DJ Mineh Ishida

25 Blues West Coast Swing Songs

West Coast Swing Blues Music

The roots of our dance spring from blues music, but there aren’t a lot of places to learn about blues west coast swing songs for the new dancer.

At a recent dance event where I was DJing, a new dancer approached me.  He said: “Where can I find blues west coast swing songs for dancing?”  I pondered the question quickly, and decided that I had a very similar question when I began dancing and DJing WCS.  Thanks to swing DJ’s like Ruby Lair and April Prince, who were not afraid to steer me on the right path as far as blues music was concerned, I quickly grew an appreciation for the genre. In my case, I had good mentors to turn to, but all too often, new dancers who lack guidance find themselves not understanding the genre of music.

This list of songs attempts to give the new or established west coast swing dancer a starting point of music that they may find at a national event. The list encompasses many styles of blues music, and uses the term “blues” loosely. Some of these songs are indeed from other genres, but have their roots and a solid influence from blues music.

I’ve attempted to include as many songs from the core “west coast swing music consciousness” as possible. By that, I mean that a seasoned dancer currently traveling the competitive circuit should recognize many of these songs as played both socially and in competition. They are linked to amazon, where you can purchase the MP3 files. if you like this information, please buy the tracks using these links!

  1. Celine Dion – Le Ballet – 84 bpm
  2. Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine – 90 bpm
  3. Hamilton Loomis – No No No – 92 bpm
  4. Martin Sexton – Boom Sh-Boom – 96 bpm
  5. Etta James – I Sing the Blues – 97 bpm
  6. Ray Sharpe – Alva’s Baby Blues – 101 bpm
  7. Fats Domino – Home USA – 107 bpm
  8. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory – Am I Wrong – 104 bpm
  9. Junior Walker & The All Stars – Cleo’s Mood – 107 bpm
  10. Keb Mo – I’m On Your Side – 108 bpm
  11. Etta James – The Blues is My Business – 111 bpm
  12. Mighty Mo Rodgers – Black Coffee and Cigarettes – 110 bpm
  13. Mike Morgan and the Crawl – Cause I Love You – 112 bpm
  14. Keb Mo – She Just Wants to Dance – 112 bpm
  15. Buster Benton – Can’t Wait to See my Baby’s Face – 112 bpm
  16. John Mayer – Come When I Call – 113 bpm
  17. Johnny Lang – Lie to Me – 113 bpm
  18. Roomful of Blues – Q’s Blues – 114 bpm
  19. Ike Turner – I Don’t Want Nobody – 114 bpm
  20. Kenny Neal – Blues Stew – 114 bpm
  21. Harry Manx – Baby Please Don’t Go – 118 bpm
  22. BB King – Blues in ‘G’ – 118 bpm
  23. BB King – Bad Case of Love – 125 bpm
  24. Blues Brothers – Sweet Home Chicago – 127 bpm
  25. Nappy Brown & Kip Anderson – Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee 131 bpm

While this list only scratches the surface of west coast swing songs of the blues genre, it does provide a good starting point for someone who doesn’t currently listen to blues music. Many great routines and stories can be found within the songs in this list, and if you know of them please share the story or link to the youtube video. Also, if there are some blues songs that you think deserve to be on this list, let me know in the comments!

About the Author:

DJ Mineh Ishida is a west coast swing DJ living in Tampa, FL. He founded WestCoastSwingMusic.com in 2012 and is passionate about contributing to the West Coast Swing community through DJing and his work with this website. You can Find more information about DJ Mineh on the About Page. For booking Inquiries, please use this Contact Form.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Benjamin4927 Marlin M Jenkins

    Love this! Definitely helpful.

    Here are a few of my favorites:

    Etta James – Son of a Preacher Man – 90

    Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Version) – 94

    Eric Clapton – Change the World – 97

    John Mayer Trio – Vultures – 98

    Etta JamesIf – If You Want Me to Stay – 101

    Volker Strifler Band – Movin’ On – 110

    Mike Morgan and The Crawl – I Don’t Want You Hanging Around – 110

    John Mayer – Crossroads – 115

    Sugarbees – Wee Bee Jammin’ – 115

    Powder Blues Band – Further on Up The Road – 115

    Son Seals – Sadie – 120 

    Tommy Castro – Big Sister’s Radio – 121

    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Mary Had a Little Lamb – 123

    Roomful of Blues – Blue, Blue World – 127

    James Cotton – How Long Can a Fool Go Wrong – 133

    Bill Pinkney and The Original Drifters – Gonna Move Across the River – 135

    • djmineh

      Awesome DJ marlin! Thanks for sharing these great songs!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Benjamin4927 Marlin M Jenkins

    And, the Alva’s Baby Blues routine, Mario and Kellese:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50FUohEQNow