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Striking Gold

With the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre justifiably receiving national and international attention this year, we remember another Oklahoma-related centennial, acknowledging the first movies made especially for Black audiences in our state. Get the story in my latest OKLAHOMA Magazine column, available HERE. 

Swingin’ Our Way

Like their former boss, Hank Thompson, the current members of the western-swing-based Brazos Valley Boys have never shied away from a little musical experimentation. That certainly holds true for their new album, SWINGIN’ OUR WAY. I talk with bandleader Morey Sullivan about that disc and… Read More »Swingin’ Our Way

6 March 2021

Like many other western-swing numbers — especially those of the double-entendre variety —  “What’s the Matter with the Mill” has its origins in blues music. In fact, six years before Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys recorded their version (in 1936), Vocalion brought out the very first… Read More »6 March 2021

27 February 2021

 Regular listeners to SWING ON THIS will be able to tell that it’s a new show this Saturday night, as I apparently forgot pretty much everything about which CDs are in which players during my two weeks away from the studio. This will be painfully… Read More »27 February 2021