We’re Sliding Toward The Weekend With Bobbie Gentry & Some Friends at BBC Studios, Our ‘Rock, Blues & Ballads’ Playlist, and our AOW, Thursday, June 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists. We’ve got some great new stuff to start off the day today as we’ve discovered a Bobbie Gentry BBC Studios performance with a couple of friends along for support.

A couple of friends dropped by to help Bobbie Gentry out with her BBC Studios show

Here’s Thursday’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Bobbie Gentry Live at The BBC Studios, London, 1968-1969 NEW!

This was a great find, given the fact that Bobbie Gentry was always a bit reclusive and shunned the limelight. She just wanted to write songs for other people. But she did perform live music, and she did so at BBC Studios in 1968 and 1969. Maybe she brought Donovan and James Taylor along for moral support! We’re glad she did!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: American Tune by Eva Cassidy

We’re winding down on this week’s album selection as we’ve reached our next-to-last airing here. The final will be sometime on Saturday. Don’t wait too long!

7:00 p.m. Rock, Blues and Ballads, Volume One: Various Artists

I know. It’s about time I got volume two together. And I totally agree, so it’s on my weekend list. But this one’s pretty damned good and we haven’t heard it in a while. You’ll hear Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, J.J. Cale, Dusty Springfield, Neil Young, Paul McCartney & Wings, Long John Baldry, Randy Newman, Maria Muldaur, Ry Cooder, Gregg Allman, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

We’re sliding steadily toward the weekend here in The Mermaid Lounge, although I’ll grant you it’s not getting here fast enough this week. But good music goes a long way toward making the work week easier, so give us a shot. Because we play some seriously good shit with absolutely no commercial interruption, no chatty disc jockeys who’d rather talk than play music, or cost to you. Not one penny. And we’re open 24/7. What more do you want?

Monday Rolls Around Again and We’ve Got Some ‘Live’ Guess Who, Jackson Browne In the Spotlight, and Some ‘Drivin’ Songs’ Later On, June 13, 2022

Here we are again from The Mermaid Lounge on another back-to-work day. If you’re working where you can listen in, just pull up a tab and make your day so much brighter right here.

It’s a ‘first’ here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick off today’s programming with some ‘live’ Guess Who!

Here’s your back-to-work lineup:

11:00 a.m. The Guess Who Live at The Ambassador Theater, St. Louis, MO, May 6, 1974 NEW!

The Guess Who is, without a doubt, a fantastic band. We’ve got some of their stuff in our rotation, but we’re on the hunt for all of it. That’s where we found this gem. As we expand our horizons for the summer, we’re kicking off the day with this live performance which was broadcast on KSHE 95FM.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jackson Browne

It’s time to put Jackson Browne back In the Spotlight. It has been a while. Every time we hear this playlist we’re reminded why he’s considered one of the greatest song writers of all time.

7:00 p.m. Drivin’ Songs: Various Artists

And then, we close out the night with songs about driving. But it doesn’t stop there. Some of these songs may not actually be about driving, but they help you go just a little bit faster than you were originally planning. Hey, that’s why they’re driving songs. You’ll be riding with The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, The Eagles, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Golden Earring, CSNY, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, The Kinks, The Byrds, The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Rare Earth, Canned Heat, Bruce Springsteen and more!

Start your Monday with a little boost from The Music Mermaid here in the Lounge. We’ve got several new playlists to unveil this week, and we start today! We’re on 24/7 totally free of commercial advertising and at absolutely no cost to you. What’s not to love?

Sunday We Celebrate Tom Petty’s Top 100 Songs, Intro Our New AOW by Alison Krauss, and Take You Through The Night With Our ‘In Your Dreams’ EP, May 29, 2022

We’re shaking things up a bit here for the Memorial Day Weekend. It has nothing to do with patriotism. That’s an ugly word these days. It’s about the music, people. And we’ve got plenty of it.

Today we give you Tom Petty’s Top 100, as a solo artist, a Heartbreaker, with Mudcrutch, and as Charlie T. Wilbury Jnr.

Here’s your Sunday lineup:

8:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Forget About It by Alison Krauss NEW!

