We’re Heading for the Weekend With Our ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP, Our AOW, and ‘Live’ Linda Ronstadt Later, Thursday, January 19, 2023

Good morning, Musicologists! We’ve climbed the hill and are on the downslide to the weekend at last! We’ve got a great lineup of music coming your way today, as we do every day! Read on for details!

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

9:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

Today we pay respects to country music with both traditional country stars and the pioneers of country-rock who made it happen back in Laurel Canyon. You’ll hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep at The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, the Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of the Purple Sage, John Prine, The Desert Rose Band and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: A Night of Blistering Blues by B. B. King and Friends

This great live album is almost in the record books as B. B. King is joined on stage by Gladys Knight, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and more! Don’t miss it. Our final airing will be sometime on Saturday.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at Stadehalle, Offenbach, Germany, November 16, 1976

Linda Ronstadt, a patron saint of The Mermaid Lounge, live in Germany on her Hasten Down The Wind tour in a performance recorded for airing on the Rockpalast show.

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Heading Toward The Weekend With Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP, Our AOW, and Beatle Songs With Character on Thursday, January 5, 2023

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are again on yet another rainy morning. This makes three in a row here in the Boston area. Plenty of rain; no snow. Highly unusual. But hey, here in The Mermaid Lounge, the living is easy and the music is outstanding!

Here’s your Thursday lineup:

10:00 a.m. Here Comes The Night, Various Artists

We have the flip side of this coming up soon, but for now we’re talking about songs with reference to night time in the title, lyrics or both. It’s Open Stream with a Theme here today. You’ll hear Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Them, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, the Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, The Eagles,The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, The Doors, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, Cat Stevens, The Traveling Wilburys, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Idlewild South by The Allman Brothers Band

We’re winding down on this gem of an album. The final airing will be sometime on Saturday, so if you haven’t caught it, this might be the time! We’ll have a brand new selection on Sunday.

7:00 p.m. Beatle Songs With Character UPDATED!

The Beatles loved to name drop as you will see. They invented characters like Mr. Kite, Maxwell of silver hammer fame, Lucy who floated around the sky with diamonds. You’ll also hear about the man in the mack, a barber on Penny Lane, Prudence (who was actually Mia Farrow’s sister), Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and mother Mary. This playlist has recently been expanded and updated, so give it a listen!

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One Day Away From the Weekend With Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Multi-Artist EP and Carole King’s Final Airing as Singer-Songwriter, Friday, December 9, 2022

We are one day away from the official start of the weekend. Of course, some of us will toil in retail hell for one more day tomorrow, but we’re getting closer. We’ve got a lot of wide Open Stream today with some excellent programming tossed in for good measure.

Here’s your musical journey for today:

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

Stories about the road, the air, the sea, and going places from Canned Heat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Steve Miller Band, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Doors, The Eagles, Little Feat, The Band, Willie Nelson, Edwin Starr, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, The Byrds, Asleep at The Wheel, The Traveling Wilburys, Joan Baez, Mudcrutch, Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield and more.

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Carole King

Today we bid a fond farewell to Carole King as our featured Singer-Songwriter, a woman whose music has been both an inspiration and a musical career builder. Tomorrow we welcome the late, great (and often troubled) Warren Zevon.

Before, in between and after we’ve got some great wide Open Stream, which has recently been significantly bolstered. This is not the place to detail that, but I will be writing a separate blog post on that very soon, so stay tuned! We’ve added some great artists we’ve been working on and bolstered the content of many others!

Midweek is Here and So Is Our ‘Female Species’ EP and Some ‘Live’ Kinks Later, Wednesday, December 7, 2022

We keep it simple at midweek with our ‘Female Species’ EP, not to be confused with the ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP. You’ll see what we mean below. We’ve also got some ‘live’ Kinks later.

Here’s your midweek lineup:

10:00 a.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

Not to be confused with ‘Ladies Day Out,’ this EP consists of songs about girls, women, ladies and other terms meant to describe the fairer sex. You’ll hear songs by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, Talking Heads, The Boogaloo Swamis, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, America, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Rascals, Peter & Gordon and more!

7:00 p.m. The Kinks Live at The Hippodrome Theatre, London, UK, July 14, 1974

We actually aired this on Monday, but our server had a minor meltdown and this show was never played in its entirety. We are making up for that today by repeating it this evening. This one was recorded live for airing on the BBC.

Before, in between, and after we give you that wide Open Stream under the watchful eye of The Music Mermaid who, as you know, has impeccable taste in music. Of course, you know we are totally free of charge every day. No surprises. No lies.

