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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26 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BILLY JACK WILLS “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for BOBBY & JUDY KOEFER) “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” Billy Jack Wills and His Western…
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19 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING LUKE WILLS “Ida Red Likes the Boogie,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for MARY JO) “Blues in the Night,” Michael H. Price and His Western Swingmasters (for CAROLE…
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12 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING JOHNNIE LEE WILLS “Oh, Lady be Good,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills “Night Life,” Willie Nelson and Ray Price (for WES &…
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5 OCTOBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BOB WILL AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS “Red Hot Gal of Mine,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for DON & TERESA ELLINGTON) “Alexander’s Goodtime Band,” Dave Alexander “Smokey the…
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28 SEPTEMBER 2019

SPOTLIGHTING BOBBY KOEFER “Roly Poly,” Mel Tillis and Bob Wills “Don’t Cry Baby,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands w/Bobby Koefer “Why Can’t Women Have a Good Beer Drinking Song?”…
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21 SEPTEMBER 2019

FEATURING SHELBY EICHER GUESTS: SHELBY EICHER and BOB FJELDSTED “Sugar Baby,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Beaumont Rag,” Roy Clark w/Shelby Eicher “There Stands the Glass,” the Round Up…