We Close Out The Month With a Wilbury Wednesday and Our ‘Out In The Cold’ Playlist, Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s time to bid a fond farewell to March, and we’re going there in style as we closed out the month with a Wilbury Wednesday!

Join us at noon for The Traveling Wilburys; Complete!

Here’s today’s line-up!

12:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Complete Traveling Wilburys Catalogue

It’s Wilbury Wednesday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’re giving you a treat today with the complete Traveling Wilbury catalogue in our spotlight feature. Music lovers consider the Wilburys the best ‘supergroup’ of all time, and we wholeheartedly agree.

6:00 p.m. Out In The Cold: Various Artists

There’s nothing like a bit of the weather here in the studio, and we’re kicking out March in style with Linda Ronstadt, Martha & The Vandellas, Johnny Rivers, the Allman Brothers Band, Bill Withers, Joni Mitchell, Creedence Clearwater Revivial, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dr. John, James Taylor, The Association, Bob Dylan and more!

Wrapped around all this is our great Open Stream, entirely controlled by the Music Mermaid. Tune us in. We’re free. We run no advertising. We make no profit. We ask for no personal information. What more do you want?

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On a Mermaid Lounge Sunday, J. Geils Owns Our Album of The Week and We Have Our Expanded ‘Folk From A to Z’ Playlist, March 28, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! How are you all this fine morning. It’s a bit bleak here in the Boston area today. We’re forecasted for heavy rains. We’ll see if it actually happens. Sometimes the weather is spot on, sometimes not.

Woody Guthrie, Eric Andersen, Joni Mitchell and more will grace our airwaves starting at 3:00 p.m. today.

Here’s our Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band NEW!

The J. Geils Band is a Boston favorite, and this one has been a long time coming. I know it’s sacrilege in these parts, but I prefer the music of the J. Geils Band to Aerosmith any day of the week. Just a personal observation. The band was formed back in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts under the leadership of guitarist John “J” Geils, and featured one Peter Wolf on vocals. This is my favorite J. Geils album.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A to Z: Various Artists EXPANDED & UPDATED!

We’ve elevated this playlist up to the level of our Sixties, Girls Day Out, and British playlists, with nearly five hours of old, traditional, and newer artists contributing. You’ll hear Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Tom Rush, Jackson Browne, Odetta, Leadbelly, Janis Ian, Tim Hardin, Jesse Winchester, and many others! We are still adding to our folk artist collection, so there will be another update down the road.

In the meantime, this new playlist appears in the Playlist section of this blog. Just scroll to the bottom!

Sunday is a day of rest, and the perfect way to kick back and relax is to tune us in. I could continue to give you the line about how we’re free and outside the system, but hey, I’m kind of sick of that one. So, this is all I’ll say for now.

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“Wildflowers” Live, Dylan Live at Budokan, and Our Rock, Ballads & Blues Playlist on March 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great mix today. We’re back to the Wildflowers & All The Rest project, for starters. Then some live Dylan and one of our patented various artist playlists. In between, there’s all that great Open Stream.

It’s Bob. Need I say more?

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest: Live Wildflowers

We go back to the great Wildflowers box set this morning for a selection of the best Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers live performances as chosen by his family, bandmates and friends. We miss this guy here in The Mermaid Lounge.

3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Recorded February 28 & March 1, 1978

Tom Petty and his bandmates once said that they learned the art of improvisation on stage from going on tour with Bob Dylan. He taught them well because they were one of the best damned live bands I’ve ever seen. Bob Dylan is a master craftsman in so many ways.

7:00 p.m. Rock, Ballads & Blues: Various Artists

We haven’t aired this one for a while, so it’s time has come around once again. You will hear songs from Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Dusty Springfield, J.J. Cale, Ry Cooder, Gregg Allman, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Van Morrison, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Emmylouo Harris, and more.

We’ve got a lot of people on this morning from all over the world…Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Greece…where are you this morning? All you need is a free browser tab and your finger. What you don’t need is your wallet.

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All About Blue, a New Lucinda Williams In the Spotlight, and Traffic Live Later On, Wednesday, March 10, 2020

Good Morning, My Friends! We’ve got some excellent programming today, including a brand new Spotlight featuring Lucinda Williams. I’ve been meaning to get this done. Sorry it has taken so long!

One of our favorites here in the Lounge, Lucinda Williams.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. All About Blue: Various Artists

Playlists come in all shapes and colors. This one is about the color blue. I’ve got others on my mind, but blue is my favorite color so this one came first. You can hear The Allman Brothers Band, Linda Ronstadt, Taj Mahal, George Harrison, The Band, Elvis Presley, Badfinger Mudcrutch, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foreigner, The Electric Light Orchestra, and others!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Lucinda Williams NEW!

I remember when Tom Petty took the time to come out on stage before Lucinda Williams opened for The Heartbreakers and told the audience that they really needed to pay attention to her. They did. If by some stroke of ill fortune you haven’t paid attention to Lucinda, this is your time.

