It’s Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and We Bring You (Appropriately) Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP, LIVE DEAD, and Our Album of The Week, December 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers around the globe! What would a Mermaid be without water? Right? Today we’ve got our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP along with our AOW and LIVE DEAD! later.

Water covers 71% of the planet. And today we sing its praises with our EP.

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

It is a fact that 71% of the planet is composed of water. Where would we be without it? Today, we have our EP dedicated to water of all kinds in the title, lyrics or both. You’ll hear Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bruce Springsteen, Deep Purple, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Grass Roots, Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Lindisfarne, Electric Light Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Mudcrutch, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tracy Nelson, Al Green, B.J. Thomas, Foo Fighters, and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of this great album, so be sure to tune it in. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new featured album.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, January 22, 1978 NEW!

Another new one from the ultimate road and jam band. John Mayer has already said that Dead Again may well continue on after the remaining Grateful Dead members retire. It’s a testament to their longevity, but I will say it again: Any band without Jerry Garcia is not The Grateful Dead. Period. Without the rest of the band, they’re really not The Grateful Dead. That still stands.

It’s Saturday and The Mermaid Lounge is cookin’ with the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Brazil, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, and points beyond all tuned in. Why? Because they “get it.” When will you?

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We’ve Got Both The Byrds and Bob Marley & The Wailers Live Today, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, December 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re edging closer to the weekend and we’ve got a couple of great live performances here today, as we also wind down on this week’s AOW.

We’ve got some Byrds live for you today!

Here’s your Thursday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Byrds Live at Royal Albert Hall, London, May 13, 1971

We’ve got one we haven’t aired in quite a while here, and we here in The Mermaid Lounge are looking forward to hearing it again. Luckily, for us, we are the management today at work and will have #BecomeUngovernable Radio tuned in throughout the store today!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rising Sons featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder

We’re winding down on this one. This is our next-to-last airing of this gem that managed to spawn two of the most innovative musicians of their generation. Give it a listen.

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Record Plant, Sausalito, California, October 13, 1973 NEW!

We’ve got a brand new airing here for you today from Bob Marley & The Wailers, and it’s a good one. Don’t let this one pass you by!

Again, we’ve got our usual international conglomeration of Mermaid loungers on this morning, You should join the crowd! There are no costs, and never any hidden fees or agendas. It’s all about the music with us. That’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you try us, you’ll see we don’t lie.

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It’s A Keep-It-Simple Sunday With A Visit From The Brits and a Brand New Album of The Week, November 28, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a simple recipe for happy today, and it’s really rather simple. We pay homage to our British Invasion innovators with five hours of uninterrupted stream, and give you a great new Album of The Week. The rest is wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid.

These particular festivities begin about mid-afternoon!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m Album of The Week: Rising Sons by Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder NEW!

This is a long story better told here, but I’ll give you the short version. Back in 1965, two 17-year-olds decided not to take the same path as Kyle Rittenhouse, and instead started a band named The Rising Sons. Their names were Ryland Cooder (better known as Ry Cooder) and Henry St. Claire Fredericks (better known as Taj Mahal). Ry Cooder, who Linda Ronstadt continually says is the best guitarist she’s ever met, played six- and twelve-string guitar, mandolin, the bottleneck and slide guitars, and dobro. Taj Mahal played harmonica, piano, and guitar. He was also the vocalist. Other members of the band included guitarist Jesse Lee Kincaid, bassist Gary Marker, and drummer Ed Cassidy (who would go on soon to form the band, Spirit). Their band was short-lived, but both Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal went on to be a couple of the most innovative musicians on the planet. Today, we give you their album, Rising Sons.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

About mid-afternoon here in the states we kick off our homage to the bands of the British Invasion and beyond. You’ll hear The Beatles (of course), The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Them, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, The Pretenders, Lulu, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, and many more!

Come on, people, and get your musical freak on! Join our listeners from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Brazil, Greece, The Netherlands, Denmark, Russian Federation, Cleveland (no shit), Mexico, Spain, and points beyond. It’s Sunday and that’s a day of rest even if it is the holiday season. Say “No” to capitalism and tune us in. (Did I mention we’re not capitalists?)

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It’s a Full-Day Tuesday Bluesday Here Today, Including a Brand New Chicago Blues Playlist, November 23, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a full day Tuesday Bluesday this week because our Album of The Week is blues too! Does it get any better than that?

There’s no place like Chicago and The Blues!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Best of Chicago Blues: Various Artists NEW!

There’s nothing like Chicago and the blues, that’s for sure. I made several trips out to the Windy City during a previous lifetime and made sure to frequent the blues clubs every time. Today you’ll hear Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Magic Slim, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson and more!

