It’s Midweek Music Festival Time With Music From Woodstock and Monterey Pop on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It’s hard to tell what inspires me to do what I do, but I can tell you that I’ve been listening to music since I was a little kid. Before the Beatles gave me my own music, I was listening to my sisters’ music — Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and others. I remember watching my oldest sister dance on American Bandstand on our old black and white television. That was pretty cool back then.

On Monday, something prompted me to make this day music festival day in honor of Woodstock 1969 and its predecessor, The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. But there was another festival that nobody seems to have recorded or documented. It was held at Watkins Glen in New York in 1973 and featured three giants: The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Grateful Dead. It was called The Summer Jam. In fact. the audience at Summer Jam was bigger than Woodstock, with 600,000 people in attendance. The closest we’ve come to finding a decent recording is a soundboard of The Grateful Dead’s performance, which we will feature on this coming Saturday night’s LIVE DEAD feature. At the end of the performance, both The Band and The Allman Brothers Band come up on stage with them.

Woodstock 1969 made music history, and the bands who played there are part of our station’s DNA.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Music From Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Music, August 15-18, 1969

Today we have four hours of music celebrating the legendary Woodstock festival. In spite of the fact that “Woodstock” has been recreated a few times, there was only one real Woodstock and it happened in 1969. You’ll hear Crosby, Stills & Nash (their first live performance ever), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Arlo Guthrie, The Band, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Music From The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967

Truth be told, this is the festival that sparked it all and made Woodstock possible. Large, outdoor festivals had never happened before Monterey. What few people also realize is this is where a guy named Otis Redding was introduced to the music world. You’ll hear The Big O, along with The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, The Animals (who made a great song called Monterey about this event), Simon & Garfunkel, The Association, The Electric Flag, Booker T & The MGs, and more. Many of these performers would also be at Woodstock 1969.

As we always say, this is a great day to tune us in. But then again, every day is a great day to tune us in because we don’t play music like other radio stations. We are different not only in content, but also in style. See for yourselves.

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Today We Feature The Animals, The Kinks, and Our Album of The Week, Thursday, August 19, 2021

Good Morning, Lovers of The British Invasion. Today we’re featuring a couple of bands who took part in the musical assault on our shores.

The British blues-rock band extraordinaire, Eric Burdon & The Animals

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Absolutely The Animals!

This is essentially another name for a “spotlight” feature because that’s what we’re doing here…putting The Animals in the musical spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Why Wait! by Kate Taylor

We’re winding down on this week’s Album of The Week. Our final airing of Kate Taylor’s great new album will be on Saturday, so get it while you can!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Kinks

Another great British band here, although somewhat underrated in my opinion given all of the great bands that came out of England during the British Invasion years. Tom Petty often said that Ray Davies is an unheralded songwriter, and I agree with him.

As always, a great day to tune us in as we celebrate a couple of bands from The British Invasion years. Before, after and in between we have our usual wide Open Stream courtesy of The Music Mermaid.

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Warding Off the Bad JuJu With the Music of Laurel Canyon and Our House Playlist, Friday, August 13, 2021

Are you a believer in Friday the 13th’s bad juju? Well, we’ll help you kick out those vibes with some great music today.

We kick off the day with those Echoes from Laurel Canyon of the 60’s and 70’s

Here’s your Friday the 13th line-up:

11:00 a.m. Echoes From The Canyon: Various Artists

This playlist is about to go through a major update and become a long-player, but today we give you just over three hours of great music that came from friends who hung out in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood together and developed some of the best music on the planet. You will hear The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, John Mayall, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, The Beach Boys, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Monkees, Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Jackson Browne and more!

7:00 p.m. #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist: Various Artists

Tonight we have the music that inspired #BecomeUngovernable Radio (call it sixties protest music, if you will). You’ll hear T. Rex, Barry McGuire, Peter Tosh, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Animals, Country Joe & The Fish, Pink Floyd, Buffalo Springfield, The Band, The Beatles, Joan Baez, and more.

As always, it’s a great day to tune in a radio station that focuses on nothing but music 24/7 with no commercial interruption and at no cost to you, the listener. If there’s another source that offers the same, please, tell us about it.

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Monday Rolls Around Again With Two Multi-Artist Streams and Bonnie Raitt Live In Studio, August 9, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Monday in The Mermaid Lounge (ho hum). It’s hot. It’s sticky. And it’s ugly out there. But it’s very cool here in the lounge.

