Total Blues. The Robert Cray Band Live With SRV, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in Boston, and Clapton Joins The Allman Brothers at the Beacon, Friday, September 25, 2020

OooohWheee, that is a mouthful, even from me. But that’s what we’ve got today from The Mermaid Lounge.

Robert Cray

This is your line-up for Friday:

11:00 a.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, January 21, 1987 NEW!

There is no question that this is a Robert Cray Band concert at Club Redux, but he’s joined on stage by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the end for an amazing jam and the encore performance of New Blood. Some of the best musical experiences come in small packages.

3:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966

Spring 1966 is the closest we can get to the actual date of this performance. This is one for the wayback machine of your mind. Boston had a pretty amazing music scene, I must say. The Unicorn Coffee House (the only beverage served), Club 47, Jonathan Swifts, among the best. We veterans of such places yearn for those days again.

We may not have the exact date, but we did manage to find the set list! This is posted under the Playlist tab of this blog. Scroll to the bottom!

7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton, Live at The Beacon Theater, NY, March 19, 2009

On a March evening in 2009, Eric Clapton joined the brothers on stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for six great songs and the rest is history as you will see.

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Beefing Up The Standard Rotation With The Blues, September 21, 2020

While you’ve been enjoying all the great blues music over the past day or so, we’ve been busy adding several hundred classic blues artists and their songs to our standard rotation. That means, going forward, you’ll hear them along with the rest of our stream as a matter of routine.

We’ve added several hundred new blues selections in the last 48 hours.

Here are the artists we’ve recently added:

  • Roomful of Blues
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Muddy Waters
  • Little Walter
  • The Robert Cray Band
  • Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan (solo and with Double Trouble)
  • Marcia Ball
  • Howlin’ Wolf

We expect to be adding more artists again over the next day!

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BLUES WEEK Continues with SRV and Double Trouble and Our Louisiana Blues Playlist, Plus One Long-Standing Tradition Here, Monday, September 21, 2020

Good Morning, Blues Lovers! As we continue to upload more and more blues here in The Mermaid Lounge today, we continue to play it out the other end!

“I’ve said that playing the blues is like having to be black twice. Stevie Ray Vaughan missed on both counts, but I never noticed.” -B.B. King

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Live at The Bluebird Lounge, Ft. Worth, September 30, 1979

“I actually wanted to be a drummer, but I didn’t have any drums.” -SRV

Thankfully. Every day, I hear people who claim to be music lovers having ridiculous conversations about who’s a better blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan or Eric Clapton. The discussion is moot. We don’t need to pit one against the other. They were compatriots in life and, by the way, they had different styles and sounds. No need for that shit.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died way too young at the age of 35. Who knows what could have been, and to think about it is pointless. What we do have is an amazing body of work to listen to. This one is with his band, Double Trouble, and is live from the Bluebird Lounge.

3:00 p.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues, Volume 2

Haven’t heard this one since Fat Tuesday, and that seems like decades ago in the land of COVID-19. Wish I could tell you who’s playing on this one, but I can’t even remember where I found this file. It was on one of my late-night music hunts over last winter. I just know I’m glad I did.

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday! The Complete Mudcrutch

Mudcrutch Monday is a longstanding tradition here in The Mermaid Lounge, and it will not be denied on this day. You know, not many musicians who have been doing it for 30+ years would go back and resurrect the band that started it all, but Mr. Petty did. And we are all musicially enriched because of it.

Mudcrutch did not “make it” in the early seventies, but it did morph into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Then, after the Heartbreakers’ 30th Anniversary Tour, he brought the band back together, and it was amazing.

Mudcrutch is Tom Petty (on bass in this band), Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench (from The Heartbreakers), Tom Leadon and Randall Marsh. All are from the original Mudcrutch. Have fun. I know I will!

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt Live at the Rainbow Room, and Our Album of The Week, September 8, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday with Stevie Ray Vaughan. We also toss in some Bonnie Raitt, always good for those bluesy days.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! Stevie Ray Vaughan: Blues You Can Use, Recorded Live on the Live Alive Tour, Philadelphia, PA, June 30, 1987   NEW!

Stevie Ray Vaughan was known as “the second coming of the blues” before his untimely death in a helicopter crash at the age of 35 in 1990, but his legend endures as one of the most amazing blues guitarists of all time. Bonnie Raitt dedicated her album Luck of The Draw to Stevie Ray. It’s only fitting that they are scheduled here on the same day.

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

Steve Winwood is another of those artists whose legend will endure long after his mortal life, and with good reason. Everything this guy has touched is worth listening to on some level, and he has been around for a very long time. One of my favorite videos of all time is Steve Winwood and Tom Petty on stage together for Can’t Find My Way Home during the Heartbreakers’ 2014 tour.

7:00 p.m.     Bonnie Raitt Live at The Rainbow Room, Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 1972

Bonnie Raitt is another of those female pioneers who never disappoints. It’s amazing to me that even the classic rock stations fail to give these women their due. But here in The Mermaid Lounge, their presence is scheduled to grow.

So, again. What the hell are you waiting for? 

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Bonnie Raitt & Friends, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King; and REVOLVER Returns as Our AOW on, September 1, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s a brand new season as we roll into September! Even better, we kick it off with Tuesday Bluesday!

