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.

15 DECEMBER 2018

1. “Silver Lake Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “It’s A Good Day,” Peggy Rains

(for RAY BINGHAM)

3. “Roly Poly,” Jim Reeves

4. “Stompin’ at the Honky Tonk,” Bob Dunn’s Vagabonds

(for MICHAEL SALEM and the GLASS LIFTERS)

5. “Take Your Time,” Rick and the Ramblers

6. “House of Blue Lights,” Asleep at the Wheel

7. “Over Moonlit Waters,” Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers

8. “Keeper of My Heart,” Dayna Wills

(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

9. “Maiden’s Prayer,” Jack Stidham and Keith Coleman

10. “San Antonio Rose,” Michael Sewell

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)

11. “Rag Mop,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

12. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” Lester Lanin

(for HAMILL TIME)

13. “Take It Away, Leon,” Leon McAuliffe

14. “Dream A Little Dream,” Ellicott, Bruner, and Eicher

15. “Basin Street Blues,” Billy Mize

8 DECEMBER 2018

1. “Go Home with the Girls in the Morning,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “If I Had Another Chance,” Johnnie Lee Wills

(for STEVE RIPLEY)

3. “Habits and Honky Tonks,” Curly Lewis

(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” Monica Taylor

5. “Holes in My Soles,” Tiny Colbert

(for SARAH MASTERS)

6. “Sweet Dreams,” the Lazy “B” Wranglers

(for STEVE FEARS)

7. “Stardust,” Merle Haggard

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

8. “This Side of Town,” Leon McAuliffe

9. “We Played A Game,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys

(for CAT & CHRIS BURTON)

10. “River Stay Away from My Door,” Caravan Swing Band

11. “Peach Tree Shuffle,” Hank Penny

(for RANDY BRUMLEY)

12. “Farewell Blues,” Pee Wee King

(for HAMILL TIME)

13. “San Antonio Rose,” Clay Blaker and His Texas Honky-Tonk Band

(for AP MCQUIDDY)

14. “Ida Red,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

(for HUGH KIERIG)

15. “Mean Old Sixty Five Blues,” Buddy Jones

1 DECEMBER 2018

1. “Red Hot Gal of Mine,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “(Who’s Gonna Sing) The Last Country Song,” Billy Parker w/Darrell McCall

(for RAY BINGHAM)

3. “It’s the Bottle Talkin’,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for BRETT BINGHAM and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Honky Tonk History,” Red Dirt Rangers

5. “An Old Water Mill by A Waterfall,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies

(for SUZIE CHELSEA)

6. “Opening Theme/In the Mood,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

7. “I’m An Old Cowhand,” Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan

(for MAX LEE)

8. “Steel Guitar Rag,” Leon McAuliffe

9. “Hog Wash,” Hoosier Hot Shots

(for HAMILL TIME)

10. “Boogie Minor,” Floyd Domino’s All-Stars

11. “San Antonio Rose,” Leo Kottke

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)

12. “A Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” Hoyle Nix and His West Texas Cowboys

13. “Swingin’ on a Star,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

(for BARRY HENSLEY)

14. “Open That Gate,” John England and the Western Swingers

(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

15. “Wind,” Sons of the Pioneers

 

20 NOVEMBER 2018

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ROY CLARK

1. “Back Home Again in Indiana,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “The Lawrence Welk — Hee Haw Counter-Revolution Polka,” Roy Clark

3. “Gonna Get Tight,” Sunshine Boys

(for DALE CLARK and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “The Best Things in Life,” Rick and the Ramblers

5. “Riders in the Sky,” Roy Clark

6. “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Puelo and His Harmonica Gang

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and SAM & PAULA BARRETT)

7. “Pipeliner Blues,” Moon Mullican

8. “Caledonia,” Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown

9. “Women Women Women,” Shelly Lee Alley and His Alley Cats

10. “Rosetta,” Tom Morrell and His Time-Warp Tophands

11. “I Want to be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” Patti Page

(for CAROLYN JOHNSON and ELVEN LINDBLAD)

12. “Bubbles in My Beer,” the Tulsa Playboys w/Roy Clark

13. “San Fernando Valley,” Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER and JOE RIDDLE)

14. “Feather Your Nest,” Washboard Wonders

15. “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” Roy Clark

17 NOVEMBER 2018

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF DAYNA WILLS

1. “I Want to be Near You,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Looking over My Shoulder,” Dayna Wills

3. “Warm Red Wine,” Tulsa Playboys w/Wanda Jackson

(for GARY & BETTYE and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Down at the Roadside Inn,” Leon McAuliffe

5. “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing,” Downhomers

(for HAMILL TIME)

6. “After You’ve Gone,” Floyd Domino’s All-Stars

7. “Texan in A Stetson,” Dayna Wills\

8. “String of Pearls,” Joe Bob’s Nashville Sound Company

(for RANDY JOHNSTON)

9. “San Antonio Rose,” Palmer elementary School Fourth Grade Choir of Pharr, Texas

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)

10. “Closing Medley,” Caravan Swing Band

11. “Country Weddin’ Day,” Ole Rasmussen and His Cornhuskers

12. “Steel Guitar Rag,” Les Paul

13. “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” Dayna Wills

14. “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” Sons of the Purple Sage

