It’s Yet Another Tuesday Bluesday Here In the Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got Our Long Player Going, June 8, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’ve got another Tuesday Bluesday here and it’s about that time that we give you our long-playing Blues session again!

Here’s today’s bluesy line-up!

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

More than five hours of uninterrupted blues with James Cotton, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Allman Brothers Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, and many more! Recently updated!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Tonight, we have the second airing of this great album by two masters who, although meeting in 1974, took their sweet time making an album together. It was worth the wait.

Tune us in on this bluesy Tuesday. It’s too damned hot outside to do anything else but kick back and enjoy the tunes. And if you are working and have the space, all you need is a browser tab to give a listen.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Lounge With The Blues Project, Eric Clapton & Friends, and “Damn The Torpedoes,” April 27, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a pretty great programming gig coming up today!

We’ve got The Blues Project on tap for today!

Here’s today’s Blues line-up!

1:00 p.m. The Blues Project Live at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York, November 24-27, 1965 NEW!

This live recorded album was the debut of The Blues Project, and was recorded between November 24-27, 1965 at the fabled Cafe Au Go Go in Greenwich Village, New York.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Damn The Torpedoes! by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The second airing of this most magificent album; the one that catapulted The Heartbreakers into the limelight and launched a 40-year love affair with their fans.

8:00 p.m. Eric Clapton & Friends: The Crossroads Guitar Festival Revisited

Join Eric Clapton and friends for a few hours of really great blues guitar music, including Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, B B. King, Doyle Bramhall III, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Gary Clark, Jr., The Robert Cray Band, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top, and more!

Tune us in on a Tuesday Bluesday. It’s a great day to give us a shot, people. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Our Album of The Week, April 20, 2021

Please, allow us to also mention the fact that it is 4/20. And you know what that means. Is there a better combination than weed and great music. We think not.

We kick off Tuesday Bluesday with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band!

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, MA, Spring 1966

Boston had some great little music venues back in the day, and The Unicorn was one of them. In the spring of ’66, it played host to one great blues band.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues

Speaking of da blues, Tom Petty once said he imagined his band getting old together, sitting in chairs, and singing the blues. Sadly, that day is gone now, but the Heartbreakers did a great job on the blues. Their Mojo album was a tribute to the blues. Today, we show you why Petty’s scenario would have been a great way to grow old.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters

The second airing of Medicine At Midnight happens this evening. The album was delayed by COVID-19, but was worth the wait. The Foos are one of the very few “today” bands that get airplay here.

Tune us in. We’re not-for-profit in a serious way. We don’t pay Amazon or Apple for our music. We find it elsewhere and for less money. We don’t feed the machine in any sense of the word.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With Johnny Winter, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan! In the Middle, It’s Our Album of The Week, April 13, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Here we are on another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got a great selection for you today.

On this fine Tuesday Bluesday, we feature Johnny Winter live at The Bottom Line!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Johnny Winter Live at The Bottom Line, New York City, September 5, 1978

For reasons unknown to me, sometimes this guy is overlooked by blues music lovers (but not his peers, like Muddy Waters). He is never overlooked here in The Mermaid Lounge either, and today we feature him live at The Bottom Line.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon

The second airing of our Album of The Week, one of Carly Simon’s biggest sellers and for good reason. It’s definitely our favorite Carly Simon album here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

7:00 p.m. Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session, December 6, 1983

A great session recorded live at CHCH-TV Studios in Ontario, Canada, when Stevie Ray Vaughan was 29 years old, and Albert King was in his sixtieth year. Two masters at work.

Tuesday Bluesday is always a good day to tune us in, of course. But then again, any day of the week is a good day to avail yourself of our services. We are not-for-profit radio. Period. End of story.

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It’s a Simple Tuesday Bluesday: We Feature Our Long-Playing Blues Playlist Plus Our Album of The Week, April 6, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’re into simple today here in The Mermaid Lounge because we have some family committments, so we’ve got our long-playing, uniterrupted fantastic blues playlist called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, along with our Album of The Week later!

We have our great playlist Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue starting at 10:00 a.m.

