We have once again arrived at Tuesday on The AIR  and that means it’s time for a new  Radio Free Charleston. 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.  This week it’s yet another of our hybrid shows, combinging a new hour with a classic throwback.

We do indeed have one brand-new hour and two hours of RFC International from 2017 today on Radio Free Charleston this week.

Our first hour opens with Frenchy and The Punk, who will be performing at The Empty Glass Wednesday night. {Update: Sadly, Frenchy and The Punk had to cancel due to illness. We’ll let you know the next time they’re in town}

Following that we have a couple of tracks from Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars, a new ongoing jam-session project that has local all-star bands covering classic tunes. This is spectacular stuff and accomplishes something that I tried, but was never able to pull off on the RFC video show. You should check out and subscribe to his YouTube page so you don’t miss any of the upcoming songs.

Here’s one of Jamie’s videos that you’ll hear in the show…

Inspired by Jamie’s project, I put together a whole set of cover tunes, with additional tracks from The Anchoress, Brian Diller, Byzantine and All Torches Lit.

After that we have a set of great music that starts with a brand-new song from David Synn, and wraps up with a brand-new song from Bane Star.

We even toss in a classic local track and a little-heard, latter-day oddity by The Cars.

Our second and third hours revive an old Radio Free Charleston International from January, 2017, and it’s a great mix of free-format stuff. The full show is just a valentine to free-format radio, and weaves all over the freaking map with everything from solo Beatles to DEVO to Frank Zappa, Kate Bush, Screaming Jay Hawkins and more.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. 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…

RFC V5 127

hour one
Frenchy And The Punk  “If The World Doesn’t End First”
Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars featuring Mark Beckner “Just Like Heaven”
Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars featuring Justin Johnson “Outshined”
The Anchoress “Bizarre Love Triangle”
Brian Diller “Understanding Jane”
Byzantine “Red Skies”
All Torches Lit “Strangelove”
David Synn “Spaghetti Western”
Metallica “Too Far Gone?”
Holden Caufield “Welcome Home”
The Red Book “Other Worlds”
The Cars “Keep on Knocking”
Bane Star “We Don’t Go There”

hour two
John Cale “Changes Made”
They Might Be Giants “Black Ops”
Dirty Heads “Oxygen”
Green Day “Bang Bang”
John Anderson “Midnight Dancing”
Frank Zappa “Uncle Remus (Mix Outtake)
Peter Garrett “Homecoming”
DEVO “I Love Ur Gun”
No Doubt “Snakes”
Kate Pierson “Guitars and Microphones”
Neil Young “Vampire Blues”
Mi Sex “Not Such A Bad Boy”
Sabaton “Camoflauge”
The Who “Cook’s County”
A Day To Remember “Bullfight”

hour three
DGM “Animal”
Placebo “Twenty Years”
Faith No More “Why Do You Bother”
Paul McCartney “Check My Machine”
Ultravox “There Goes A Beautiful World”
Shakespeare’s Sister “Catwoman”
Screamin” Jay Hawkins “Frenzy”
King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Mr. Beat”
George Harrison “Party Seacombe”
Kate Bush “James And The Cold Gun”
The Temptations “Ball Of Confusion”
Strawberry Alarm Clock “Blues For A Young Girl Gone”
The Radio Department “The Thing Was Bored”

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 couple of early episodes of The Swing Shift. Every week yours truly strives to bring you the best of over 100 years of Swing Music on one of our most-listened-to programs. This week we’re going to encore some of the formative episodes. These two shows orignally aired in October, 2016.

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.