A Keep-It-Simple Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge Brings Our New AOW and The ‘Music From Laurel Canyon’ EP, December 4, 2022

It’s Sunday morning here in The Mermaid Lounge and I’m off to a bit of a later start than usual, but that’s because we’re keeping it simple today. Somehow, it’s only fitting that Rumors is our Album of The Week this week as we bid farewell to the late, great Christine McVie. We here in the Lounge believe the best stuff on this one was hers.

Here’s today’s musical magic:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Rumors by Fleetwood Mac NEW!

Sometimes things just fall into place. When I add to my album list, I sometimes add ten or twenty to the list at time so I don’t have to think about it every week. That’s what happened with Rumors. I had no idea I’d be paying respects to the late, great Christine McVie this week. It’s only fitting that this great album fell into place here. One of my favorite albums of all time for sure from a band I sometimes have a love-hate relationship with. But that’s me. Big Mac is one of those bands I liked better as a blues band. I certainly don’t like everything they did as a pop-rock band, but I like enough of it. This was their eleventh studio album and it was released during a time of heavy drug use and personal relationship management problems, hence the title. I only ever saw them once live in my lifetime and that was enough. It was just that Stevie Nicks spent too much time changing outfits for me.

4:00 p.m. Music From Lauren Canyon: Various Artists

One of the best times in music was undoubtedly the sixties and seventies, when cross-pollination was king. It was during this time that country-rock was born. You’ll hear The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Doors, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, CSNY, Manassas, John Mayuall, The Eagles, J.D. Souther, Harry Nilsson, Canned Heat, Carole King, James Taylor, Souther-Hillman-Furay, Linda Ronstadt and more!

This is Sunday, a day of rest, even for whomever The Big Person is is up there overlooking the universe. Why not kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and tune us in for a spell. Come on. You know you want to, so why not just do it. Seriously.

We’re On the Downslide to the Weekend With Our ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP, Some ‘Live’ Stephen Stills and Our AOW, Thursday, November 17, 2022

Good Morning, Gang! Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge with a great programming landscape for you today that includes some brand new ‘live’ Stephen Stills from London. We start the day with a great multi-artist EP and close it with our Album of The Week!

Here’s today’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

It’s that time again where we pull together the best of REAL country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) and some country-rock born of the Laurel Canyon pioneers. You’ll hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Asleep At the Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, John Prine, The Desert Rose Band and more!

7:00 p.m. Stephen Stills Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK, October 20, 2008 NEW!

Who doesn’t know Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter extraordinaire who has not only had a successful solo career but has been a seminal member of several successful bands, namely Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, and Manassas. He has combined sales of more than 35 million albums. Tonight we bring you a Stills 2008 concert from the UK.

9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama by Janis Joplin

Our second-to-last airing is tonight at 9:00 p.m., and we’ll have our last airing sometime on Saturday. If you haven’t heard this one yet, you’ve got two more before it’s gone!

The holidays are coming. Give yourself the gift of great music! And we won’t cost you a penny. We’re totally free. Yes, it’s a labor of musical love, and we’re a throwback to real radio. You know, before you paid Spotify and other services to build custom listening lists. But the best part is that we also don’t accept commercial advertising or employ overly-chatty DJ’s who talk through songs. We’re all about the music.

Whew! It’s a Crazy Saturday Here With Our ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP, Our AOW, Van Morrison ‘live’ in Belfast, and LIVE DEAD! October 8, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a great line-up for you today. It’s another of those Grand Central Music Saturdays here, but we till give you far more Open Stream than anything else!

We’ve got that Travelin’ Jones going on early this morning!

Here’s your musical journey:

9:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

The traveling life has always been glamorized in music. Today, you’ll hear from Canned Heat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Steve Miller Band, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Eagles, The Doors, Little Feat, The Band, Willie Nelson, Edwin Starr, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, The Byrds, Asleep at The Wheel, The Traveling Wilburys, Mudcrutch, Joan Bae, Loggins & Messina, Buffalo Springfield and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Odessy and Oracle by The Zombies FINAL AIRING!

It’s the swan song for this album today; our final airing of this great, long-underappreciated effort by The Zombies. But tomorrow morning we’ve got another great trip down Psychedelic Lane planned.

7:00 p.m. Van Morrison Live at The Grand Opera Houe, Belfast, Ireland, March 11 & 12, 1983

Van the Man recorded live in Belfast over a two-night engagement. Not always the most personable man to spend money on, but an amazing singer-songwriter and talent nonetheless.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, November 7, 1969

Another soundboard recording from the worlds most popular jam band in a totally historical venue. A rare repeat here, but it has been a while. It’ll be like new.

