Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Winter 2017

musicTop songs at Sundance Saloon from the winter of 20116-17! Here’s a list of the top 30 current country-western dance songs you might hear at Sundance Saloon. These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

Sundance Saloon Music: Winter 2017

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Road Less TraveledLauren Alainavideo
Painting PillowsLauren Alaina
A Little More SummertimeJason Aldeanvideo
In The DarkClayton Andersonvideo
Yeah BoyKelsea Ballerinivideo
Room To BreatheChase Bryantvideo
Girl Next DoorBrandy Clarkvideo
From The Ground UpDan + Shayvideo
Sounds Like LoveCharles Esten
Heartbreak SongMickey Guytonvideo
There's A GirlTrent Harmonvideo
Make You MineHigh Valleyvideo
Ring On Every FingerLoCashvideo
Humble And KindTim McGrawvideo
How I'll Always BeTim McGrawvideo
When I'm GoneCraig Morganvideo
80's MercedesMaren Morrisvideo
Unlove YouJennifer Nettlesvideo
Song For Another TimeOld Dominionvideo
If He Ain't Gonna Love YouJake Owenaudio
Dirt On My BootsJon Pardivideo
Head Over BootsJon Pardivideo
InsecureRaeLynnaudio
Yours If You Want ItRascal Flattsvideo
Star Of The ShowThomas Rhettvideo
Sit Here And CryAubrie Sellersvideo
FlatlinerCole Swindellaudio
Wasted TimeKeith Urbanvideo
Think Of YouChris Young / Cassadee Popevideo
Outta StyleAaron Watsonvideo
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A Golden Age of Gay/Lesbian Country Music?

contributed by Dan Goldes

With new releases by Chely Wright, Ty Herndon, and newcomer Brandon Stansell, and with former child singer Billy Gilman featured on TV’s The Voice, it seems as though we may be entering a new era of acceptance for openly lesbian and gay country singers.

Wright, whose Sundance Saloon hits include “Jezebel” and “What If We Fly”, released I Am The Rain, her first album in five years, in September. Wright came out publicly – the first major country artist to do so – in 2010 with the publication of her memoir Like Me and the release the following year of the documentary film, Wish Me Away. She married Lauren Blitzer in 2011 and they welcomed twin sons in 2013.

Ty Herdon with Dan Goldes at Davis Pride, May 2016

Ty Herdon with Dan Goldes at Davis Pride, May 2016

I Am The Rain entered Billboard’s “Top Country Albums” at #13, marking Wright’s second highest debut on the overall Country tally. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the album, which includes a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”. Wright didn’t change the pronouns in the song, making it very clear she’s singing about a woman.

Ty Herndon’s new album, House on Fire, was released in early November. Known at Sundance for “Steam” and “You Can Leave Your Hat On”, Herndon came out in November, 2014, becoming the first major male country star to do so. (His coming out story inspired Billy Gilman, singer of Sundance’ Saloon’s “You Don’t, You Won’t”, to come out the same day.)

Herndon, who performed at several Pride events last summer, co-wrote many of the songs on the new album, including the title track. In it, he describes growing up in a religious environment but feeling ostracized by the church:

I still replay those words
Only 10 years old and hate is what I heard from that loving church
‘And there’s no salvation on that road you’re taking, and a boy like you ain’t worth saving’

Rolling Stone magazine noted “the songs on House on Fire are gender-free by design, allowing anyone to see their romantic ups and downs in the stories.”

Newcomer Brandon Stansell’s ballad, “Slow Down”, which features backing vocals by Herndon, is the title track from his current EP. The video leaves no doubt about Stansell’s gay identity, and he is dedicated to forging his career as openly gay from the beginning.

Of course, there have long been gay men and lesbians in the commercial country music scene – singer/songwriter Shane McAnally is known for his hit “Are Your Eyes Still Blue” and for writing hits for a dozen country stars, including “Mama’s Broken Heart” (Miranda Lambert), “Somewhere With You” (Kenny Chesney), and “Downtown” (Lady Antebellum) – and the current crop of music from openly gay singers provides fans a new chance to support these artists.

