Badass Guitarists, The Jerry Garcia Band, and Our Album of The Week Highlight The Day, Thursday, April 15, 2021

Good Morning to all! It’s Thursday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got new music from the Jerry Garcia Band today, along with the handiwork of some of the best guitarists in music!

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Jerry Garcia Band!

Here’s Thursday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Today we begin with those badasses on guitar. You’ll hear the handiwork of Bonnie Raitt, Dickie Betts, Mike Campbell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Fogerty, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Steve Winwood, Joe Perry, and many more.

3:00 p.m. The Jerry Garcia Band Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2, 1977 NEW!

The Jerry Garcia Band makes its first appearance here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio in a live performance from my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. You can bet it will not be the last!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon

Once again, allow me to reiterate that this is one of the best albums ever made, and certainly my favorite by Carly Simon. Recorded while she was pregnant with her first child, it resulted in two hits: Mockingbird and Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. But personally, I think the best song on the album is Forever My Love.

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Steve Winwood In the Spotlight, Absolutely The Animals, and Volume 3 of Our Summer of Love Series Kicks Off The Week, Monday, March 29, 2021

Good Morning, Gang! We kick off the week with some excellent music that we’ve not circulated in a while, including the third volume of our Summer of Love Series.

We kick the week off by putting the legendary Steve Winwood In the Spotlight!

Here’s Monday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Steve Winwood

We’ve got the full magilla here, featuring Winwood’s solo career, as well as his time with Blind Faith, Traffic, and the Spencer Davis Group. This is a really excellent playlist that is not to be missed!

3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Absolutely The Animals

This is one band that should not ever be forgotten. Formed in the early sixties in Newcastle upon Tyne, the band is considered a British R & B band, but they managed to toss in plenty of rock and psychedelic music as well. They moved to London in 1964 after hitting the big time. Eric Burdon is one badass vocalist.

7:00 p.m. The Summer of Love, Volume 3: Various Artists

We took a day off from this series yesterday, but we bring it back to close it out today. It features Vanilla Fudge, Lulu, Wilson Pickett, The Association, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Doors, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Donovan, Jackie Wilson, The Youngbloods and more!

Tuning us in would be a great way to kick off the week, my friends. You know the drill. We won’t belabor the point.

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Jackson Browne In the Spotlight, Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton Live, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, March 25, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are back in The Mermaid Lounge with a great line-up today for your listening pleasure!

A bit later, it’s Clapton & Winwood Live from Madison Square Garden.

Here’s your Thursday line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne is undoubtedly one of the most covered singer-songwriters in popular music. Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Valerie Carter, and The Eagles have all had hits with his compositions. Today, we put Jackson Browne in the spotlight singing for himself.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Let It Be…Naked by The Beatles

Winding down on this weeks album choice is a brilliant idea by Paul McCartney to restore Let It Be to the form in which it was originally intended to be heard.

7:00 p.m. Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton Live From Madison Square Garden, February 2008

This is a brilliant compilation by two classic rock masters as Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton joined forces in February of 2008 to sing each other’s songs live at Madison Square Garden in New York. Not to be missed.

Yeah, I could give you the line again about how we’re free, outside the system, no personal information is collected, blah, blah, blah. Frankly, I’m tired of repeating myself over and over again because we stream with or without you. You’re the only one who loses.

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We Kick Off March in The Mermaid Lounge With Some ‘Live’ Bonnie Raitt, Music About Luck (Good, Bad, and Dumb), and Our Psychedelic Express Playlist, on Monday, March 1, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Well, they say “Beware the Ides of March,” so it’s only fitting that we kick off the month with our playlist about luck (all kinds). But it doesn’t end there. We have some live Bonnie Raitt and a little psychedelic music history.

Bonnie Raitt at the Rainbow Room in Philly is today’s live music offering.

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. Bonnie Raitt, Live at The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1972

There’s nothing like seeing Bonnie Raitt in a small venue. One of my favorite places in the Boston area was Jonathan Swifts in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a Friday night routine for my friends and I, and I saw Bonnie Raitt there one time. Enjoy this treat.

3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck, Various Artists

Luck. Some people believe in it. Some don’t. Some create their own luck. But no matter, because there are plenty of songs about it, from Cream, Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, Loggins & Messina, Billy Joel, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, The Beatles, and others. You’ll hear them today.

7:00 p.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists

Did you know that scientists are exploring the use of psychedelics to treat mental illness? We used to do our own kind of research on psychedelics back in the day. So did a lot of famous musicians, and you’ll hear The Beatles, Vanilla Fudge, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, They Byrds, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Blues Image and more!

