We offer up  brand new episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday morning and evening on The AIR. You can leap over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and listen to this swell little embedded radio player…

Tune into this week’s Radio Free Charleston at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday for a show opens with a mini-tribute to the late John Prine, and the offers up the remainder of its first hour to mostly-new music from local and international artists.

I first discovered John Prine in a comic strip. Before I got into music, I was obsessive about comedy and comic books, and in the mid-1970s I found a bizarre magazine that was published by Marvel, but which printed most of the greats of underground comics (except for Crumb, who wouldn’t have anything to do with it). It was here where I first saw Art Speigleman’s MAUS, and it was where I discovered folks like Howard Cruse, Jay Lynch and Skip Williamson.

It was Skip Williamson who did a two-page comic strip based on John Prine’s song, “Aw Heck,” and it made me an instant fan of both men.  So I opened this week’s show with that song because it still cracks me up more than forty-five years later.

I’d post the whole comic here, but it’s got cartoon nudity, so you have to settle for the second page at left (and maybe if you wish hard and click on it, you can see the whole thing).

Among the newness is a great new recording by The Scribblers of a tune by PopCult’s original editor, Douglas Imbrogno. “Bring Sunshine When You Come” is part of “SONGS of COMFORT, SONGS of HOME: Music for a Pandemic.” a project that you can read about at Doug’s blog, The Story Is The Thing. There is a video to accompany this song, and you can see it at Doug’s blog, or scroll down to the bottom of this post.

The first hour of RFC also has new tunes from Mark Beckner Group, Missing Persons, The Pixies, Nina Hagen, Tower of Power and The Strokes.  The second and third hours of the show are recycled from one-hour versions of RFC that originally ran in 2017 and 2018, and they are loaded with spectacular local music of many different genre. We reached into our sack of archives shows for these because of the fear of a power outage interrupting us while we put the show together. But it’s a pretty impressive three-hour block of great music.

Check out the playlist…


John Prine “Aw Heck”
The Scribblers “Bring Sunshine When You Come”
Todd Burge “Comic Book Sleeve”
Captain Catfeesh “Plastic Pictures, Painted Pavement”
Jordan Searls “Equally Insane”
John Lilly “Tore Up From The Floor Up”
Paige Dalporto “Wreckless”
Mark Beckner Group “Winter In Kashmir”
Nina Hagen “Mama”
Slade “We’ll Bring The House Down”
Tower of Power “The Story of You and I”
Missing Persons “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
The Strokes “Eternal Summer”
The Pixies “In The Arms Of Mrs. Mark of Cain”
INXS/Queen/Pink Floyd Mash-up

hour two
Scarlet Revolt “Bleed”
Bon Air “Cloaking Device”
Wren Allen Band “Before Hello”
Christopher QiET Vincent “Ain’t No Man Gonna Change”
Fabulous Head “C U Move”
CHUM “Angels In The Snow”
Year Long Disaster “Names of God”
Byzantine “Ancestry of the Antirchrist”
HARRAH “Blood Moon”
Chuck Biel “Turtles All The Way Down”

hour three
Mark Beckner “Human Satellite (ode to Doris Day)”
Feast of Stephen “No Vaccination”
Poor Man’s Gravy “Victim of Myself”
Farnsworth “Free Me”
John Radcliff “Company Song”
Emmalea Deal “Ghost”
Hawthorne Heights “Hope”
In The Company of Wolves “The UpsideDown”
Membrane Cell “Architects of Reassimiliation”
Speedsuit “The Dawn”
The Science Fair Explosion “Demon Burger”
Johnny Compton “Pistol Whipped”
Stark Raven “16 Tons”
Creek Don’t Rise “Sometimes It Rains”
Crazy Jane “Frica”
Feast of Stephen “Mystery Hole”

Radio Free Charleston can be heard Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM, with replays Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM and 7 PM, Saturday at 11 AM and Midnight, Sunday at 1 PM and the next Monday at 8 PM, exclusively on The AIR.

Because of the potential of a power outage, this post is just about Radio Free Charleston. If we’re able to pull off new episodes of our other Tuesday programs, we’ll post about them later today.

But now, here’s that video we promised you…