11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Tracy Nelson NEW!
I have been on a quest for Tracy Nelson music for quite a while, and I’m happy to say that we’re at mission accomplished. This woman’s name should be rolling off everyone’s tongue, frankly. She has made more than twenty albums during her career. We’re happy to finally add her to the list of great ladies that we champion here in The Mermaid Lounge.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney
Another airing of this great album of oldies by the artists that invented rock n’ roll and inspired bands like The Beatles, The Stones, and even Tom Petty himself.
7:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, MA, May 1966
A great blues band in a one of those great old (and now defunct) Boston music venues. This one puts the perfect finishing touch on today’s Tuesday Bluesday programming.
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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.
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.
OooohWheee, that is a mouthful, even from me. But that’s what we’ve got today from The Mermaid Lounge.
This is your line-up for Friday:
11:00 a.m. The Robert Cray Band with Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, January 21, 1987 NEW!
There is no question that this is a Robert Cray Band concert at Club Redux, but he’s joined on stage by Stevie Ray Vaughan at the end for an amazing jam and the encore performance of New Blood. Some of the best musical experiences come in small packages.
3:00 p.m. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at The Unicorn Coffee House, Boston, Spring 1966
Spring 1966 is the closest we can get to the actual date of this performance. This is one for the wayback machine of your mind. Boston had a pretty amazing music scene, I must say. The Unicorn Coffee House (the only beverage served), Club 47, Jonathan Swifts, among the best. We veterans of such places yearn for those days again.
We may not have the exact date, but we did manage to find the set list! This is posted under the Playlist tab of this blog. Scroll to the bottom!
7:00 p.m. The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton, Live at The Beacon Theater, NY, March 19, 2009
On a March evening in 2009, Eric Clapton joined the brothers on stage at New York’s Beacon Theater for six great songs and the rest is history as you will see.
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