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Happy Boxing Day From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/26/2020

Hell, we’re a global radio station and it’s Boxing Day, the official Christmas, of many of our compadres. So, we wish you a very happy holiday indeed.

The Spencer Davis Group with a very young Steve Winwood on your left.

Here’s today’s rock n’ roll lesson:

December 26, 1960: Elvis Presley’s Are you Lonesome Tonight was at $1 for a fifth week.

December 26, 1963: The Beatles release their first hit single in the US, I Want To Hold Your Hand backed by I Saw Her Standing There. It’s their first single released by Capitol Records; within months Beatlemania will be full-blown in the States.

December 26, 1964: The Beatles score another #1 with I Feel Fine. They finish the year with six #1 songs and own the top spot on the chart for 18 weeks.

December 26, 1966: The Spencer Davis Group release the single Gimme’ Some Lovin‘ which was written by seventeen-year-old Steve Winwood.

Also on this day, Jimi Hendrix wrote the words to Purple Haze in his dressing room between shows at London’s Uppercrust Club.

December 26, 1967: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film debuts on BBC-TV.

Also on this day, The Doors and Chuck Berry open a weeklong series of concerts at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.

December 26, 1968: Led Zeppelin’s first US tour begins in Denver, Colorado, where they are the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.

Also on this day, D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary, Monterey Pop, which chronicles the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival, opened in theaters. This was the concert where The Who smashed their instruments and Hendrix lit his guitar on fire.

December 26, 1970: George Harrison becomes the first ex-Beatle to top the Hot 100 as a solo act as My Sweel Lord hits #1.

Also on this day, a new singer from Canada named Gordon Lightfoot enters the charts for the first time with If You Could Read My Mind. He will make some great music in his time.

December 26, 1979: Paul McCartney held the first of three concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London to benefit relief efforts in war-torn Kampuchea. He was joined by The Who, The Clash, Queen, Elvis Costello, and Rockpile.

Born On This Day

December 26, 1935: Duke Fakir of the Four Tops was born Abdul Fakir in Detroit, Michigan.

December 26, 1940: Famed record producer and despicable human being, Phil Spector, was born in The Bronx, New York.

December 26, 1946: Bob Carpenter, keyboardist and accordionist for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

And that is today’s less here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

We’re Back at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 11/18/2020

Good Day, Music Lovers! We’re back here at the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge doing the deed for you.

Cat Stevens, now known as Yusef Islam.

Here’s today’s bucket of knowledge:

November 18, 1956: Fats Domino appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he sang Blueberry Hill. The song would peak at #2 on the US charts.

November 18, 1964: The Supremes appear on the TV Rock n’ Roll Show, Shindig, and sing Baby Love and Come See About Me.

November 18, 1967: To Sir With Love by Lulu sits on the top of the singles charts for a fifth week.

November 18, 1968: Glen Campbell, a former session musician for Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys, is awarded two Gold Records, one for Gentle On My Mind and the other for By The Time I Get To Phoenix.

The Jimi Hendrix double album, Electric Ladyland, reaches #1 on the US charts. Steve Winwood, Al Kooper, and Dave Mason appear on the album.

Randy Meisner, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, and Rusty Young — also known as Poco — make their debut at The Troubadour.

November 18, 1971: Procol Harum recorded a concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; portions would later be released on vinyl.

November 18, 1972: Bill Withers appears on Soul Train, where he sings his hit Lean On Me, and its follow-up Use Me Up.

Danny Whitten, of Neil Young’s back-up band Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose. This tragic event inspires Young to write The Needle and the Damage Done.

Steely Dan makes its debut on the music scene with the release of the song, Do It Again. It would be the first of many hits for them.

Cat Stevens’ Catch Bull At Four begins a three-week run atop the album charts. Stevens played 14 instruments during the recording of the album, his most successful LP.

November 18, 1989: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville reign at the top of the Adult Contemporary charts for a third week with the song Don’t Know Much.

And that brings today’s lesson to a close.

Happy B-Day, Neil Young! Some Afternoon Open Stream, and Music About Luck, On Friday, November 13, 2020

Good Morning, Fellow Musicologists and Mixologists! It’s bleak, cold, rainy and dreary outside The Mermaid Lounge today and we’ve got about six inches of leaves on the ground out there. But inside? We’ve got great music.

Neil Young, musical legend, turns 75.

Here’s today’s Friday the 13th line-up!

