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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29 FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURING BOB WILLS’ TEXAS PLAYBOYS “Nothing But Trouble,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Jambalaya,” Asleep at the Wheel (for HAMILL TIME) “Juke Joint Jumpin’,” Wayne Hancock (for MARK &…
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22 FEBRUARY 2020

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF JIM PAUL BLAIR “You’re the Only Star in My Blue Heaven,” Bob Wills “Gonna Buy Me A Dog,” Jim Paul Blair “Put Me to Bed,”…
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25 JANUARY 2020

“I’ll Have Somebody Else,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Texas Playboy Beat,” Playboys 2 “You Only Call Me up When You’re Drunk,” Betty Rogers (for AP MCQUIDDY and the…
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18 JANUARY 2020

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ANDY OATMAN “Way Down in Texas,” Bob Wills “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” Rod Moag w/Leon Rausch, Rosie Flores, and Bobby Koefer (for BOBBY…
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11 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING OUTSIDE-THE-LINES SONGS “Betcha My Heart,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Somewhere South of San Antone,” Hot Texas Swing Band “Habits and Honky Tonks,” Curly Lewis (for CYNTHIA HACKATHORN…
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4 JANUARY 2020

SPOTLIGHTING ROY NEWMAN AND HIS BOYS “Steel Guitar Rag,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Bound to Look Like A Monkey,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands “I Think I’ll…