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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

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.

25 MARCH 2023

1. “Back Home Again in Indiana,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Honky Tonk History,” Red Dirt Rangers 3. “Twenty Beers,” Jimmie Skinner (for

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18 MARCH 2023

1, “Weary of the Same Ol’ Stuff,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for DALE CLARK) 2. “Baby Likes to Rock It,” the Tractors (for WALT

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11 MARCH 2023

1. “She’s Killing Me,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for BRENDA SEARS JOHNSTON) 2. “Slow Boat to China,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands

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4 MARCH 2023

1. “Texas Plains,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Sheik of Araby,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters(for CAROLE BENDER) 3. “Wine Me Up,”

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25 FEBRUARY 2023

1. “Red Hot Gal of Mine,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for DAVID TEEGARDEN SR.) 2. “Harmony Grits,” Ida Red(for PATTI GRAHAM DUNN)3. “Good Hearted

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18 FEBRUARY 2023

1. “Tea for Two,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for RON ADAMS) 2. “Tater Pie,” Wild River Band 3. “Boogie Woogie Highball,” Johnnie Lee Wills

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