Released in 1999, this album by Alison Krauss is categorized as “country, bluegrass, and adult contemporary” (whatever that means). Critical commentary on this one is that in spite of the dobro and mandolin, Alison Krauss is a pop star at heart. Please. I never listen to critics. If I did, I wouldn’t have the album collection I do. Music is in the ear of the beholder. And life is too short to listen to shitty music. Regardless of what they call it, this is a great album.

10:00 a.m. Tom Petty’s Top 100 Songs UPDATED!

We started at 50 songs the first time we aired this; then moved up to 65. To hell with it, Petty’s up to 100 now and he deserves to be there. We’ve got Petty solo, as a Heartbreaker, with Mudcrutch, and as Charlie T. Wilbury Jnr. Most are original compositions. Some are covers. Some were only ever done as part of ‘live’ performances. No matter. The man is a musical godsend. I think we’re pretty measured on this station, and tend to underplay our house bands to remain in control. Today, we get to do the opposite.

7:00 p.m. In Your Dreams: Various Artists

We do not normally play an EP at 7:00 p.m. but that changes today. We take you into the evening hours with our ‘In Your Dreams’ multi-artist EP. We have a lot of listeners at night from other countries, and it’s only fair they get exposure to some of these. So, there you have it. You’ll hear Nanci Griffith, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Aerosmith, Crowded House, the Moody Blues, Van Morrison, The Eurythmics, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Orbison, The Mamas & The Papas, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffett, The Allman Brothers Band, Supertramp, Randy Newman, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Widespread Panic, The Youngbloods, Jimmy Ruffin, Jackson Browne, Mudcrutch, Patsy Cline, Joe Walsh, Bruce Springsteen, k.d. lang, Dusty Springfield, and more!

Get on it, people. We’re moving into the bowels of summer in fine form here with our house bands at the helm. Join your friends from around the world who know what we’re all about! We’re free 24/7, and our rotation is unmolested by advertising. You can’t go wrong here.

It’s Open Stream Thursday With Trifectas and Our Album of The Week, April 21, 2022!

Good Morning, Streamers! We’ve got a great Open Stream Thursday here with Trifectas at the top of each hour starting earlier than usual! Read on for details!

Here’s your Trifecta Thursday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Aretha Franklin

11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers

12:00 p.m. Dusty Springfield

1:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix

2:00 p.m. Mudcrutch

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Common Sense by John Prine

This will be the next-last-airing of this great Prine album. The final will be on Saturday and then on Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection!

4:00 p.m. The Beatles

5:00 p.m. Stevie Wonder

6:00 p.m. Van Morrison

7:00 p.m. Tom Petty (solo work)

It’s a great day to tune in, turn on, drop out, as a famous man once said. So why not do it with #BecomeUngovernable Radio? Hang out with The Music Mermaid because, as you all know, she has impeccable taste.

We Start the Week With Mudcrutch Monday Madness, J. Geils In the Spotlight, and Lukas Nelson & POTR Live Later, March 14, 2022

Good Morning, Mudcrutch Lovers everywhere! We haven’t had Monday Madness for a bit, so it’s time to bring it back to the airwaves. We kick things off at high noon today. Until then, it’s wide Open Stream!

It’s a Mudcrutch kind of Monday here in The Mermaid Lounge! (Photo by Dennis Callahan)

Here’s your musical line-up:

12:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness!

Yes, we’re back with the entire Mudcrutch catalogue, including that great live version of Hungry No More recorded at Boston’s House of Blues in 2016. As someone in attendance that night said to me, “It was like the Second Coming.”

4:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The J. Geils Band

Yeah, we have Boston’s original Bad Boys right here, Aerosmith notwithstanding. And we’re putting them In the Spotlight this afternoon.

7:00 p.m. Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real Live at The Boathouse, Newport News, Virginia, June 14, 2020

Willie’s boy is back tonight with a great live performance. There’s a reason why Neil Young takes these guys on the road with him. See for yourself.