We’ve got some vintage Bonnie for you today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Good Luck, Bad Luck, Dumb Luck

Good luck has never been my specialty, especially in the love department. At my advanced age, I don’t even mess with that shit anymore. But I digress. Here we have others whose luck has sometimes been good, sometimes been bad, and sometimes has been just pure dumb luck. You’ll hear Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Eagles, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Jethro Tull, Fats Domino, The Wallflowers, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and more.

3:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt Live In-Studio: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977

Enjoy this young Bonnie Raitt selection. Some of this was used for broadcast on Dutch TV. Joining Bonnie on stage was Freebo on bass and tuba, Will McFarlane on guitar, Marty Grebbs on keys and sax, and Dennis Whitted on drums. Bonnie is on vocals and slide, as always.

7:00 p.m. Here Comes The Night: Various Artists

As they say, nighttime is the right time, and these artists prove it. We take you right up to the witching hour with The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Van Morrison, The Animals, The Band, Tom Petty, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Kinks, The Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Sam Cooke, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Poco and more.

Join us. You won’t regret it for one musical moment. We promise.

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Welcome to Tuesday Bluesday and our ‘Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Playlist’ for Five Unadulterated Hours of Great Blues, July 6, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s Tuesday Bluesday and it’s once again time for our extended blues playlist. We run this once a month. We also feature the second airing of our Album of The Week today.

The 11:00 a.m. hour kicks off five hours of uninterrupted blues!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

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

Five hours of uninterrupted blues with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Muddy Waters, The Animals, the Robert Cray Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball, Them (featuring Van Morrison), and many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Angel Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The second airing of the reimagined soundtrack from She’s The One is upon us. It includes four new never-before-released songs, including a great studio version of J.J. Cale’s Thirteen Days and an extended version of Supernatural Radio.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great day to tune in #BecomeUngovernable Radio. We surely are outside the system on all fronts. Your revolutionary spirit is well served here. We do not purchase music from either Amazon or Apple, we do not accept advertising of any kind, we do not ask you for a “subscription” and we do not require any personal information. We require that you have a set of ears. That’s it. And a browser and free tab.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge and We’ve Got Our Long-Playing Blues Playlist Plus Our Album of The Week, May 4, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another fine Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s time once again for our long-playing blues playlist, Someting Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blues! We’ve also got our second airing of our Album of The Week.

We kick off Tuesday Bluesday at 11:00 a.m. with more than four hours of non-stop blues!

Here’s your line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bluesday: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues

We’ve got over four hours of uninterrupted blues to celebrate Tuesday Bluesday today. You’ll be hearing James Cotton, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Eric Clapton, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Elmore James, The Rolling Stones, J. J. Cale, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Canned Heat, Ry Cooder, John Lee Hooker, The Animals, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Nothing But A Breeze by Jesse Winchester

It’s our second airing of Nothing But A Breeze for the week today. As we said at the beginning, Jesse Winchester is one of the most underrated and underappreciated singer-songwriters of his generation, but certainly not by his peers. His music has been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, and even Patti Page. You ought to get to know the guy.

So, here we are again at the inevitable close: We run 24/7 with more wide open stream than programming, we’re totally free, we ask for no credit cards or personal information. Our DJ’s are pretty quiet, we accept no advertising, and The Music Mermaid has great taste in music. What more can you ask for. All you need is a tab:

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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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Our Official House Playlist, Our Album of The Week, and Some Supergroup Music Await You on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! After a day of Open Stream, we’re back with some programming here in The Mermaid Lounge! We’ve got a fine collection of material here for you today.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is one of the supergroups you’ll hear later tonight!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. #BecomeUngovernable House Playlist: Various Artists

We kick off the day with some great music. In fact, some of the music that helped inspire me to start this radio station. You’ll hear Bob Dylan, Barry McGuire, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, The Beatles, John Lennon, Ten Year’s After, The Who, The Animals, The Chambers Brothers, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songbird by Eva Cassidy

The newest addition to our women’s line-up is Eva Cassidy, who died tragically at the age of 33 from cancer in 1996. We are winding down on Songbird. We will have one more airing on Saturday before choosing a new album. Don’t miss it!

7:00 p.m. Sounds of The Supergroups: Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one in a long while, so tonight we pay respects to the supergroups. This playlist features Derek & The Dominos; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; The Traveling Wilburys; Cream; The Highwaymen; Blind Faith; and Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris (yes, a bona fide supergroup even though the male dominated rock world never even mentions them in association with the word).

Tune us in. We’re free all the time, we run uninterrupted 24/7, no advertising, no “subscription” required, and no personal information requested. Did I mention you don’t need to take your credit card out of your wallet?

