It’s Tuesday on The AIR  and that means it’s Radio Free Charleston time, and we also have a new edition of The Swing Shift for you enjoy. 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 a fun hybrid show, with one mostly-local all-new hour, followed by a classic two-hour Radio Free Charleston International, at 10 AM and 10 PM Tuesday.   This week our latest Radio Free Charleston has killer new tunes from loads of artists, and I’m going to tell you all about them now.

We open the show with a new release from Nixon Black, which includes our old friend, Mark Beckner out in front, and we continue with a first hour filled with new tunes from All Torches Lit, Byzantine, Bottle and Bride, Payback’s A Bitch, Frenchy and The Punk and more. We also have the RFC debuts by The Red Book, and Blue Twisted Steel.

Our send and third hours resurrect an episode of RFC International from May, 2019, and it’s a mixtape presentation that celebrates the concept of free-format radio.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links will take you to the artist’s page…

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hour one
Nixon Black “Winter In Kashmir”
All Torches Lit “Crown of Ash”
The Red Book “Behind The Stars”
Byzantine “Unhook Me”
John Radcliff “When We Were Gods”
Bottle and Bride “Snake Oil”
Blue Twisted Steel “The Carpenter”
The Long Lost Somethins “Sobriquet”
Novelty Island “Bees”
Payback’s a Bitch “No Reason”
Buni Muni “Strawberry Rose”
Frenchy And The Punk “Come In And Play”
The Company Stores “Castles and Cain”
Heavy Set Paw Paws “Grand Place”
Tyler Childers “Way of the Triune God (Jubilee Version)”

hour two
Jon Anderson “Ramalama”
Adrian Belew “Take Five Deep Breaths”
Harry Nilsson “Coconut”
Chess At Breakfast “The Senate Needs A Nightcap”
Dizzy Mystics “Jaunter”
David Byrne “Lazy”
Norah Jones “It Was You”
Eveline’s Dust “Rain Over Gentle Travellers”
Ringo Starr “Without Understanding”
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band “Blinded By The Light”

hour three
Camel “Lady Fantasy”
John Wetton “Be Careful What You Wish For”
The Wrong Object “Mr. Green Genes/King Kong”
Claypool Lennon Delirium “Blood and Rockets”
Greenslade “Sundance”
The Beat “Dangerous”
Gryphon “Haddock’s Eyes”
Fantasy “Widow”

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  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a new hour of The Swing Shift that’s loaded with classic Big Band Era artists, spiced up with some new European Swing Bands.  Check out this playlist…

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Buddy Rich “Winding Way”
Louis Jordan “Knock Me A Kiss”
Glenn Miller “American Patrol”
Lombard “Deja Vu”
Sergio Caputo “Chewing Gum Blues”
Frank Sinatra “Just One of Those Things”
Benny Goodman “Sing, Sing, Sing (live)”
Lester Young “Bugle Call Rag”
Sugarpie & The Candymen “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
Peggy Lee “I See A Million People”
Duke Ellington “I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good”
Phil Harris “Potato Chips”
Roy Hawkins “Highway 59”
Sheila Jordan “It Don’t Mean A Thing, If It Aint Got That Swing”

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.