15. “Jesse Polka,” Jason Roberts

10 NOVEMBER 2018

W/SPECIAL GUEST BOB FJELDSTED OF THE ROUND-UP BOYS

1. “Who Walks in When I Walk Out,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Round-Up Boys

3. “There Stands the Glass,” Round-Up Boys

(for BILL CORBETT, VICKI FJELDSTED  and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4.  “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming,” Mandy Barnett

(for BRETT BINGHAM)

5. “Bugle Call Rag,” Oscar Aleman

6. “In A Spanish Mission,” Johnnie Lee Wills

(for STEVE RIPLEY)

7. “San Antonio Rose,” The Spotnicks

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)

8. “Long Tall Texan,” Roy Ferguson

(for BILLY PARKER)

9. “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” Floyd Domino’s All-Stars

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

10. “Red Hot Papa,” Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys

11. “Bud’s Bounce,” Buck Owens and His Buckaroos

(for HAMILL TIME)

12. “Time Changes Everything,” Caravan Swing Band

13. “My Buddy,” Herb Remington

14. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” Patti Page

15. “Lookin’ Around,” Dave Stuckey and the Rhythm Gang

3 NOVEMBER 2018

1. “Fat Boy Rag,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. Bob Wills interview with Akron, Ohio deejay Cliff Rodgers, 1947

(for RICK PAYNE)

3. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

4. “A Texas Honky Tonk,” Jason Roberts

(for BRETT BINGHAM and the GLASS LIFTERS)

5. “Birmingham Bounce,” Leon McAuliffe

6. “San Antonio Rose,” Patti Page

(for ELVEN LINDBLAD)

7. “Cowboy Blues,” Les Gilliam

8. “Rheumatism Boogie,” Moon Mullican

9. “Steel Guitar Wipeout,” Bob White

10. “Honeysuckle Rose,” Floyd Domino’s All-Stars

(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

11. “Faded Love,” John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing

12. “The Thingamajig,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

13. “In the Mood,” the Caravan Swing Band

14. “Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry,” Rick and the Ramblers

27 OCTOBER 2018

BROADCAST DEBUT OF THE NEW DISC “THE CARAVAN SWING BAND LIVE!” WITH BASSIST JON CUMMINS AND CO-PRODUCER DAVID DOWTY

1. “Dog House Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Big Beaver,” Caravan Swing Band

3. “Drinking All My Troubles Away,” Paul Howard and His Cotton Pickers

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4, “All of Me,” Caravan Swing Band

5. “Hesitation Blues,”Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys

6. “New San Antonio Rose,” Caravan Swing Band

7. “Sentimental Journey,” Merl Lindsay and His Oklahoma Nite Riders

8. “Closing Medley,” Caravan Swing Band

9. “Sadie Green (the Vamp of New Orleans),” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies

10. “Slush Pump,” Herby Remington

(for HAMILL TIME)

11. “River Stay Away from My Door,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

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

20 OCTOBER 2018

1. “Tulsa Stomp,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Big Daddy Blues,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys

(for CAT & CHRIS BURTON)

3. “Drink Drink Drink,” Dale Watson and His Lonestars

(for BRETT BINGHAM and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Miss Molly,” Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys

(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

5. “When the Cactus Is in Bloom,” Jack Guthrie

6. “Dinosaur Droppings,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

7. “Rockin’ Robin,” Leon McAuliff

(for HAMILL TIME)

8. “I Got Texas in My Soul,” Tex Williams and His Western Caravan

9. “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Gregory and His Orchestra

(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)

10. “A-L-B-U-Q-U-E-R-Q-U-E,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)

11. “Back Up A Little Bit,” Hank Penny

12. “How Do I Not,” Hot Texas Swing Band

(for A. SCOTT ARIZONA)

13. “Gulf Coast Blues,” Light Crust Doughboys

14. “Theme Song,” Round Up Boys

(for BOB & VICKI FJELDSTED)

15. “Yodeling Polka,” Spade Cooley and His Orchestra

16. “I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jelly Roll,” Cliff Bruner and His Texans

13 OCTOBER 2018

1. “Bluin’ the Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Hang Your Head in Shame,” Steve Bagsby

(for KELLIE & THOMAS TILMAN)

3. “Nails in My Coffin,” Jerry Irby and His Texas Ranchers

(for JAMES & BETSY EDWARDS and THE GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “San Antonio Medley,” Curtis Potter, Darrell McCall & Ray Sanders

5. “More Today Than Yesterday,” Dean Demerritt, Sarah Maud, & Sean Al-Jibouri

6. “Red Hot Mama & Ice Cold Papa,” Hank Penny

7. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

8. “Four O’Clock in the Morning,” Roy Clark & Gatemouth Brown

9. “Red’s Tight Like That,” Tune Wranglers

(for STEVE RIPLEY)

10. “My Window Faces the South,” Les Gilliam

11. “Love Aesthetics,” Jerry Byrd

(for HAMILL TIME)

12. “Why Waste Your Tears on Me,” Al Clauser & His Oklahoma Outlaws

(for RAY BINGHAM)

13. “Without My Baby,” Red Dirt Rangers

14. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Billy Parker & Johnnie Lee Wills