or not has been the subject of much discussion over the years. However, it seems that The Berkshire Eagle has finally put the question to bed for all of us. Come join us for this great holiday tradition!
2:00 p.m. Down In New Orleans: Various Artists
We haven’t aired this great EP since sometime in September, but it’s back today for Thanksgiving. Not only do we have all of the rock n’ roll artists who were born in New Orleans, but we’re playing traditional New Orleans blues, jazz. R & B, and Cajun/Zydeco. You’ll hear BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Allen Fontenot, Aaron Neville, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Daywalkers, the Boogaloo Swamis, Kermit Ruffins, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Magnolia Sisters, The Meters, Queen Ida and The BonTemps, Boozoo Chavis and many more!
8:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Everybody Knows by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins
This is our next-to-last airing of this album, the first and only collaboration between old lovers and friends from the sixties, Stephen Stills and Judy Collins. Don’t miss it. The final airing will be sometime on Saturday.
Come celebrate Thanksgiving with us here in The Mermaid Lounge. You can’t go wrong. You can kick back after that l-tryptophan kicks in and just chill. We don’t cost you a thing except time. No surprises. I promise,
Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a brand new playlist featuring Buddy Guy coming up this evening.
Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday lineup:
9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Everybody Knows by Stephen Stills & Judy Collins
We start the day with the second airing of our Album of The Week by Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, the first album they’ve ever made together in spite of the fact that they’ve known each other and worked together for decades. It was released in 2017.
This is our big, five-hour blues EP featuring Delbert McClinton, B.B. King, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Ry Cooder, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, The Animals, Albert King, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, The Yardbirds, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Bobby “Blue” Bland, The Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Robert Cray Band, J. J. Cale, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Koko Taylor, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, Duane Allman, Susan Tedeschi, Howlin’ Wolf, Roomful of Blues, Tracy Nelson and more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Buddy Guy NEW!
Buddy Guy is an extraordinary blues guitarist and singer whose guitar chops have influenced generations of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richard, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer. He hails from the Chicago blues genre. Tonight you get to hear him alone and with his friends.
It’s always jumpin’ here in The Mermaid Lounge on Tuesday Bluesday, and today will be no exception. We’re free 24/7 with no surprises, no credit card required…you don’t even have to give us your name. All you need is a free tab and a mouse so you can click on the button below.
Good Morning, Sixties Music Lovers! We certainly are all that here in The Mermaid Lounge and today we’ve got the very first playlist and EP that we ever created, along with the 2017 album, Everybody Knows.
Here’s your musical lineup:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Everybody Knows by Stephen Stills & Judy Collins NEW!
And yes, everybody knows that the two were a “thing” in 1968 into 1969, and that Stephen Stills wrote songs about her, namely Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and Judy. In spite of the fact that Stills has played on several of Collins’ songs, they never made an album together or toured together until 2017, with the release of this collaboration. We’ve got it for you this week.
3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists
We’re back for another airing of the very first playlist we created, and also the first that morphed into an EP. You’ll hear Del Shannon, Little Eva, The Drifters, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Walker Brothers, Mary Wells, Dusty Springfield, The Searchers, The Monkees, Sonny & Cher, Petula Clark, Glen Campbell, Johnny Rivers, The Dave Clark Five, The Supremes, Harry Nilsson, The Band, The Yardbirds, The Kinks, Simon & Garfunkel, Blind Faith, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Tony Joe White, Barry McGuire, Procol Harum, The Temptations, Fats Domino and more!
Sunday, and a day of rest, and it could be one of the few you get as the all-consuming American public launches itself into what is commonly known as “holiday season,” where y’all watch bad Lifetime TV movies and spend more money than you make. We’ll be here taking the edge off in The Mermaid Lounge. And best of all, we’re FREE.
Good Morning, Gang! Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge with a great programming landscape for you today that includes some brand new ‘live’ Stephen Stills from London. We start the day with a great multi-artist EP and close it with our Album of The Week!
Here’s today’s lineup:
11:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists
It’s that time again where we pull together the best of REAL country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) and some country-rock born of the Laurel Canyon pioneers. 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, The Flying Burrito Brothers, 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, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, John Prine, The Desert Rose Band and more!
7:00 p.m. Stephen Stills Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK, October 20, 2008 NEW!
