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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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…
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5 SEPTEMBER 2020

1. “Get with It,” Bob WIlls and His Texas Playboys2. “Milk Cow Blues,” Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers(for MARK YOUNGBLOOD)3. “Loser’s Cocktail,” Dick Curless(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, ANDY & SHANNON STROPE, and…
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29 AUGUST 2020

1. “I Ain’t Got Nobody,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “T.U.L.S.A., Straight Ahead,” Stonehorse w/Billy Parker and Becky Hobbs(for RAY BINGHAM)3. “Honky Tonk Girl,” Hank Thompson and His Brazos…
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22 AUGUST 2020

1. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for A. SCOTT ARIZONA)2. “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys3. “Honky Tonkitis,” Carl Butler(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, ERNIE SMART…
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15 AUGUST 2020

1. “Running Bear,” Bob Wills w/Johnny Preston(for KENNY STANDEFORD)2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Round Up Boys(for JACK AND CAROLE BENDER)3. “Bottle Bottle,” Jim Ed Brown(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, WES AND…