We’re At Mid-Month, and The Women of Music are Back For An Extended Visit! We’ve Also Got Our New Album of The Week, Sunday, January 16, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! The Women of Music are back in the featured role today with our ‘Ladies Day Out’ EP, and our critically-acclaimed Album of The Week.

It’s Ladies Day Out!

Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Raising Sand by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant NEW!

This great album was a collaborative effort between what many consider to be two unlikely vocalists in Alison Krauss (Union Station) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin). Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, he hand-picked all the songs. Released in October 2007, Raising Sand won Album of The Year at the 2008 Americana Music Awards, and at the 2009 Grammy Awards. I have to tell you that I personally have a love-hate relationship with Led Zeppelin most of the time (I like some of their stuff; but not all) and have been ambivalent about Robert Plant overall. But this album? It’s a major winner.

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

The chicks are back in charge of The Mermaid Lounge today, and they make our siren’s job easy. You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Susan Tedeschi, Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Sheryl Crowe, 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, Wendy Waldman, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Nora Jones, Valerie Carter and more!

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It’s The First Moan-Day of the Year, But We’ll Cheer You With Our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP and Valerie Carter In the Spotlight, January 3, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! Yes. It’s the very first Monday of 2022 and, unfortunately, I’m working on my day off due to a COVID outbreak. Therefore, I can empathize with you all on this one. But we have got something to cheer you up for sure.

Indeed more than a pretty face. One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of her generation.

Here’s your Moan-Day, Moan-Day line-up:

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

Water makes up 71% of the earth. When I say that to people, they look at me like I’m a loon. Hey, look it up. I’m not making that shit up. So, therefore, it’s only fitting that we bring you this playlist. (Not to mention the fact that it’s been raining here in the Beantown area for the last five days.) You’ll hear Bob Dylan, Valerie Carter, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Deep Purple, Bruce Springsteen, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bruce Hornsby, The Grass Roots, Lindisfarne, Electric Light Orchestra, Gordon Lightfoot, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Mudcrutch, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tracy Nelson, B.J. Thomas, Al Green, Foo Fighters, and more! Just about five hours of uninterrupted music about water in the title, lyrics, or both.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Valerie Carter

On this particular count, let’s start off by saying that there are still times when I mention Valerie Carter and people look at me like they’re lost in the ozone. That’s because they are if they don’t know who she is or what she accomplished in her career. I could write a tome here, but I don’t have to. Just read this article instead and you’ll know who she is. Then you can tune this playlist in and understand why she’s a Mermaid Lounge favorite.

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It May Be Monday, But We’re Rockin’ With The Sixties and The All-Girl Revue 3, December 6, 2021

Good Morning, Audiophiles! It’s another Monday here on the planet earth, but we have your musical needs covered fully today. I promise.

We interrupted our regular programming yesterday for the Tom Petty Ph.D. Special, so today you’re treated to The Original Sixties bash!

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

We did switch gears yesterday to celebrate Tom Petty’s honorary doctorate, so we are running yesterday’s EP today! And it’s always good to start out the work week with the music that inspired this station. You’ll hear The Beatles, Sonny & Cher, Mary Wells, Dusty Springfield, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Drifters, The Monkees, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Petula Clark, Buddy Holly, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, The Band, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, The Yardbirds, The Searchers, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Bob Dylan, and many more! It’s totally uninterrupted!

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

We haven’t cued this one up for a while, so it’s a treat for me too since I am home and hanging in The Mermaid Lounge on Mondays! You’ll hear Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, Phoebe Snow, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Wendy Waldman, Melanie, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, and more!

We’ve got your musical needs covered every day here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got quite a crew on this morning from around the planet, including Germany, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Faroe Islands, Russian Federation, France, the UK, Canada, Switzerland and points beyond. Why not join them?

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It’s A Mermaid Lounge Monday With Linda Ronstadt Live in Boston, John Prine In the Spotlight, and Plenty of Music Under the Sun & Moon Later, November 1, 2021

Not only is it the beginning of another work week, but it’s the start of another month. The winter is slowly rolling in, the temps are chilly, but we’ve got just the stuff to keep you warm all winter here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We put John Prine In the Spotlight this afternoon!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, May 14, 1995

This is the infamously great concert with Valerie Carter as the opener and on stage with Linda backing her up during the main event. The good music fairy was shining down that day. It’s not often you get to see two great singers together on the same stage, but I was fortunate on this particular night.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Prine

John Prine was a genuine original, a country-folk singer-songwriter who often used his great wit and introspection to write (sometimes) humorous songs containing elements of protest and social commentary. I was fortunate to see him once during my lifetime (and his), but wish it had been more. We own all of his material here in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ll play it for you later today.