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Welcome to Sunday Funday in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/24/2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The DJ slept late because she couldn’t fall asleep until nearly 2 a.m. I mean, seriously? What the hell was that all about? But here we are with your lesson!

The Beatles and the one and only manager they ever had, Brian Epstein.

Here’s your lesson:

January 24, 1958: The Quarrymen performed at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was their first and last performance there until they changed their name to The Beatles.

January 24, 1961: The Beatles officially sign on with manager Brian Epstein, their one and only manager. His signature does not appear on this contract. Epstein always had the band’s best interest at heart. He was a man of his word. He said he would not sign until he had a record contract for the band. He also said that they could opt out of that contract if they could find a better deal somewhere else. On October 1, 1962, a final contract was drawn up with Epstein’s signature included. He had fulfilled his promise. In return for his loyalty, The Beatles gave him 25% of all profits, far above the standard 10% of the day.

On this day, another momentous occasion as Bob Dylan arrived in New York after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. He put his musical career in action immediately by performing at the club, Cafe Wha?, in New York’s Greenwich Village.

January 24, 1965: The Animals appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

January 24, 1967: The Who began a world tour at Central Pier in Morecambe, England.

Also on this day, Aretha Franklin gets a $25,000 signing bonus to record her first tracks for Atlantic Records. It was quite a tumultuous session as her husband apparently got into a fight with one of the musicians. Nevertheless, over her career, Aretha Franklin would have twenty #1 hit singles and ten #1 albums on the R & B charts.

January 24, 1969: Jethro Tull played its first concert in the US, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Fillmore East in New York City.

Meanwhile, The Doors also performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.

January 24, 1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

And Abbey Road by The Beatles returned to the #1 position for a third time, giving the album eleven weeks at the top of the Album charts.

January 24, 1975: Pink Floyd began recording tracks for their album Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Born On This Day

January 24, 1941: Aaron Neville, elite vocalist with The Neville Brothers, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He will also have a successful solo career, recording two duets with Linda Ronstadt.

January 24, 1947: Wild man Warren Zevon was born in Chicago. He initially tours as keyboardist for The Everly Brothers while he tries to get a jump on his own career. He finally catches a break when Linda Ronstadt begins to record his compositions as she dominates the seventies.

The End. We are done. And I will be back with today’s line-up shortly.

It’s Sunday Here in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 12/27/2020

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are with today’s lesson from the college, where nobody ever really sleeps much these days.

Bob Dylan. ‘Nuff said.

Here’s today’s lesson from The Lounge:

December 27, 1958: Buddy Holly makes his first appearance in his home town of Lubbock, Texas, since becoming a major star.

December 27, 1960: The Beatles played to a welcome home crowd at the Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, after completing a residency in Hamburg, Germany. They played with a sit-in drummer, as Pete Best remained in Germany and would, actually, never return to the group. As a result of the crowd’s reaction to their performance at this event, the Beatles finally believed in themselves. The rest, as they say, is fucking history, people.

December 27, 1963: The Animals performed for the first time on a BBC radio broadcast called Saturday Club. This would lead to a contract with Columbia.

December 27, 1964: The Supremes make their first of 16 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

December 27, 1967: Bob Dylay released the album John Wesley Harding.

December 27, 1969: The Supremes’ final release with Diana Ross, Someday We’ll Be Together, becomes the final #1 hit of the sixties.

Also on this day, Led Zeppelin II, goes to #1 on the Album charts, replacing Abbey Road after eight weeks.

December 27, 1974: Bob Dylan recorded Idiot Wind and You’re a Big Girl Now on this day.

December 27, 1975: Faces announced their break-up (unfortunately). Rod Stewart focuses on his solo career (I have a love-hate with this guy) and Ron Wood joins the Stones.

December 27, 1980: Weeks after his murder, John Lennon’s Just Like Starting Over goes to #1 in both the US and the UK. It was chosen as the release not because Lennon considered it the best song on the album, but because he thought it was appropriate after a five-year hiatus from recording. It was his only #1 solo release.

Born On This Day

December 27, 1944: Mick Jones, great guitarist and songwriter with Spooky Tooth and co-founder of Foreigner, was born in Somerton, Somerset, England.

December 27, 1948: Larry Byrom, guitarist for Steppenwolf, was born in Huntsville, Alabama.

December 27, 1951: Karla Bonoff, singer-songwriter, solo artist, and back-up vocalist for Linda Ronstadt was born in Santa Monica, California. She wrote several songs for Ronstadt’s Hasten Down The Wind album, and also wrote All My Life, the Linda Ronstadt-Aaron Neville duet which won a 1991 Grammy.

And that is it for today, my friends. We will be back with the line-up shortly.