We have come to Tuesday on The AIR 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.  

You can hear Radio Free Charleston Tuesdays at 10 AM and 10 PM, with tons of replays throughout the week.  This week we have three full hours of great music, much of it local, plenty of it independent, and all of it quite good.

We open the show with the title track of the new Jeff Ellis Album.  “Vacancy Hearts” is due out August 4, but you can get a bit of a preview of other tracks on Jeff’s Facebook page, and in our third hour. We’ll be teasing more from Vacancy Hearts in the coming weeks. It’s a killer album.  A couple of weeks ago, the Ghettoblaster website profiled Jeff and told a bit about the recording of the album.

We also have new music this week from the Tom Batchelor Band, Steve Lukather, Golden, Buni Muni, Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars Speedsuit, Galen and Paul, Scarlet Revolt, Jim Lange and more. This is a real jam-packed edition of the show. We also have a country tune from the Jesse Blankenship Band that features none other than the legendary Defectors/Clownhole guitarist, John (Sham Voodoo) Estep.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Where possible, live links will take you to the local and indie 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
Jeff Ellis “Vacancy Hearts”
Tom Batchelor Band “Stop Pushin’ My Buttons”
Steve Lukather “Not My Kind of People”
Sophie Ellis-Bextor “Until The Wheels Fall Off”
Jerks “Nowhere”
Golden “Wrong Way”
Buni Muni “Battle Pass”
Novelty Island “Sea Miner”
The Analogues “Don’t Fade Away”
Erin Hill “Here Comes The Sun”
Rasta Rafiki “Imagine (Your Dream For Real)”
Lady D “Somebody’s Got To Move”
Jamie’s Pawnshop Guitars featuring Mark Beckner “Love Song”
Speedsuit “The Game”
Sean Richardson “My Skeleton Lies Here”

hour two
Galen and Paul “It’s Another Night”
A Different Scene “Smokin’ On A Saturday Jam”
Hurtin’ Buckaroos “Us And Them”
Eddy Grant “Another Revolutionary”
Fletcher’s Grove  “Masterbeast”
Beggars Clan “We Sleep”
Three’s Company Blues “River Song”
Inception In Black “Voyeur”
Scarlet Revolt “Vengeance”
Wolves of the Calla “The Pack”
Simple Minds “Traffic”
Toyah Wilcox “21st Century Supersister”

hour three
Jeff Ellis “The Shadow of Impending Loss”
The Wearing Hands “Is This The End”
Jesse Blankenship Band “Hey Pretty Mama Come Home With Me”
The Meatles “I’ll Cry Instead”
Bon Air “This Could’ve Been Us”
Cassius At Best “Dead Weight”
Shake The Dead “Scripts”
Jim Lange “April Rain”
Guitarmy of One “Top Secret Agent Man on a Wire Tapped Phone at Sea”
Jordan Andrew Jefferson “Ruler Of The World (Instrumental)”
Rick Wakeman “The Creek”
Trielement “Into The Ether”
Beat To Death “I Can’t Breathe”
Dexter Dekker “Rudy Got Soul”
The Easybeats “Tell Your Mother”

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 2 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 classic 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 brand-new episode of The Swing Shift. This time it’s a solid hour of great Swing tunes chosen at random for no other reason than they swing. Once again I recorded and deejayed this one live with no prep. Still, it swings like crazy.

Just check out this seemingly random playlist…

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Dave Stucky & The Hothouse Gang “Optimisticize”
Paul Carrack “Cryin’ Won’t Help You”
Tyler Pedersen “Extreme People”
Maria Muldaur with Tuba Shorty “He Ain’t Got Rhythm”
Swingaria “Under The Moon”
Red Nichols & His Five Pennies “Peanut Vendor”
Fred Astaire “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
Ray McKinley & His Orchestra “Hangover Square”
David Campbell “Love Me Or Leave Me”
Pashoe/Miscellaneous “Blues Of The Sea”
Jack’s Cats “My Friend”
Glenn Miller Orchestra “Pennsylvania 6-5000”
Count Basie and His Orchestra “Topsy”
Robbie Williams with Micheal Buble “Soda Pop”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Jump Jive An’ Wail”
Indigo Swing “Drinkin’ It Up”
Lady J and her Bada Bing Band “Sweet Talkin’ Devil”
Royal Crown Revue “Jumpin’ In G”

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.