Tuesday is still “New Show Day” on The AIR.  As such, we have new episodes of  Radio Free Charleston and The Swing Shift for you. To listen to The AIR, 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 boatloads of replays throughout the week.

Our first hour is our usual collection of cool local, independent and brand-new music. We open with brand new music from Sierra Ferrell. It’s a track off of her new album, Trial By Flowers, which was just released (to much acclaim) a few days ago.

The rest of our new first hour is loaded with new goodies from Mediogres, Unmanned, Wild Pink, Novelty Island and more.

We also bring you a tune, via our Chicago pipeline, by Mark Lofgren, who will be releasing this as a single on April 12, with the album, Black Moon Book 3, due out on Friday, May 3.

Mark Lofgren, is a founding member of the bands The Luck of Eden Hall and The Thin Cherries, and he recorded this new album in his home studio and then enlisted Mike Hagler at Chicago’s Kingsize SoundLabs for the mastering. Most of the songs on Black Moon Book 3 are built around acoustic guitars and vocals. The first single, “Ne’er Do Wells,” is about the ups and downs of living in a big city.

For our second and third hours, we go back to an episode of Radio Free Charleston International from 2017.  This one hasn’t been heard for nearly seven years, so it’ll be new to most of you.  It’s loaded with a collection of then-new, plus classic tracks by national and international artists.  On paper, the lineup doesn’t seem to make any sense, but when you listen, it really flows.

At least I think it does.

The links in the first hour of the playlist will take you to the pages where you can learn more about each artist and buy their music or find out where to see them (where available)…

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hour one
Sierra Ferrell “Dollar Bill Bar”
Mark Lofgren “Ne’er Do Wells”
Mediogres “Outta Town”
Unmanned “Arrested”
Wild Pink “Air Drumming For You”
Novelty Island “Heaton”
Velez Manifesto “Baby Goes To The Zoo”
The Settlement “Linger (Live at Sam’s Uptown Cafe)”
The Paranoid Style “Print The Legend”

hour two
Ray Davies “The Deal”
Triumvirat “Spartacus”
Magenta “Colours”
Epica “Tear Down Your Walls”
All That Remains “River City”
Blink 182 “68”
Rancid “Ghost of a Chance”
Willie Nelson “Still Not Dead”
Reverand Peyton’s Big Damn Band “Clap Your Hands”
Feist “I’m Not Running Away”
The Cranberries “Linger” (acoustic)

hour three
Trombone Shorty “Here Come The Girls”
Fallout Boy “Young and Menace”
Mew “The Wake of Your Life”
Sheryl Crow “Long Way Back”
Julian Cope “Drink Me Under The Table”
New Found Glory “Your Jokes Aren’t Funny”
Styx “Gone, Gone, Gone”
Big Big Train “Experimental Gentlemen”
Dubioza Kolectiv “Balkan Funk”
Alphaville “Enigma”
The Meters “Thinking”

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 the concluding part fourof our Boogie Woogie primer on The Swing Shift.  This is the grand finale of what has been expanded to become a four-week dive into Boogie Woogie and its essential contribution to the success of Swing Music.  This week, as we did last week,  I do all the proper back-announcing and talk just a little about the importance of Boogie Woogie, which sprung out of The Blues and became the backbone of Swing, and the launching pad for Rock and Roll.

Note that, due to a timing error on my part, I had to fade Keely Smith’s tune out partway through. I will correct this by including the full song in the next new episode of The Swing Shift.

It’s the kind of music that just makes you want to move.  Check out the playlist…

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The Rosenberg Trio “Guitar Boogie” (Arthur Smith)
Mabel Scott “Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train”
Duke Henderson “Leona’s Boogie”
Clarence Samuels “Boogie Woogie Blues”
Billy Wright “Billy’s Boogie Blues”
Steve Gibson & The Red Caps “Boogie Woogie on a Saturday Night”
Sax Man Brown “Sax-Only Boogie”
The Andrews Sisters “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
Tommy Dorsey “Boogie Woogie”
Count Basie “Red Bank Boogie”
Louis Prima “Brooklyn Boogie”
Lionel Hampton “Hamp’s Walking Boogie”
Earl Hines Orchestra “Boogie Woogie On St Louis Blues”
Indigo Swing “Blue Suit Boogie”
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “The Boogie Bumper”
The Jive Aces “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie”
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers -“Roll the Boogie”
Brian Setzer Orechestra “The Dirty Boogie”
Swing ‘N’ Jive “Step Stomp ‘N’ Boogie”
Keely Smith “Keely’s Boogie”

 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.