When Shania Twain announced plans for a tour in March, there had to have been a few skeptics. I will admit -- I was one of them. After all, it had been more than a decade since she had been on tour, and one had to wonder about the relevance of her music on a 2015 crowd. However, just as she has done her entire life and career, the singer continues to prove those doubters wrong.
Indeed, Twain's Rock This Country tour stop at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Friday night (July 31) proved that whatever "it" is, the songstress still has it -- in massive quantities. For close to two hours, Twain held the Music City audience in the palm of her hand with a set that reminded fans of just how cutting-edge her music in the 1990s and early 2000s was -- yet, ironically, with guitars tuned up with twang-filled sounds and not one but two fiddle players backing up the 1999 CMA Entertainer of the Year, her show was by far the "countriest" moment that the arena has seen lately.
Kicking off with the tour's title track, fans started singing along word for word with Twain and continued for the rest of the night. Energy was the name of the game for the evening, and Twain was -- to quote her 1995 hit "Any Man of Mine" -- very much prone to "shimmy and shake and make the earth quake" throughout the night. From the opening number, Twain continued with classics like "Honey, I'm Home," "You Win My Love" and the song that got it started for her -- "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" which received one of the strongest responses of the show.