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.

25 MARCH 2017

1. “Down Hearted Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Roll ‘Em Floyd,” Billy Mata
3. “Water Baby Boogie,” Speedy West with Jimmy Bryant
4. “Brain Cloudy Blues, Merle Haggard
(for ANDY & SHANNON STROPE and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “You’re So Different,” Hank Penny
6. “What Did I Promise Her Last Night,” Billy Parker
7. “Chinatown My Chinatown,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
8. “I’ve Had Enough,” the Tractors
9. “San Antonio Rose,” Johnny Maddox
(for HAMILL TIME)
10. “Lone Star Swing,” Buck Pizzarelli & the Texas Tumbleweeds
11. “Sooner or Later,” Dayna Wills
(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN)
12. “Another Heart to Break,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)
13. “Everybody’s Trying to be My Baby,” Rex Griffin
(for MICHAEL DOHERTY and the ROADRUNNERS and CAROLE & JACK BENDER)
14. “Swing Town,” Roy Ferguson

18 MARCH 2017

1. “William Tell,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “William Tell Overture,” Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(for SUE VENABLE and the VENABLE FAMILY)
3. “Sophisticated Lady,” Eldon Shamblin
4. “Bartender’s Blues, Merrill Moore
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “She’s Sittin’ Pretty,” Billy Parker
(for TODD BRANSTETTER)
6. “Sweet Moments,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
7. “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down,” Tractors
8. “Steel Guitar Rag,” Les Paul and His Trio
(for HAMILL TIME)
9. “Wreck of Old 97,” Mexicali Brass
10. “San Antonio Rose,” Dayna Wills
11. “Nancy Jane,” Tommy Duncan
(for GUY T. MILLER)
12. “Shenandoah,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)
13. “Taking Off,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
14. “Stars Fell on Alabama,” the Ruth Harrison Band w/Steve Ham

11 MARCH 2017

1. “Wait ‘Til You See,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “It’s Goodbye and So Long to You,” Alison Krauss
(for TODD BRANSTETTER)
3. “Boogie Woogie Highball,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
(for JIM & JACKIE KARSTEIN and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Boogie Baby,” Great Recession Orchestra
5. “Swingin’ in Oklahoma,” Bob Skyles and His Skyrockets
6. “East of the Sun/Moonglow/Sunny Side of the Street,” Moe Billington
7. “Minnie the Moocher,” Dave Alexander
8. “San Antonio Rose,” John Denver
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and SE EGAN)
9. “Them Hillbillies Are Mountain Williams Now,” Hoosier Hot Shots
10. “High Noon,” Diamonds
(for HAMILL TIME)
11. “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
12. “Kentucky Means Paradise,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band
13. “In A Spanish Mission,” Johnnie Lee Wills w/John Thomas Wills
14. “I’ll be There,” Leon Russell
(for STEVE TODOROFF)
15. “Coo-Coo Creek Hop,” Herbie Remington

4 MARCH 2017

1. “Born to Love You,” Bob Wills
2. “My San Antonio Rose,” Time Jumpers
3. “Clink, Clink, Another Drink,” Spike Jones and His City Slickers
(for MONTY JOHNSON & the GLASS LIFTERS, the VENABLES, and JANE & STAN JOHNSON)
4. “Blub Twist,” Johnnie Lee Wills and Boys
5. “Mean to Me,” Dayna Wills
(for HUGH KIERIG)
6. “Pull Down the Shades and Lock the Door,” Bill Boyd
7. “Cow Cow Boogie,” the Judds
8. “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
(for DAVIS JOYCE)
9. “That Big World Out There,” Billy Parker
(for HAMILL TIME)
10. “Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon,” Ray Pennington and Buddy Emmons
11. “San Antonio Rose,” Ingerlill Rossvald Orchestra
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
12. “Faded Love,” Bob Wills and Mel Tillis
13. “Medley,” Cowjazz
14. “Hamburger Hop,” Johnny Hicks and His Troubadours
15. “Love Letters in the Sand,” Red Steagall
16. “Three Way Boogie,” Spade Cooley and His Orchestra

25 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “She’s Gone,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “As Time Goes By,” Merle Haggard
3. “I Can’t Dance (Got Ants in My Pants),” Roy Newman and His Boys
(for JACK and CAROLE BENDER)
4. “Tears Flowed Like Wine,” Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Tophands w/Chris O’Connell
(for DALE CLARK and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Oklahoma’s Callin’,” Jack Guthrie
6. “Salute to Big Bands Medley,” Tommy Crook and Paul McGhee
7. “Texan in a Stetson,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
8. “Baby Doll,” Sons of the Pioneers
(for HAMILL TIME)
9. “You Are My Angel,” Billy Parker
10. “San Antonio Rose,” Ricky Skaggs
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
11. “Annie Oakley,” Gail Davis
(for TOM and NANCY BRIAN)
12. “The Three Bears,” Leon McAuliffe
13. “Blues for Dixie,” Byron Berline Band
14. “Them There Eyes,” Gene Gimble
15. “Sweet Lynda Fern,” Curly Lewis
(for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN)

