Tuesday on The AIR it’s a bittersweet Radio Free Charleston, as we devote much of our first hour to Will Mecum, who passed away after an accident last week. Will was the lead guitarist, and last original member of Karma To Burn, a West Virginia band that had tremendous success and influence all around the world.
You can hear this edition of Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday. You simply have to move your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and listen to the cool embedded player over at the top of the right column.
I only met Will once, at Mission Coalition, a two-day Metal Show organized by Jason “Roadblock” Robinson almost ten years ago. I got to hang out with Will and the rest of Karma To Burn backstage for a few minutes, and he struck me as an incredibly humble and down-to-Earth guy for someone who had the amount of international success that he’d achieved. In our first hour we bring you five tracks from Karma To Burn, and three from another of his bands, Treasure Cat.
You can see Will in action on our highlight video of Mission Coalition HERE, and in episode 151 of RFC Volume Two HERE. The header image for this post is a quick pencil sketch by me, based on a photo by Gary Cooper Photography.
After that we bring you our usual mix of local and not-local musicians, but for our third hour we revive an episode of RFC Volume Four, from 2017.
Check out the playlist to see all the goodies we bring you this week…
Karma To Burn “Patty Hearst’s Closet Mantra”
Karma To Burn “49” “50” “36” “33”
Treasure Cat “Battle of Britain”
“Snake Pliskin (I Thought You Were Dead)”
The Settlement “Enter Mission”
Martin Gore “Vervet”
The Flying Lizards “Steam Away”
Boldly Go “Phasers On Kill”
Unmanned “Strike One”
Squeeze “Annie Get Your Gun (Live)”
Robin Trower, Maxi Priest, Livingstone Brown “Sunshine Revolution”
Lady D “Karma Is A Bitch”
Gary Moore “Tore Down”
The Swivels “Appalachian Debutante”
All Torches Lit “Occulation”
Sex Pistols “Submission”
Joe Strummer “Minstrel Boy”
Sheldon Vance “Tonight We Sing”
Esmerelda Strange “Love Bug”
The Style Council “It Just Came To Pieces In My Hands”
Membrane Cell “Insignificant Other”
The Stars Revolt “Goodnight, Goodnight”
Time And Distance “first time caller, long time listener”
A Story Told “Fall Back”
The Carpenter Ants “I Feel Like A Woman”
Pale Nova “How Long”
Kerry Hughes “End’s Never Been So Near”
Jeff Ellis “Is Something The Matter”
The Company Stores “Nightingale”
Scarlet Revolt “Slow Fade”
Flannel Shark “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
Feast of Stephen “Ward 7”
You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Thursday at 3 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 11 AM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.
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.