We’re nearly at the end of July, and once again we’re bringing you our regular Tuesday programming 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 some great new music, but we also include a new interview with keyboard virtuoso David Synn that takes up the second hour of our show. A few weeks ago I replayed an interview with David from 2016, and we both thought it’d be a great idea to catch up with the major life and music changes he’s been through since that time.

We had a great chat, talked about some of his influences and we even play examples of those influences during the interview.  I sneak a few more musical footnotes into our third hour. We also talk about David’s future musical endeavors and his upcoming EP, Somber Poems of Sentience, due late this year.

One thing we both forgot to menton is that he has a new T-shirt out (see it above), for fans of his music to proudly wear all over the place. You can order one HERE.

We open the show with a very factual and important song from Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns, and also bring you brand-new tunes from Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Brian Diller, The Dollyrots, Inception In Black, Jeff Ellis and more, plus the first hour has three great neo-surf tracks.

After our interview with David in our second hour, we jump into hour three with a newly-released song by the late leader of the Bonzo Dog Band, Viv Stanshall, who left us in 1995. After that I bring you a set of music by artists that we mentioned in the interview in the previous hour.

Check out the playlist below to see all the goodies we have in store. Live links will take you to the artist’s pages so you can find out more about them, and maybe even buy their music and find out where to see them perform live…

RFC V5 139

hour one
Matt Mullins and The Bringdowns “45”
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies “Lowdown Appreciator”
Brian Diller “Big Ground, Big Sky”
The Dollyrots “Hey Girl”
Galen and Paul “Hacia Arriba”
Rasta Rafiki“Young Ones (Yes Become)”
Inception In Black “Figure of Speech”
The Intoxicators “Phantom Mustang”
The Madeira “Journey To The Center of the Surf”
The Tentakills “Ghosts of Atlantis”
Jeff Ellis“If The Devil Has A Name”
The Anchoress“Bizarre Love Triangle”
The Wearing Hands “Home”

The master of the synths, David Synn

hour two
David Synn Interview 2023
Derek Sherinian “Day of the Dead”
Elvis Presley “Unchained Melody”
David Synn “Island of Gorgo”
Depeche Mode “Welcome To My World”

hour three
Viv Stanshall “Dog Howl In Tune”
Eddie Jobson “Turn It Over”
David Bowie“Fame”
Faith No More “Epic”
The Nice “One Of Those People”
Billy Joel “I’ve Seen The Lights Go Out on Broadway”
Hurtsmile “Rock & Roll Cliche”
Sean Richardson “Home”
Scarlet Revolt “One Like You”
Speedsuit “A Woman Who Knows Her Mind”
Buni Muni “Triple Double”
Novelty Island “I Hear A New World”
The Heavy Hitters Band “Come Dance With Me”

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 last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we have a new episode of The Swing Shift that pays tribute to Tony Bennett. We lost the legendary crooner last week, but this week, on a show for which I didn’t have time to compile a playlist for publication, we devote the hour to Tony Bennett swinging to his heart’s content, solo, and in collaboration with artists like Lady Gaga, Bill Evans, James Taylor, The Dixie Chicks, Mel Torme and more. It’s our humble salute to one of the great singers of our time.

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.