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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20 March 2021

Because Tulsa is — as I’m fond of saying on the show — the place where western swing grew up, each episode of SWING ON THIS is likely to feature…
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13 March 2021

Over the past week or so, I’ve received brand-new CDs from two top contemporary western-swing acts: the Brazos Valley Boys and the Hot Texas Swing Band. Both of these terrific aggregations continue…
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6 March 2021

Like many other western-swing numbers — especially those of the double-entendre variety —  “What’s the Matter with the Mill” has its origins in blues music. In fact, six years before Bob Wills…
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27 February 2021

 Regular listeners to SWING ON THIS will be able to tell that it’s a new show this Saturday night, as I apparently forgot pretty much everything about which CDs are…
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6 February 2021

This week, SWING ON THIS is privileged to be able to debut some tunes from the upcoming Brazos Valley Boys disc, SWINGIN’ OUR WAY.As western-swing fans know, the Brazos Valley Boys…
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30 JANUARY 2021

1. “By An Old Water Mill by A Waterfall,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for STAN & JANE JOHNSON)2. “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music,” Caravan Swing Band3. “Don’t…