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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23 JANUARY 2021

1. “She’s Killin’ Me,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Wabash Cannonball,” Leon Russell(for ROBERT BLANCK and the COLORADO-BASED  LEON LIFERS)3. “Beer Drinkin’ Honky Tonkin’ Blues,” Billy Mize(for WES &…
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16 January 2020

1. “Bob Wills Boogie,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for LEE HAMRICK)2. “Sioux City Sue,” Eric Diamond3. “Bottle by Bottle,” Lattie Moore(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and JIM & JACKIE KARSTEN and…
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9 JANUARY 2021

1. “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Prairie Lullaby,” Michael Nesmith 3. “That Little Old Wine Drinker Me,” Robert Mitchum (for DALE CLARK…
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2 JANUARY 2021

1, :Who Walks in When I Walk out,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Boogie Back to Texas,” Asleep at the Wheel(for CHRIS BURTON)3, “Chug-A-Lug,” Roger Miller(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, SE…
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26 DECEMBER 2020

1. “Osage Stomp,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Billy Parker(for CAROLE & JACK BENDER)3. “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” Loretta Lynn(for WAYNE MCCOMBS and…
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19 DECEMBER 2020

1. “Empty Chair at the Christmas Table,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for KIT SPRAGUE)2. “Swan Lake Christmas,” Nokie Edwards and the Light Crust Doughboys3. “Let It Snow,” Bob Wills’…