We Slowly Wind Down Tom Petty Month (But We Ain’t Done Yet), and Put The Soul Queen of New Orleans In The Spotlight, Friday, October 22, 2021

Good Morning, Petty-ologists! We are slowly winding down Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, but we do have some great nuggets left for you this week. Do not despair. We’ve got a very scientific offering today. (I’m lying.)

We put Irma Thomas In the Spotlight a bit later!

Here’s Friday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 60 Songs EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

The decision to move this from 50 to 60 songs was as “scientific” as the song selections themselves. We simply decided 50 wasn’t enough and some great stuff got left out. So, we arbitrarily added it in. I believe we pulled the song names out of a bucket when we originally made this list, and just said, “yeah” and “no.” But it matters not. We could redo this list and it might look very different. That’s why we don’t indulge. We think we’ve got a solid list here, and it now includes some of the stuff from Wildflowers & All The Rest and Angel Dream. ENJOY!

By the way, the set list is up under the Playlist tab and it was updated last evening. Just scroll around out there until you find it.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas is a contemporary of both Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but she never quite achieved the commercial success of either. Although, to listen to Irma, she’s feels she’s living just fine as ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans.’ At 80 years old, she’s still singing. We love Irma Thomas here in The Mermaid Lounge, and tonight we are putting her In the Spotlight where she belongs.

And you belong here listening to us. Join your friends from near and far today. We’ve got some in New York and Kansas tuning in today with folks from Italy, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Russian Federation, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Germany and France. What are you waiting for?

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Happy Birthday, Tom Petty! We’re Sandwiched In PettyLand Today Around All That Great Stream, Wednesday, October 20, 2021

We celebrate Tom Petty’s life and musical contributions today on what would be his 71st birthday. We’re locked in on The Traveling Wilburys today (which also makes it a Wilbury Wednesday) and a great live stint in Lucca, Italy.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. WILBURY WEDNESDAY! The Complete Wilbury Sessions: Volume 1 & 3

The complete Wilbury’s treatment with outtakes, alternative versions, demos, rough cuts, special sessions, never-before-heard songs. Just over two hours of Wilbury musical magic.

Not only is this pertinent to Petty’s birthday, but the very first Traveling Wilburys album (Volume 1) was released 33 years ago this week, on October 18, 1988.

5:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Lucca Summer Festival, Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy, June 29, 2012

A great live performance by The Heartbreakers here that you won’t want to miss.

All Day Tom Petty Trifectas!

We’re not putting up a schedule on these. Suffice it to say that they’ll be running at the top of several hours of the day, all day and into the evening. You’ll just have to tune us in to listen in.

Great day to join our family of listeners around the globe as we celebrate the life and musical contributions of one of the most talented, humble and gracious artists ever to grace the planet. You will not regret it.

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It’s Another Monday Here With Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight Later This Morning and Tom Petty’s Deep Cuts This Afternoon, October 18, 2021

Good Morning All from The Mermaid Lounge! We start off the programming with Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight today, and we have a great Tom Petty treat for you later. Read on to learn more!

We start off the day with Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music Of Bonnie Raitt

This is always a good way to kick off the day. There’s nothing like getting it going with one of the female pioneers in music, and Bonnie Raitt certainly qualifies as that. We’ve got a complete retrospective here for you so we know you’re going to enjoy it.

This set list can be found under the Playlist tab on this blog. You’ll have to scroll until you find it!

4:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Deep Cuts & B-Sides EXPANDED AND UPDATED!

We’re past the mid-point of Tom Petty Month here and we feel we’ve shown some restraint here. This week, however, the action ramps up as Wednesday we celebrate Tom’s birthday. This particular playlist is one of our favorites. Everyone knows the Heartbreaker hits, but Tom Petty made a lot of music in his day. What we give you here are the lesser-knowns. For those who are lovers of his hits, this will be a revelation. For those who have delved into all of the Petty archives, this will be a celebration.

This set list will be in the Playlist section prior to airing. Simply scroll until you find it (in this case, it’ll be at the bottom since it’s being updated).

