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 AUGUST 2019

FEATURING SELECTIONS FROM THE NEW HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN CD, WILD KINGDOM “Elmer’s Tune,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for CAROLE and JACK BENDER) “Caveman,” Hot Club of Cowtown…
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15 FEBRUARY 2020

WITH THANKS TO HUGH KIERIG “Oh Monah,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Mutton Swing,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands “Town Drunk,” Mountain Sprout (for AP MCQUIDDY and the…
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“Blues for Dixie,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Me and the Man in the Moon,” Solitaire Miles “Hangover Tavern,” Hank Thompson (for BRAD & ANN JAMES and the GLASS…
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May 19th, 2012

“Beaumont Rag,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys (for BILLY BYRD and JIM VANCE) “Comes Love,” Cow Bop “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking,” Hank Thompson (for the GLASS LIFTERS) “When…
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May 12th, 2012

1.  “Faded Love,” Bob Wills w/Mel Tillis 2.  “Tiger Rag,” Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan 3.  “My Adobe Hacienda,” Louise Massey and Her Westerners (for SU DAVIS) 4.  “Swingtown,” Roy…
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May 5th, 2012

SPECIAL GUEST: SHELBY EICHER 1. “Got A Letter from My Kid Today,” Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys2. “Cow Cow Boogie,” Great Recession Orchestra3. “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer,”…