7:00 p.m. Traffic Live at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York, June 26, 1970

Traffic was formed in Birmingham, England, in April of 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The band began as a psychedelic rock group, but diversified their sound by adding various instruments, including the Mellotron, the harpsichord and the sitar. They disbanded in 1969, bur reunited in 1970 to release their album John Barleycorn Must Die, and for this tour. Steve Winwood is another favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Tune us in, people. People all over the world are. We welcomed listeners from Estonia this week. We’re waiting on you.

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Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash Record Together, “Timeless” Debuts as Our Album of The Week, and ‘What’s In A Name’ Playlist Later, Sunday, February 28, 2021

We are off to a late start today, Music Lovers, but the music is still great in spite of all that. We have a brand new album of the week, epic Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, and a great playlist later this evening.

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash got together to record during breaks in the sessions for Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” album.

Here’s today’s line-up:

1:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash, Nashville 1969

While Bob Dylan was in Nashville recording his Nashville Skyline album, he and Johnny Cash decided to get together to record some music. Only one of those songs made it to Nashville Skyline. It was Girl From The North Country. The others were released much later. We have those recordings here for you today.

5:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Timeless, An All-Star Tribute to Hank Williams NEW!

This is one sweet album of all-stars paying their respects to a counry legend, Hank Williams, Sr. There are a number of memorable performances here, especially from Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. However, the one that stands out for me is Tom Petty’s version of You’re Gonna’ Change (Or I’m A Gonna’ Leave). Listen for it. Other contributors include Mark Knopfler, Shery Crow, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams III, and Johnny Cash.

8:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: What’s In A Name? Various Artists

We haven’t heard this one for a while, and it’s a good one. Songs with people’s names in them, either in the title or the lyrics. Begins at 8:00 p.m. tonight with contributions from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, Jonathan Edwards, Dolly Parton, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt, The Velvet Underground, The Turtles and more! Don’t miss it.

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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 a Birthday Bash with Tom Rush, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on Sunday, February 7, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! This is the first day I’ve actually felt a bit more human since this thing started, and it’s my birthday. I am in good company in between Bob Marley and Tom Rush.

Tom Rush plays Mountain Stage, Charelston WV – 2009

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, April 19, 2003

Today I give myself a birthday present by streaming one of my all-time favorite Heartbreaker shows, live from The Vic Theatre in Chicago.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush

Happy Birthday to Tom Rush, a New England music treasure born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as we celebrate his 80th birthday.

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Beacon Theatre, April 30, 1976

Yesterday would have been Bob Marley’s 76th birthday had we been fortunate enough to keep him around that long. Today, we celebrate his birthday.

Fuck the Superbowl. A bunch of overpaid egomaniacs, particularly in light of the irresponsible fucking clown prince of the Kansas City Chiefs, assistant coach Britt Reid, who chose to drive drunk while on Adderall and put two children in the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. Turn them the fuck off.

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Happy Birthday to Mike Campbell with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, Warren Zevon, and The Shadow, Monday, February 1, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today we celebrate Mike Campbell’s 71st birthday by highlighting his work with both Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Mudcrutch.

Happy 71st Birthday, Mike Campbell!

Here’s your line-up for today:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & Mike Campbell: The Dynamic Duo

There’s no doubt in any Heartbreaker fan’s mind about how important Mike Campbell was to their success. Here we offer every song written by Tom Petty & Mike Campbell together.

3:00 p.m. Warren Zevon Live at The Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 1993

To say that Warren Zevon was a self-destructive individual would be an understatment. He burned a lot of bridges in his lifetime. But his musical genius cannot be denied.

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, California, June 26, 2016

Mudcrutch was the band that left Gainesville with Tom Petty as he set out on his musical journey. The band would not catch on, but it did morph into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Later, Petty would bring the band back together and this time, their fortunes were very different.

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 10 Murders in Wax NEW!

The Shadow must use his mystical powers to find out who’s replacing wax figures with real murder victims.

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We’ve Got Some Drivin’ Songs, Badass Guitarists, and Our New Album of The Week by Jeff Lynne and ELO, Sunday, January 24, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got some great ‘various artist’ streams today, and our new Album of The Week by The Electric Light Orchestra!

Speaking of badass guitarists…

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Face The Music by The Electric Light Orchestra NEW!

Face The Music was ELO’s fifth studio album, led by musical genius Jeff Lynne. While Eldorado took a more classical approach, Lynne here moved the band into a more radio-accessible style of music (although the strings remained prominent). It is the first Platinum album for ELO. Lynne would later produce Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Petty called him the best producer on the planet), and join Petty in The Traveling Wilburys. He still continues on with ELO today.

3:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Drivin’ Songs, Various Artists

Essentially, what we have here are songs that give me what we used to call ‘lead foot’ on the highway. Let’s see if these match up with yours. You will hear The Eagles, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, The Pretenders, The Doobie Brothers, Mudcrutch, Deep Purple. Blind Faith, and more!

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

We have a second volume of this also and we’re working on a third, but we haven’t heard this particular playlist in a while, so here it is. We have Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, and Aerosmith in this multi-artist playlist.

Remember, music lovers, wrapped around all of this programming we still have the vast majority of hours dedicated to open stream. We are circulating songs 24/7, totally free, no credit card required, and no personal information requested. Just give us your ears. (Not literally.)

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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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