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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22 AUGUST 2020

1. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for A. SCOTT ARIZONA)2. “Milk Cow Blues,” Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys3. “Honky Tonkitis,” Carl Butler(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, ERNIE SMART…
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15 AUGUST 2020

1. “Running Bear,” Bob Wills w/Johnny Preston(for KENNY STANDEFORD)2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Round Up Boys(for JACK AND CAROLE BENDER)3. “Bottle Bottle,” Jim Ed Brown(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, WES AND…
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8 AUGUST 2020

1. “Too Busy,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for FRANK CHAMPLIN)2. “Rollin’ Nowhere,” Michael Martin Murphey3. “Here I Am Drunk Again,” Clyde Beavers(for WAYNE MCCOMBS, WES AND JEANNIE BENGE, and…
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1 August 2020

1. “Blue Prelude,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys 2. “Take Me Back to Tulsa,” Billy Parker w/Johnnie Lee Wills (for JODI CASH) 3. “I Got Loaded,” Casey Van Beek…
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25 JULY 2020

1. “Everybody Does It in Hawaii,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys2. “I’m An Old Cowhand,” Don Hicks and His Hot Licks(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)3. “Drink Canada Dry,” Bobby…
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18 JULY 2020

1. “Swing Blues No. 1,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys(for CHRIS and CAT BURTON)2. “Milk Cow Blues,” Jana Jae(for JIM HALSEY)3. “Cozy Inn,” Hank Thompson(for JIM and JACKIE KARSTEIN…