Who doesn’t know Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter extraordinaire who has not only had a successful solo career but has been a seminal member of several successful bands, namely Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, and Manassas. He has combined sales of more than 35 million albums. Tonight we bring you a Stills 2008 concert from the UK.
9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama by Janis Joplin
Our second-to-last airing is tonight at 9:00 p.m., and we’ll have our last airing sometime on Saturday. If you haven’t heard this one yet, you’ve got two more before it’s gone!
The holidays are coming. Give yourself the gift of great music! And we won’t cost you a penny. We’re totally free. Yes, it’s a labor of musical love, and we’re a throwback to real radio. You know, before you paid Spotify and other services to build custom listening lists. But the best part is that we also don’t accept commercial advertising or employ overly-chatty DJ’s who talk through songs. We’re all about the music.
Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another Monday morning here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a great line-up for you to start the week off with.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Our number one supergroup here in these parts is for sure The Traveling Wilburys, but these guys are right behind them at number two. Crosby, Stills & Nash were the original configuration, but Neil Young added a dimension that cannot be denied, giving them the Canadian portion of this Canadian-American supergroup. They made some great music together, and we’ve got them In the Spotlight to start off the day.
3:00 p.m. The Magnolia Sisters: Live at the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival, Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, Simi Valley, California, May 23, 2015
We love Cajun-Zydeco here in the Lounge as you know, and we’ve got a short but sweet performance here by the only all-girl Cajun band on the planet. Ann Savoy is the impetus behind the Magnolia Sisters. For those who may not know her, she teamed up with Linda Ronstadt (as the Zozo Sisters) for the brilliant Grammy-nominated album Adieu False Heart, and their remake release of Walk Away Renee. Their music is part of our standard rotation, but we hope to bolster this genre of music in 2022, starting today. We remain on the hunt for more live music from The Magnolia Sisters.
7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists
Nope. It’s not quite an EP, but that’s okay because we do need some short players as well. This is all about the color black in song…in the title or lyrics, or both. You’ll hear from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Doobie Brothers, The Wallflowers, The Move, Steely Dan, Curtis Mayfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Amy Winehouse, The Hollies, Stephen Stills, Warren Zevon, The Band, Nina Simone, Tom Rush, k.d. lang, the Grateful Dead, Fairport Convention, Dr. John, The Kinks, Guy Clark, J.D. Souther, and more!
Look. It’s Moan-Day. We all need a bit of a lift to start the week off. We’ve got it for you here all day long. Best of all, it’s free. No subscription required. No credit card need come out of your wallet. No commercials will blight the airwaves. And best of all, we think Joe Rogan is a public menace. He doesn’t have a home here. Tune us in.
Happy Monday, Musicologists! I promise we’ve got some great stuff here for you to help get you through the day, not to mention our usual great wide Open Stream before, in between, and after.
Here’s Monday’s musical landscape:
11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan & George Harrison: The Columbia Studio Sessions, May 1, 1970
Rumors abound in the music world. With this event, it was rumored that Dylan and Harrison were supposed to meet Elvis on this day, but he stood them up. The other half of the rumor is that they actually got caught up in the studio and stood him up. Who knows the real truth?
3:00 p.m. Stephen Stills: Just Roll Tape, April 26, 1968
Here’s another rock n’ roll story for you. Stills was helping Judy Collins out in a New York recording studio with one of her albums, and they wound up having extra studio time. Legend has it that Stills paid the engineer privately to let him record song demos. This was the result.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Allen Toussaint
A lot of people recognize the name, but don’t really know who Allen Toussaint is. He was a musician, song writer, arranger, and producer who was born in New Orleans and raised in a shotgun house in a Gert Town neighborhood. His mother, Naomi Neville, welcomed and fed all kinds of musicians who played and recorded with Allen. Toussaint was one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R & B, with a career that began in 1958 and lasted until his death in 2015. Give him a listen. You won’t regret it.
Great day to tune in this station. We’ve got great music going on today, and we’d love to have you join our family of international listeners. We’re free 24/7, we do not accept commercials, and we do not ask for your personal information. Why not try us?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, it’s another hot one outside today and that means we’re inside The Mermaid Lounge for the duration! There will be a different kind of ‘heat’ coming from this place.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Townes Van Zandt, Live at The Old Quarter Bar, Houston, Texas, July 1973
The actual date eludes us, but this was recorded in what can only be alled a small, intimate setting…just brick walls and a bar. It was recorded on a portable four track. You can hear Van Zandt shuffling between songs and some chatter from the attendees. This, however, is considered one of the most amazing recordings of Townes Van Zandt’s musical legacy. He is one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace the planet.
