Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Autumn 2015

musicWe’re late! This is our autumn list, and though it’s feeling like winter in San Francisco as the rainy season begins, it’s still technically autumn. 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: Autumn 2015

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Gonna Know We Were HereJason Aldeanvideo
Tonight Looks Good On YouJason Aldeanvideo
Young & CrazyFrankie Ballardvideo
Gentle On My MindBand Perryvideo
Stay A Little LongerBrothers Osbournevideo
Little Bit Of YouChase Bryantvideo
Rest Of ForeverJason Cassidyaudio
Baby BelieveKristy Lee Cookaudio
Nothin' Like YouDan + Shayvideo
Lose My MindBrett Eldredgevideo
It's On TonightGlorianaaudio
Better Than You Left MeMickey Guytonvideo
We WentRandy Houseraudio
You Never KnowAlan Jacksonaudio
BoomerangJana Krameraudio
Steal Me AwayOlivia Lanevideo
Pain KillerLittle Big Townvideo
I Love This LifeLocash Cowboysvideo
Southern BelleScotty McCreeryvideo
I'm To BlameKip Moorevideo
Have You Ever Seen The RainAllison Mooreraudio
Love Her For A WhileSam Outlawaudio
Already Callin' You MineParmaleevideo
Gonna Get BurnedRachel Potteraudio
SangriaBlake Sheltonvideo
Lonely TonightBlake Shelton f Ashley Monroevideo
It Takes All KindsGeorge Straitaudio
Let Me See Ya GirlCole Swindellvideo
Break On MeKeith Urbanaudio
HomegrownZac Brown Bandvideo
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New Video “Stay A Little Longer” Depicts Same-Sex Relationship

We’re back after a few months’ hiatus with a look at a groundbreaking video for the Brothers Osbourne song “Stay A Little Longer” which recently broke into the top 10 in the Billboard country music charts. While the lyrics are not specifically gay-themed, the video features a gay couple among the five couples going through various stages of a relationship. The video does not shy away from displaying passion and tenderness among each of the couples, treating the same-sex couple no differently from the others. For a genre that leans particularly conservative, this is perhaps the first time such raw same-sex emotion is viewed in a country mainstream video, and so naturally to boot. There’s a great article in Rolling Stones magazine about the video.

Interestingly there hasn’t been a controversy about this (yet), like there was about Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” which was feared by some in conservative circles to have a lesbian theme. (It doesn’t). Some radio stations were reluctant to play it, but the song eventually reached #3 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart anyway. Interestingly, “Girl Crush” spent a record-breaking 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart which factors in a combination of airplay, downloads and streaming.

Certainly Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” also suffered a lack of radio airplay because of its explicit acceptance of same-sex attraction, among other concerns. The song only reached #43 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart despite winning the Song of the Year award at the 2014 Country Music Association awards. Go figure.

Possibly the first mainstream country song with a positive (or at least neutral) gay subtheme was “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” recorded by Mel McDaniel in 1985, and also by Waylon Jennings. This song was just an obscure track on a popular album (“Stand Up”), but it was a staple for years at the old gay country-western bar Rawhide 2 in San Francisco. You may even hear it occasionally 30 years later at Sundance Saloon.

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Top 30 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: Summer 2015

musicHere’s an informal list of the top 30 current country-western dance songs you might hear at Sundance Saloon. (It’s been a while since we’ve posted a music list. We’ll be doing this quarterly instead of monthly, as there sometimes hasn’t been a lot of change from month to month.) These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

Sundance Saloon Music: Summer 2015

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Tonight Looks Good On YouJason Aldeanvideo
Young & CrazyFrankie Ballardvideo
Gentle On My MindBand Perryvideo
Roller CoasterLuke Bryanvideo
Rest Of ForeverJason Cassidyaudio
Baby BelieveKristy Lee Cookaudio
Mean To MeBrett Eldredgevideo
Lose My MindBrett Eldredgevideo
It's On TonightGlorianaaudio
Better Than You Left MeMickey Guytonvideo
You Never KnowAlan Jacksonaudio
Drunk AmericansToby Keithvideo
Long Stretch Of LoveLady Antebellumvideo
Steal Me AwayOlivia Lanevideo
Crazy TooLucy Angelvideo
I'm To BlameKip Moorevideo
BiscuitsKacey Musgravesaudio
Dime Store CowgirlKacey Musgravesaudio
Have You Ever Seen The RainAllison Mooreraudio
Somewhere TonightJames Ottovideo
Love Her For A WhileSam Outlawaudio
Mississippi FloodHayden Panetierreaudio
Gonna Get BurnedRachel Potteraudio
Make Me WannaThomas Rhettvideo
Lonely TonightBlake Shelton f Ashley Monroevideo
SangriaBlake Sheltonvideo
Lay LowJosh Turnervideo
WildfireAaron Watsonaudio
HomegrownZac Brown Bandvideo
Loving You EasyZac Brown Bandvideo
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Sundance Saloon Featured on KALW Public Radio

Sundance Saloon
Sundance Saloon was featured in public radio station KALW’s “Sound of the Week.” During the first week of August KALW (91.7-FM) broadcast a sound excerpt recorded at Sundance Saloon and asked listeners to identify what it was and where it was recorded.