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues

On this fine Tuesday Bluesday, we have nearly five hours of uninterrupted music with our extended blues playlist featuring John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat, Slim Harpo, Ry Cooder, Albert King, Johnny Winter, Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elmore James, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, James Cotton, Koko Taylor, The Robert Cray Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Bland, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and many more!

7:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Saturate Before Using by Jackson Browne

We have the second airing of our Album of The Week, Jackson Browne’s Saturate Before Using, which actually was not intended to be the name of the album. If you want to solve this mystery, just click on the album image to the right.

In between all this stuff we have our great Open Stream, guided strictly by The Music Mermaid residing here in the lounge. We’re free. We’re non-intrusive (no credit card required and no personal information asked), totally outside the system (we never purchase music from either Amazon or Apple), and we accept no advertising.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday with Janis Joplin, the Great B.B. King and Maria Muldaur With Our Album of The Week, March 9, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a bit of the blues lined up for you today starting with Janis.

Janis Joplin was a force of fucking nature, gone before her time.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band, Live at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, April 1, 1969

Doesn’t matter if she was solo, with Big Brother & The Holding Company or The Kozmic Blues Band, Janis Joplin gave us some seriously great blues-rock. She was a force of nature who burned bright, and was gone before we knew it.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur

Funny thing here, Maria Muldaur has a varied musical history, starting out in the folk houses of Greenwich Village, but she is also known as a pretty solid blues singer as well. On this particular album, she does a great job (and a bit bluesy at that) on the love songs of Bob Dylan (yes, he was not just about protest and social issues).

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of B.B. King

The master of the blues with his girl Lucille will pay us a visit as our final musical programming of the day. It’s a great way to close out Tuesday Bluesday.

Tune us in folks! Today we welcome listeners from Estonia, so what the hell are you all waiting for?

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It’s Another (Mostly) Open Stream Wednesday EXCEPT For One Great New Orleans Playlist, On February 17, 2021

Good Morning, fellow music lovers! Here we are on our usual (mostly) Open Stream Wednesday. But we do have an amazing playlist for you today called the Down in N’Awlins Playlist. It offers just a hair (like, one second) over four hours of authentic music from one of great music centers in the world (in my humble musical opinion).

We’ve got four hours of great New Orleans music for you today!

Here’s what you’ll hear!

12:00 p.m. Down in N’Awlins Playlist: Various Artists UPDATED!

We have only one playlist for you today, and it’s a pretty amazing eclectic collection of all sounds New Orleans and Louisiana, from Cajun-Zydeco to the blues. We’ve also updated it from last year’s version to keep it fresh and to reflect music we’ve hunted for over the past year. Here are some of the people you’ll hear:

  • BeauSoleil
  • Clifton Chenier
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Kermit Venable
  • Dr. John
  • The Neville Brothers (together and solo)
  • Professor Longhair
  • Tony Joe White
  • Antoine “Fats” Domino
  • Irma Thomas (The Soul Queen of New Orleans)
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Queen Ida
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Chance Bushman & Friends
  • The Daywalkers
  • The Boogaloo Swamis

Some of the people on this list I discovered on my trips to New Orleans. The Neville Brothers, for example, I saw at the world-renown venue called Tipitinas on one of my earliest business trips to the city.

I discovered The Daywalkers on a vacation trip I took in 2014 at one of Bourbon Street’s most famous venue called The Cat’s Meow. I spent the day driking Tito’s vodka and just having a blast with the music. I discovered another band on that same trip at a great restaurant called Cafe Sbisa, which has sadly closed temporarily due to COVID-19. The band’s name is Chance Bushman & Friends. By the way, they also make a great Bacon Bloody Mary for the day after.

One band, however, I discovered right here in the Boston area; in Somerville, Massachusetts, to be exact. The Boogaloo Swamis were as good a Cajun-Zydeco band as anything you can hear in New Orleans because they genuinely loved the music. It was a craft to them. We’d spend every Friday night at a great place called Johnny D’s Uptown just partying with the Swamis. Great food. Great Drinks. (And a great Sunday Blues Brunch as well.) The family-owned venue rocked for 47 years. It finally closed for good in 2016, but it remains one of the great Boston-area music venues of all time. Great memories. I went on a hunt for Boogaloo Swamis music. I found some. I have some in vinyl form that I will send out for conversion to mp3’s over the next couple of months, but I did have some in CD form which have already been converted and added to the radio station. You’ll hear some of it today, and it has also been added to the general rotation.

