Country star Josh Turner has released a new video for his version of Vern Gosdin’s “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance.” The clip has a nostalgic feel that recalls the country music dance series Club Dance, which ran through the 1990s on The Nashville Network.
The song (fully titled “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)”) was one of the biggest in Gosdin’s hit-filled career. It topped the country chart for the artist from Woodland, Alabama in June 1984, the first of three No.1s that also included 1988’s “Set ‘Em Up Joe” and “I’m Still Crazy” in 1989.
“I always felt that song was ahead of its time and never got the attention it deserved,” says Turner. “I did it in my sets when I first started out, and I’ve always wanted to give it a modern spin. I’m so thankful I got to meet Vern a couple of times, and I hope I did him proud on this one.”
The video captures the feel of both Club Dance, which ran for 1,848 episodes between 1991 and 1999, and another Nashville Network show of the mid-1990s, The Wildhorse Saloon Dance Show. It was filmed at Music City venue the Nashville Palace and shows Turner and his band in 1990s-style garb performing “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance” for an audience of enthusiastic dancers. Using modern technology, it’s intercut with images of dancers from Club Dance.
The song is one of 12 on Turner’s new MCA Nashville album Country State of Mind, which has him covering a range of artists including his personal “Mount Rushmore of country music”: Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams. He’s joined by guest vocalists such as Travis, Anderson, Maddie & Tae, Runaway June, and Kris Kristofferson.
Country State of Mind is out now, and can be bought here.