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 www.kwgs.com

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.

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17 OCTOBER 2020

1. “Sally Goodin’,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Darktown Strutters’ Ball,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)3. “Gone Away,” Steve Ripley4. “I Do My…
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10 OCTOBER 2020

1. “Maiden’s Prayer,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Jason Roberts (for BRETT BINGHAM) 3. “The Bottle or Me,” Connie Hall (for SE EGAN and the…
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3 OCTOBER 2020

1. “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for SUE ANN CHAPMAN)2. “I’ll Cry Instead,” Peggy Rains(for RAY BINGHAM)3. “I Got Loaded,” Casey Van Beek and…
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26 SEPTEMBER 2020

1. “I Found A Dream,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Jazz Me Blues,” Hayes Griffin3. “The Bottle Let Me Down,” Merle Haggard(for DANNY G. WEST, WAYNE MCCOMBS, and the…
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19 SEPTEMBER 2020

1. “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Tulsa Time,” James Robert Webb (for JIM DOWNING) 3. “Two Six-Packs Away,” Dave Dudley (for BILLY DEE ALLEN,…
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12 SEPTEMBER 2020

1. “Wang Wang Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2, “Cruel Love,” Hayes Griffin3. “Honky Tonkin’ Again,” Buddy Cagle(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, DALE CLARK, and the GLASS LIFTERS)4. “I Can’t Believe…