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Our new-country band is in the midst of an identity crisis.

 

We're doing ok with our current set list-lot of compliments on ours chops, etc., but we can't seem to find enough new country songs to keep the dance floor going.

 

Our crowds don't stick around for long and the younger crowd, if they're not into the country thing, head for the door as soon as we're done with HURT SO GOOD, BROWNEYED GIRL, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL, etc. (Some of the non country songs we throw in for dancing).

 

Thus my question: If you had to pick two songs at gig, at a very crucial time, to guarantee a packed dance floor, what two songs would you choose? They can be country, rock, blues, pop, whatever.. I guess I should state they need to be lead male vocal songs please, in which will narrows your choices.

 

Thanks for any help with this..

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Got to know your neighborhood. The people that frequent the places you play are the ones to ask. Social media is good for this, Facebook especially if they're on the older side of 30. Ask the question, get some feedback. Or sometimes quick and dirty is good - old school... Grab a clip board and catch whoever did give you guys a second look and ask for some favorites they'd love to hear. The moment they realize you don't want email or cell phone contact from them, they'll perk up and share their opinions. People love that you care what they think.

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Thanks, Elmer..I can clarify a bit. We play a lot of casino bars that have customers from college age up to the older, classic rock fans. We also play our local college kid bars that also attract the 30- 40 year olds.

 

So I guess it's kind of up to us who we want to attract. If I had to choose, I would say college kids. I know from past bands, though, that we can play to the college crowd and still throw in Mustang Sally, Brown Eyed Girl, and they love it.

 

A good dance song, is a good dance song..

 

Also, older customers will stick around if the song(s) is a widely recognizable hit that plays over and over on radio, tv, etc etc.. Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5 stuff, etc.

 

 

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My band plays Motown. Has for 13 years. Etta. Aretha. Smokey. Stevie. Temps. And on and on.

When we start our first number, the dance floor fills, and it stays full all night.

 

When I started playing this gig all those years ago, I didn't think it would sell, but I have to tell you that it's been working for 13 years and we're still busy. And the dance floor is still full.

 

Throw in some Stevie Wonder or Aretha Franklin and watch them dance.

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Uptown Funk would be one.

 

+1 Uptown Funk!

 

+1 Don't stop believing....

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Gather up some of your more sophisticated musician friends (or those that think they are) as a focus group. Hand them a list of popular songs from the last 50 years. Tell them to make a sublist of the songs they hate to play the most on your list. Play those songs and you'll pretty much be a slam dunk hit with you audience...
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Gather up some of your more sophisticated musician friends (or those that think they are) as a focus group. Hand them a list of popular songs from the last 50 years. Tell them to make a sublist of the songs they hate to play the most on your list. Play those songs and you'll pretty much be a slam dunk hit with you audience...

 

Love it! And I believe it!

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I don't know. I've been out of New Country since December 2013 but I don't see a reason to lose focus to fill the dance floor. We had both male and female vocals so maybe it was easier for us but we crushed it with 21 to 35 year olds. Eric Church, Luke Bryan, FGL, Miranda, Lady Antebellum etc... The Younguns really listen with their eyeballs so you have to bring the energy. It is also a bit of an Arms Race but we always hired big sound and big lights. That genre works great but IMO you need to go big and have a big attitude. Attitude can trump skill.

 

I would ditch the Brown Eyed Girl and other 40 year old music. The people you want to win over weren't born yet when those songs were hot.

 

If you can win the 25-35 year old women everything else will follow.

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Uptown Funk would be one.

 

+1 Uptown Funk!

 

+1 Don't stop believing....

 

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"Shout" always works great.

 

"Mony Mony" is another dance floor filler.

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Some more background on my original post..

 

I'm a pop guy. I have always done pop/top 40, and usually with at least one female vocalist, (but not this time), and we've always been successful.

 

I joined this country band at its formation as it sounded like it might be fun. For the last year or so we've all seen our crowds thin out after playing the mainstream country stuff unless they're country fans.

 

For the last six months or so, I've been saying 'please, let's just try a few non-country tunes and see what happens.' I remind them of how the crowd responds (favorably) to those handful of of non country songs that we do have..and alas, now they've given me the green light to bring some to the table. I'm panicking because I can only present two (for now), and if they don't go over as big as I keep saying they will, well, you know..

 

Ok, back to the suggestions..keep 'em coming, and thanks!

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LOL. I'm a Country guy playing Pop. Whatever you do I would forge a strong identity and not start playing a bunch of geezer music.

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+ 1 "Mony Mony".

 

Elton John "Crocodile Rock", "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n'Roll), "Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting".

 

Christian Kane "The House Rules" (attached if you are not familiar). This brushes on the country but he classifies it as "Americana". This one is a motivator.

 

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Best to use "crossover songs" country - rock...

 

Most anything by Eagles, CCR , Allman Bros, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Seeger, Bad Company, Alabama, Delbert McClinton, as well as what I'm sure you already play will appeal to both sides of the spectrum, and are good dancin' music. I probably forgot a # of bands, will edit this as they come to mind.

 

I'm a rock guy, but good Country like Amazed, Like a Wrecking Ball (Eric Church) Black Velvet, etc. are fine for anyone. It seems like with the "Rock" bands about any of their songs are ok for the Country folk, but generally only the popular hits of the Country bands appeal to Rock people.

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I also play in a country band which does mainly Texas Country and some Nashville. We do about 70 or so nights a year in clubs in the Fort Worth / Dallas area.

 

Here are the crossover tunes that always pack the floor.

 

Footloose - although Blake Shelton recently did a remake a few years ago, it always packs the floor young and old.

 

Keep Your Hands to Yourself - Always gets the drunks (respectfully) out on the dance floor.

 

Cherry Bomb - For some reason gets the young and old out on the dance floor.

 

Uptown Funk and Don't Stop Believing - I mentioned in an earlier post

 

What I Like About You - used to work a few years back, but not so much these days.

 

Copperhead Road - In the country vain, but if you can cover it, always works.

 

A lot of the 90s country stuff seems to work as well as the standards like Neon Moon

 

Good luck....

 

 

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Footloose. Packs the floor every time we play it. That and Sweet Caroline. . . :sick:

 

Forgot about Sweet Caroline. While we don't cover it, the variety band that I sub with does, and it always works!!! Again, both young and old.....

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IMHO, there is no such thing as a guarantee unless you tell me who the audience is.

 

I can GUARANTEE I've played for audiences where Sweet Caroline has cleared the dance floor faster than the Zika virus. Same with Don't Stop Believing.

 

Those audiences, we pull Skin Tight (and play it correctly, with the horn section offset) and (Not Just) Knee Deep and we pack the floor.

 

Some audiences, you pull California Love and No Diggity and you're gonna cause a riot.

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Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard. Turns every woman into an amateur stripper

 

Play That Funky Music White Boy - Wild Cherry

 

Brick House - Commodores

 

Whip It - Devo. Yes, this works EVERYTIME.

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I can't figure out why, but the surprise floor-packers on my list are Can't Get Enough of Your Love and New Girl Now. Tempos seem wrong to me, but crowds don't lie.

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