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Albert King

Here is your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday! Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, John Hammond & Freebo, Live at Ultrasonic Studios, October 17, 1972   NEW!

Some of the best stuff we have is archival discoveries and, while they may not exactly be technically perfect, it doesn’t matter. A young Bonnie Raitt is hanging out with some friends here an they are conducting a textbook super session. Her youthful versions of Jackson Browne’s Under the Falling Sky and Chris Smither’s Love Me Like a Man are really great,  but her version of Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home is the most amazing. 

When you toss in Lowell George, the grand master of Little Feat, John Hammond and Freebo, you’ve got a super group. Who is Freebo? His real name is Daniel Friedberg, and he’s legend in my generation, a super studio musician who has spent a lot of time supporting Bonnie Raitt. Freebo has also played with Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, John Mayall and many other musicians. 

3:00 p.m.     Album of the Week: Revolver by The Beatles

The Revolver album signaled what was to come from the Beatles. It was a giant LEAP forward for the band in so many areas. This album is widely considered the most influential album in modern music. Find out why by tuning in.

7:00 p.m.     Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session,  Recorded Live at CHCH-TV on December 6, 1983

Two blues masters were recorded live at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, when SRV was 29 years old and King was 60. You can read more about this legendary blues session right here.

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Tuesday Bluesday with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin in The Spotlight, & Our Album of The Week, August 4, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got another great line-up on Tuesday Bluesday, including SRV and Bonnie Raitt at the 1985 Bumbershoot Arts Festival.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   It’s Tuesday Bluesday! Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Featuring Bonnie Raitt, The Bumbershoot Arts Festival, 1985   NEW BOOTLEG!

Is there a better pairing when it comes to the blues? I don’t particularly see how. Bonnie joins SRV on stage toward the end of the show for a couple of hot numbers. It’s worth the wait.

3:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

Tune us in for the expanded version of this epic masterpiece including some great jams.

7:00 p.m.    In The Spotlight: The Music of Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin is one of those singer-songwriters who should be bigger than she is. Her personal demons interfered with her success early on. Although she has been a solo performer since the seventies, Colvin is best recognized for her 1997 Grammy award-winner, Sunny Came Home.

What the hell are you up to today? Listen, it’s going to pour this afternoon. Why not tune us in?

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Tuesday Bluesday With SRV, Van Morrison in The Spotlight, and a “Surrealistic Pillow” Flashback, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Stevie Ray Vaughan makes his Tuesday Bluesday debut, the Airplane make a landing, and Van Morrison is in The Spotlight later.

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Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday: Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at The Austin Opera House, April 15, 1984   NEW!

People toss the term Guitar God around like everyone should wear it, but it is reserved for a select crew. Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of them. Beyond his obvious talent, he was a fascinating character whose full story, I confess, I did not know until after he passed. I was too busy listening to his music.

2:00 p.m.    Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane comes in for a layover and brings this masterpiece with them.

6:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Van “The Man” Morrison

There are few who compare with this guy’s body of work. What could be better than SRV and Van “The Man” on the same day?

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The Highwaymen “Live,” A Tribute To Hank Williams & Those Badass Guitarists on Monday, March 9, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Happy Monday as we move into yet another week. We start this one off with a bit of a country flavor!

highwaymen

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m.     Timeless, A Tribute To Hank Williams Various Artists

Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams and Keith Richards are among those paying tribute to this country legend.

4:00 p.m.      The Highwaymen, Live at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (1990)  NEW!

The Outlaws of country music, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson make this one count.

9:00 p.m.     Badass Guitarists, Volume 1: Various Artists

Featuring the handiwork of the dynamic duo of Mike Campell & Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, Walter Becker, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.

There’s no better way to kick off a work week than to tune us in.

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The Heartbreakers in NOLA, Fats in the Spotlight, Lucinda Williams “Live” at the Fillmore, and Albert King & SRV “In Session,” Monday, February 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We continue on with our NOLA Music Festival. Today we feature two Louisiana natives, Fats Domino and Lucinda Williams!

Fats Domino

Here’s Monday’s line-up!

11:00 a.m.     Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Lives at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (2012)

In keeping with our NOLA-themed week, we’re debuting a brand new “live” set of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers recorded at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival back in 2012.

2:00 p.m.       In the Spotlight: The Music of Fats Domino

5:00 p.m.      Lucinda Williams: Live at The Fillmore

9:00 p.m.      Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan “In Session”

Tune us in and get yourselves ready for Fat Tuesday!

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“An American Treasure,” The Year 1966 in Soul Music, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck Live on Friday, January 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have some brand new stuff coming up today, as we feature the posthumous Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers boxed set, An American Treasure.

 

Petty Movie Marquis

Here’s your line-up for Friday”

11:00 a.m.     Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: An American Treasure (2018)

Released posthumously after Petty’s untimely death, this box set comprises outtakes, never-before-released music (check out Lonesome Dave and Keep A Little Soul), and alternate recordings of some of your favorites. This was a labor of love by his bandmates, his daughters and his wife.

5:00 p.m.      Sweet Soul Music 1966: Various Artists

Some of the best, like Marvin Gaye, Sam & Dave, The Four Tops, Joe Tex, Lee Dorsey and Wicked Wilson Pickett!

9:00 p.m.      Stevie Ray Vaughan & Jeff Beck: The Fire Meets The Fury

Waste no more time! Tune us in as soon as you can!

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