Longtime listeners know that they’re liable to hear just about anyone on SWING ON THIS. However, in the 18 years that the show’s been on the air, I honestly don’t believe we’ve every had Johann Sebastian Bach on the playlist.
Well, all of that changes this Saturday, when a Bach composition is indeed involved in a two-part medley from the well-known music producer Snuff Garrett and his Texas Opera Company, which was an ambitious, daring, and apparently one-off project of his from the ‘70s. Thank you, John Hamill.
And if that’s not boundary-expanding enough for one evening, we’ve got a second two-song medley from Craig Chambers that blends tunes from Marty Robbins and Irving Berlin.
Of course, we’ve also got some great numbers from people you hear from every week — or almost every week — like Bob and Johnnie Lee Wills, Leon McAuliffe, Milton Brown, Hank Thompson, and Billy Parker, along with cuts from some terrific new discs. So please join me Saturday at 7 p.m., Tulsa time, over KWGS, 89.5 FM or streaming live everywhere in the doggone world. It’s just not as much fun without you.
1. “Mean Mama Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “Takin’ A Trip,” Hot Texas Swing Band
3. “Three Little Swigs,” Hank Thompson
(for ANDY & SHANNON STROPE and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “You Don’t Know Me,” Brazos Valley Boys
(for MOREY SULLIVAN)
5. “Tomorrow Never Comes,” Billy Parker & Ernest Tubb
(for BILLY PARKER)
6. “Wildwood Flower/Joy,” Snuff Garrett’s Texas Opera Company
(for HAMILL TIME)
7. “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy,” Leon McAuliffe
8. “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter,” Ida Red
(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)
9. “Too Long,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys
10. “Stay All Night,” Bagsby Brothers
11. “Get Along Cindy,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
12. “Big Butter and Egg Man,” Merle Haggard
13. “Hey Toots,” Dick Reinhardt
14. “Nighttime on the Prairie/What’ll I Do,” Craig Chambers
(for FRANCIE & TOM BOMER)
15. “Sleepy-Eyed John,” Ole Rasmussen and His Cornhuskers
16. “Wild Side of Life,” Eric Diamond