June 2nd, 2012

1.  “She’s Gone,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

(for ROBERT BISHOP)

2.  “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” Gimbles

3.  “Big Tears,” Debbie Campbell

4.  “Along the Santa Fe Trail,” Mark Abbott

5.  “Undecided,” Brazos Valley Boys

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

7.  “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies

(for the GLASS LIFTERS)

8.  “The Lady in Red,” Prairie Ramblers

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

(for JIM KARSTEIN)

10. “Maiden’s Prayer,” Billy Parker

11. “Spade’s Blues,” Cal Shrum and His Rhythm Rangers

12. “”Saturday Night at Cain’s,” Gene Henslee

(for the RODGERS FAMILY and JOHN HAMILL)

13. “She’s Doggin’ Me,” Roy Newman and His Boys

14. “Too Old to Cut the Mustard,” Great Recession Orchestra

(for BARBARA MARTIN, WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

15. “Jelly Roll Blues,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band

(for SCOTT GREGORY)

May 26th, 2012

1.  “No Matter How She Done It,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

2.  “Adobe Hacienda,” Bob and Johnny Boatright

3.  “Crazy Arms,” Sons of the Pioneers

(for CURLY LEWIS)

4.  “Pick Me Up on Your Way Down,” Tractors

5.  “Cigareetes, Whusky, and Wild, Wild Women,” Red Ingle and The Natural Seven

(for the GLASS LIFTERS)

6.  “Sometimes,” Adolph Hofner and His San Antonians

7.  “It’s a Good Day,” Asleep at the Wheel w/Leon Rausch

8.  “Slow Poke,” Pee Wee King with Redd Stewart

(for CECIL SMITH)

9.  “Smack Dab in the Middle” Leon McAuliff

(for JOHN HAMILL)

10. “Invitation to the Blues” Wild River Band

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

(for JESSE MORRIS)

12. “This Room Is So Crowded,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

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

14. “Peekin’, Peekin’, Peekin,” Doye O’Dell

(for FAITH and BRETT and their DAD)

15. “`Deed I Do,,” Chet Atkins and Les Paul

May 19th, 2012

1.  “Beaumont Rag,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

(for BILLY BYRD and JIM VANCE)

2.  “Comes Love,” Cow Bop

3.  “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” Hank Thompson

(for the GLASS LIFTERS)

4.  “When You’re Smiling,” Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers

5.  “Gone Away,” Bill Anderson w/Oak Ridge Boys

6.  “Song of the Bandit,” Sons of the Pioneers

(for JOHN HAMILL)

7.  “Little Rock Getaway,” Bordertown Bootleggers

(for BARBARA MARTIN, WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)

8.  “Craw Dad Song,” Al Clauser and His Oklahoma Outlaws

9.  “Woodchopper’s Ball,” Leon McAuliffe

10. “Gee Baby,” Great Recession Orchestra

11. “Oh Yes? Take Another Guess,” Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys

(for JESSE MORRIS)

12. “”If You’re Ever in Oklahoma,” Mary Cogan

13. “One Sweet Letter from You,” Merl Lindsay and His Oklahoma Nite Riders

14. “Corrine, Corrine,” J.R. Chatwell

May 12th, 2012

1.  “Faded Love,” Bob Wills w/Mel Tillis

2.  “Tiger Rag,” Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan

3.  “My Adobe Hacienda,” Louise Massey and Her Westerners

(for SU DAVIS)

4.  “Swingtown,” Roy Ferguson

5.  “Close up the Honky Tonks,” Buck Owens

(for the GLASS LIFTERS)

6.  “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette),” Johnny Bond

7.  “Shawnee Trot,” Speedy West

8.  “Wild Rivers Flow,” Pendleton Family Fiddlers

9.  “Boogie Woogie Highball” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys

(for THEA HILL)

10. “Pride Was First to Go” Curly Lewis

11. “Oklahoma Girl,” Susan Herndon

12. “Pray for the Lights to Go Out,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies

13. “”San Antonio Rose,” Pete Fountain

14. “I Guess I’ve Been Dreaming Again,” Spade Cooley

15. “Back in the Saddle Again,” Buck Pizzarelli

April 28th, 2012

DEDICATED TO MAX BARRETT

1. “San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
(for BILLY BYRD)
2. “Lone Star Swing,” Buck Pizzarelli and the West Texas Tumbleweeds
3. “Blues for You, My Love,” Billy Jack Wills’ Western Swing Band
4. “Beer Bottle Mama,” Andy Reynolds and the 101 Ranch Boys
(for the GLASS LIFTERS)
5. “Happy Trails to You,” Bob and Johnny Boatright
6. “Sandhills of Old Nebraska,” Ole Rasmussen and His Cornhuskers
7. “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
8. “Roll ‘Em, Floyd, Billy Mata and Texas Tradition
(for BARBARA MARTIN of WESTERN SWING MONTHLY)
9. “Keeper of My Heart,” Original Texas Playboys
10. “Troubled over You,” Spade CooleyBill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers
11. “A Horse Like You,” Juni Fisher
(for STEVE CLEM)
12. “South of the Border,” Clay Blaker
13. “”Betcha My Heart I Love You,” Cherokee Maidens
14. “Yesterday’s Mail,” Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys
(for CURLY LEWIS)

May 5th, 2012

SPECIAL GUEST: SHELBY EICHER

1. “Got A Letter from My Kid Today,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
2. “Cow Cow Boogie,” Great Recession Orchestra
3. “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer,” Boys in the Bunkhouse
(for the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Johnson Rag,” John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing
5. “Goodbye Liza Jane,” Shelby Eicher
6. “That Naggin’ Wife of Mine,” Leodie Jackson and His Swingers
7. “Take the ‘A’ Train/In the Mood,” Ricky Boen and Texas Mud
8. “Lily Dale,” Bob Boatright
9. “Cool Water,” Sons of the Pioneers
(for JOHN HAMILL)
10. “Kissin’ Bug Boogie,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western Swing Band
11. “There’ll be Some Changes Made,” Eldon Shamblin
12. “”Sweet Jennie Lee,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
13. “`Banjo Boogie,” Lone Star Playboys

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.