This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  Proving to be a dancer favorite as it promotes dancer success and the opportunity for non-dancers to join into square dancing faster.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Eric Henerlau calling "Sugar Sugar" on Blue Star Music 2573

Ken Bower calling "Night Train To Memphis" on Blue Star/Square L 1003

Andy Allemao calling "TROUBLE" on Rawhide Music 1186

Bear Miller calling "Macho Man" on Rawhide Music 1163

Mike Hogan calling "Sea Of Heartbreak" on Rawhide Music 1099

Lisa Lincoln calling "Hallelujah" on Female Edition Blue Star 201

Jerry Gilbreath calling "Rocking With You" on Rawhide Music 1224

Buddy Weaver calling "Just The Way You Are" on Blue Star Music 2569

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Unique to the MWSD activity is the callers/teachers who also have the talent to perform without the dance calls.  This episode features a beloved caller from Southern California, Lee Schmidt.

The album presented here is a compilation of his studio recordings from the eighties through the nineties with the musical accompaniment done by studio musicians from the Los Angeles area.   Lee was responsible for hundreds of dancers learning MWSD in addition to acting as a mentor to some of today's influential callers.  From the sixties until his retirement in 2012, he was a popular figure in the California square dance scene.

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The square dancer of today may not recognize the name, Dick Houlton, but he was a popular personality calling for thousands of dancers each month in his heyday.  His had a great influence over callers of the current generation.

Here is a live dance recording from 1990 of the late, great Dick Houlton.  Dancers of Mainstream and Plus will enjoy the calling while every caller should listen, over and over, to learn from a master caller.

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This episode we feature a vintage Blue Star Records long-play album recorded by Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1964 as Blue Star 1009, "More Dance For Fun Level Dancing By Marshall Flippo"

This is Marshall's sixth recorded album.  It is an excellent example perfect timing and delivery by a master caller.

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This podcast advocates for the newest Modern Western Square Dance program - SSD or Social Square Dancing.  A great way to join in square dancing where classes take about 14 weeks and the entire program is about 50 calls.

Today's episode features Staff Recording Artists calling singing calls using the SSD program.  This is excellent for home use, when you don't have a caller, or for callers to use as a learning resource.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Andy Allemao calling "Let The Good Times Roll" on Blue Star Music 2563

Jim Steele calling "Two More Bottles Of Wine" on Hi Hat Music 5355

Lisa Lincoln calling "Open Arms" on Female Edition Blue Star 206

Dave Guille calling "Rocky Top" on Rawhide Music 1154

Eric Henerlau calling "I'm Beginning To See The Light" on Blue Star Music 2621

Lone Blume calling "When The Sun Goes Down" on Hi Hat Music 5289

Nicholas Brendzy calling "Earthquake" on Rawhide Music 1243

Mike Hogan calling "Blue Moon" on Blue Star Music 2615

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Modern Western Square Dancing, slightly vintage as it was recorded in the nineties.  

Today's featured caller is Johnnie Wykoff.  From the early sixties until his passing in 2000, he was a popular caller who traveled throughout the U.S.  In the late eighties, he became the second owner/producer of Blue Star Records and all of the affiliate labels.  Over the years, Johnnie Wykoff recorded 169 singles, mostly on Blue Star, with today's episode highlighting one of his final albums.

Most of the musical accompaniment is available for purchase from buddyweavermusic.com

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is again featured.  Here are four patter calls and four singing calls using new music from Buddy Weaver Music as accompaniment.  This is great for dancing when you don't have a caller or as a resource for callers.

the feature of this episode.  With about fifty square dance calls in the program, it is great for dancers to move in time with the rhythm of the music from one-call-to-the-next.

Here are the releases used:

"Showdown" on Blue Star Music 547
"Beautiful Sunday" on Blue Star Music 2553
"Los Danza" on Blue Star Music 557
"Forever Young" on Blue Star Music 2629
"Hi Hat Hornpipe" on Hi Hat Music 1001
"You Ain't Never Had A Friend Like Me" on Blue Star Music 2631
"Lets Marvin Gaye" on Blue Star Music 2589
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on Blue Star Music 2635

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This is the second album of easy dances presented by Blue Star Records, featuring the calling of Marshall Flippo.  Released in August 1963 as BS 1007 "Everybody Dances When The Great Marshall Flippo Calls On Blue Star".

This is Marshall's fifth recorded album.  It is an excellent example perfect timing and delivery by a master caller.

Read more about Marshall Flippo here

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A true pioneer in the MWSD activity, Bob Osgood, presented the history of our dance in 1979.  His presentation was captured on cassette and has been cleaned up in our studio for you.

Bob picks up the timeline post World War II, as Modern Western Square Dancing was pulling away from the folk dance groups of the time.  Rather than being part of an evening of folk dances where teaching was done every time the dance was presented, MWSD set the standard that dancers had to know the fundamental dances, which involved taking lessons for about six weeks.  In this way, every group get-together was dancing, rather than learning and re-learning the fundamentals.

There is an audio sample of Bob Osgood calling at the end of his presentation.

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Unique to the MWSD world, here are square dance callers with the talent to sing "cowboy songs" - yes, singing without the calls.  The Hi Hat Pioneers featuring Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, Tom Perry, and Burlin Davis along with some fine studio musicians present the album, "Autumn On The Trail".

Released in 1984 on cassette tape, this is the third album for the group and highlights the tight harmonies and evolving sound.  

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Country music, the sound that gave birth to Modern Western Square Dancing, has evolved over the years.  Gone are the days of a three-piece band, replaced with a full orchestra recorded with modern studio techniques.

