Swing On This

Here are a couple of things you need to know about these playlists for the western-swing radio program Swing on This, airing at 7 p.m. on public-radio station KWGS (89.5 FM) in Tulsa and streaming at www.kwgs.com
First of all, it’s as exact as I can make it, given the circumstances. I start with the premise that I’ll be able to play 15 songs in the hour-long show. Sometimes I find myself with enough time to play another tune, or even two. Other times, I don’t. Very occasionally, a CD will hang up or a record skip, and I’ll have to quickly substitute something else.
Second, I’ve been known to take a kind of Zen approach from time to time, grabbing something in a fit of inspiration and sticking it in the middle of a show. I prize spontaneity as much as the next gazabo, especially when today’s commercial radio seems completely leached of it, but I promise to try and rein myself in, so that the following playlists can be as accurate as possible.
Thanks very much for listening. I welcome your comments and requests. The dedications listed below are to folks who’ve written about the show. I’m grateful to them, and to you.

22 FEBRUARY 2020

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF JIM PAUL BLAIR

1. “You’re the Only Star in My Blue Heaven,” Bob Wills

2. “Gonna Buy Me A Dog,” Jim Paul Blair

3. “Put Me to Bed,” Johnny Bond

(for HAMILL TIME and JAMES EDWARDS and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Boyd’s Blues,” Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers

5. “I’ll Never be Free,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

6. “Lady be Good,” Jim Paul Blair

(for CAROLE and JACK BENDER)

7. “Mr. Steel Guitar,” Leon McAuliffe

8. “Why Oh Why,” Mark Holzinger

9. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Jana Jae w/Jim Paul Blair

10. “Sweet Moments,” Blue Velvet Band

11. “One Sweet Letter from You,” Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers

12. “San Antonio Rose,” Michael Sewell

13. “Heartless Fool,” Spade Cooley Big Band

14. “Country A Go Go,” Roy Ferguson

15. “Faded Love,” Jim Paul Blair

15 FEBRUARY 2020

WITH THANKS TO HUGH KIERIG

1. “Oh Monah,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Mutton Swing,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

3. “Town Drunk,” Mountain Sprout

(for AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Hop, Skip & Jump,” Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant

5. “Loch Lomond,” Hot Club of Cowtown

6. “Steel Guitar Wipeout,” Bob White

7. “Dust off That Old Piano,” Roy Newman and His Boys

8. “Lonesome,” Herby Remington

(for HAMILL TIME)

9. “Pick Me up on Your Way Down,” Tractors

10. “If I Had You,” Bobby Koefer

11. “Oh, Look at That Baby,” Tune Wranglers

12. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Hot Texas Swing Band

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

13. “One O’Clock Jump,” Leon McAuliff and His Cimarron Boys

14. “San Antonio Rose,” Raining Gently

15, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Curly Chalker

 

8 FEBRUARY 2019

1. “Blues for Dixie,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Me and the Man in the Moon,” Solitaire Miles

3. “Hangover Tavern,” Hank Thompson

(for  BRAD & ANN JAMES and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Milk Cow Blues,” Jana Jae

5, “Hillbilly Jump,” Hank Penny

6. “San Antonio Rose,” Sons of the Purple Sage

(for HAMILL TIME)

7. ” Take Another Guess,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands w/Trudy Fair

8. “Release Me,” Eddie Miller and His Oklahomans

9. “Texarkana Baby,” Leon McAuliff

10. “My Dream Is You,” Suzy Bogguss

11. “Sophisticated Lady,” Eldon Shamblin

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

12. “Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band

13. “Roly Poly,” Light Crust Doughboys

14. “I’ve Sold My Saddle for An Old Guitar,” Roy Rogers

15. “Ride ‘em Cowboy,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys

 

25 JANUARY 2020

1.  “I’ll Have Somebody Else,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Texas Playboy Beat,” Playboys 2

3. “You Only Call Me up When You’re Drunk,” Betty Rogers

(for AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Jana Jae

(for SANDY and EMILY)

5. “Gimme My Dime Back,” Blue Ridge Playboys

6. “San Antonio Rose,” Billy Parker

7. “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Light Crust Doughboys

8. “Take the `A’ Train,” Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown

(for CAROLE and JACK BENDER)

9. “This Room Is So Crowded,” Round Up Boys

(for MARY STONE)

10. “Match Box Blues,” Roy Newman and His Boys

11. “Good Times Gonna Roll Again,” Moon Mullican

(for HAMILL TIME)

12. “Hitler Lives,” Rod Moag and Friends w/Elana James

13. “San Antonio Rose,” Mike Slauenwhite

14. “Faded Love,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN and JOHN THOMAS and PAM WILLS)

15. “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms/I’ve Got Peace Like A River,” Cherilyn Johnston

16. “Carolina Shout,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

18 JANUARY 2020

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ANDY OATMAN

1. “Way Down in Texas,” Bob Wills

2. “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” Rod Moag w/Leon Rausch, Rosie Flores, and Bobby Koefer

(for BOBBY & JUDY KOEFER)

3. “Horses, Women  & Wine,” Doye O’Dell

(for BETTYE & GARY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “There’s A Man That Comes to Our House,” Sweet Violet Boys

(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN)

5. “Pianophobia,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

6. “What Is So Rare,” Hoosier Hot Shots

7. “Pennies from Heaven,” Merle Haggard

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

8. “High Octane,” Swangers

9. “Guess Who’s in Town,” Bill Boyd’s Cowboy Ramblers

10. “Flamin’ Mamie,” Hank Penny

(for RANDY JOHNSTON)

11. “Talk of the Town,” Doug Jernigan and Bucky Pizzarelli

(for LIZ BERNTSON)

