We have come to Tuesday, which almost always lands somewhere between Monday and Wednesday, and 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.  

We have one new hour and two hours of classic RFC International  from 2017 today on Radio Free Charleston. Our first hour is loaded with new releases from West Virginia and independent artists, plus a couple of cool indie tracks that I just discovered.

Our new hour opens with newly-released music from Abandon The Ship, and then brings you homegrown WV stuff from Jim Lange, Verdeant, Softeeth, Massing and Mountain State expatriot, Deni Bonet.

We also have a couple of tracks from our Chicago pipeline–Lilla Sky comes to us from Denmark by way of Nashville, and Austin Grimm returns with another cool cover tune from an EP that’s coming out this fall.  We also have a track from a benefit release for Mike Stobbie, the former keyboardist for prog-rock’s Pallas, who lost a hand to flesh-eating bacteria.  I’ve been a fan of Pallas since their first release forty or so years ago, and I’ll never pass up a chance to plug a benefit to raise money for someone to get a robot hand.

Our second and third hours revive a classic all-live-recordings episode of Radio Free Charleston International from January, 2017, and it’s a weird collection of what appears to be randomly-assembled tunes.

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
Abandon The Ship “Secrets”
Deni Bonet “Off The Record”
Lilla Sky “Patience”
Novelty Island “Magnificent Advertisement”
Verdeant “Peter Pan”
Jim Lange “Question and Answer”
The Anchoress “Climbing Up The Walls”
Weedhaven Laughing Academy “Close the Book”
Softeeth ” “6 & 6th”
Massing “Flattery”
Austin Grimm “Rainbow”
John Bunkley“Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”
Frenchy And The Punk “Church of Sound”
Mike Stobbie/Pallas “All I Need Is You”
Dave Strong “The Nightcrawler”

hour two
Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”
Pete Townshend “Behind Blue Eyes”
Greg Lake “Nuclear Attack”
The Cars “Let’s Go”
Neil Innes “Shangri La”
The White Stripes “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty “Justine”
Gary Numan “Down In The Park”
Dream Theater “Learning To Live”
Guns N Roses “Welcome To The Jungle”

hour three
The Beatles “She’s A Woman”
John Lennon “Come Together”
Paul McCartney “Get Back”
George Harrison “Old Brown Shoe”
Ringo Starr “With A Little Help From My Friends”
The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”
Eric Clapton “Layla”
Kansas “Carry On My Wayward Son”
David Bowie “Changes”
Elvis Costello and the Attractions “Watching The Detectives”
Kate Bush “Rolling The Ball”

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 from any era of Swing Music I felt like grabbing off the shelf. We have classic Big Band Swing, new independent Blues/Swing and even Swing bands from Spain and Russia.

Just check out this seemingly random playlist…

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Mike & Vax Ron Ramm “Cornet Chop Suey”
Little Charlie & The Nightcats “Handle With Care”
Anita O’Day “Let Me Off Uptown”
Fletcher Henderson “Sugarfoot Stomp”
Robbie Williams “I Wanna Be Like You”
Dudes “Blues of The Sea”
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra “Well Git It!”
Mijares “Triiste Cancion”
Beverly Kenney “You Make Me Feel So Young”
Eric Andersson, Kingen & Borje Andersson “Boogi Woogie Beat”
Dave Stuckey & The Hothouse Gang “Tain’t No Use”
Ronnie Lane & Pete Townsend “Catmelody”
Mike “Mudfoot” McDonald “Lean On Me Mama”
Benny Goodman “Benny Rides Again”
Pete Rugalo & His Orchestra “California”
Jimmy Heath Orchestra “The Picture of Heath”

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.