This one is already crying out for update and extension. We’ll get there, but we kick off this playlist with nearly three hours of blues.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Greatest Hits by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

This is the second airing of our AOW, and it’s a great one. As I’ve said before, greatest hits collections do not often appear on our list (there are always exceptions), but his one belongs here. Not many people realize that Peter Green is a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, and that the Mac started out as a British blues-rock band.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

I remember my first trip to the House of Blues in New Orleans years ago and the painting of Taj Mahal on the box office wall. I’ve been hooked ever since. Taj Mahal, also known as Henry St. Claire Fredericks, Jr., is a blues musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, piano and harmonica, among other instruments. He often gives a little world music flavor to the blues. You’ll love him if you haven’t heard him before.

We’re waiting on y’all. Germany, Italy, France, Russian Federation, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain…come on down and enjoy the tunes. Tuesday Bluesday is definitely a good day.

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Today We’ve Got Some Serious “Travelin’ Fever” and We Bring You Volume Two of Badass Guitarists, Friday, November 5, 2021

Good Morning, Music Maniacs! Jeez/ I see November is tooling along here. We’re already five days in. Today we’ve got a great EP called Traveling Fever to get us through the afternoon, and we cap the programming off later with volume two of Badass Guitarists!

We’ve got volume two of those Badass Guitarists a bit later!

Here’s today’s programming!

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

One of our newer extended plays here, where the songs revolve around movin’ on, hitting the road, or travelin’ fever. Sometimes under good circumstances; sometimes not. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Del Shannon, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat and more!

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

Yesterday at this time we gave you our first volume. Today, we have volume two and you’ll hear the musical handiwork of Taj Mahal, Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Dickie Betts, George Harrison, Don Felder (The Eagles), Brian Mays, Lowell George, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Lee (The Hot Band), Mike Campbell, and more!

Come on, people. What are you waiting for. Time waits for no one, as we all know, so get yourselves on board the greatest musical experience on the planet. And remember, you get an extra hour with us this weekend here in the U.S. starting on Sunday!

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It’s a Black & Blue Friday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Songs Including References to Those Two Colors Throughout The Day, October 15, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! This should be a fun day as we pull out our All About Blue and Paint It Black set lists for you. It’s a treasure trove of multi-artist songs as we play the ones with the words “blue” and “black” in either the title or the lyrics, or both!

Today it’s songs with references to the colors black & blue in the title, lyrics, or both!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

1:15 p.m. All About Blue: Volume Two: Various Artists

We’re running these two playlists back-to-back for you today to kick things off, focusing on songs with references to the color blue in the title, the lyrics…or both! And there are plenty as you’ll hear from The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Mudcrutch, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists

You’ll get the same treatment tonight only with the color black. You’ll hear from Led Zeppelin, The Wallflowers, The Move, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Grateful Dead, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang, Tom Rush, Amy Winehouse, Warren Zevon and more!

And that’s why it’s a black & blue Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a big wide Open Stream with a bit of a twist, and we hope you like it. Make today part of your background color by pulling up a tab and tuning us in. You’ll be in good company.

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Taj Mahal In the Spotlight, Our New ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Playlist Later, and Our Album of The Week In Between, Thursday, May 20, 2021

Good Morning, Music Fans! Here we are on Thursday and our return to retail hell is imminent. But fear not, we leave you with some excellent programming today including a brand new multi-artist playlist later on.

Taj Mahal 1968. He is In The Spotlight today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, who was born Henry St. Clair Fredericks in Harlem, New York, is an American blues musician and multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica, and many other instruments. He is an innovator who refuses to be “defined” by any one form and often incorporates elements of world music into his works. You get to hear him here today from The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Willy & The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival

We are winding down on this week’s album selection. Our last airing will be on Saturday, so this might be a good day to tune this one in! On Sunday, when you roll out of bed, there’ll be a new selection.

7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Travelin’ Fever, Various Artists NEW!

The road is a popular topic among musicians, and we’ve got a brand new playlist debuting here today on just that subject. You’ll hear The Doors, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, The Steve Miller Band, Linda Ronstadt, Arlo Guthrie, The Allman Brothers Band, Canned Heat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Who and more!

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. A once-famous person said that. I know. It’s a weekday. That may not be possible. But it’s the thought that counts. Nevertheless, if you can, you should.

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All About Blue, a New Lucinda Williams In the Spotlight, and Traffic Live Later On, Wednesday, March 10, 2020

Good Morning, My Friends! We’ve got some excellent programming today, including a brand new Spotlight featuring Lucinda Williams. I’ve been meaning to get this done. Sorry it has taken so long!

