Full disclaimer.  I was a country music DJ in Central New York for more than 30 years.  When I started in 1989, the "newcomers" who were changing the sound of country music were Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, and others.  Newcomers?  Yup, that far back.  So classic country music, the sounds of Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn et. al. was starting to shift gears a bit.

I saw a lot of changes in the world of three decades worth of country music.  But I had never seen anything like what happened in 1992.

A young, unknown singer named Billy Ray Cyrus had picked up a song called "Achy Break Heart," recorded it, produced a sexy, hot video of him performing it in a club, and off we went.  It was a phenom!  Line dancing, often to this song and others that came along shortly after the BRC success (hello to Brooks and Dunn), started proliferating the dance floors of America.  All of a sudden I was getting asked to judge country line dancing contests, to host line dancing nights at local bars, and, yes, to even go and take some lessons myself!

So whatever happened to that crazy line dancing sensation?  Well, to be honest, it did have its ups and downs.  And some of those downs were, well, way down.  But I think it is coming back.  Throw in a little "Electric Slide" or "Macarena" or even the "Wobble" and all of a sudden line dancing is roaring back.

Here are several hot spots, bars, clubs, and dancehalls, that have very popular line dancing nights.  Most of them also give free lessons to newcomers to the reborn fad.

We know there are many, many other places to enjoy line dancing, but this is just a short starter list.  We encourage you to visit our Facebook page and give a shout out to your own favorite Upstate New York place to go out and do some "boot scootin' boogie."

"Boot Scootin' Boogie" Nights Alive and Well at These Upstate NY Line Dancing Clubs

Country line dancing is alive and well at several hot country bars and clubs across Upstate New York. Here is a selection of some of the best. Where is your favorite place to cut loos!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

11 Historic, Glorious and Very Old Upstate New York Hotels!

Upstate New York has no shortage of historic and beautiful old hotels. Here is an interesting list featuring 11 of the best of these. The gallery includes hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and resorts. All of them have important historic backstories to them. So we hope you consider these on your next road trip around the region. They include a hotel at a military academy, a hotel located 500 yards from Niagara Falls, a bed and breakfast with a connection to the Underground Railroad, and a rustic hotel that has been in the same family for almost 150 years! Since there are dozens and dozens of great old hotels in Upstate New York, we will feature more in an upcoming gallery.

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio