Good Morning, Weekenders! We’re getting there, and we’ve got a great musical line-up as we slide toward the weekend, including our ‘Are You Ready for The Country’ EP!
Here’s Friday’s musical landscape:
11:00 a.m. Are You Ready for The Country: Various Artists
Today we’re back with some real country (not, as Tom Petty put it, “bad pop bands with fiddles”), along with the pioneers of country-rock. 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, 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!
7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume Two: Various Artists
We heard volume one yesterday, and we’re back today with volume two as promised. You’ll hear the handiwork of Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Albert Lee, Lowell George, Duane Allman, Brian May, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Taj Mahal, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Tom Petty, and more!
Look, it’s tax day. Everyone needs a cheering up on this day when you pay more than the corporations do. This is the perfect landing spot for that. Today we welcome the inhabitants of Macau to our musical family. That’s right on the southern coast of China. What are you waiting for?
Good Morning, Musicologists! I personally love the morning with the sun up shining into The Mermaid Lounge. It’s a perfect day to spend with our ‘Ode To Morning’ EP. Later, it’s Nanci Griffith.
Here’s your musical landscape for Friday:
11:00 a.m. Old To Morning: Various Artists
We have our EP about the night time, so you know we’d have to put one together about the morning hours, and it’s pretty damned good. You’ll hear Nanci Griffith (In the Spotlight later), The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Electric Light Orchestra, Emmylou Harris, Harry Nilsson, The Wallflowers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Norah Jones, Todd Rundgren, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Foreigner, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Badfinger, Chris Hillman, Hot Tuna, Fairport Convention, B.B. King, Cat Stevens and more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Nanci Griffith
It sounds like marketing bullshit, but it’s the truth: Nanci Griffith was an American treasure. She was a singer-songwriter who was raised in Austin, Texas, and lived in Nashville. She kept one foot in folk music, and the other in country, and her beautiful voice was more than capable doing justice to both genres seamlessly. Nanci Griffith made many appearances on Austin City Limits beginning in 1985, and won a Grammy Award for her album, Other Voices, Other Rooms in 1994. She passed away in August of 2021 at the age of 68. If Nanci Griffith has fallen through the cracks on your musical journey, tune her in tonight.
We are here every day spinning the tunes (that’s, of course, simply for imagery in this computerized age), we’re on 24/7, and we never cost you a penny. You won’t have to “subscribe” to our service. You won’t be asked for a credit card. And we certainly will never ask you any personal information. We have our own problems here.
Good Morning, Musicologists! Yes, we’re at midweek. It’s all downhill from here, as they say. We’ve got a great line up today as we wish Tom Rush a happy belated 80th birthday, and turn on the country spigot.
Here’s the midweek line-up:
10:00 a.m. Are You Ready For The Country: Various Artists
Tom Petty was a great musicologist. He once referred to the glut of bad country bands as ‘bad pop bands with fiddles.’ None of that shit here today as we give you a great EP of uninterrupted music. 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, The Outlaws, Jerry Jeff Walker, Mudcrutch, The Flying Burrito Brothers and more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Tom Rush
Tom Rush turned 80 years young on February 8th and we’re finally wishing him a happy belated birthday. I saw him at his birthday bash in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (the place of his birth) when he turned 79 last year, and he was fantastic. Today, we put Tom Rush, the artist often credited with heralding in the era of the singer-songwriter, In the Spotlight.
Get on it, folks. This is the toughest day of the week, and we’ll help you get through it with some great music. No charge for the service. Honest. We’re not kidding.
Good Morning, Music Lovers around the globe. I’ve got an early start to my day, so we’ve got a bit of an early start to our music programming…and another of our multi-artist EPs.
Here’s your midweek line-up:
10:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-to-Z: Various Artists UPDATED!
We start today with the legends of folk, along with some folks who just happen to have dipped their toes into the folk music genre. Impressively, I might add. You’ll hear Tom Rush, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, Dave Van Ronk, The Beatles, Joan Baez, The Stone Poneys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, Eric Anderson, The Band, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Simon & Garfunkel, Odetta, Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, and many more!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: Booker T. & The MGs
The history of this band is one for the books, folks, and I urge you all to read about it here. They came into play as the house band for Stax-Volt Records. The first iteration of band consisted of 17-year-old Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper (who was eighteen), Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson, Jr., and the rest is musicl history. Tonight we put them In the Spotlight.