One of our favorites here in the Lounge, Lucinda Williams.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue: Various Artists

Playlists come in all shapes and colors. This one is about the color blue. I’ve got others on my mind, but blue is my favorite color so this one came first. You can hear The Allman Brothers Band, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, George Harrison, The Band, Elvis Presley, Badfinger Mudcrutch, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foreigner, The Electric Light Orchestra, and others!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Lucinda Williams NEW!

I remember when Tom Petty took the time to come out on stage before Lucinda Williams opened for The Heartbreakers and told the audience that they really needed to pay attention to her. They did. If by some stroke of ill fortune you haven’t paid attention to Lucinda, this is your time.

7:00 p.m. Traffic Live at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York, June 26, 1970

Traffic was formed in Birmingham, England, in April of 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The band began as a psychedelic rock group, but diversified their sound by adding various instruments, including the Mellotron, the harpsichord and the sitar. They disbanded in 1969, bur reunited in 1970 to release their album John Barleycorn Must Die, and for this tour. Steve Winwood is another favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Tune us in, people. People all over the world are. We welcomed listeners from Estonia this week. We’re waiting on you.

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It’s Mid-Week at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/2/2020

School is never out here in The Mermaid Lounge. We are here every day giving you all the news that’s fit to print. Of course, you know we post early for Wednesdays as retail slavery starts early.

Taj Mahal 1968, one of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Here’s today’s lesson:

December 2, 1957: Sam Cooke proves third time’s a charm when You Send Me becomes his first hit on the Billboard Pop chart.

December 2, 1962: The Beatles are the opening act for a gentleman named Frank Ifield. However, contrary to his calm crooning style, the Fab Four were pounding out blistering rock n’ roll, prompting some in the crowd to tell them to “turn it down.”

December 2, 1963: Roy Orbison released the single “Pretty Paper.”

Also on this day, the Beatles performed This Boy, All My Loving, and I Want To Hold Your Hand for the UK’s Morecambe & Wise Show.

December 2, 1967: Gladys Knight & The Pips hit #1 on the R & B chart with a remake of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

Also on this day, Donovan had one of the hottest songs on the charts with Wear Your Love Like Heaven.

December 2, 1968: The Bee Gees released the song I Started A Joke. They made some fine fucking music before turning disco. After that? Nah.

December 2, 1969: George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie on stage at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.

Also on December 2, The Rolling Stones stop by Muscle Shoals Recording Studios in Alabama on their way to their ill-fated Altamont show on December 6. There, they record Wild Horses, You Gotta Move, and Brown Sugar over a three-day session.

December 2, 1971: Taj Mahal plays for death row inmates at North Carolina’s Wilmington State Penetentiary.

December 2, 1972: The Temptations’ version of Papa Was a Rolling Stone gives them their fourth US #1 song.

Steely Dan made The Billboard 200 for the first time with their debut album, Can’t Buy A Thrill. The album’s name is taken from a line in the Bob Dylan song, It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.

And Cat Stevens’ album, Catch Bull At Four, continued at #1 for a third week. This would also be Cat’s most commercially successful album.

Born On This Day

December 2, 1941: Tom McGuinness, bass guitarist with Manfred Mann, was born in Wimbledon, London, England.

December 2, 1942: Ted Bluechel, drummer for The Association, was born in San Pedro, California.

And that’s it for today from The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

It’s a Tuesday Bluesday ALL Day! Joining The Allman Brothers Band are Taj Mahal in The Spotlight, and MOJO As Our Album of the Week, on June 23, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Without really planning this, we have a total Tuesday Bluesday today. If you don’t know the music of Taj Mahal, you have no idea what you’re missing. This would be a good day to find out.

Taj Mahal 68474-5

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m.   Tuesday Bluesday With the Allman Brothers Band, Recorded Live at A & R Studios   NEW!

On August 26, 1971, the legendary Allman Brothers Band hung out at A & R Studios in New York and delivered some great music. We’ve got it here for you in The Mermaid Lounge.

4:00 p.m.     Album of The Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This album is the Heartbreakers’ ode to the blues. Tom Petty once said he envisioned all of them sitting in chairs playing and singing the blues together when they got really old. It’s a shame we will never have that experience now.

7:00 p.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal (born May 17, 1942) is the stage and recording name of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and accomplished bluesman, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks. I have bumped into several people who don’t know who Taj Mahal is, and I actually feel sorry for them. Mahal has successfully married traditional blues with influences like Cajun, Caribbean rhythms, Latin, reggae, R & B, gospel, and calypso. He’s an amazing gift to music.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great day to join the ranks here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio. No commercials, politicians, incessant talking, or begging for money. We are totally free and outside the system. We’re right up your alley unless, of course, you prefer to pay through the nose for your music.

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