This episode is dedicated to the contemporary sound of country music as used in today's MWSD.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Buddy Weaver calling "Amie" on Blue Star Music 2593

Jerry Junck calling "We Believe In Happy Endings" on Hi Hat Music 5359

Nicholas Brendzy calling "From A Jack To A King" on Rawhide Music 1238

Masaru Wade calling "Gone At Last" on Hi Hat Music 5338

Lanny Weaklend calling "House Of The Rising Sun" on Hi Hat Music 5334

Jerry Gilbreath calling "Stuck In The Middle With You" on Hi Hat Music 5347

Darren Gallina calling "Blue With Envy" on Hi Hat Music 5362

Tim Merino calling "Heartbreak Mountain" on Rawhide Music 1222

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Blue Star Records.  Some episodes of this podcast will be presenting the Blue Star Records album collection.  Here is BS 1006 "The Great Flippo Calls A Terrific Dance Of Great Square Dances To Double Your Dancing Pleasure".  Quite a mouthful of a title.

Released in August 1963 for dancer's home practice with Marshall Flippo, premier recording artist and traveling caller using calls that were new to the dancer in 1963.

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The newly-minted MWSD program - SSD or Social Square Dancing is the feature of this episode.  With about fifty square dance calls in the program, it is great for dancers to move in time with the rhythm of the music from one-call-to-the-next.

All of the musical accompaniment - today's best square dance music - is part of the Buddy Weaver Music catalog; is available through the BWM website.  Here are the releases used:

"Paloma Blanca" on Blue Star Music 2557
"Hoedown Number Nine" on Blue Star Music 555
"Route Sixty-Six" on Blue Star Music 2609
"Green Grass Of Home Hoedown" on Blue Star Music 588
"Iko Shake" on Blue Star Music 2575
"Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling" on Blue Star Music 577
"Open Arms" on Blue Star Music 2633
"Cripple Cricket" on Blue Star Music 591

Learn more about SSD here

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MWSD is represented by a variety of dance programs that are designed to offer something for every dancer from the occasional enthusiast to the high-frequency veteran.  Our episode today features Plus level or intermediate level, dancing as captured from live dances called by Buddy Weaver in 2008.  Excellent for practice dancing.

All of the musical accompaniment is part of the Buddy Weaver Music catalog and is available through the BWM website.  Here are the releases used:

"Sitting On Top Of The World" on Blue Star Music 2523
"Mountains Of Harmonica" on Rawhide Music 1502
"Ghost Riders In The Sky" on Rawhide Music 1001
"DX Land" on Blue Star Music 568
"Tonight Carmen" on Rawhide Music 1014
"Rebel Rouser" on Blue Star Music 534
"I Found A New Baby" on Blue Star Music 2458
"Skillet Lickin'" on Rawhide Music 1528

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Blue Star Records.  Some episodes of this podcast will be presenting the Blue Star Records album collection.  Here is BS 1005 "Andy Andrus Calls 'Em Sensational"

Incorrectly identified in the podcast (should be Blue Star 1005), this long play album was released in May 1963 for dancer's home practice.  Some of the calls used are no longer in square dancing today so listeners have to do some research before dancing.

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Modern Western Square Dancing, enjoyed by people all around the world, has truly built a firm foundation in Japan.  With dancers, clubs, and callers throughout the country, thousands of Japanese citizens have made MWSD, their very own.  To honor our dance friends in Japan, this episode features some great Japanese square dance callers.

Here are the callers and singing calls in this episode:

Sam Tajima calling "Hey Good Lookin'" on Rawhide Music 1242

Toshifumi Ueno calling "Take It To The Limit" on Hi Hat Music 5331

Kotaro Okawa calling "Cold Cold Heart" on Rawhide Music 1231

Hisae Moriguchi calling "Be Glad" on Rawhide Music 1127

Takako Suzuki calling "I Just Want To Dance With You" on Rawhide Music 1155

Hiroyuki Kaneko, Jr. calling "Your Song" on Hi Hat Music 5346

Hiroshi and Keiko Yaoko calling "Blue Spanish Eyes" on Rawhide Music 1164

Hideyuki Takahashi and Naomi Tomosada calling "Ring Around Your Neck" on Rawhide Music 1091

Makiko Wakamatsu calling "It's My Party" on Rawhide Music 1228

Akitoshi Nakajima calling "Memories To Burn" on Rawhide Music 1132

Tac Ozaki calling "Crazy For Loving You" on Hi Hat Music 5285

Masaru Wada calling "Cupid" on Hi Hat Music 5276

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Buddy Weaver Music is the copyright owner of Blue Star Records.  Some episodes of this podcast will be presenting the Blue Star Records album collection.  Here is BS 1004 "Fun Dances Called By Marshall Flippo"

Released in May 1962 for dancer's home practice.  Only ten calls are used and the content of this album fits nicely into today's MWSD.  Marshall Flippo, the premier recording artist and traveling caller comes across in the style that is clear, concise, and smooth.

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This episode features the talents of some great MWSD callers singing "cowboy songs".  No dancing this episode, instead callers Ernie Kinney, Bronc Wise, Tom Perry, and Joe Johnston - the Hi Hat Pioneers - are featured.

 

These callers performed live at many square dance specials and festivals.  This was their first album released in 1984.  Worth noting, this album was recorded before the computerized tuning that every singer uses today.  This was pure talent.

 

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What MWSD sounds like today and every listener's opportunity to learn easy dance steps at home.

 

Your caller, Buddy Weaver will guide you through calls like "Do Sa Do", "Right Hand Star", and "Swing".  Set to modern music, this is a terrific way for a single or couple to really dance.

 

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