7:00 p.m. Under the Sun & Moon: Various Artists

Another of our original playlists here with references to the sun and moon in the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear from Tom Rush, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, The Doors, Foo Fighters, The Kinks, The Wallflowers, Donovan, The Traveling Wilburys, and more!

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It’s Saturday and We Give You Tom Petty Trifectas All Day, Celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday, and It Doesn’t Stop There on October 9, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got our usual full Saturday of great stuff for you today. We continue on with Tom Petty Month and celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 81st birthday. But there’s still more!

Here’s today’s line-up:

All Day Tom Petty Trifectas, All Day Long NEW!

We have a recurring Tom Petty theme today, which means opening every hour of music (except for programmed times) with a Tom Petty trifecta. You’ll hear music from The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys. You’ll also hear solo material.

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

We celebrate what would have been John Lennon’s 81st birthday today by putting him In the Spotlight as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a solo artist.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter FINAL AIRING!

We bid a fond farewell to this week’s featured album by Valerie Carter. Tomorrow when you roll out of bed, there will be a new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live From Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 14, 1972

This is a rare repeat airing, but the last time we aired this was way back at the inception of LIVE DEAD in 2019. Tonight we revisit the Europe ’72 tour live from Copenhagen.

Saturday is always a treat here in The Mermaid Lounge! It’s a great day to join your friends from around the globe. Today, we have listeners from the Russian Federation, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Faroe Islands, Canada, and points beyond.

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The Heartbreakers Are Back, Steve Winwood is In The Spotlight, and Valerie Carter Sings Our Album of The Week, Thursday, October 7, 2021

Good Morning, Petty Lovers! We’re back celebrating Tom Petty’s life today with a really excellent outing from the 30th Anniversary Tour in 2006.

Tom Petty performs at The Heartbreakers’ 30th Anniversary Concert in Gainesville, September 21, 2006

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida, September 21, 2006

This was a great outing all around as The Heartbreakers played their hometown on the 30th Anniversary Tour, replete with a visit from Stevie Nicks. We know you’ll enjoy this one.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter

Sadly, we’re winding down on this week’s selection. This is our second to last airing, with the final being sometime on Saturday. Get it while you can. This is a great album, and Valerie Carter is a great singer-songwriter.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood has given us so much great music over the years. This Spotlight feature covers his time with The Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic, and his solo career. You’ll hear a song titled Valerie in this set which is, oddly enough, said to be about the late, great Valerie Carter (see above). I saw him live at Great Woods (not when it was The Tweeter Center or The Comcast Center), and it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

Join us today and celebrate Tom Petty Month with us. You won’t regret it. This is just one of the live performances you’ll hear this month, and it is one of the best shows The Heartbreakers have ever done.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday and We’re Heading Down to Louisiana; We’ve Also Got Our Album of The Week, October 5, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! We’re heading down to Louisiana today for some blues, and we bring the second airing of our Album of The Week by Valerie Carter.

Louisiana Blues gives us both the jazzy New Orleans-style blues and the swampy blues encompassing the Cajun/Zydeco influence

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues, Volume One: Various Artists

There’s nothing like the Louisiana blues. You’ll hear Clarence Frogman Henry, Little Walter, Bobby Charles, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Slim Harpo, Warren Storm, and Louisiana Red in this set. We have part two this evening.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stones Throw Away by Valerie Carter

We think this week’s Album of The Week fits in just fine on this Tuesday Bluesday because Valerie Carter’s first solo album is just a little bit of everything, including just a bit bluesy. She’s got the perfect voice for it.

7:00 p.m. The Best of Louisiana Blues, Volume Two: Various Artists

You’ll hear more of Clarence Frogman Henry, Slim Harpo, and Muddy Waters in our second set, but you’ll also hear Smiley Lewis, The Big Bopper, Earl King, Cookie & The Cupcakes, Rod Bernard, Frankie Ford, Joe Jones, and Big Boy Myles.

We’re happy to have you with us on this fine Tuesday Bluesday. We’re gearing up for Blues Week (date still TBD) and, as always, we’re on the hunt for some stuff from the vault. This would be a good day to start listening to us. Don’t you agree?