Let’s go, people. Join your friends from Germany (I think the entire nation is on this morning), the UK, Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, The Faroe Islands, Canada, Denmark, and France this morning. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

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Saturday Brings ‘The Western Wall Tour’ with Ronstadt & Harris, Two Albums (One Our AOW and One For Petty Month), and LIVE DEAD Later, October 16, 2021

Good Morning, Weekenders! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some really great stuff shaping up as we ramp up Tom Petty Month approaching October 20.

We kick it off with The Western Wall Tour at 11:00 a.m.

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, October 1, 1999

This was undoubtedly one of the most amazing performances I have ever witnessed. It was billed as The Two of Us, but it was really in support of their great duet album, Western Wall, The Tucson Sessions recorded at the Arizona Inn.

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

Today we bid a fond farewell to this week’s AOW, Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, we’ll have a brand new selection. (I repeat this shit every week, don’t I?)

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Mojo by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

This one’s not our Album of The Week this week because it has already been our AOW once. But in the midst of Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, we believe this album begs replaying. According to producer Ryan Ulyate, this was one of those albums where Petty kept coming in with great songs…to the point where fifteen were included here. Released on June 15, 2010, it was Petty’s first new album with the band in eight years and the consensus everywhere was that it was well worth the wait.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, IL, December 3, 1979 NEW!

Another one from the vault from the world’s ultimate jam band. The boys are in fine form here.

And that is our projected day today here in The Mermaid Lounge, In spite of all this great programming, we are mostly Open Stream every day…before, after and in between running uninterrupted 24/7. Give us a shot.

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It’s a Black & Blue Friday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With Songs Including References to Those Two Colors Throughout The Day, October 15, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! This should be a fun day as we pull out our All About Blue and Paint It Black set lists for you. It’s a treasure trove of multi-artist songs as we play the ones with the words “blue” and “black” in either the title or the lyrics, or both!

Today it’s songs with references to the colors black & blue in the title, lyrics, or both!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue, Volume One: Various Artists

1:15 p.m. All About Blue: Volume Two: Various Artists

We’re running these two playlists back-to-back for you today to kick things off, focusing on songs with references to the color blue in the title, the lyrics…or both! And there are plenty as you’ll hear from The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Shawn Colvin, Paul Simon, The Kinks, Little Feat, B.B. King, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, George Harrison, Mudcrutch, Jonathan Edwards, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists

You’ll get the same treatment tonight only with the color black. You’ll hear from Led Zeppelin, The Wallflowers, The Move, The Beatles, Steely Dan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Grateful Dead, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Lucinda Williams, k.d. lang, Tom Rush, Amy Winehouse, Warren Zevon and more!

And that’s why it’s a black & blue Friday here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a big wide Open Stream with a bit of a twist, and we hope you like it. Make today part of your background color by pulling up a tab and tuning us in. You’ll be in good company.

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Heading Down the Week’s Home Stretch We’ve Got Some Great Heartbreakers, Paul Simon In the Spotlight, and Our AOW, Thursday, October 14, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! We’re still in the midst of Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a great selection for you today for sure!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on WTTW’s Sound Stage in Chicago

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul Simon

October is a busy month for the favorites of The Mermaid Lounge. John Lennon and Jackson Browne were both born October 9. Petty’s birthday is coming up October 20. And yesterday, Paul Simon turned 80 years old. Today we put Paul Simon In the Spotlight with music from his Simon & Garfunkel days as well as from his solo career. Happy Belated Birthday, Paul. We’re sometimes a day late, but never a dollar short.

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

Our second-to-last airing is today, with our final airing coming on Saturday. Get in on it while you can. There is not one throw-away song on this album, and some of the biggest names in music history join Zevon on his quest, like Jackson Browne (producer), Linda Ronstadt, J.D. Souther, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, Bob Glaub, Danny Korchmar, and more!

7:00 p.m. WTTW Presents Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on Sound Stage, April 19, 2003

This may well be a more controlled environment than the usual Heartbreakers’ live turn, but it’s no less amazing a performance. Both Tom Petty and the band are at the top of their game here, singing their hits, some deep cuts, plus a few surprises. Tune it in, folks.