We’ve got Portugal, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Faroe Islands, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Germany, and points beyond tuning in this morning. What are you waiting for?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s a nice, relaxing Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got some great stuff for you today. We’re uncomplicating our lives here…and yours.
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon NEW!
You know, there’s lots of negative things to talk about where Warren Zevon is concerned. He burned a lot of bridges. He had his demons. But he was, very simply, one of the best singer-songwriters on the planet. Linda Ronstadt proved that several times over. Excitable Boy is one of the best albums ever made. I can’t find one throw-away song on it. Produced by Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel, Zevon’s third studio album was released on January 18, 1978. Musicians who played on the album were some of the best-know studio musicians in the business in the 70’s including Russ Kunkel, Rick Marotta, and Mick Fleetwood taking turns on drums, and guitarists Danny Korchmar, Kenny Edwards, Bob Glaub, John McVie, Leland Sklar, and Waddy Wachtel. Background vocals were provided by Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, Jennifer Warnes, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Kenny Edwards. Enjoy.
3:00 p.m. Are You Ready For the Country: Various Artists
We bring back our multi-artist EP of real country (not bad pop bands with fiddles) artists and the legends of country-rock. You’ll hear Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, The Eagles, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Byrds, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Mudcrutch and more!
It’s a great day to rest up after another work-a-day week and before the next one starts. If there’s a Big Guy up there, remember that this was also his day of rest. Dump the capitalism today and tune us in. Join our listeners from Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russian Federation, Canada, South Africa, and parts unknown.
Happy Friday, Musicolgists. We have what we believe is a great end to the work week this week. We’ve got a brand new extended playlist and later on, Emmylou Harris saves The Ryman from extinction. Read on.
Here’s your Friday programming:
12:00 p.m. The Female Species: Various Artists NEW!
This one could have gone on for a few more hours…at least. In spite of what it sounds like, this isn’t a socio-political playlist. It’s simply songs with the word woman, lady or girl in the title and in the lyrics. In a collection of 27,000 songs, I can tell you there were plenty more that didn’t make this list. Yet. I didn’t want to get carried away. You’ll hear John Mayall, Van Morrison, The Smithereens, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Peter & Gordon, America, The Doors, Electric Light Orchestra, Jackson Browne, The Boogaloo Swamis, and many more!
The full set list for the concert is under the Playlist tab on this blog. Just scroll to the bottom.
7:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers Live at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, Recorded Live April 30-May 2, 1991
By the time Emmylou Harris brought her newly-formed band to the fabled Ryman Auditorium in 1991, it had been dormant for nearly twenty years. Once the home of The Grand Old Opry, it’s heyday was just a memory. The Opry had moved on to bigger and better digs. Emmylou Harris changed all that. Her concerts at the Ryman were — for lack of a better word — brilliant. They were so critically acclaimed that she literally saved The Ryman single handedly.
Following Emmylou’s shows, a renewed interest was sparked in The Ryman. The building was completely renovated and has become a world class concert hall. And in case you’re wondering who The Nash Ramblers are:
Sam Bush on fiddle, mandolin and vocals
Roy Huskey, Jr. on double bass and vocals
Larry Atamanuik on drums
Al Perkins on banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, and vocals
John Randall Stewart on guitar, mandolin, and vocals
Then, of course, there’s Emmylou Harris, an artist and musician who continually seeks to make a difference with her music.
By the way, the set list for this particular concert is also on this blog under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll to the bottom.
I say this every single day, but it’s a great day to tune us in. Emmylou Harris’ Ryman concert makes it worth the effort alone. (I can’t say it’s worth the price of admission because there is NO price of admission here in The Mermaid Lounge.) So, what are you waiting for?
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Well, it’s another hot one outside today and that means we’re inside The Mermaid Lounge for the duration! There will be a different kind of ‘heat’ coming from this place.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Townes Van Zandt, Live at The Old Quarter Bar, Houston, Texas, July 1973
The actual date eludes us, but this was recorded in what can only be alled a small, intimate setting…just brick walls and a bar. It was recorded on a portable four track. You can hear Van Zandt shuffling between songs and some chatter from the attendees. This, however, is considered one of the most amazing recordings of Townes Van Zandt’s musical legacy. He is one of the finest singer-songwriters ever to grace the planet.
3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix & Stephen Stills In Session, May 21, 1968
On May 21, 1968, Stephen Stills invited Jimi Hendrix to his basement for a jam session. This is the result of two masters joining forces to make music. Rumor has it that it was Stephen Stills who taught Hendrix how to play guitar. We’ll probably never know if that’s urban legend or actual fact.