It’s a Monday. They’re rough on the psyche every week, but you’ll feel better with some good music to get you through the day. We’ve got it here. And at no charge whatsoever to you. Join your friends from The Netherlands, Ireland, Brazil, Faroe Islands, Portugal, the UK, Germany, France, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and points beyond today!

We’re at Midweek With a Totally Wilbury Wednesday, Including Solo Wilbury Trifectas at the Top of Each Hour on January 19, 2022

Nothing like following up a Total Tuesday Bluesday with a Wilbury Wednesday. That’s the way it rolls this week. Today we give you their catalogue, followed by the boys individually to top the afternoon hours.

Yeah. It’s a Wilbury Wednesday!

Here’s your Wilbury Wednesday line-up:

10:00 a.m. The Traveling Wilburys Complete: Volumes 1 & 3, Remixes and Extended Versions UPDATED!

Not to be confused with the Bootleg Series, which we ran last month. This particular edition of Wilbury Wednesday is composed of Volumes 1 and 3 (hint: They never made a Volume 2), and it also tosses in a few remixes, bonus tracks and extended versions of their two most well-known hits. The Bootleg Series is another thing entirely with special sessions and the like. We will be running that again next go-around.

Wilbury Trifecta Afternoon!

We’re running individual trifectas of each of the Wilburys this afternoon in their “other” musical lives.

2:00 p.m. Bob Dylan

3:00 p.m. George Harrison

4:00 p.m. Roy Orbison

5:00 p.m. Jeff Lynne

6:00 p.m. Tom Petty

Someone once wrote of The Traveling Wilburys that they are the only supergroup worthy of being called super and a group. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but it’s true. Let’s not also forget that they had the legendary Jim Keltner on drums, who chose the name Buster Sidebury. They are, without a doubt, the most popular supergroup of all time, and for good reason.

Before, in between, and after we run that wide Open Stream 24/7. We don’t stop when the programming stops. We keep going like the Energizer Bunny on musical steroids. Tune us in. We’re free too. That makes it even better.

We’ve Got A Totally Wilbury Wednesday Surrounded By Wide Open Stream, December 15, 2021

Good Morning, my musical friends! We here in The Mermaid Lounge have decided that this is a pretty good day for a Totally Wilbury Wednesday, and so it shall be.

Today belongs to the greatest supergroup ever!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Traveling Wilburys: The Bootleg Collection

Every poll ever taken in the past twenty years that I’ve seen has resulted in this band being remembered as the greatest supergroup of all time. And I fully concur. Today we’ve got a gem for you with outtakes, rough takes, alternative versions, final versions and special sessions. It’s a look inside the music making of The Traveling Wilburys. For those who have not yet immersed themselves in this band, you can explore the website right here. You can also watch this short documentary from George Harrison here. It’s all great fun, I assure you.

3:00 p.m. The Wilbury Trifecta Afternoon!

We get back to streaming for the rest of the day, but starting mid-afternoon we kick off trifectas by members of the band (although not Wilbury music). Do you get that? Or did I confuse you?

3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan (Lucky Wilbury)

4:00 p.m. Tom Petty (Charlie T. Wilbury Junior)

5:00 p.m. George Harrison (Nelson Wilbury)

6:00 p.m. Jeff Lynne (Otis Wilbury)

7:00 p.m. Roy Orbison (Lefty Wilbury)

Did you know that they changed their names again for Volume 3? And by the way, there was never a Volume 2. Just sayin’

This is a great day to make us your music source. Trust me. We’re totally free 24/7. We run no advertising. We don’t require a credit card or personal information. What else could you possibly want but a free radio station that spends it’s time pumping out music?

That’s DR. Tom Petty and His 65 Best Songs, and Our Brand New Album of The Week Amidst A Lot of Open Stream, Sunday, December 5, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Today we are switching gears on the fly and shuffling the schedule so we can celebrate Dr. Tom Petty’s honorary Ph.D. in Music from the U of Florida! Read on!

Today we celebrate DOCTOR Tom Petty’s Career!

Here’s Sunday Funday’s programming:

10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: The Smile Sessions by The Beach Boys NEW!

