21 AUGUST 2021

This Saturday on SWING ON THIS, my special in-studio guest is Morey Sullivan, leader of the Brazos Valley Boys, who’ll be celebrating their 75th anniversary with a big Cain’s Ballroom CD release party on Sunday, August 29.
   
From 1946 on, the Brazos Valley Boys were Hank Thompson’s band, with any number of great country and western-swing musicians featured in the group over the years. Morey himself, a bassist as well as vocalist, began working with Hank in 1979 — following Thompson’s demise in 2007, he continues to lead the group at recording sessions and in live performances.
   

Morey and I will be playing several tracks from the new BVB disc, SWINGIN’ OUR WAY, and he’s got a story or two about the western-swing business that I guarantee will be as entertaining as the music.
   

We’ll even give a nod to his former boss with this week’s glass-lifiting number, a big country charttopper for Hank in 1968. Plus, Johnnie Lee Wills and the Boys with a tune that became a regional hit on rock ’n’ roll stations; Johnnie Lee’s brother Bob with one of his later tunes, recorded for the Dallas-based Longhorn label; and the Judds covering an Ella Mae Morse hit from the Big Band Era.
   

All that and plenty more this Saturday, 7 p.m. Tulsa Time, on SWING ON THIS, heard locally over KWGS, 89.5 FM and live-streaming everywhere at publicradiotulsa.org

 


SPECIAL GUEST: MOREY SULLIVAN OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY BOYS

1. “Let’s Get It Over and Done With,” Bob Wills 
2. “I Love Being Here with You,” Brazos Valley Boys
3. “Smoky the Bar,” Hank Thompson
(for JAMES BAILEY and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Blub Twist,” Johnnie Lee Wills and Boys
5. “Midnight/Brain Cloudy Blues,” Brazos Valley Boys w/ Rex Allen Jr.. 
6. “San Antonio Rose,” Top Hand Band
(for AP MCQUIDDY)
7. “What Did I Promise Her Last Night,” Billy Parker
(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)
8. “Relaxin’,” Brazos Valley Boys
(for ROSE SINCLAIR)
9. “Sheik of Araby,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
(for CINDY CLARK)
10. “Cow Cow Boogie,” the Judds
(for HAMILL TIME)
11. “Blues for Dixie,” Brazos Valley Boys
12. “You Can’t Break My Heart,” Spade Cooley 
13, “That’s Life,” Brazos Valley Boys w/Ray Benson