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.

12 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING JOHNNIE LEE WILLS

1. “Oh, Lady be Good,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills

3. “Night Life,” Willie Nelson and Ray Price

(for WES & JEANNIE BENGE and the GLASS LIFTERS and HAMILL TIME)

4. “Start of Something Big,” Hot Texas Swing Band

5. “There Is No Sunshine,” Spade Cooley

6. “Hot Check Baby,” Johnnie Lee Wills

7. “So Rare,” Herb Remington

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

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

(for KEN JACKSON)

9. “Jennie Lee,” Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers

10. “Can’t Get Nowhere,” Tractors

11. “Everybody’s Trying to be My Baby,” Roy Newman and His Boys

(for DONNA MATHEWS)

12. “Blub’s Twist/Closing Theme,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

13, “Pterodactyl Ptales,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

14. “This Ain’t the Same Old Range,” Bob and Johnny Boatright

(for CHRIS FISHER)

5 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BOB WILL AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS

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

(for DON & TERESA ELLINGTON)

2. “Alexander’s Goodtime Band,” Dave Alexander

3. “Smokey the Bar,” Hank Thompson

(for AP MCQUIDDY and WES & JEANNIE BENGE)

4. “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” 101 Strings

(for HAMILL TIME)

5. “Why Should I Cry over You,” Adolph Hofner and His Texans

6. “Cow Cow Boogie,” Hot Texas Swing Band

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

7. “Liebstraum,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for LAURA K. ANTHONY)

8. “Loch Lomond,” Hot Club of Cowtown

(for JODI CASH)

9. “Big Fat Papa,” Hank Penny

10. “San Antonio Rose,” Die Continentals

(For AP MCQUIDDY)

11. “Mule Boogie,” Jim Boyd

(for DONNA MATTHEWS)

12. “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” Cherilyn Johnston

13. “The Boston Fancy,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for DEAN MARTIN)

14. “Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar),” Asleep at the Wheel

15. “Tulsa Straight Ahead,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BOBBY KOEFER

1. “Roly Poly,” Mel Tillis and Bob Wills

2. “Don’t Cry Baby,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands w/Bobby Koefer

3. “Why Can’t Women Have a Good Beer Drinking Song?” Barbara Perry

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

4. “Neon Ladies,” Don Moore and Bob Clear

5. “Swing-Swang-Swung,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

6. “No. 1 on the Hurt Parade,” Hank Thompson

(for HUGH KIERIG)

7. “Shame on You,” Red Foley

8. “Hawaiian War Chant,” Bobby Koefer

9. “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive,” Amy Sebran

10. “Four O’Clock in the Morning,” Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown

(for CHARLENE RIPLEY)

11. “San Antonio Rose,” Tommy Crook

(for DARRELL DOWTY and LINDA FREEMAN)

12. “Jersey Bounce,” Caravan Swing Band

(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)

13. “Waltzin’ with Judy,” Bobby Koefer

14. “Buttons and Bows,” Gene Autry

 

21 SEPTEMBER 2019

FEATURING SHELBY EICHER

GUESTS: SHELBY EICHER and BOB FJELDSTED

1. “Sugar Baby,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Beaumont Rag,” Roy Clark w/Shelby Eicher

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

(for VICKI FJELDSTED, BRETT BINGHAM, and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Yes She Do, No She Don’t,” Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys

5. “Cherokee,” Cherokee Maidens

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

6. “Easy Money,” Hot Club of Cowtown

7. “Travelin’ Truckin’ Man,” Billy Parker

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

9. “South,” Caravan Swing Band

10. “Bouquet of Roses,” Vic Damone

11. “San Antonio Rose,” John Gill’s Novelty Orchestra of New Orleans

(for AP MCQUIDDY)

12. “Blues for Dixie,” Cache Valley Drifters

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING THE HOT TEXAS SWING BAND

1. “In the Mood,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

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

3. “Here’s to the Horses,” Mack Vickery

(for AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “Steel Guitar Rag,” the Strollers

(for HAMILL TIME)

5. “(The Party Don’t Start) Till the Playboys Get Here,” Don Walser

6. “Milk Cow Blues,” The Swangers

7. “Truck Driver’s Blues,” Johnny Gimble & the Texas Swing Pioneers

8. “Stars Fell on Alabama,” Ruth Harrison Band

9. “Riverside Drive,” Spade Cooley and His Western Dance Band

(for JOE RIDDLE)

10. “My Window Faces the South,” Hot Texas Swing Band

11. “San Antonio Rose,” Craig Duncan

(for SAM BARRETT and AP MCQUIDDY)

12. “Hear Me Now,” Leon McAuliffe

13. “Off the Beaten Trail,” Hot Texas Swing Band

14. “Sixteen Tons,” Hank Thompson

 

7 SEPTEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BILLY PARKER

1. “Whoa Babe,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for ABBY)

2. “I’ll Never Get out of This World Alive,” Amy Sebran

3. “Juke Joint Johnny,” Red Sovine

(for ERNIE SMART JR. AND THE GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “P.S. I Love You,” Billy Parker

5. “Blue Steel Blues,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

(for JIM ADKINS)

6. “The Blues Don’t Mean A Thing (In My Young Life),” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

