We have come to Tuesday on a week filled with new programs on The AIR  and that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston and a new edition of The Swing Shift. You simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here, and  listen to the cool embedded player found elsewhere on this page.  

We have one new hour and two hours of classic RFC  from 2017 today on Radio Free Charleston this week. Our first hour is loaded with new releases from West Virginia an dindependen artists, plus a few ringers, like brand-new Depeche Mode.

Our new hour opens with the RFC debut of The Apurna Project, and pays a quick tribute to the recently-departed class of 2023 WVMHOF inductee, Fuzzy Haskins. We have great local tracks from the likes of The MFB, Hurl Brickbat, Massing and Buni Muni, plus we have some cool independent stuff to share.

We preview half of a two-track EP from Nashville’s Jonny Strykes in advance of its April 15 release, and we also bring you one-fourth of Story At Eleven, a new long-form composition by Chicago Jazz bandleader and composer, Shawn Maxwell.

Also, while I knew nothing of the band, Sweeny Todd, when I played them, I just learned that they were a 1970s glam-rock band from Canada that included Bryan Adams and Nick Gilder among their ranks. The track I play in this show features a 16-year-old Adams on lead vocals. Who knew?

Our second and third hours revive an a couple of classic one-hour versions of Radio Free Charleston Volume 4 from 2017, and it’s a nice time capsule of the music scene then, along with a healthy dose of treasures from the local music vault.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Where possible, live links for the first hour will take you to the artist’s pages so you can find out more about them, buy their music and find out where to see them perform live…

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hour one
The Apurna Project “The Good Ole Days”
Fuzzy Haskins “Cookie Jar”
The MFB “Funkle Sam Needs You”
Shawn Maxwell “Answer & Arrival”
Hurl Brickbat “Blooms”
Test Subject 17 “Operation x5000”
Jonny Strykes “Save Yourself”
Massing “Daisies”
Buni Muni “Backyard Wrestling”
Damone “Just What I Needed”
Skyhooks “Broken Gin Bottle”
Payback’s a Bitch“Where Have All the Groupies Gone?”
Depeche Mode “My Favorite Stranger”
Sweeny Todd “Shut Up”

hour two
The Company Stores “So Good”
Todd Burge “Time To Waste Time”
The Defectors “Hesitation”
Radarhill and Nick Weckman “Hope-The Burning”
M with Chuck Biel “Fools Line Up”
Farnsworth “Roll Me Up”
Payback’s a Bitch “I Walk The Line”
Superfetch “Simple Mathematics”
Ann Magnuson “Cobras In Love”
Deni Bonet “Nuages”
Hybrid Soul Project “Just Friends”
Qiet “Mayfly Man”
Stark Raven “Irrational People”
The Amazing Delores “Love Magic”

hour three
Wren Allen Band “Nothing Ever Happens Here”
Bon Air “Bizarre Love Gun”
Todd Burge “Another Sunny Sunday”
Deni Bonet “Palisades”
Calendars and Kerosene “I’m Over You”
Speedsuit “Falling Star”
Sheldon Vance “What Remains”
Since We Set Fire “Halle Halle”
Wilbur By The Sea “Stillness”
Rain May Fall “Remember Everything”
Scrap Iron Pickers “Searching For The Scientist”
King’s Harem “Down By The Riverside”
Byzantine “My New Casket”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.


After RFC, stick around for encores of last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we offer up a special new mixteape episode of The Swing Shift. This time it’s a solid hour of the Swingingest tunes recorded by one Francis Albert Sinatra. Your humble blogger and radio host was raised on Sinatra, and that’s probably where my love of Swing Music originated.  We cover pretty much the entire career of “The Voice,” and it’s a killer hour of great music.

Just check out this impeccable playlist, baby…

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Frank Sinatra
“On The Sunny Side of the Street”
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
“Something’s Gotta Give”
“This Can’t Be Love”
“I’ve Got The World On A String”
“Night And Day”
“Just One Of Those Things”
“Come Dance With Me”
“I Get A Kick Out Of You”
“I’m Gonna Live Till I Die”
“Dancing In The Dark”
“Let’s Face The Music and Dance”
“Ya Better Stop”
“The Song Is You”
“Fly Me To The Moon”
“Luck Be A Lady”
“The Way You Look Tonight”
“You Make Me Feel So Young”
“Get Happy”
“The Best Is Yet To Come”

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.