18 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “Wang Wang Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “You’re Gonna Love Me,” Dayna Wills
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
3. “Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” Alvin Crow
4. “Big Bug Boogie,” Merrill Moore
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “A Strain,” Roy’s Toys
6. “Rollin’ Along,” Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn
(for JOHN HARRIS)
7. “Prairie Lullaby,” Michael Nesmith
(for S.E. EGAN)
8. “Get Your Kicks from the Country Hicks,” Johnny Hicks and His Country Hicks
9. “San Antonio Rose,” Vassar Clements and David Bromberg
(for HAMILL TIME and SAM & PAULA BARRETT)
10. “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” Tim Rushlow and His Big Band
(for IDA KEEFER)
11. “Old Tobacco Mill,” Hi-Flyers
12. “Fireball Mail, Duane Eddy
13. “Ragg Mopp,” Stonehorse
(for BOB MCGEE)
14. “I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine,” Patti Page
15. “Can’t Get Nowhere,” Tractors

11 FEBRUARY 2017

1. “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “The Coffee Song,” Tim Rushlow and His Big Band
3. “In Between Honky Tonks,” Candy Noe
(for ERNIE SMART JR. and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “What Where & When,” Leon McAuliffe
(for GUY T. MILLER)
5. “Hang Your Head in Shame,” Solitaire Miles
(for ELVEN LINDBLAD)
6. “(Gotta Get to) Oklahoma City,” Luke Wills’ Rhythm Busters
(for BETTYE & GARY)
7. “Johnson Rag,” John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing
(for PHIL ALBERT)
8. “Honolulu Rock-A-Roll-A,” Moon Mullican
(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)
9. “I Did It and I’m Glad,” Joe Carson
(for TODD BRANSTETTER and HAMILL TIME)
10. “After You’ve Gone,” Hot Club of Cowtown
11. “Fiddleitis,” Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys
12. “Nyquil Blues,” Alvin Crow and His Pleasant Valley Boys
13. “San Antonio Rose,” Patsy Cline
(for MICHAEL DOHERTY)
14. “Let Me in There, Baby,” Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys
15. “Faded Love,” Leon Rausch

4 FEBRUARY 2017

SPECIAL GUEST: BOB FJELDSTED OF THE ROUND UP BOYS

1. “No Wonder,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Round Up Boys
3. “We’re the Time Jumpers,” the Time Jumpers
4. “There Stands the Glass,” Round Up Boys
(for VICKI FJELDSTED and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Honky Tonkin’,” the Time Jumpers
6. “From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies,” the Hoosier Hot Shots
(for WAYNE MCCOMBS)
7. “Talkin”Bout You,” Johnnie Lee Wills
8. “Driving Nails in My Coffin,” Jacob Tovar and the Saddle Tramps
for MARY BETH BABCOCK of DWELLING SPACES)
9. “Back in Your Own Backyard,” Roy Newman and His Boys
10. “Don’t Fence Me In,” Clint Eastwood
(for HAMILL TIME)
11. “Easy Ridin’ Papa,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
12. “Steam Heat,” Patti Page
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
13. “Baby Keeps Stealin’,” Great Recession Orchestra
14. “Gotta Little Red Wagon,” Merle Lindsay and His Oklahoma Nite Riders

28 JANUARY 2017

1. “The Image of Me,” Bob Wills
(for JEFFREY MORGAN)
2. “Java Jive,” Cindy Cain, Pam Van Dyke Crosby, and Rebecca Ungerman
(for CASEY MORGAN)
3. “Smokey Old Bar,” Dale Watson and His Lonestars
(for BRETT BINGHAM and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Twin Guitar Boogie,” Leon McAuliffe
5. “Roly Poly,” Jim Reeves
(for HAMILL TIME)
6. “Cherokee,” Cherokee Maidens
7. “A-Town Blues,” Wayne Hancock
8. “Tenderly,” Rose Sinclair
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
9. “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
(for GINNIE GRAHAM)
10. “For Me and My Gal,” Merle Travis
11. “Cleanin’ My Rifle (And Dreamin’ of You),” Roy Rogers
(for JACK and CAROLE BENDER)
12. “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Gene Autry
13. “Darktown Strutters’ Ball,” Jason Roberts
14. “Trouble in Mind,” Jerry Irby and His Texas Ranchers
15. “Canadian Sunset,” Paul Moore
(for ROBERT HUSTON)

21 JANUARY 2017

IN MEMORY OF TOMMY ALLSUP

1. “What Makes Bob Holler,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Bob’s Breakdowns,” Asleep at the Wheel
3. “Live Bait,” “Brother” Al Stricklin
(for HUGH KIERIG)
4. “Warm Red Wine,” Archie Bell
(for STEVE HAM and the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Raining in My Heart,” Brady Bowen w/Tommy Allsup
6. “Rose of Old Pawnee,” Billy Mize
7. “Heebie Jeebie Blues,” Leon Rausch
(for NELLIE KELLY)
8. “I’ll Be There,” Joe Carson
(for HAMILL TIME)
9. “Across the Alley from the Alamo,” Wilford Brimley
10. “Blue Bonnet Lane,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
11. “Bring It on Down to My House,” Bob Wills’ Original Texas Playboys
12. “Milk Cow Blues,” Cody Canada
13. “Yearning,” Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys w/Merle Haggard
14. “You Belong to Me,” Brady Bowen w/Tommy Allsup