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Neil Young

Happy Belated Birthday to Neil Young today, who turned 75 yesterday. He’s still out there, staying true to himself like all the greats do. In addition to his outstanding solo career, Neil Young has been part of Buffalo Springfield, The Stills-Young Band, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. On the road, his backing bands have been Crazy Horse, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. His discography is immense and his contribution immeasurable.

Afternoon Open Stream with Three-in-a-Rows

We’ve got an Open Stream afternoon with some Three-in-a-Row interludes for your listening pleasure. Keep your head low and stay out of trouble today.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck NEW!

You knew this had to happen today. It’s just too good an opportunity to remember some of the songs addressing the issue of luck. You would actually think there’d be more. Tough to find! This playist is about luck (title or lyrics) and taking chances. Enjoy.

By the way, the playlist for this is up on the blog. Just navigate yourselves to the Playlist tab and scroll to the bottom!

This morning, we welcome listeners from Portugal and Lithuania to our community. We’d like to welcome more from the U.S. But as with every other issue, they seem to be asleep at the switch. Or tab. Or keyboard. Whatever your perspective.

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Welcome to Tuesday Bluesday! Hear Our Blues Playlist, Our Album of The Week, and Winwood & Clapton Live Later, November 3, 2020

You won’t get any election updates from us. You’ll only hear music. Because here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio, we know what the only path is. In the meantime, we’ve got great music.

The House of Blues, New Orleans. One of my favorite places.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up!

11:00 a.m. Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blues: Various Artists

The playlist created for Blues Week (September 2020) is now a permanent fixture here, and is actually being expanded for Open Stream days. You will hear Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, The Robert Cray Band, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, Long John Baldry, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat and many more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sweet Baby James by James Taylor

I remember seeing JT live several times, once was out at Tanglewood in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. When he sang

Now the first of December was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go…

Lyrics from Sweet Baby James

the crowd went insane. I have hundreds of musical memories like that. Thankfully.

7:00 p.m. Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, New York

Two musical legends recorded live at Madison Square Garden during their performances in February of 2008.

Anyway. I have no idea what you’re waiting for, but hey, we’ve got time. I think. Hehehe.

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It’s a Busy Saturday Courtesy of Van Morrison & Joni Mitchell, Our Final Airing of our AOW, and Live Dead! on September 12, 2020

Happy Saturday, Ungovernables! Saturdays are usually busier than weekdays, and this is no exception. We have some great programming on tap wrapped around the 24/7 airing of the best music on the planet.

The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist genius known as Van Morrison.

Here’s your line-up for Saturday:

11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, July 30, 1983

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has combined folk, jazz, pop and rock over the years to deliver an amazing library of music. She just announced the birth of the Joni Mitchell Archives, a series of boxed sets that include her earliest-recorded work will be released over the next several years. I can tell you this is much anticipated here in The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic

This will be the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow morning, there’ll be a brand new one on the blog.

6:00 p.m. Van Morrison Live at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, October 6, 1979

Again, another singer-songwriter who defies the conventional, and he has also built an incredible body of work that began in the sixties with the British blues band, Them. The concert delivered on this date is classic Van Morrison.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The McNicols Sports Arena, Denver, CO, December 14, 1990 NEW!

This Saturday’s Live Dead! is another strong outing by the world’s ultimate jam band. No two shows were ever the same, even on the same tour. Enjoy.

What you waiting for? I keep saying it: Free. 24/7. No commercials. No politicians. No chatter. Just music and a few station IDs. End of story.

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Duane Allman & Eric Clapton Rock the Studio, Love is For Losers, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, September 10, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have Duane Allman and Eric Clapton jamming at Criterion Studios, a playlist for those losers in love out there (myself included, by the way), and our Album of the Week.

Two Guitar Gods join forces in the studio!

Here’s today’s programming line-up:

11:00 a.m. Duane Allman & Eric Clapton Studio Jams 1 Thru 6

One day Duane Allman was working at Criterion Studios when Eric Clapton and his band, Derek & The Dominos, dropped by to record. They were introduced and the rest is history. The result became known as The Layla Sessions.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic

You can learn the history of this great album, or any of our AOW selections, by simply clicking on the album cover image in the right sidebar!

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

“I been through diamonds! I been through minks! I been through it all! Love Stinks!” J. Geils’ lament is just one of the songs for the lovelorn you’ll hear on today’s featured playlist!

So, again, I’m wondering what the people in the U.S. are waiting for. Europe, Asia and other far-flung locations are all over this radio station. As usual, the toddlers are running behind. We’re free. We require no information. All you need to do is pull up a tab. Seriously.

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