Monday Brings You Santana In the Spotlight, Hot Tuna ‘Live’ at The Fillmore, and The All-Girl Revue, Volume Five, on January 2, 2023

Good morning Latin rock lovers and musicologists alike! Today we give Santana its due by putting Carlos Santana and his great band In the Spotlight. We also give you some ‘live’ Hot Tuna and the Women wrap up the programming later.

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Santana NEW!

Guitar great Carlos Santana started his band in San Francisco back in 1966. They appeared for the first time at Woodstock in 1969. Santana has stood the test of time, but with many different lineups over the years. The one constant has been Carlos Santana. He recently reunited the original band on the road. We finally give Carlos Santana and his band the spotlight it deserves.

3:00 p.m. Hot Tuna Live at The Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, March 4, 1988

This great blues-rock band was formed in 1969 by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, former members of the Jefferson Airplane. Like Santana, they’ve had many musical lineups over the yeard, but Kaukonen and Casady have remained the band’s centerpieces. Today we have them live from The Fillmore.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Five, Various Artists

We close out the evening’s programming with the women of music. I keep typing the ‘women of rock’ but that would be inaccurate because these female-based playlists offer such a diverse array of styles. You’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Jackie DeShannon, Chi Coltrane, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Petula Clark, Irma Thomas, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Ann Peebles, Valerie Carter, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams and more!

We’ve beefed up our rotation adding artists like blues artists like Ellen McIlwaine and early Christine McVie, new reggae/ska music from the I-Threes, Desmond Dekker and Rita Marley and we’ve got more waiting in the chute. We’re on 24/7 and we are totally free. No joke and no strings. We are also free of commercial advertising. You’re not risking a thing trying us out.

Happy New Year From The Mermaid Lounge as We Bring You A Brand New AOW From The Allman Brothers Band and Our ‘Color My World’ EP, Sunday, January 1, 2023

Good Morning, Musicologists and a very Happy New Year to all of our listeners! We’re kicking off the year in fine style, and the month of January will bring some brand new music and playlists.

Here’s your Happy New Year lineup:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Idlewild South by The Allman Brothers Band NEW!

We start off the year in fine form with The Brothers, one of the finest blues-rock bands on the planet. This particular album boasted the following lineup as Duane Allman and Berry Oakley were still with us:

We’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy this selection.

2:00 p.m. Color My World: Various Artists

This one features songs with colors in the title, lyrics or both. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Badfinger, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Sam & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Booker T & The MG’s, Lucinda Williams, John Cougar Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more!

After that we’re back to our big, wide Open Stream that runs 24/7. We’re not just on when we’ve got programming like some other stations. We stream all day and all night long, and we’re totally free to you and totally free of commercial advertising. What’s not to love here?

Monday Delivers ‘Live’ Van Morrison, Our ‘Under the Sun and Moon’ Multi-Artist Playlist, and Bob Dylan & George Harrison Together at Columbia Studios, December 19, 2022

Good morning, music lovers. It’s once again the beginning of the week, but it is also holiday week so maybe that takes the edge off just a hair. We’ve got just the right music to start your week with here in The Mermaid Lounge.

Here’s your Monday, Monday lineup:

11:00 a.m. Van Morrison Live in San Francisco, December 1993 NEW!

This is actually a compilation of ‘live’ performances by Morrison from 1993 recorded December 12, 17 and 18 at both the Masonic Auditorium and The Mystic Theatre. Morrison is in fine R & B and blues mode here, and he brings along special guests to help him out, like Candy Dulfer, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Georgie Fame. Shana Morrison, his daughter is even along for the ride, handling the vocals on Beautiful Vision. It’s a veritable musical celebration.

3:00 p.m. Under the Sun & Moon: Various Artists

We bring you a couple of hours of great music with songs about the sun and moon in the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Beatles, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Bill Withers, Little Feat, Donovan, Cream, Cat Stevens, The Animals, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Gordon Lightfoot, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Kinks, Valerie Carter, The Doors, America and more!

7:00 p.m. Bob Dylan & George Harrison: The Columbia Studios Sessions, May 1, 1970

Bob Dylan snuck into Columbia Studios B on May Day in 1970 and recorded for twelve hours with special guest George Harrison. We’ve got that for you right here this evening. This was originally a bootleg (our version), but it was later included in a Dylan box set. Enjoy two masters at work before The Traveling Wilburys.

Here we are again close to yet another year. It’s officially Christmas week, and we’re not going to be playing a steady diet of Christmas music. We’re going to keep on keeping on under the guidance of The Music Mermaid, our music maven. We’re totally free and devoid of commercial advertising. We also don’t ask you for a subscription or your credit card numbers. Give the gift of music this holiday season by forwarding our link.