The reveal at 5:00 pm on August 6, 2015 included a very nice audio article about Sundance Saloon, including interviews with Chris Baines, Joyce Gagnon, and Neeraj Sharma.

Listen to the KALW’s full story here:
http://kalw.org/post/audiograph-s-sound-week-sundance-saloon

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Sundance Saloon at San Francisco Pride

Sundance Saloon spent an amazing day on a glorious weekend at the San Francisco Pride Festival in the Civic Center on June 28, 2015. Coming on the heels of the historic Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, the City was ablaze in celebration all weekend long. We two-stepped and line-danced our way through the weekend, with dance events Saturday night at the Whitcomb Hotel, Sunday all day at the Civic Center, and then Sunday night again back at the Whitcomb.

Lots more photos here: http://sundance.zenfolio.com/sfpride2015

Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015

Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015

Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015

Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015Sundance Saloon at SF Pride 2015

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Sundance Saloon Featured In Hoodline Article

Sundance Saloon at Jane Warner Plaza

Sundance Saloon was featured in a detailed article in Hoodline, a prolific blog dedicated to San Francisco neighborhood news. The article appeared on Monday, June 15, and covers our range of activities, history and culture.

See the full article here:
Meet The Sundance Association, A Unique Country-Western Dancing Club

 

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Sundance Saloon Returns To Jane Warner Plaza – April 11, 2015

Sundance Saloon returned to Jane Warner Plaza in the heart of the Castro district of San Francisco for some more two-steppin’ and line dancin’ fun. There’s something really special about dancing under a beautiful blue sky, especially when your audience includes tourists coming in on the vintage MUNI streetcars who may never have seen same-sex dancing. There could not be better ambassadors for the LGBT community.

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Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15 Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15

Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15 Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15

Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15 Jane Warner Plaza 04-11-15

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Sundance Saloon at “Easter in the Park” with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Sundance Saloon became part of the entertainment at the infamous Easter in the Park with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. After a morning of rainshowers the sun came out just in time for our demonstration dancing on the lawn of Hellman Hollow in Golden Gate Park.

We started with some two-stepping, followed by a line dance medley. The highlight of our stage time was the teaching of the easy line dance Cupid Shuffle to the entire crowd!

Easter In The ParkEaster In The Park

Easter In The ParkEaster In The Park

 

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Top 20 Country-Western Dance Songs at Sundance Saloon: April 2015

musicHere’s an informal list of the top 20 current country-western dance songs you’ll hear at Sundance Saloon this month, submitted by DJ IY for April, 2015. These are arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Enjoy!

 

Sundance Saloon Music: April 2015

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Eat Sleep Love You RepeatRodney Atkinsvideo
Sunshine & WhiskeyFrankie Ballardvideo
Gentle On My MindBand Perryvideo
Roller CoasterLuke Bryanvideo
Til It's GoneKenny Chesneyvideo
Baby Be My Love SongEaston Corbinvideo
We Are TonightBilly Curringtonvideo
Don't ItBilly Curringtonvideo
Sun DazeFlorida-Georgia Linevideo
Better Than You Left MeMickey Guytonvideo
Drunk AmericansToby Keithvideo
Steal Me AwayOlivia Lanevideo
StripesLucy Angelaudio
Shotgun RiderTim McGrawvideo
BiscuitsKacey Musgravesaudio
Make Me WannaThomas Rhettvideo
Homegrown HoneyDarius Ruckervideo
Lonely TonightBlake Shelton f Ashley Monroevideo
Lay LowJosh Turnervideo
HomegrownZac Brown Bandaudio
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It Takes a Village: Sundance Saloon Promotion at 16th & Market

check-cash window 16th & MarketEach month the check-cashing store at 16th & Market in San Francisco offers its window space to a different nonprofit organization. This month (March-April 2015) the Sundance Association is the featured nonprofit to coincide with our 17th anniversary month.

To prepare for this opportunity our resident photographer Troy Dean Wardlow took photos of many of our Sundance Saloon dancers. To show the many faces of Sundance Saloon we posted these photos along with other promo photos from the past in the Market Street window. We’re also displaying a continuously-looped video of the dancing at Sundance Saloon recently produced for us by Robert Cortlandt.

Sundance Saloon thrives because of its support by the community it creates. This project is just one more example of many Sundancers coming together where there is a need, in this case to create an eye-catching window display that shows off the faces of our community.

And new to our blog is a page where we will archive our posters, the most recent being our 17th anniversary poster shown below.

Sundance Saloon 17th Anniversary posterSundance Saloon window display

 

 

 

 

Sundance Saloon window display

 

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