12. “San Antonio Rose,” Kai Warner Singers

(for AP MCQUIDDY)

13. “Messin’ Around,” Roy Newman and His Boys

14. “Take Me Back to Tulsa/Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” Stonehorse and Friends

(for RAY BINGHAM and BECKY HOBBS)

15. “Bump Bounce Boogie,” Asleep at the Wheel

11 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING OUTSIDE-THE-LINES SONGS

1. “Betcha My Heart,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Somewhere South of San Antone,” Hot Texas Swing Band

3. “Habits and Honky Tonks,” Curly Lewis

(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Rodeo Blues,” Hot Club of Cowtown

5. “Mama Don’t Like No Music,” Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers

6. “Release Me/Moonlight Sonata,” Snuff Garrett’s Texas Opera Company

(for HAMILL TIME)

7. “Triflin’ Gal,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys

(for CAT & CHRIS BURTON)

8. “Til the End of the World,” Rod Moag and Friends

9. “Why Do You Knock at My Door,” Tune Wranglers

10. “These Boots Are Made for Walking,” Cow Bop

11. “Oh Susanna,”  Light Crust Doughboys

12. “I’ve Never Lived in Tennessee,” Leon McAuliffe

13. “San Antonio Rose,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

(for SAM BARRETT)

14. “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” Ocie Stockard and the Wanderers

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

4 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING ROY NEWMAN AND HIS BOYS

1.  “Steel Guitar Rag,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Bound to Look Like A Monkey,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

3. “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” Suzy Bogguss

(for AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “How Many Times,” Roy Newman and His Boys

5. “San Antonio Rose,” Pinky Tomlin

(for HAMILL TIME)

6. “Three Little Words,” Hot Club of Cowtown

7. “That’s My Linda Lou,” Jimmie Widener

(for GUY T. MILLER)

8. “I’ll Be Hanged If They’re Going to Hang Me,” Tune Wranglers

9. “Talk Back Trembling Lips,” Eddie McAlvain

10. “Wonderful One,” Roy Newman and His Boys

11. “A Woman Was the Cause of It All,” Luke Wills’ Rhythm Busters

12. “It Ain’t Right,” Ray Condo and His Ricochets

13. “All of Me,” Light Crust Doughboys

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

14. “I Can’t Dance (Got Ants in My Pants),” Roy Newman and His Boys

15. “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon,” Tex Williams

 

28 DECEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING AL CLAUSER AND HIS OKLAHOMA OUTLAWS

1.”White Heat,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

2. “Please Don’t Leave Me,” Rod Moag & Dayna Wills

(for BARBARA MARTIN)

3. “Oklahoma Home Brew, ” Hank Thompson

(for BETTYE  & GARY and AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Oklahoma Stomp,” Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws

5. “San Antonio Rose,” Light Crust Doughboys

6. “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” Leon McAuliffe

7. “Bang Bang,” Hot Texas Swing Band

8. “Keep A Light in Your Window Tonight/Never Alone,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

9. “My Sweet Papa,” Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws w/Patti Page

(for SUZIE CHELSEA)

10. “Why O Why,” Mark Holzinger

11. “Sweet Talkin’ Mama,” Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys

12. “My Best to You,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

13. “You Never Miss the Water,” Spade Cooley

14. “I Ain’t Lazy Baby I’m Just Tired,” Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws

(for DUKE)

15. “Faded Love/Maiden’s Prayer,” Charlie McCoy

21 DECEMBER 2019

 

THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL

1. “Santa’s on His Way,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” Tractors

(for DALE MCHENRY)

3. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Metro Swing

4. “A Cowboy’s Christmas Song,” Leon McAuliffe

5. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys

(for BARBARA MARTIN)

6. “A Snow Globe Christmas,” Pink Martini

(for JOHN HAMILL)

7. “Merry Christmas from Harmony Ranch/Jingle Bells,” Riders in the Sky

8. “Christmas Down at the Duck Pond,” Michael Aitch Price and His Noel Laureates

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

9. “If We Make It Through December,” Merle Haggard

10. “Santa’s Roundup,” Mary Kaye

11. “Jingle Bell Boogie,” Asleep at the Wheel

(f0r SE EGAN)

12. “I Count My Blessings,” Luigi Balletto

13. “Mr. Santa,” Suzy Bogguss

14. “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Debbie Campbell

15. “The Christmas Song,” Roy Clark

16. “When It’s Christmas on the Range,” Round Up Boys

17. “White Christmas,” Willie Nelson

 

14 DECEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING ALVIN CROW AND THE PLEASANT VALLEY BOYS

 

1. “Fan It,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for ANGELENE RIPLEY WRIGHT)

2. “Hitler Lives (If We Hurt Our Fellow Man), Rod Moag w/Elana James

3. “Cozy Inn,” Leon McAuliff

(for RUSTY MILLER and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4.  “Somebody’s Been Using That Thing,” Great Recession Orchestra

5. “Back up A Little Bit,” Hank Penny

6.”Yes She Do, No She Don’t (I’m Satisfied with My Gal),” Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys

7. “I Laugh When I Think How I Cried over You,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band

(for FLOYD BLEVINS)

8. “Pieces of Yesterday,” J. Paul Moore and Dory Rebekah Ford

9. “San Antonio Rose,” Snuff Garrett’s Texas Opera Company

(for HAMILL TIME and CAROL CRAWFORD STOOKEY)

10. “Texas Jive,” Cal Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers

11. “Blues in the Night,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

(for CAROLE and JACK BENDER)

12. “All Night Long,” Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys

13. “Burnin’ the Toast,” Suzy Bogguss

14. “Nyquil Blues,” Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys

(for REBECCA HARRIS)

15. “Take Five,” Mischievous Swing