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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2 APRIL 2022

It’s a special time in T-Town, as the far-flung group of music lovers known as the LeonLifers  have gathered in Tulsa for a weekend full of events, centered around Leon…
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26 MARCH 2022

I’ve written in this space before about “Uncle” Art Satherley, the British-born A&R man for Columbia Records in the ‘30s and ‘40s, and how he thought that the Bob Wills…
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19 MARCH 2022

If you like swingin’ covers of big-band and Great American Songbook hits, you’ll especially enjoy this week’s edition of SWING ON THIS, coming your way Saturday night at 7 p.m.…
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MARCH 12 2022

Bob Wills was never averse to a little experimentation with his Texas Playboys, whether it was adding reeds and horns to the band, hiring female vocalists and instrumentalists, or going…
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MARCH 5 2022

This week, I’ve got a trio of songs FROM Tulsa ABOUT Tulsa — that is, T-town tunes by Tulsa artists the Round Up Boys, James Robert Webb, and Luigi Balletto.…
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26 FEBRUARY 2022

Houston-born Leon McAuliffe was still a teenager in 1935, when he toted his steel guitar to Tulsa and joined up with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Although Leon was,…