We are at Midweek With The Ladies Fully in Charge Today, and Warren Zevon as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter Later, on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Here we are at midweek with an expanded ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, so the women are even more large and in charge today. Later, we give Warren Zevon the stage for the second time as our featured Singer-Songwriter.

Here’s your midweek lineup:

10:00 a.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists UPDATED!

We’ve undertaken a modest update with our all-women EP here by adding Ellen McIlwaine, Christine McVie, and some reggae artists like Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt (also known as the I-Threes). There will be another update coming. Other artists you will hear include Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon gets the stage for the second time as this week’s featured Singer-Songwriter in our series. Linda Ronstadt recognized his immense songwriting talents by recording Carmelita and Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Hasten Down The Wind and Mohammed’s Radio. (I love them all but I think Mohammed’s Radio is brilliant.) Warren Zevon also had a great solo career, starting off with his breakthrough album, Excitable Boy, one of our all-time favorites. Tune him in.

Yeah, after today, we’re on the downslide to the weekend and everything gets better from here. Before, in between, and after we have The Music Mermaid at the helm. She has impeccable taste in music, as you well know by now.

Back to The Real World With Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP and The Pretenders In the Spotlight Later, Friday, November 25, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists. Now, I’m all messed up with a Thursday holiday. I feel like this is Monday but, in fact, it’s Friday and my week is almost over (one more day tomorrow). That is what I’m thankful for in case anyone wants to know. And this great job I have messing with the music.

Here’s today’s lineup:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

Did you know that the earth is 71% water? I’m sure I’ve said this before. I have a tendency to repeat myself. Luckily, we don’t repeat a lot of music too quickly. But it is, and there is no shortage of songs on the subject of water. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, Neil Young, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Valerie Carter, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Al Green, Loggins & Messina, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Linda Ronstadt, Spirit, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Donovan and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Pretenders

The Pretenders is one of those bands that just dug its hooks into me, and Chrissie Hynde is a goddamned force of nature, a pioneer and an authentic woman rocker who just won’t quit. We haven’t heard this one for a while, but it’s here tonight. It’s also one of our playlists that’s about to get an update, so next time around it’ll be expanded. In the meantime, enjoy.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. Now, most people think of Black Friday as the start of the Christmas shopping season. Personally? I think of it as life in hell if you’re in the retail world. And it remains life in hell until Christmas is over. But here in The Mermaid Lounge? The living is easy. We’ve got great music to help you get you through these trying capitalist times. And no. We will not play Christmas music. We promise.

It’s Sunday Funday in The Mermaid Lounge and The Ladies Are In Charge, Including Janis Who Owns Our Album of The Week, November 13, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! It is officially Sunday in the Lounge and the living is easy here today. It’s rainy. It’s chilly. And the music is already rolling here as we welcome our usual Sunday morning listeners. You should join us too.

Here’s today’s musical journey:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama by Janis Joplin NEW!

Janis gets a spin for this week with her very first and only solo album released during her lifetime on September 11, 1969. This is the album she recorded right after leaving Big Brother & The Holding Company. She enlisted Sam Andrews, guitarist for Big Brother, to help with the project, as well as the Kozmic Blues Band. She also added a brass and horn section, something Big Brother would not allow when she was with them. This album was a departure from her psychedelic rock days as it was much more R & B- and blues-driven. This is the expanded 1999 release with ‘live’ tunes from Woodstock included and with a cover of Dylan’s Dear Landlord, with some new lyrics and a new arrangement by Joplin.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The women of rock own the programming today. After Janis makes her AOW debut, you’ll hear her right here along with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmylou Harris, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter, Dusty Springfield, Dolly Parton and more!

Ooooh, wheee! We’ve got a good one going today, music lovers, and you should be part of it. The Music Mermaid has chosen this day to put her sirens in charge of the music. It’s always a good choice. Join our full house of listeners from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, California, Texas and Oregon this morning!

We’re at Midweek With The ‘Color My World’ EP, Jackson Browne as Our Featured Singer-Songwriter, and The 40th Anniversary of “Long After Dark” by The Heartbreakers! November 2, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We are at midweek and we’ve got a great day of programming set up for you today, including an airing of Long After Dark by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release in 1982.

Here’s today’s musical journey:

10:00 a.m. Color My World: Various Artists (pictured above)

This is one of our newest EP’s that talks about colors in the title, lyrics or both. You’ll hear from Valerie Carter, Linda Ronstadt, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, Jonathan Edwards, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, John Hiatt, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Elton John, Procol Harum, Electric Light Orchestra, Amy Winehouse, The Who, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, San & Dave, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & The MGs, Marvin Gaye, Lucinda Williams, John Cougar Mellencamp, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more!

7:00 p.m. Singer-Songwriter Series: The Music of Jackson Browne

It’s the second airing of our Songer-Songwriter Series featuring Jackson Browne. We’ve got one more to come sometime this week.

10:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Long After Dark by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

We close the programming with a one-time airing of Long After Dark on the 40th anniversary of its release (hard to believe it’s been that long). This one has already been our album of the week.

One more time: This would be a great day to tune us in and get a feel for what we’re all about. Hell, lock your office door, pull up a tab and turn us on. Find a project that you have to get done. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door and get your musical shit together.

A Busy Saturday Brings Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP, Our AOW, Springsteen In the Spotlight, and LIVE DEAD!, September 24, 2022

We are busy as beavers here in The Mermaid Lounge as we give you our traditional “busiest” day of programming, including a belated birthday celebration for The Boss.

Yep, the planet earth is composed of 71% water; so is our programming today!

Here’s your Saturday musical landscape:

9:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Sunshine Superman by Donovan FINAL AIRING!

We’re on the final airing of this great psychedelic effort, but we have a brand new one on tap for introduction tomorrow. Get this one in while you can! It was Donovan’s most psychedelic album.

12:00 p.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

Water, like music, is a life essential. You’ll hear odes to water from Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, Neil Young, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Valerie Carter, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Loggins & Messina, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Linda Ronstadt, Spirit, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Johnny Rivers, America, Donovan and more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Bruce Springsteen NEW!

Finally, Springsteen gets his Spotlight feature and we’re happy to wish The Boss a belated (only one day) 73rd birthday with this one. Give a listen to the guy who was a major pioneer in the ‘heartland rock’ genre.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The DuPont Gymnasium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, May 7, 1970

Another repeat, but it was last aired in early 2020, so it’s like new. As is every performance by the world’s preeminent jam band. We’re working on new material going forward, but this is a great soundboard recording.

Saturday is a busy day her, but we’d like to remind you that wide Open Stream is still the majority of our daily fare from The Mermaid Lounge. All of our EP’s are multi-artist as well. The Music Mermaid does an impeccable job of keeping us in line here. Come on in and see for yourself!

We Begin Delving Into the World of Psychedelic Music With Our AOW, and Then The Women of Music Take Over, Sunday, September 11, 2022

Good Morning, Psychedelic Music Lovers! We’ll delve into the world of psychedelic music over the next few weeks with our Album of The Week. We start it off with Country Joe & The Fish!

Today we take a mind-expanding trip into psychedelic music!

Here’s your musical lineup for Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Electric Music For the Mind and Body by Country Joe & The Fish NEW!

Country Joe & The Fish’s debut album was released in May of 1967, and was one of the very first psychedelic music albums to come out of San Francisco. We include the write up from DiscoverMusic below:

An early 1967 release, Country Joe And The Fish’s debut album opened up all kinds of possibilities: heady jams, poetic ballads, free-form ragas and even a taste of political satire. Because Joe McDonald was a songwriter first, the whole album is wrapped in a tuneful package. The closing “Grace” is a romantic epic in honour of Grace Slick (Janis Joplin would get similar treatment on the follow-up album).

https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/best-psychedelic-albums/

Songs from the LP made it to the airwaves of progressive radio stations like KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco, and I distinctly remember listening to Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine on Boston’s WMEX back in the day. I managed to catch Country Joe live at Boston Garden as well.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

Starting mid-afternoon, the ladies of music take over the lounge and what a line-up it is with Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Carly Simon, Chrissie Hynde, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Cilla Black, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Carole King, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Wendy Waldman, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crow, Valerie Carter and more!

It’ a keep-it-simple Sunday here in The Lounge. The Music Mermaid is fully in charge today pushing out the great mind-expanding sounds for our friends from Germany, the UK, Chile, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Japan, the Faroe Islands, Texas, Kansas and New York this morning. Why not join us?

We Kick Off a New Month With Valerie Carter, Our New ’27 and Gone’ Playlist, and Our AOW Later, on Thursday, September 1, 2022

We debut our new multi-artist ’27 and Gone’ Playlist today!

Here’s today’s musical lineup:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Valerie Carter

One of the greatest singer-songwriters of any generation, Valerie Carter was both a successful solo artist and in demand by her peers as guests on their songs. The girl not only could sing, but she could write. One of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge!

3:00 p.m. 27 and Gone: Various Artists NEW!

The 27 Club is one of the most notorious in all of music, the musicians who have lived to just the ripe young age of 27 and then moved on to Rock n’ Roll Heaven. You can read more about it here. Of course, we don’t play everyone here, so we’ll tell you our playlist consists of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Amy Winehouse,Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (The Grateful Dead), the great bluesman Robert Johnson,Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat), Pete Ham (Badfinger), and Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang).

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney

We are getting to the end of our run with this great album. Our final airing will be on Saturday. By Sunday, we’ll have a brand new selection!

We are having difficulty with the blog this morning. The settings are all messed up, and it’s really annoying when that happens and you can’t solve the problem, I might add. So, we’re cutting short and contacting WordPress. In the meantime, you know the drill: Be here or be square.