Country and Western > Good Country West Coast Music?

Discussion in 'Country and Western' started by vegas4x4, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. vegas4x4

    vegas4x4 New Member

    I'm looking for some suggestions from members for good country west coast swing music. Most country music doesn't seem to west coast too well, but since I mainly go out to the country joints, I have to find some better west coast music. A good tempo is all I really need, but also music with breaks and accents is a big plus.

    Some of the stuff I'll west coast too:

    Steam by Ty Herndon
    My Give A Damn's Busted by Jo Dee Messina
    Black Velvet by Alanna Myles

    Also any of the cha cha songs, which aren't the best, but better than nothing! Songs like Kelly Pickler's Red High Heels or Gary Alan's Smoke Rings in the Dark.

    Any other good suggestions?


  2. DennisBeach

    DennisBeach New Member

    Bonnie Ryatt, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lyle Lovett do a lot of west coast tempo. Almost everything Bonnie Riat does is west coast. Kindo of country/blues mixture. Why haven't I heard from you be Reba. Queen of denial by I don't remember the singer. Most country west coast is up tempo, unlike Black Velvet, which is one of my favorite songs.
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  3. Dancelf

    Dancelf Member

    Trace Adkins
    ++ Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
    ++ Baby, I'm Home
    ?? Hot Mama
  4. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Well, last night, I was going to stay home and read a book. Instead, I went out and did some research.
    First, I have to say that there is no West Coast Swing tempo. There is what your instructors used, and what people dance to where you dance. But West Coast Swing can be danced very slow, or very fast. The farther you move from medium slow, the more you need to be pretty good to either keep up with the music, or keep a connection with less energy in the music.
    I just heard a song on the radio that you could do a very slow two step to. But, you could also do triple two, or shuffle. And if you are doing triple step triple step slow slow, guess what you are doing if you do it in a slot?

    OK. Songs they played last night where I dance that got a bunch of people doing West Coast :
    Stars on the Water
    Shut Up and Kiss Me
    Ladies Love Country Boys
    YeeHaw by Jake Ownes
    Little Sister by Dwight Yoakam
    Water Melon Crawl

    We share the floor pretty well. so with Water Mellon Crawl you get the line dancers, and people do WC in the space around the outside of the floor.
    If everyone else is doing two step, people will do WC in the middle of the floor.
  5. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    She's Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues) Alan Jackson
  6. SlowDancer

    SlowDancer New Member

    Wade Hayes' "Don't Make Me Come to Tulsa."

    I just got home from a country/swing comp in Ft. Worth and I noticed how few truly "country" WCS songs were played, both for the actual competition and for general dancing...
  7. musicchica86

    musicchica86 Active Member

    Best country WCS song EVER?

    "Me and My Gang" - Rascal Flatts
  8. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    Steve mentioned this one . . . "Ladies Love Country Boys" . . .

    I heard it this morning . . . really a good C&W WCS song . . . just a few breaks . . . I like it . . . could put some good choreography to it!
  9. CGInTheSand

    CGInTheSand New Member

    country wcs songs

    Smooth Talk - Delbert McClinton
    Givin' It Up For Your Love - Delbert McClinton
    Old Weakness (Comin' On Strong) - Delbert McClinton
    (actually lots of Delbert McClinton stuff works as a west coast)
    Eat at Joe's - Suzy Bogguss
    Trying to Find Atlantis - Jamie O'Neal
    634-5789 - Trace Adkins
  10. Dancelf

    Dancelf Member

    Yup - David and Tracey Appel won a US Open Showcase dancing to "Back to Louisiana".
  11. vegas4x4

    vegas4x4 New Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm headed out dancing tonight, so I'll give some of these a try :)

    I forgot about Me and My Gang, that is an excellent WCS. Ladies Love Country Boys should work well too. I'll check out some of the others as well. I honestly have no idea how anyone could WCS to Watermelon Crawl, that would be WAY too fast for me!

    It does seem as a whole that country music doesn't work that well for WCS. If nothing else, it seems like many of the songs lack breaks and accents to do fun stuff with.

    Oh well, work with what ya go!

  12. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Here's a few more:
    Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On
    Memphis WOmen
    Boot Scootin Boogie
    I Feel Lucky
    Let's Get Drunk (and be somebody)

    I think it's interesting that most of these songs are faster than the blues tunes that most people dance West Coast to. You do need a more energized, or tighter, connection to make it work. It's is probably closer to the way it was danced "in the beginning", as a swing dance.
  13. SlowDancer

    SlowDancer New Member

    So that's what it takes to make the faster songs work...a more energized, tighter connection...well-said!

    I'm getting ready to go out dancing...this is my night to start the "kick up the WCS a notch" project...wish me luck!
  14. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Good Luck!
    Really, I'm crossing threads here, but when something "goes wrong", just give a little "who me?" look. Oh, back to the other thread.
  15. SlowDancer

    SlowDancer New Member

    Ummm, were you talking to me?
  16. Steve Pastor

    Steve Pastor Moderator Staff Member

    Night before last they played "Boogie Man" at "my" country western place. People did West Coast Swing.
    I haven't heard the song much before. (Maybe I just wasn't paying attention)
    It is not the one my KC and the Sunshine Band.
    Anyone familiar with this song?
  17. azupsman1

    azupsman1 New Member

    I like:

    -The more I drink (B. Shelton)
    - Johnny Cash (Jason Aldean)
    - When God Fearing Women Get the Blues
    -Play Something Country (Brooks and Dunn)
    -A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (Dwight Yokum)
    -Drunker Than Me (T. Thomlinson)
    -Here For The Party (Gretchen Wilson)
    -The House We Built (Brooks and Dunn)
    -No One Else On Earth (Winona)
  18. kayak

    kayak Active Member

    Cool, I never think of Gretchen Wilson for WCS. I'll have to listen to it and see. In my area, the country nightclub tends to play kind of fast WCS songs. They aren't as fun as the slightly slower ones.
  19. RickRS

    RickRS Member

  20. Vince A

    Vince A Active Member

    The first wouldn't open up for me . . . and second . . . you must like your WCS music really fast . . . I hard a hard time doing 2 Step and ECS to it, but I know some like really fast songs to dance to.

    I personally like them quite the opposite!

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