Yes, it’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and it’s also my birthday. I couldn’t think of a better present to give myself later on today than TPATH singing the blues.
Here’s today’s lineup:
9:00 a.m. The Best of Chicago Blues: Various Artists
There’s nothing like the blues from the Windy City, and we’ve got them uninterrupted for you to kick off the day. You’ll be hearing Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Lowell Fulson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Son Seals, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Otis Spann and more!
4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Poet, A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt, Various Artists
Townes Van Zandt is probably best known for his great tune Pancho & Lefty, which was covered by so many people it’s hard to list them. But our favorite version here in the lounge belongs to Emmylou Harris. But he was more than that. He wrote many tunes that are considered masterpieces of American songwriting, including For the Sake of The Song, If I Needed You, To Live Is to Fly, and Rex’s Blues. On this special tribute album, you’ll hear Emmylou, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, John Prine and others sing their versions of Van Zandt’s songs.
7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues
Tom Petty envisioned The Heartbreakers sitting around in their old age in chairs wailing the blues. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to bring that to fruition, but the band made many blues songs. We’ve got them for you tonight.
Tune us in, folks. We’re on 24/7 and we’re totally free. No strings. No bullshit. No lie. Best of all, no commercial advertising or mouthy disc jockeys here. The Music Mermaid is in control.