A hoedown is a square dance, or a gathering where a square dance is featured. r The word is commonly used to describe any country or hillbilly type gathering, generally one with fiddle and banjo music. Hoedowns were originally harvest festivals of sorts, a gathering held in the fall as the crops were brought in. The farmers who attended would put their hoes down and come to a dance, hence the word "hoedown".
In the Improv world, Hoedown refers to a song structure made popular by the TV show Who`se Line Is It Anyway. It`s a simple melody, with 4 lines to a verse, and no chorus. Rhyme pattern in the verse is usually ABCB.
You`ll find MIDI versions of the WLIIA song, as well as sheet music for a simplified version on our Download page.