29 May 2021

I don’t want to break my arm patting myself on the back, as my mother used to say, but it strikes me that there may only be one radio show in the world that’ll start out with a one-two punch of Bob WILLS and Bob WILES. That would be this Saturday’s installment of SWING ON THIS, opening with Bob Wills’ “Boot Heel Drag“ from 1950, followed by a track from a brand-new album released 51 years later, BOB WILES & COWBOY JONES, featuring Tulsa’s own Mr. Wiles and company with a big original slice of Oklahoma music.

As usual there’s lots more vintage stuff, including tunes by Johnnie Lee Wills, Spade Cooley, the Sunshine Boys, and Shelley Lee Alley and His Alley Cats, along with swell new numbers from Ida Red and the Brazos Valley Boys.

It’s a fast-paced hour of western swing, cowboy jazz, and a surprise or two, coming your way at 7 p.m. Tulsa time over radio station KWGS, 89.5 FM, and live-streaming everywhere via publicradiotulsa.org.    

Always great to have you along for the ride.


1. “Boot Heel Drag,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “I’m Gonna Wake Up,” Bob Wiles and Cowboy Jones
3. “Swinging Doors,” Porter Wagoner
(for HAMILL TIME and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Blues for Dixie,” Brazos Valley Boys
5. “Tulsa, Oklahoma,” Round Up Boys
(for PHIL LESSER)
6. “Red’s Tight Like That,” Tune Wranglers
7. “Undecided,” Hot Texas Swing Band
8. “Honky Tonk Girl,” Billy Parker w/Cal Smith
(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)
9. “Stars Over San Antone,” Tommy Duncan
10. “Texas Blues,” Ida Red
11. “Women, Women, Women,” Shelley Lee Alley and His Alley Cats
12. “Hot Check Baby,” Johnnie Lee Wills
(for BILLY BOWLES)
13. “Music to Her Ears,” Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
14. “What’s the Matter with Deep Ellum,” Sunshine Boys
15. “Horse Hair Boogie,” Spade Cooley