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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Tuesday is Bluesday in These Parts, and We’ve Got The Best Blues EP On The Planet Going Today, November 16, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blues going today, and that’s a good thing. Read on for details!

Today we bring you five hours of uninterrupted blues!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday programming:

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

The mother of all blues extended playlists is upon us once again, giving you five uninterrupted hours of blues and blues-rock. You’ll hear B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Ry Cooder, Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, The Animals, Janis Joplin, The Yardbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Elmore James, John Mayall, James Cotton, J.J. Cale, Koko Taylor, Long John Baldry, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Susan Tedeschi, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul by Otis Redding

Yes, folks. It’s exactly what it says it is. Redding’s fifth studio album would also be his final studio album. It is a collection of soul favorites mixed in with Redding’s own songs.

Some days, keeping it simple is the best way to go and this is certainly one of those days. We’re here 24/7 and, best of all, we’re totally free. All day. Every day. No hidden charges. No credit card required. And no personal information requested. Yes. It’s all about the music. And only the music. Try us and see for yourself.

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On This Fine Tuesday Bluesday We Have Tracy Nelson In the Spotlight, Our Album of The Week, and Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band Later, November 9, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff on tap for today as you can see.

Janis with the Kozmic Blues Band circa 1969

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Tracy Nelson

Although many have not heard of Tracy Nelson, she’s been around for quite some time. Since her career started, she has recorded more than 20 albums. Her first album, Deep Are The Roots, was an acoustic blues album recorded in Chicago and released in 1965. While in Chicago she met and learned from many blues icons, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Otis Spann. She also fronted a band called Mother Earth which shared the Fillmore concert stage with The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Her signature song, Down So Low, was written and recorded by Nelson around the Mother Earth time, but has also been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Maria Mudaur, Ellen McIlwaine, and Etta James. Tune this woman in.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers

Our second airing of this breakthrough country-rock album is here. Get it while it’s hot.

7:00 p.m. Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band Live at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1, 1969

It’s an all-girl Tuesday Bluesday as we bring you a live bootleg performance of Janis with The Kozmic Blues Band live from The Netherlands. I was multi-tasking as I wrote today’s blog entry and I came across this article about Janis Joplin. I found it quite perceptive and thought I’d share it with you.

Well, gang, what can I say? We’re free. Totally. No hidden shit. Nothing that we sneak in. We don’t ask for a “subscription” or a credit card to listen. We don’t flood the airwaves with commercial advertising. And we don’t offer you DJ’s who talk too much. All we have to offer is music. Isn’t that enough?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Jimmy Reed, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, and Dusty Springfield, November 2, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a fine line-up today, but it does involve some explaining! Hey, this is why we write this blog every morning, come hell or high water (as my mother would say).

John Mayall, The Godfather of British Blues

Here’s today’s line-up:

Remember, kids, the devil is in the details!

11:00 a.m. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Live in 1967

These great archival recordings feature one of the best Bluesbreakers line-up ever, with John Mayall (vocal, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). This iteration of The Bluesbreakers were only together for about three months, but one die-hard fan managed to sneak a reel-to-reel recorder into five London venues to capture this music history. While these one-track files have been engineered a bit, please keep in mind that this is 1967 and, although a bit rough, this is genuine music history.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

Our second airing of this great Album of The Week choice. Although this album sold poorly when released, it is recognized by the critics as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jimmy Reed NEW!

Jimmy Reed is one of the most underrated bluesmen of his generation, but one thing is for certain: His particular style of electric blues was popular with both blues and non-blues audiences. His hits Honest I Do (1957), Baby What You Want Me To Do (1960), Big Boss Man (1961) and Bright Lights, Big City (1961) made it to both Billboards rhythm & blues and Hot 100 Singles charts. This Spotlight feature is taken from the Live at Carnegie Hall album set, which is basically a studio recreation of a past live concert, along with some of his greatest hits. We thought this would make a great way to introduce some folks to a guy who may have fallen through their blues cracks.

Come on, blues lovers! This is your day here in The Mermaid Lounge, and you would be greatly remiss in allowing this one to pass you by. Join your friends from Netherlands, Russian Federation, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Texas (yes, Texas), the Faroe Islands and points beyond this morning. What are you waiting for?

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday and We Have a Heartbreakers’ Blues Playlist, Our AOW, and Robert Cray with Stevie Ray Vaughan, October 12, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got some great stuff today for Tuesday Bluesday as we return to celebrating Tom Petty Month.

We’ve got some great guitar blues for y’all today with Mike Campbell, Robert Cray, and Stevie Ray Vaughan on tap!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues

We continue on with Tom Petty features during Tom Petty Month. Tom Petty always envisioned The Heartbreakers sitting around on chairs playing the blues in their old age. Life (and death) has a way of getting in the way of things, but the band made some great blues songs while they were together. We’ve got them here today.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon

Our second airing of this great album that doesn’t have a bad song on it. Forget the hits, although they were great enough. The album also has Accidentally Like a Martyr, Nighttime in the Switching Yard, and my favorite, Lawyers, Guns and Money.

7:00 p.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Club Redux, Dallas, TX, January 21, 1987

Two great bluesmen here for your listening pleasure. What more could you ask for?

Another day of music brought to you by nobody of commercial importance. We don’t have sponsors. We don’t accept advertising. We just play music all day and all night without any interruption. You ought to give it a shot. It’ll change your view of radio.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday with Eric Clapton & Friends, Stevie Ray Vaughn “Live” and Our Album of The Week, September 28, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have a great blues line-up today sandwiched around our latest Album of The Week.

Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page & Joe Cocker on stage in 1983

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Eric Clapton & Friends: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, & Joe Cocker, Live at Royal Albert Hall, UK, September 20, 1983

Back in 1983, a bunch of musicians got together to play a benefit concert at Royal Albert Hall to raise money for multiple sclerosis. The event was organized by Ronnie Lane of the band Faces, who was a victim of the disease himself. The result was a great set of 18 songs of straight-up blues and blues-rock numbers. Even better, Clapton, Page and Beck were all once lead guitarists for The Yardbirds, but this was the first time they’d ever been on stage together. Many other great musicians were also involved in this benefit. You can read more about it here.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One

Back for the second airing of this great album from the world’s premier supergroup. You can learn how the Wilburys came to be right here.

7:00 p.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Live at The Bluebird Lounge, Ft. Worth, TX, September 30, 1979

There’s not much more you can say about Stevie Ray Vaughan that hasn’t already been said. He was on the road continually during 1978 and 1979, and one stop was The Bluebird Lounge. It is believed that the owner of the place, Robert “Bluebird” Ealey was sitting in on guitar and vocals.

Hell, it’s Tuesday Bluesday here in the lounge. Before you know it, we’ll be coming up on Blues Week here (sometime during the winter when we need it most). We’re out there sourcing some new stuff now. This is a great time to acclimate yourself to our station.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday Here With The James Cotton Band Live, and Marcia Ball In the Spotlight Later, September 21, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got two new playlists for you today. In between is Gram Parsons with our Album of The Week.

We put Marcia Ball In the Spotlight today, where she belongs.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The James Cotton Band: Live and On The Move NEW!

A collection of live songs from various locations from the master of the blues harmonica, James Cotton, and his great band: Charles Calmese (Bass), Kenny Johnson (Drums), Mike “Captain Z” Zaitchik (Keyboards), Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Lead Guitar), and George T. Gregory (Saxophone). This is widely considered the best of Cotton’s live recordings.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons

We take a break and delve into country-rock here with the second airing of Grievous Angel.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marcia Ball NEW!

This seemed like the perfect time to make this long-awaited spotlight happen, and I promise it will be updated. We are still in the process of adding Marcia Ball’s music to our rotation. Marcia Ball is a kick-ass blues singer and a piano master. She has been around for a while, but doesn’t get the attention she so richly deserves. Born and raised in Louisiana, her style has been described as “where Texas stomp rock and Louisiana swamp blues meet.” You’re going to like her if you don’t already know her.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a great entry point for your musical ship to come in. Give us a listen today and see why. Before, in between, and after, we’ve got all that great wide Open Stream. At no charge to you whatsoever, and without those nasty commercials to interrupt the flow.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Our Big, Bad Extended Playlist and Our Album of The Week Later, September 7, 2021

Welcome to another Tuesday Bluesday here in the lounge, Bluesologists! Today we have our monthly foray into our big, bad blues playlist called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues.

The blues kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

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

Our big, bad extended playlist is up today for five hours of uninterrupted blues bliss. You’ll hear The Animals, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Delbert McClinton, Long John Baldry, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Little Walter, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, J.J. Cale, B.B. King, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Susan Tedeschi, Ry Cooder, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Roomful of Blues, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Harvest by Neil Young

Tonight, we give you the second airing of Neil Young’s brilliant Harvest album.

Before, in between, and after it’s open stream. We run 24/7 uninterrupted with no commercials, no mouthy DJ’s, and very few station breaks. It’s all about the music. (And did I mention we’re free with no strings attached?)

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With The Second Half of Our Allman Brothers Extravaganza, Stevie Ray Vaughan In the Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week Sandwich, August 31, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Welcome back to another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got the second half of our Allman Brothers blues extravaganza today, and some SRV a bit later.

We’ve got Stevie Ray Vaughan In the Spotlight a bit later

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band NEW!

This is the second half of what we began last week. We start an hour earlier today because it’s a bit longer than the first set. Essentially, we have round two of the brothers playing traditional blues songs. It’s a treat. Don’t miss it.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan

The second airing of this great album. We inject a bit of good old rock n’ roll (with a hint of jazz, of course) in the middle of all those blues.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Generations of guitar-loving kids are still discovering the magic of this guy. He has been described as a man of simple taste with impeccable style. We cover his music from both his time with Double Trouble and as a solo artist.

It goes without saying that before, in between, and after, we have open stream as determined by The Music Mermaid. She also has simple taste but impeccable style. We run 24/7 completely free of charge. All you need to do is pull up a computer tab. (Oh yeah, you can also tune us in on your phone.)

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday: We’ve Got Some Brand New Blues, Some Old Blues, and Even Some AOW Blues, August 24, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! If you’re into the blues and the Allman Brothers Band, then we’ve got a treat for you today here from The Mermaid Lounge.

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Allman Brothers (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday Line-Up:

11:00 a.m. Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band, Volume 1 NEW!

This is from Scorcese’s ode to the blues. There’s a lot more where this came from, and this is just the first volume of the music from The Allman Brothers band, some of which has never been released in album form. The second volume will be aired next Tuesday morning, if you’re making notes on your musical calendar.

3:30 p.m. Album of The Week: Goin’ Home, A Tribute To Fats Domino: Various Artists

The second airing of this great tribute album featuring the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Lucinda Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae, Willie Nelson, John Lennon and more.

7:00 p.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Hondarribia Blues Festival, Guipuzcoa, Spain, July 7, 2011

The late, great Johnny Winter, one of the most underrated bluesmen I’ve ever heard, makes his stand at this great blues music festival.

Tune us in. We already gave you all the good reasons in yesterday’s post, so I won’t repeat them hear. Simply check out the post above this one! We hate being repetitive.

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