The Beach Boys’ Smile album never really came to fruition. It was actually abandoned back in 1967. In 2011, The Smile Sessions was released…and in several forms. You can read about it in detail here. What we give you this week is one version and it’s the 19 songs that theoretically present what the final version of Smile would have been. It’s a great trip.

1:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s 65 Greatest Songs UPDATED!

A few days ago, the University of Florida posthumously awarded Tom Petty a Doctorate in Music, adding to his musical legend. I imagine that most people know this was an honor long deserved. (If you don’t, this is probably not the radio station you want to listen to.) Today we present our very subjective list of Petty’s best songs, not just with the Heartbreakers, but also with Mudcrutch, the Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist. It has been updated and, guess what, if I were to do this over, it could be different.

If you are only familiar with Tom Petty’s “hits,” this is a good chance for you to step out and hear some of his lesser known songs. That’s why there are 65 of them.

This will be a fun day for Petty fans everywhere (and that will include me). The rest of the day is dedicated to wide Open Stream of continually rotating 27,000+ songs. And all of this is free because we’re not a business. We’re a music emporium.

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We’ve Got The Ladies Running The Festivities Early On, and We Close With Those Badass Guitarists; Before, During and After It’s Wide Open Stream, Thursday, November 4, 2021

We almost never say anything about us being 24/7, but we are. In spite of our work to bring you great programming, you should know that we run 24/7 uninterrupted, rotating more than 27,000 songs. We just thought we’d make sure you know that.

It’s Shawn Colvin’s turn In the Spotlight today!

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin has been at it for decades. She learned guitar at the age of ten, and grew up listening to her father’s music collection, which included recordings of Pete Seeger and The Kingston Trio. In 1996, she released her album A Few Small Repairs, and her resulting hit Sunny Came Home became her launching point, spending four weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It 1998, Sunny Came Home won Grammys for both Song and Record of the Year. Today, we put the music of Shawn Colvin In the Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield

Another trip around for Dusty Springfield’s great album Dusty in Memphis. We’re winding down on this one. The last airing will be on Saturday. So, get this one in while you can!

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

You may not hear them sing in this playlist, but you’ll hear their handiwork on guitar. You’ll hear Duane Allman and Dickie Betts (The Allman Brothers Band), Mike Campbell and Tom Petty (The Heartbreakers), George Harrison (The Beatles), Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards (The Stones), Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), John “J” Geils (The J. Geils Band), Pete Townsend (The Who), Paul Barrere and Lowell George (Little Feat), and more!

Ho Hum. Here we go again. It’s a great day to tune us in. That’s actually all we are asking. No strings. I know most people find that hard to believe, but it’s true. It’s the one time you’ll hear it where, if you actually give us a shot, you’ll find it is 100% true. No lie.

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Monday Rolls Around Again, and We’ve got The Heartbreakers, Laura Nyro, and Some Live Mudcrutch Later, October 25, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! We’re back on Tom Petty Month again today as we wind it down this week. We’ve got some great stuff as we say farewell to Rocktober.

We put the amazing Laura Nyro In The Spotlight a bit later today!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Wildflowers & All The Rest Project: The Live Cuts

At the end of this month-long Pettyfest, we visit the Wildflowers & All The Rest project, which was released just about a year ago. Today we’ll focus on the live cuts from the Wildflowers project; the best of the live versions from the road.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Laura Nyro

For some, Laura Nyro is most famous when others sing her compositions. But for those who have delved into Laura Nyro’s garden of earthly delights, hearing her sing her own tunes is heaven. Today we put her In the Spotlight where she belongs.

7:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 2016

We’d be remiss if we didn’t give you a live taste of Mudcrutch from that great 2016 tour. You know, the one I missed in Boston where they blew the doors off The House of Blues with Hungry No More. I’ll never stop kicking myself for that one. But hey, at least I have this great concert from The Fonda Theatre to remind me what a loser I am on this slightly Mudcrutch Monday.

Great day to tune us in. I’ve already got us on. It’s rainy and cold here. I have the windows slightly cracked and it’s windy as hell out there. Perfect October day for some great music. Join your global friends in music today.

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