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The Return of The Bounty on Radio Free Charleston

Radio Free Charleston presents new music from The Bounty, the Columbus band that was a mainstay of the original broadcast incarnation of the show back in 1990. This is their first new music since 1991.

Tuesday on The AIR we deliver new episodes of Radio Free Charleston, and The Swing Shift to our loyal listeners. You may tune in at the website, or you could just stay on this page, and  listen to this happy little embedded radio player…

It all kicks off at 10 AM (with a replay at 10 PM– all times EDT) with a brand-new edition of Radio Free Charleston. This week’s show opens with a brand-new song from The Bounty. This Columbus-based band was a regular visitier to Charleston back in the late 1980s and early 90s, and includes former Charlestonian, John (Sham Voodoo) Estep, of Defectors and Clownhole and RFC theme song fame. The new song is “Big Love” and is from the upcoming 10-song album Everybody Loves a Second Act.

In addition to John, who handles Guitar, Mandolin and Backing Vocals, the band includes: Lennie Blodgett on Drums; Jamey Ball – Bass Guitar; Guitar; Lap Steel; amd the band’s founder and leader, Jim Kozelek on Vocals.Additional contributions come from Jim Viers and Maria Kozelek.

You can follow the band on Facebook, and stay tuned to PopCult because I’ll give you all the details on when it’ll be ready for release (which should be real soon–maybe with a different coverdesign than the one at right). It’s a kick to have The Bounty making new music again. Back in the day they were one of the RFC favorites.

The rest of this week’s show ain’t too shabby, either, with great local music from Emmalea Deal, John Radcliff, Spencer Elliott, The Mediogres and more, Our deep archive tracks this week are two previously-unheard tunes from Corporate Orange and Dog Soldier, both recorded in late summer, 2008 for the RFC video program.

You should be able to click on the episode number above the playlist that follows, and go to a page where you can download a low-res version of this week’s show.

Check out the playlist:


The Bounty “Big Love”
Mediogres “Cream Hole”
John Radcliff “Dreaming”
Dead For Decades “Mr. Mouth”
The Big Bad “Bat Repellant”
Fletcher’s Grove “Virgil Burgess”
Emmalea Deal “Everything I’m Not”
Spencer Elliott “Folding Space”
Beggars Clan “Turn It Around”
Rasta Rafiki “Today’s Slop”
The Heavy Editors “Alien Lover”
Kevin Scrabrough “Middle School”
Speedsuit “Roller Coaster of Booze”
Dog Soldier “Blanket Number One”
Corporate Orange “Stay Listening”

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 8PM, exclusively on The AIR.

At 3 PM your PopCulteer returns to host a new hour of The Swing Shift as we continue to bring you the best Swing Music of the last century.

This week we bring you highlights of Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony for the full hour. This recording captures the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis joining forces with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson in performances of Swing Symphony in front of the sold-out crowds at Powell Hall in St. Louis in May, 2018.

You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 7 AM and 6 PM, Thursday at 7 PM and Saturday at 5 PM, 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. Check PopCult regularly for details on our new episodes.



1 Comment

  1. Richard Alderson

    John Estep is a local legend. Even when we played together as young men I was always amazed at his gift. Great guitarist and even better person…

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