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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12 DECEMBER 2020

1. “Red Hot Gal of Mine,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for CLARKE & BETH WRIGHT)2. “Don’t Blame It All on Alcohol,” Hugh X. Lewis(for BILL CORBETT and the GLASS…
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1. “Limehouse Blues,” Bob Wills 2. “Time Changes Everything,” Billy Parker 3. “Bar Room Habits,” Wayne Kemp(for SAM & PAULA BARRETT and WAYNE MCCOMBS and the GLASS LIFTERS) 4. “Give Back…
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28 NOVEMBER 2020

1. “Rosetta,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for JOHN LISSAU)2. “Gonna Buy Me A Dog,” Jim Paul Blair3. “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine,” Wanda Jackson(for WAYNE MCCOMBS,…
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21 NOVEMBER 2020

1. “Let’s Ride with Bob,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys (for BUDDY CARPENTER) 2. “You’re Nobody TilI Somebody Loves You,” Peggy Rains 3. “Red Wine and Blue Memories,” Joe…
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7 NOVEMBER 2020/14 NOVEMBER 2020

1. ‘Blues for Dixie,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for JEFFREY MORGAN)2. “They’ve Taken Bob Back to Tulsa,” Buck Reams and the Range Riders3. “Ship in the Bottle,” Stonewall Jackson(for…
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31 OCTOBER 2020

1. “Nothin’ But The Best for My Baby,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “Haunted House,” John Anderson3. “That’s Why I Sing in A Honky-Tonk,” Hank Thompson(for BETTYE & GARY…