7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: For Foodies Only, Various Artists NEW!
I was probably hungry when I came up with this playlist, but here it is nevertheless. Songs with food (and drink) in either the title or the lyrics. Eat it up, people.
We are laying back, hanging in, and enjoying the tunes today. It’s way to hot to venture out. We’ve got a different kind of heat going on inside The Mermaid Lounge. And we remain not-for-profit, with no advertising or obnoxious DJ’s to interrupt your music flow.
Well, here we are coming up on another fun year in Empire. Of course, that’s propaganda, but I can promise you one thing: It’ll be a fun year here in The Mermaid Lounge.
Here’s today’s lesson:
January 1, 1940: NBC begins regular FM transmission from New York’s Empire State Building on W2XDG. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation), first demonstrated the technology to RCA’s executives and engineers in 1933.
January 1, 1953: Hank Williams, only 29-years-old, died of heart failure, brought on by the abuse of pills and alcohol, on the way to a show in Canton, Ohio. Incredibly enough, Williams had the #1 song on the Country chart at the time. It was called I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.
January 1, 1956: RCA released Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. In 1999, the song would be certified multi-platinum for a second time.
January 1, 1957: The Cavern Club in Liverpool opened its doors for the first time. It will forever be remembered as the place where The Beatles got their start.
January 1, 1960: Johnny Cash gave the first of many performances at San Quentin Prison. In the audience on this day was 19-year-old Merle Haggard who was serving 15 years for grand theft auto and armed robbery (he actually served just under three years).
January 1, 1961:Shop Around by The Miracles (soon to be Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) was #1 on the R & B chart.
January 1, 1962: The Beatles attend a New Year’s day audition for Decca Records where they record 15 songs. Decca would eventually reject the Beatles, telling Brian Epstein that guitar bands are “out.” Yeah. Kanye West is still saying that shit. Tell that to Eric Clapton, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, for starters.
January 1, 1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris. They also received word from the U.S. that their first single, I Want To Hold Your Hand, was selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone. The rest, as they say, is history.
Also on this day, The Dave Clark Five (another great British invasion band) had the #1 single in the UK with Glad All Over.
And, as if all of this wasn’t enough, The British show Top of The Pops debuted with The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, and the Dave Clark Five.
January 1, 1965: The Beatles had three albums in the Top 10 on this day: Beatles ’65 at #1, A Hard Day’s Night at #6, and The Beatles Story peaking at #7.
January 1, 1966: Simon & Garfunkel hit #1 with Sounds of Silence.
January 1, 1967: The Rolling Stones release the great song, Ruby Tuesday.
January 1, 1969: Put this on the list of shows I wish I’d been at: Creedence Clearwater Revival and early Fleetwood Mac (before Nicks & Buckingham) at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.
January 1, 1971: George Harrison had the #1 album with All Things Must Pass and the #1 song with My Sweet Lord on this day.
Meanwhile, Radio Luxembourg aired over seven straight hours of continuous Beatles music (as a band and solo) in celebration of their 10th year in music.
January 1, 1972: Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to appear on a Tournament of Roses Parade float.
January 1, 1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record the album Venus & Mars.
January 1, 1988: George Harrison hits #1 with the song Got My Mind Set On You.
January 1, 1997: Singer-songwriter, tortured poet, Townes Van Zandt dies at the age of 52. His music has been covered by Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and many others. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard both covered his amazing Pancho & Lefty and had #1’s. But hands down, the most beautiful version of that song was done by Emmylou Harris.
January 1, 2019: The Renton Highlands Post Office in Seattle, Washington, is renamed the James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix Post Office. (I love this shit. I wish I lived there.)
Born on This Day
January 1, 1937: Bob Bogle, guitarist with The Ventures, was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Good Morning, Ungovernables. There’s nothing like a little soul and funk to get your day started in style, and who better to deliver on that than The Hardest Working Man in Show Business?
Here’s your line-up for today:
11:00 a.m. James Brown Live at the House of Blues
2:00 p.m. Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time joins as part of the new folk infusion.
5:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Bonnie Raitt’s Sweet Forgiveness
9:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell: Live at Club 47, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1968)
Joni Mitchell performs live at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, which would later become Passim’s Coffee House. The Club 47 had some other famous women come through her hallowed halls, like Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt, who also used to frequent Elsies for the famous roast beef sandwiches back in the day.