Before he teamed up with Kix Brooks to form Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn wrote this for the country music group Asleep At The Wheel, who released it on their 1990 album Keepin' Me Up Nights. Brooks & Dunn released it in 1991 on their debut album Brand New Man, helping them make a huge impact on the New Country scene of the early '90s.
This song is known for its signature line dance, which was very popular in country bars. The song is about a hard-working guy who likes to go to his favorite honky-tonk bar to unwind and dance, so the song was a natural fit.
The line dance originated when a choreographer named Bill Bader noticed the title "Boot Scootin' Boogie" on the Asleep At The Wheel album and thought it might make a good dance. He came up with the choreography and started teaching the line dance in Vancouver, where it was also known as the "Vancouver Boogie." The dance spread to the States, and this became a favorite as line dancing took off. Even bars that didn't specialize in country music began offering line dancing lessons, and this was one of the top dances.
This was used in the 2001 movie Kevin Of The North where it appears in a dance scene. Bill Bader is featured in that scene.
Brooks & Dunn released a dance mix of this song on their 1993 album Hard Workin' Man.
Suggestion credit: Martin - Detroit, MI
This was the fourth #1 country hit for Brooks & Dunn - all from their album Brand New Man. It was their first single to make a dent on the Hot 100.
Directed by Michael Merriman, the video for this song shows various folks doing the famous dance. The clip was a big hit on CMT.