It’s finally Friday. Of course, for those of us working retail, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the week. But no matter. Today in The Mermaid Lounge, great things come in groups of three. You’ll see what I mean.
Here’s Friday’s planned programming:
12:00 p.m. The Complete Trio Collection: Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton
I always lead off with Linda Ronstadt when I’m talking about a group of women singers. That is totally my bias, but it is without shame. No matter how you cut it, women get the short end of the straw in music. If they were guys, the word ‘supergroup’ would be flowing off everyone’s tongue. Linda, Emmylou and Dolly were a supergroup. The Complete Trio Collection proves it.
The complete collection gives you just that along with alternative versions of some of the songs and previously-unreleased material.
7:00 p.m. Steve Earle, Townes VanZandt, and Guy Clark: Together at The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, September 3, 1995
It was Emmylou Harris who led me to Guy Clark originally. But one winter night in Harvard Square, three friends were outside in the snow freezing and decided to go into Passim’s Coffee Shop to get out of the elements for a while. Somebody was playing that night, but when I walked in and saw it was none other than Guy Clark, I was excited. The three of us were literally blown off our fucking stools. He has been a favorite ever since. A friend of Emmylou.
Now we add Steve Earle and songwriter in the extreme Townes VanZandt to the mix and what we have here is an amazing evening at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. This event took place just fifteen months before VanZand’s death.
Yeah. It’s all-country programming today. What about it? This is one of the things that makes us different than all the rest. This will be about 6 or 7 hours of actual programming. The rest of the 24-hour cycle? All open stream with no commercials. No cost. No obligation. No credit card or personal data required. Radio like it used to be.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got some great new music today, as always. And a great programming schedule.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Poet: A Tribute to Townes VanZandt
I have found many who don’t recognize the name. But those of us who do understand why there’s a tribute album. Despite a troubled life. VanZandt was an influence on many and many have recorded his songs, including Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Guy Clark.
2:00 p.m. Traffic: Live at Woodstock ’94 NEW!
Yeah, there was only one real Woodstock. We know that. However, Traffic and Steve Winwood are a staple here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio, no matter where they play.
5:00 p.m. Folk Music From A to Z
In keeping with the Townes VanZandt theme, we’re featuring a great folk music playlist today. Enjoy.
9:00 p.m. Album of the Week: The Doors, by The Doors
Don’t be surprised if you start to hear music from Townes Van Zandt, Dave Van Ronk, Tim Buckley, and Jakob Dylan in the next few weeks. It’s part of a new folk music infusion at #BecomeUngovernable Radio.
They’ll be joining Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan in the rotation now. We’ll be adding to this growing list in the future and will keep you updated as we grow!
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re starting to get back in the swing of things with the station. We’re in the midst of revamping and realigning our planned programming, as well as trying to get our “on demand” section going. Please be patient as we grow.
10:00 a.m. Petty Theft: The Covers
No doubt in anybody’s mind: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the greatest cover band in music ever. Here they cover everybody from Carole King to Chuck Berry. Not to be missed.
1:00 p.m. Steve Earle, Townes VanZandt, and Guy Clark “Live” at the Bluebird Cafe
I’m here to tell you this was a labor of love. The only outlet I could find that still sells this is Amazon. That’s not happening. In the immortal words of Liawatha Warren, “She persisted.” I did. We’ve got it. And Jeff Bezos didn’t make a penny off it.
4:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Band
8:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Pretenders
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