As I’ve mentioned before, Tuesday is our most-listened-to day on The AIR and we really like to load it up with new episodes of our most popular shows. Tuesday we bring you new episodes of Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift.  You can tune in at The AIR website, or listen in on this hand-made, intricately-embroidered radio player…

Today at 10 AM we are bringing you a special brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston, digging deep into the RFC Archives.  We open and close with tracks from Mind Garage, the legendary Psychedelic/Spiritual Rock band from Morgantown. Mind Garage was: Larry McClurg – lead vocals, Norris Lytton – vocals, bass and sax, Ted Smith – percussion, Jack Bond – vocals, keyboard,  and John Vaughan – vocals, lead guitar.

Although the band was signed to RCA almost half a century ago, all five members are still with us, and have an active Facebook group , dedicated to great classic rock music, and they have been sharing some of their own incredible revolutionary music.  We’ll be bringing you lots of this in the coming weeks, but this week you get a double dose of Mind Garage.

Inspired by the Mind Garage archives, I decided to fill the rest of the show with music from the Radio Free Charleston and RFC MINI SHOW video archives, much of this has not been heard outside of the video shows themsevles.  See the playlist below the jump.

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 2 PM it’s time for Nigel Pye and his psychedelic mixtape program, Psychedelic Shack. This week we are treated to an encore of a show from earlier in the summer, as Nigel and the Haversham Recording Institute crew are still working hard on a project in France.

Psychedelic Shack can be heard Tuesday’s at 2 PM, with replays Wednesday at 11 AM, Thursday at 5 PM and Saturday at 7 AM.

At 3 PM The Swing Shift brings you another new hour that mixes all types of Swing Music from the last one hundred years into an eminently danceable, cohesive whole. From The Blues Jumpers and Speakeasies’ Swing Band to Keely Smith, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton, this hour swings from top to bottom.

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.

Remember, you can tune in to The AIR at all hours of the day and night for a variety and quality of programming that you will not find anywhere else.

Here are those playlists:


Mind Garage “Communion (Water)”
Underdog Blues Revue “What You Say”
Option 22 “Soul Song”
The Big Bad “Babe We Own This Town”
Scrap Iron Pickers “William S. Burroughs/Coal Bucket”
White Chapel District “How Heavy Is Thy Crown”
The Renfields “Transylvania Fight Song/Machete A Go Go”
William Matheny “Out For Revenge”
Gypsy Rhythm “Lay Me Down In Hell”
John Inghram’s Slugfest “Hard To Handle”
Blue Million “Down To A Groove”
Mind Garage “There Was A Time”

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Blues Jumpers “Wheels Start Turning”
Sandro Roy “Gypsyology”
Keely Smith “Please Please Me”
The Len Phillips Big Band “Night And Day”
Mike Vax and Ron Ramm “Lenny Leaps Out”
Red and the Red Hots “The Boogie Man”
Speakeasies’ Swing Band “Gypsy Curse”
Jeff Potter and the Rhythm Agents “Quarter To Two”
Benny Goodman “Get Happy”
Indigo Swing “Hot In Harlem”
Stan Kenton “Artistry Jumps”
Sugarpie and The Candymen “Navagolonda”
The Delta Rhythm Boys “Take The A Train”
Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald “There’s A Boat That’s Leaving Soon For New York”
The Rosenberg Trio “Guitar Boogie”
Seal “I’m Beginning To See The Light”
Teddy Wilson “Just A Mood”