Shania Twain turns up the heat in Nashville

Tough choice. For a country music fan in Nashville, Friday night presented a difficult decision. At the new Ascend Amphitheater, Eric Church was playing a stripped-down, largely acoustic set as part of the venue’s opening weekend. A few blocks away, Dolly Parton was returning to her old stomping grounds, the historical Ryman Auditorium, where she made many appearances as a Grand Ole Opry member during the ’60s and ’70s. Finally, at the nearby Bridgestone Arena, country-pop queen Shania Twain was playing her first show in the city in nearly 17 years.

Talking about Nashville. Twain, 49, took the stage to Rock This Country! wearing a black fringe jacket, sparkly red shorts and thigh-high black boots. After performing three of the ’90s country hits that made her country music’s top-selling female act —Honey, I’m Home, You Win My Love and Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? — she paused to reflect on moving to Nashville in her 20s. “It was a whirlwind experience,” she said. “I met a lot of warm and wonderful friends. I really do feel like I’m coming back home here.

Party of too soon. Twain briefly lost her place in the set and started to introduce Party for Two, a duet she recorded with country singer Billy Currington but performs on tour with support act Gavin DeGraw, six songs too early. “I think I’m just overwhelmed by being here — I’m nervous!” she said. “It’s kind of scary, doing this in Nashville.”

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