Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift both wrap-up two-part specials today on The AIR. You can tune in at The AIR website, or just listen on this little embedded radio doohickey…

At 10 AM and 10 PM our latest Radio Free Charleston digs into the archives of our video program and brings you songs recorded especially for RFC between eight and ten years ago.

Opening with the HorrorCore Rap of Brain Trauma, this show brings us everything from Underdog Blues Revue to Lady D to Civil State Casi Null and more. All of these were recorded especially for Radio Free Charleston (except for Brain Trauma and one tune by Quick and Dirty).

This show concludes with three songs by Quick and Dirty from our special program devoted to the band after the death of their frontman, Randy Lee Walden. Many of these songs were recorded on location at The Empty Glass, The Blue Parrot, UUC, Sam’s Uptown Cafe and other recognizable venues around town. This is the first of two special installments of Radio Free Charleston that dip into the vaults to bring you classics that you won’t hear anywhere else. Next week we bring you part two of our raid on the video vault.


Brain Trauma “Rock It”
Underdog Blues Revue “What You Say”
Lady D “Rockstone Blues”
Diablo Blues Band “The Price of a Broken Heart”
Mark Bates and The Vacancies “Michelle”
Dog Soldier “The Christmas Song”
Casi Null “Blue Haze”
Civil State “Three On A Third”
Jonathan Glen Wood “I Forget To Forget About You”
Quick and Dirty “Super Ninja” “Quick and Dirty Instrumental” “Wrong Again”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM stay tuned to The AIR for the conclusion of another two-parter. This episode of The Swing Shift is devoted to the second half of one of the most important concerts in the history of pop music.  This week you can hear “I Got Rhythm,” “Blue Skies,” “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” and the legendary performance of “Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing)” that came to define Swing Music. With a band that already included Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and more, for this performance Goodman invited a host the best Swing musicians around to sit in for extended jam sessions. You will hear legends like Count Basie and Lester Young jumping in on these recordings.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 9 AM, only on The AIR. You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.

I hope you enjoy these special episodes of the show.  These shows were assembled so that we’d have something special for you guys laid out in advance, since your humble correspondent was tied up in Wheeling last weekend