7. “Skiddle Dee Boo,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band

8. “Trouble in Mind,” Billy Parker

9. “All over Nothing,” Merl Lindsay and His Oklahoma Nite Riders

10. “When You and I Were Young, Maggie,” Lloyd Green

(for HAMILL TIME)

11. “I Want to Live and Love Always,” Curio Cowboys

(for BREN SEARS JOHNSTON)

12. “San Antonio Rose,” Mando and the Chili Peppers

(for AP MCQUIDDY)

13. “The Wheel,” Asleep at the Wheel

14. “Right or Wrong,” George Jones w/Tanya Tucker

15. “Maiden’s Prayer,” Billy Parker

31 August 2019

SPOTLIGHTING THE ROUND UP BOYS

1, “Betcha My Heart I Love You,” Bob Wills w/Ramona Reed

(for RAMONA REED and JIM BLAIR)

2. “Last Date,” Round Up Boys

3. “Honky Tonk Moon,” Rosie Flores

(for AP MCQUIDDY and the GLASS LIFTERS)

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

5. “How High the Moon,” Hot Club of Cowtown

(for JAN POWER)

6.  “Tell Me All About Georgia,” Hank Penny

7. “Hang Your Head in Shame,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

8. “That’s What I Like About the South,” Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

9. “Memories to Burn,” Round Up Boys

10. “San Antonio Rose,” Jack Guthrie

(for SAM and PAULA BARRETT)

11. “Introduction/Rag Mop,” Johnnie Lee Wills

(for HUGH KIERIG)

12. “I’m Confessin’ That I Love You,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

(for JACK and CAROLE BENDER)

13. “Sweet Mama Blues,” Tune Wranglers

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

24 AUGUST 2019

Featuring JASON ROBERTS

1. “Along the Navajo Trail,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for SE EGAN)

2. “You’re My Sugar,” Jason Roberts and Elizabeth McQueen

(for BRETT BINGHAM)

3. Radio broadcast, Adolph Hofner and His Texans

(for ANDY & SHANNON STROPE and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “The Key’s in the Mailbox,” Round Up Boys

(for BOB & VICKI FJELDSTED)

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

6. “It’s a Rugged Road,” Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws

(for RAY BINGHAM)

7.  “That’s My Home,” Jason Roberts

8. “You Don’t Love Me,” Cal Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers

(for BILLY BYRD)

9. “San Antonio Rose,” Western Swing

(for HAMILL TIME)

10. “Tall Tall Ship,” Hot Club of Cowtown

11. “Am I Blue,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

12. “Mood Indigo,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

13. “Avalon,” Jason Roberts

(for ROBERT & LINDA BLANCK)

17 AUGUST 2019

FEATURING SELECTIONS FROM THE NEW HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN CD, WILD KINGDOM

1. “Elmer’s Tune,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

(for CAROLE and JACK BENDER)

2. “Caveman,” Hot Club of Cowtown

3. “Don’t Let My Glass Run Dry,” Red Sovine

(for HAMILL TIME and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “San Antonio Rose,” the Swangers

(for SAM and PAULA BARRETT)

5. “I’ve Quit My Cattin’ Around,” Harry Choates and His Fiddle

6. “Truck Drivin’ Man,” Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

(for CHAD HINES and MARK and JACKIE DARRAH)

7. “Time Changes Everything,” Oklahoma Swing Project w/Red Steagall

8. “Near Mrs.,” Hot Club of Cowtown

9. “Travelin’,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His boys

(for GLEN BREWINGTON)

10. “Grandfather’s Clock,” Curio Cowboys

(for TINA CAMPBELL)

11. “Shame on You,” Spade Cooley and His Western Dance Band

12. “Muskrat Ramble,” Leon McAuliffe

(for SE EGAN)

13. “Steelin’ the Blues,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

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

(for BILLY BYRD)

10 AUGUST 2019

FEATURING THE TULSA PLAYBOYS (AND FRIENDS)

1. “Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider),” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2. “Corrine, Corrina,” the Tulsa Playboys w/Vince Gill

(for ROBERT BLANCK)

3. “Ain’t It Funny (What A Little Drink Can Do),” Johnny Bond

(for HAMILL TIME and the GLASS LIFTERS)

4. “My Candy,” Hot Club of Cowtown

5. “Milk Cow Blues,” Eldon Shamblin

(for DON RHODES)

6. “Dynamite Diana,” Alvin Crow and the Pleasant Valley Boys

7. “I Dream of You Coming Home to Me,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters

8. “Saturday Night Rag,” Curley Williams and His Georgia Peach Pickers

9. “It’s My Time Now,” Jimmie Revard and His Oklahoma Playboys

(for CAT & CHRIS BURTON)

10. “I Knew the Moment I Lost You,” Tulsa Playboys w/Billy Parker

11. “San Antonio Rose,” June Carter Cash

(for AP MCQUIDDY)

12. “Shiny Stockings,” Ray Pennington and Buddy Emmons

(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)

13. “I Wonder What I’m Going to Do,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

14. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Tulsa Playboys w/Becky Hobbs

(for BILLY DEE ALLEN)

15. “Too Young,” Hank Thompson