Please tune us in. We’re sure you’ll love this playlist. It begins at noon.

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It’s Not Only Tuesday Bluesday, But It’s Fat Tuesday, and We’re Feeling New Orleans in Our Bones on February 16, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesianans (is that a word or did I make that up?)! We are not only in the midst of Mardi Gras, but it’s Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge. Luckily, we don’t have to compromise!

It’s Fat Tuesday and we’re celebrating NOLA all week!

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

I only got to visit the NOLA festival once, while I was on business in New Orleans in a previous life. I didn’t get to see Tom Petty, but what could be better than our House Band playing at such a legendary festival? Don’t worry. We’ll be playing a lot of traditional Louisiana music throughout the week at various times. This is a short concert set by Petty standards, but the participants are allotted a certain amount of time. There are plenty of participants over lifetime of the festival. Enjoy this one.

3:00 p.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues, Volume 1: Various Artists

Yes, there’s also a Part 2, which we will get to later in the week. You’ll be hearing artists like Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Clarence Frogman Henry, and Boozoo Davis.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Take A Little Walk With Me by Tom Rush

The only entry today that has absolutely nothing to do with Louisiana, Fat Tuesday, or the blues. But nevertheless, Tom Rush owns our Album of The Week and here it is for you!

Tune us in. This is just the beginning of our ode to New Orleans. We’ll be running great music all week long in celebration of Mardi Gras. Yes, the parades have been cancelled due to COVID. But the people of New Orleans are turning their homes into floats! We hope to be showing you some photos on the blog during the week. You’ve got to love that party attitude.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday in The Lounge with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lucinda Williams, Plus ELO with our Album of The Week, Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We have Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and some great programming to go along with it!

We have Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lucinda Williams on the docket for today.

Here’s today’s programming plan:

11:00 a.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at The Bluebird Blues Club, Ft. Worth, Texas, November 30, 1979

Master performer and blues guitarist supreme Stevie Ray Vaughan gives us some life stuff from the Bluebird Blues Club (also called The Bluebird Lounge in some circles) in Ft. Worth.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Face The Music by Electric Light Orchestra

The only departure from the blues today, but the Album of the Week must carry on no matter what genre we focus on.

7:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, December 5, 1998

A very happy birthday to Lucinda Williams, a great blues-rock performer in her own right. We are big fans of Lucinda here in the Lounge and she is, after all, a friend of Tom.

Tune us in. It won’t cost you a thing. The DJ might as well be a mute. We don’t want your personal information; we have our own. And we don’t need a credit card because we’re fucking free. And we’re free 24/7, by the way. We never stop.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday! We Have The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at Boston’s Unicorn Coffee House, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues, and Dylan’s AOW, January 19, 2021

Good Morning, Blues Lovers! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got a pretty damned good line-up for today.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966

We go back to 1966 here for one of the best in he business live in Boston at the old Unicorn Coffee House. No alcohol. Coffee and music provided the fuel. Tom Rush recorded his first album here. Only 600 copies were pressed. Others who sang here were Bonnie Raitt, the J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Ochs, and Tim Hardin. The Unicorn was owned by George Papadopoulous, who also owned the Psychedelic Supermarket, which was across the street from what is now the Hynes Convention Center. Boston has a long history of great small music venues. You can read about Unicorn and the others a bit here.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan

This is the first album of original Dylan music since 2012’s Tempest, and it is well worth a listen. The guy never ceases to amaze.

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Sing The Blues

Tom Petty once said he envisioned the Heartbreakers as old men sitting in chairs playing and singing the blues together. I would have loved the opportunity to hear that. You’ll see why if you tune in this playlist tonight.

What in Buddha’s name are y’all waiting for? Europe and Asia are tuned in. America is, as usual, behind the curve.

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