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Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Summer 2016

musicTop songs at Sundance Saloon from the summer of ’16! Here’s a list of the top 30 current country-western dance songs you might hear at Sundance Saloon. These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

Sundance Saloon Music: Summer 2016

alphabetical by artist
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21 SummerBrothers Osborneaudio
MoveLuke Bryanaudio
Room To BreatheChase Bryantvideo
NoiseKenny Chesneyvideo
Girl Next DoorBrandy Clarkvideo
Baby BelieveKristy Lee Cookaudio
From The Ground UpDan + Shayvideo
Float Your BoatRyan Follesevideo
Make You MineHigh Valleyvideo
Ain't Just A Southern ThingAlan Jacksonaudio
Bring You DownLibby Kochaudio
BoomerangJana Krameraudio
FixChris Lanevideo
Shut Up and FishMaddie & Taevideo
Southern BelleScotty McCreeryvideo
How I'll Always BeTim McGrawvideo
Humble And KindTim McGrawvideo
CaliforniaTim McGraw f/ Big & Richaudio
You Look Like I Need A DrinkJustin Moorevideo
Unlove YouJennifer Nettlesvideo
A Little More LoveJerrod Niemann & Lee Bricevideo
SnapbackOld Dominionvideo
American Country Love SongJake Owenvideo
Head Over BootsJon Pardivideo
T-ShirtThomas Rhettvideo
FlatlinerCole Swindellaudio
Wasted TimeKeith Urbanvideo
Livin' The DreamDrake Whitevideo
Sleep Without YouBrett Youngvideo
Think Of YouChris Young / Cassadee Popevideo
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Sundance Saloon at San Francisco Pride 2016

Sundance Saloon presented country-western dancing at the San Francisco Pride Festival in the Civic Center on June 26, 2016. It was a glorious day of dancing, only slightly blemished in the shadow of the Orlando nightclub massacre the previous week, as we were determined to continue to live our lives out and proud.

More photos here: http://sundance.zenfolio.com/sfpride2016

SFPride 2016

SFPride 2016      SFPride 2016

SFPride 2016     SFPride 2016

SFPride 2016

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Orlando Tragedy Remembrance at Sundance Saloon

Sundance Saloon held a tribute and healing ceremony in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, June 12, 2016. A moment of silence, followed by a gathering of community, followed by healing through dance.

There are  no words that can express the depth of our feelings of sadness, anger, and disbelief. We will carry on the struggle. We will not let terrorism win. We will stand with each other and find solace with each other and take care of each other, through love, pride, music, and dance.

“And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love,
cannot be killed or swept aside.”
– Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Awards acceptance speech, June 12, 2016

^IY

 

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Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Spring 2016

musicLots of great new music since our last post! Here’s a list of the top 30 current country-western dance songs you might hear at Sundance Saloon. These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

Sundance Saloon Music: Spring 2016

alphabetical by artist
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21 SummerBrothers Osbourneaudio
Sparks Will FlyBrenda Burchaudio
NoiseKenny Chesneyvideo
Girl Next DoorBrandy Clarkvideo
Baby BelieveKristy Lee Cookaudio
From The Ground UpDan + Shayvideo
Lose My MindBrett Eldredgevideo
By The WayLindsay Elivideo
We WentRandy Houservideo
BoomerangJana Krameraudio
FixChris Lanevideo
DetourCyndi Lauperaudio
Perfect StormAllie Louiseaudio
Shut Up and FishMaddie & Taevideo
Southern BelleScotty McCreeryvideo
Humble And KindTim McGrawvideo
CaliforniaTim McGraw f/ Big & Richaudio
You Look Like I Need A DrinkJustin Moorevideo
Unlove YouJennifer Nettlesvideo
SnapbackOld Dominionvideo
Love Her For A WhileSam Outlawaudio
Head Over BootsJon Pardivideo
Gonna Get BurnedRachel Potteraudio
T-ShirtThomas Rhettvideo
FriendsBlake Sheltonvideo
Hole In A BottleCanaan Smithvideo
Wasted TimeKeith Urbanvideo
Livin' The DreamDrake Whitevideo
Sleep Without YouBrett Youngvideo
Think Of YouChris Young / Cassadee Popevideo
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April Follies Same-Sex Dance Competition Featured on ABC 7 News