3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills In Session, May 21, 1968
On May 21, 1968, Stephen Stills invited Jimi Hendrix to his basement for a jam session. This is the result of two masters joining forces to make music. Rumor has it that it was Stephen Stills who taught Hendrix how to play guitar. We’ll probably never know if that’s urban legend or actual fact.
7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: For Foodies Only, Various Artists NEW!
I was probably hungry when I came up with this playlist, but here it is nevertheless. Songs with food (and drink) in either the title or the lyrics. Eat it up, people.
We are laying back, hanging in, and enjoying the tunes today. It’s way to hot to venture out. We’ve got a different kind of heat going on inside The Mermaid Lounge. And we remain not-for-profit, with no advertising or obnoxious DJ’s to interrupt your music flow.
Good Morning from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge where the inhabitants of The Mermaid Lounge rarely sleep. Or so it seems. This is a pretty busy day in rock n’ roll, as you will see.
Here are the facts, children:
January 3, 1955: 20-year-old Elvis Presley appeared live in Boonesville, Virginia. He was still only a regional success but, by the end of 1956, he would explode into a national sensation.
January 3, 1957: Fats Domino records I’m Walkin’ (one of the greatest songs ever made, in my opinion). He wrote the song after his car broke down and he heard a fan yell, “Hey, look at Fats Domino, he’s walking!” The song would reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R & B chart.
January 3, 1963: After placing 30 songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signed a $1 million, 20-year contract with Decca (you know, the label that turned the Beatles down). He would generate six more Top 40 hits for Decca before his tragic death.
Speaking of The Beatles, they kicked off a five-day tour of Scotland on this day at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin.
January 3, 1964: The Beatles were seen on television for the (first? second?) time (nobody has the definitive answer except them) when a BBC clip from a show called The Mersey Sound showing the band singing She Loves You was released on the Jack Paar Show. Old Jack, of course, made fun of them, particularly their hair cuts. In short order, The Beatles would teach them a lesson and shut them the fuck up.
January 3, 1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to report to his local draft board after receiving his draft notice. He would eventually win conscious objector status. In the meantime, Good Vibrations was in its fourth week in the #1 slot.
January 3, 1970: The Beatles’ final recording session was held at Abbey Road Studios on this day. The final song they played together was I Me Mine, which would also be the title of George Harrison’s autobiography ten years later.
Also on this day, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, from the Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid soundtrack, would become B.J. Thomas’ third US Top 10 hit, and his first #1.
January 3, 1972: Don MacLean’s American Pie receives a Gold record. It reached #1 in both America and the UK, eventually selling three million copies.
January 3, 1974: Bob Dylan & The Band reunite for a US tour. Dylan was promoting his Planet Waves LP, while The Band had just released Moondog Matinee (last week’s Album of The Week) and the single Ain’t Got No Home. The tour was chronicled six months later with the release of the double album set Before The Flood.
January 3, 1976: Bob Dylan’s song about former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (called Hurricane), which peaked at #33 on the Billboard chart, caused enough negative publicity to eventually get Carter released from prison. The song protested Carter’s innocence and his wrongful conviction on murder charges, as well as the authorities’ failure to even consider another perpetrator because Carter was black.
January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It seems like ridiculous amount of time for women to get the recognition they deserved in this business, and consider that it would take Linda Ronstadt until 2014 to be inducted, one of the biggest travesties in the music business.
Born On This Day
January 3, 1926: Sir George Martin, British record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician who nurtered The Beatles’ creative side and was known appropriately, according to McCartney, as The Fifth Beatle, was born in Highbury, London.
January 3, 1943: Van Dyke Parks, songwriter and producer who worked with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on the Smile album (a great album, by the way), played keyboards on The Byrds’ Eight Miles High, and produced Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, and Judy Collins, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
January 3, 1945: Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter who was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, and who released an album with Neil Young as The Stills-Young Band, was born in Dallas, Texas.
January 3, 1946: John Paul Jones, bassist, keyboardist, and producer with Led Zeppelin, was born in Sidcup, London.
And that is all today from The College. We’ll be back with the line-up in a bit.