I’ll be off soon on a mission of mercy and then to the flats for another day in the wonderful world of retail. My destiny awaits as you hang out here with The Music Mermaid. As you know, she has impeccable taste in music. Enjoy your day.

At the End of the Work Week, It’s ‘The Female Species’ EP and Marvin Gaye In the Spotlight, Friday, October 7, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we give you a multi-artist EP that celebrates women, girls, and ladies of all types. (Even those Sweet Cream Ladies.) Marvin Gaye brings up the rear in the early evening.

Today it’s open stream with a theme with ‘The Female Species’, not to be confused with ‘Ladies Day Out’ which comes along a bit later this month!

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. The Female Species: Various Artists

Our Open Stream with a Theme playlist today celebrates the female species with the words women, girls, ladies and other terms of endearment in the title, lyrics or both! You’ll hear from Talking Heads, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Jackson Browne, John Mayall, Hot Tuna, The Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Percy Sledge, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, America, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (not to be confused with the previous entry), Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, The Temptations, Linda Ronstadt and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye was instrumental in developing the Motown sound during the 60s, first as an in-house session player, then as one of its most successful solo artists. His talents earned him the nicknames The Prince of Motown and the Prince of Soul. We put him in the spotlight tonight.

We are on the cusp of the weekend now, people, and the music just continues to roll along guiding our path. We’ve got a bunch of listeners on this morning from around the globe, including Italy, Greece, France, the UK, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Texas, Ohio, New York and beyond. What exactly are you waiting for?

It’s Friday and We’ve Got Otis Redding, Trifectas at the Top of Every Hour, and Our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP Later, September 2, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great day lined up today as we feature our first night-time multi-artist EP at the request of some of our late-night listeners!

We feature our first EP at night this evening at the request of some of our late-night global listeners!

Here’s your musical lineup:

9:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Otis Redding

The world first heard Otis Redding at the Monterey International Pop Festival. It would not be long after that performance that we would lose him. But his musical legacy lives on here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Trifecta Open Stream Afternoon

We’re running Trifectas at the top of every hour through 6:00 p.m. EST. Here are the featured artists:

11:00 a.m. George Harrison

12:00 p.m. Fats Domino

1:00 p.m. Carly Simon

2:00 p.m. Roy Orbison

3:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt

4:00 p.m. Talking Heads

5:00 p.m. Mudcrutch

6:00 p.m. The Traveling Wilburys

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

We’ve received a few requests to run an EP later in the evening, so it’s only appropriate that we start with our ‘Here Comes The Night’ EP. You will hear Warren Zevon, the J. Geils Band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, The Kinks, The Electric Prunes, Phoebe Snow, Joe Walsh, The Eagles, The Ronettes, John Cougar Mellencamp, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, The Doors, Poco, Neil Diamond, The Animals, The Band, The Rolling Stones, Don McLean, Steve Winwood, The Traveling Wilburys, Cat Stevens, Sam Cooke, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt and many more!

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It’s Sunday and We’ve Got a Great New Album of The Week and Our ‘Are You Ready For The Country’ EP, August 14, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! I’m excited as hell about our Album of The Week. It’s an unusual find, but I cannot wait. We also have a lot of that Laurel Canyon country-rock mixed in with our great traditional country EP today.

Here’s your musical lineup for the day:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Songs for Judy by Neil Young NEW!

This is not your typical album, and it’s an exciting choice for our Album of The Week. If you don’t know about the album, you may be assuming it’s a bunch of “period” type songs from Judy Garland as sung by Neil Young. But you’d be wrong. It’s actually a compilation of live acoustic set songs by Neil Young while on his 1976 tour with Crazy Horse. This album comprises all 22 songs that he sung on that tour as part of an opening live acoustic set. Where does Judy Garland come in to all of this? The album title comes from Young’s own story about hallucinating one night and seeing Judy Garland sitting in the orchestra pit. This album is Volume 7 in the Performance Series of The Neil Young Archives.

3:00 p.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists

You’ll be hearing more Neil Young here because this EP is literally named after one of his songs! In addition to Neil Young, you will hear Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Pure Prairie League, Asleep at The Wheel, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, The Marshall Tucker Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Rosanne Cash, Dan Fogelberg, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, The Desert Rose Band, John Prine and more! In fact, just about five hours of uninterrupted country and country rock.

It is, without a doubt, a great day to tune us in. We’ve got a great AOW and a great EP going today. The rest of the 24-hour, non-stop cycle is occupied by our great wide Open Stream under the control of the venerable Music Mermaid. Did I mention that we’re totally free, no strings, no surprises? Ever.