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and That Brings the Extended-Play ORIGINAL Sixties Rotation Along With Our New Album of The Week From Valerie Carter, October 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music Aficionados everywhere! Here we are with another Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got our usual great programming situation going here.

Valerie Carter was way more than just a pretty face. As Jackson Browne sang of her, “That Girl Could Sing.” See for yourself today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stone’s Throw Away by Valerie Carter NEW!

For those who do not know Valerie Carter, this album is a great way to start that process. It is so hard to categorize this album (her debut album). It’s a little bit folk, it’s a little bit country, it’s got some jazz moments and it’s a lot of R & B and funk. Carter has an amazing voice that can handle it all. Just A Stone’s Throw was produced by Lowell George (Little Feat), George Massenburg, and Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire). It featured musicians like Jackson Browne, Bob Glaub, Herb Pederson, John Sebastion and literally all of Little Feat. Her back-up singers included Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams, Herb Pederson, Lowell George, and Maurice White. Yeah, you’ve got all week to tune it in, but why wait?

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

We have two massive sixties rotation EP’s, and this is the first from the early sixties to the mid-sixties. There’s some overlap in artists from one to the other, but none of the songs overlap. In this EP, you’ll hear from a pretty eclectic line-up that includes Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dusty Springfield, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Buddy Holly, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, The Band, The Yardbirds, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Donovan, The Rolling Stones and more!

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We Close The Work Week (Thankfully) With Badfinger, Cream, and a Dose of The All-Girl Revue, Friday, September 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music People! It’s the end of the work week again (thankfully) and we’ve got some really great stuff coming your way from The Mermaid Lounge today!

The women of rock n’ roll bring up the rear this evening

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badfinger Live at The BBC (1972-1973)

We consider Badfinger a highly underrated band. They were pioneers in the ‘power pop’ genre, and were the one bona fide band with real star power signed by The Beatles’ Apple Records. They are the architects of one of my favorite songs of all time, Baby Blue. I remember binge watching Breaking Bad and when they closed the series with that song, I thought it was the perfect choice. Today we have them live at the BBC.

3:00 p.m. Acid: The Lost Cream Tapes

In the middle of the afternoon, we’ve got some great “lost” music that was just released to the public in this decade but was actually recorded back in 1967. This selection is pretty much all over the place with some unreleased music, some great studio jams (which we can only describe as hooch induced at this point), and even a couple of commercial recordings for Falstaff beer. Is that shit even still around?

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 5: Various Artists

As you well know, we have a particular commitment to the women of popular music, and we continue that tradition today with volume five of our All-Girl Revue. In this volume you’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Lulu, Petula Clark, Chi Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Maria Muldaur, Karla Bonoff, Marcia Ball, Wendy Waldman, Valerie Carter, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Carlene Carter, and many more!

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We Pay Tribute to Nanci Griffith, Give You J.J. Cale & Leon Russell Later, and An Afternoon of Trifectas, Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again at mid-week and today’s big event is Nanci Griffith In the Spotlight, as we promised a couple of days ago.

Today we put Nanci Griffith where she rightfully belongs: In the Spotlight

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

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

We heard of Nanci Griffith’s passing on August 13 at the age of 68, and a sad day it was. Her songs have contributed so much to the careers of so many of her peers over the years. Today, however, we turn the mike over to Nanci Griffith her self as we present just over two hours of her music.

Raised in Austin, Texas, Nanci Griffith lived in Nashville where it was described she kept one foot in country music and one foot in folk music. She appeared on the show Austin City Limits a number of times over her career. During her career, she recorded 18 studio albums, 2 live albums, and released 17 singles.

7:00 p.m. J.J. Cale & Leon Russell In Session at Paradise Studios, Los Angeles, June 1979

Here we have the marriage of two masters in session from Russell’s Paradise Studios in Los Angeles, guitarist J.J. Cale and pianist Leon Russell. In a 21-song set, they are joined by Cale’s wife, Christine Lakeland, on guitar, harmonica and backing vocals. Also in the session are Marty Grebb (Horn), Larry Bell (Piano), Nick Rather (Bass), Jimmy Karstein, and Ambrose Campbell (Percussion/Drums), Bill Boatman (Guitar), Pat “Taco” Ryan (Brass) and Shamsi Sarumi (Percussion).

Trifectas

Today, we also give you an afternoon of hour-opening trifectas:

3:00 p.m. Bob Dylan

4:00 p.m. Mudcrutch

5:00 p.m. Steely Dan

6:00 p.m. Valerie Carter

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