“If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)”
Written by Bob McDill, Mike McGuire, and Marty Raybon
#1 (1 week)
May 14, 1994
Shenandoah’s final No. 1 single to date is also their most dated.
The Road to No. 1
Hot off the heels of their No. 1 hit “I Want to Be Loved Like That,” Shenandoah took a song connected to a very specific time and place to No. 1.
The No. 1
In 1995, Shenandoah won the CMA Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss. It’s a gorgeous record, with Marty Raybon’s already impressive bluegrass-influenced vocal style blending perfectly with Krauss, who received a warm reception from country audiences for her efforts here.
It was such a nice moment for the band, and you couldn’t help but cheer them on. They even returned to the Vocal Group lineup that year, and had a couple additional hits from the album, which was their first and only release for Liberty.
Let’s remember their hitmaking run that way. Wasn’t “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” great?
This record is terrible, though, and I can’t write more than a sentence about a song inspired by line dancing video ads that played during CMT commercial breaks.
The Road From No. 1
As noted above, the band would return to the top ten with “Vicinity” as well as its follow up, “Darned If I Don’t (Danged if I Do).” They released a Christmas album on Capitol in 1996, and then Marty Raybon took a hiatus to form Raybon Bros., an MCA act that did quite well on the singles sales charts with their cover of “Butterfly Kisses.” Raybon then returned to Shenandoah and the band has continued to tour ever since, releasing occasional independent albums. Their most recent release, Every Road, featured appearances by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and many other contemporary country artists.
“If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too)” gets an F.
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