(apologies for the advertisement preceding the video)

The April Follies Same-Sex Dancesport Classic was featured on a channel 7 news broadcast. This year’s April Follies took place on April 26 and is the largest and longest-running same-sex dance competition in North America. Sundance Saloon regulars will recognize some of the participants in the video and the news article.

Full article here: Same-sex Ballroom Dancing Popular In Bay Area

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Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Winter 2016

musicWarm up dancing to our winter selection of current music. Here’s a list of the top 30 current country-western dance songs you might hear at Sundance Saloon. These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

 

Sundance Saloon Music: Winter 2016

alphabetical by artist
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Gonna Know We Were HereJason Aldeanvideo
Tonight Looks Good On YouJason Aldeanvideo
Young & CrazyFrankie Ballardvideo
DibsKelsea Ballerinivideo
Gentle On My MindBand Perryvideo
Stay A Little LongerBrothers Osbournevideo
Little Bit Of YouChase Bryantvideo
Baby BelieveKristy Lee Cookaudio
Nothin' Like YouDan + Shayvideo
Lose My MindBrett Eldredgevideo
Shut Up And FishMaddie & Taevideo
Better Than You Left MeMickey Guytonvideo
We WentRandy Houseraudio
House PartySam Huntvideo
BoomerangJana Krameraudio
Steal Me AwayOlivia Lanevideo
I Love This LifeLocash Cowboysvideo
Southern BelleScotty McCreeryvideo
Humble And KindTim McGrawvideo
Have You Ever Seen The RainAllison Mooreraudio
Unlove YouJennifer Nettlesaudio
Love Her For A WhileSam Outlawaudio
SnapbackOld Dominionaudio
Gonna Get BurnedRachel Potteraudio
Die A Happy ManThomas Rhettvideo
SangriaBlake Sheltonvideo
It Takes All KindsGeorge Straitaudio
Let Me See Ya GirlCole Swindellvideo
Break On MeKeith Urbanaudio
HomegrownZac Brown Bandvideo
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Sundance Saloon Returns To Jane Warner Plaza: January 30, 2016

 

Sundance Saloon brought some liveliness to the Jane Warner Plaza at Castro & Market in San Francisco. After being rained out the previous two Saturdays, we finally had some nice weather with partly cloudy skies and none of the wet stuff.

Dancing in Jane Warner Plaza    Dancing at Jane Warner Plaza

Dancing in Jane Warner Plaza

 

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Sundance Saloon Holiday Ball 2015

We had another very fun and festive Holiday Ball on December 13 at Sundance Saloon in San Francisco, featuring the many traditions that have come to define this event. This year we were able to capture the indoor snowfall during the Barn Dance on video (see above)! The flurries start at around 1:45.

In addition we collected dozens of toys for Mama’s Toy Drive, ultimately destined for Sunburst Projects, the SFPD, and other locations. Santa made his customary appearance. Everyone got lei’d while dancing to Mele Kalimaka. The dancing cowboy Santa toy wiggled his hips all night long. And we presented the checks to the beneficiaries of the Sundance Stompede which raised $21,892 this year.

Sundance Saloon Holiday BallStompede beneficiary check presentationSundance Saloon Holiday Ball 2015
… and here’s a nice Facebook post from earlier in the month:

Facebook reference - Holiday Ball

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