We motor along here pushing through the work week one musical day at a time. Tomorrow is Friday, the start to our weekend (musically speaking, that is), and our programming tomorrow will leave you black and blue. And that’s all we’re going to say about that. Patience is a virtue.

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It’s Mid-Week and We Have a Brand New EP Coming Your Way Plus Some ‘Live’ Little Feat, Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Good Morning, Psychedelic Music Lovers (and that would definitely be me). The Psychedelic Express is rolling your way and is our latest playlist to move into EP territory!

The Psychedelic Express debuts as our latest EP today!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Psychedelic Express: Various Artists UPDATED AND EXPANDED!

We’ve gone from just under two hours of great psychedelic music to just under five hours of uninterrupted mind-bending music. You’ll hear the Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Animals, Eric Burdon & War, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Doors, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (yes, that Kenny Rogers), Yes, Vanilla Fudge, Mudcrutch, Tommy James & The Shondells, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Cream, Grateful Dead, Procol Harum, Blues Image, Donovan, The Byrds, Blind Faith, The Chambers Brothers, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, and many more!

This particular EP set list will be on this blog under the Playlist tab prior to airing! Just scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., August 18, 1977

We close out today’s programming with undoubtedly one of our favorite bands on the planet in Little Feat. Just as The Grateful Dead isn’t THE Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia, Little Feat isn’t THE Little Feat without Lowell George.

Before, in between, and after we have that great wide Open Stream with the Music Mermaid calling the shots. You cannot go wrong. No interruptions. No commercials. No chatty DJ’s who want to tell you about their lives. Just great music 24/7. Free.

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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 Saturday and We Give You Tom Petty Trifectas All Day, Celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday, and It Doesn’t Stop There on October 9, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got our usual full Saturday of great stuff for you today. We continue on with Tom Petty Month and celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 81st birthday. But there’s still more!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day Tom Petty Trifectas, All Day Long NEW!

We have a recurring Tom Petty theme today, which means opening every hour of music (except for programmed times) with a Tom Petty trifecta. You’ll hear music from The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys. You’ll also hear solo material.

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

We celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 81st birthday today by putting him In the Spotlight as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a solo artist.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter FINAL AIRING!

We bid a fond farewell to this week’s featured album by Valerie Carter. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, there will be a new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live From Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 14, 1972

This is a rare repeat airing, but the last time we aired this was way back at the inception of LIVE DEAD in 2019. Tonight we revisit the Europe ’72 tour live from Copenhagen.

Saturday is always a treat here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a great day to join your friends from around the globe. Today, we have listeners from the Russian Federation, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Faroe Islands, Canada, and points beyond.

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The Heartbreakers Are Back, Steve Winwood is In The Spotlight, and Valerie Carter Sings Our Album of The Week, Thursday, October 7, 2021

Good Morning, Petty Lovers! We’re back celebrating Tom Petty’s life today with a really excellent outing from the 30th Anniversary Tour in 2006.

Tom Petty performs at The Heartbreakers’ 30th Anniversary Concert in Gainesville, September 21, 2006

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006

This was a great outing all around as The Heartbreakers played their hometown on the 30th Anniversary Tour, replete with a visit from Stevie Nicks. We know you’ll enjoy this one.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter

Sadly, we’re winding down on this week’s selection. This is our second to last airing, with the final being sometime on Saturday. Get it while you can. This is a great album, and Valerie Carter is a great singer-songwriter.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood has given us so much great music over the years. This Spotlight feature covers his time with The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, and his solo career. You’ll hear a song titled Valerie in this set which is, oddly enough, said to be about the late, great Valerie Carter (see above). I saw him live at Great Woods (not when it was The Tweeter Center or The Comcast Center), and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

Join us today and celebrate Tom Petty Month with us. You won’t regret it. This is just one of the live performances you’ll hear this month, and it is one of the best shows The Heartbreakers have ever done.

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