Shania Twain caused quite a stir when she bared her midriff in the 1995 video for her breakthrough hit, “Any Man of Mine.” Lauren Alaina revived that sexy look as she delivered a pair of Shania Twain cover songs on Nashville’s Lower Broadway Sunday night, Jan. 14. Just check out this video of Lauren putting her own spin on “Any Man of Mine” with a little help from her pal, Jon Pardi.
Earlier in the night, Lauren delivered another Shania cover — “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” We’ve got video of that fun moment, too.
Way to bring the heat on a cold January night in Nashville!
Lauren wasn’t the only country star covering their favorite ’90s hits Sunday night. Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Brothers Osborne, LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster, Maddie & Tae, Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris all sang their favorite hits from that decade backed up by Dierks Bentley’s band. Dierks had invited a bunch of his artist friends to help him break in the new performance stage at his brand-new downtown club, Whiskey Row.
Dierks got the night started singing a song called “The Key’s in the Mailbox” that he sang during his early days playing the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. He then dedicated his performance of a new love song from his upcoming album, “The Mountain,” to his wife, Cassidy, before launching into ’90s covers like Aaron Tippin’s “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio” and Alan Jackson’s “Dallas.”
Opening his own honky-tonk on Nashville’s Lower Broadway is a really huge deal for Dierks since he was just looking to make a paycheck on that famed street when he first got to town. Before he sang, Dierks told a story from his early days in Nashville about trying to get a job at Joe’s Crab Shack, which is still running just a block away from his new venue.
Dierks said, “Before I got a gig on Lower Broadway, I was looking to work at Joe’s Crab Shack. I was waiting in line behind this guy. He was a nicely-dressed guy. He was going through his resume — all the jobs he had working in a restaurant. He started off talking about being a janitor and then he was a dishwasher. Then he got a job being the host and he worked his way into the kitchen and eventually got a job being a waiter. Then he was the head waiter. I’m sitting here going, ‘My only experience at the bar is drinking.’ I’d never worked behind one. I just thought I could go grab this job. I realized then that I really needed to get my shit together and be really focused on what I was doing. I haven’t really stopped since that moment to think about it. It’s pretty crazy.”
You’ve come a long way, Dierks!
As for the other standout performances of the night, Jon Pardi proved to be the night’s MVP as he closed out the evening covering Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and even Dierks’ own “Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do,” among a few other selections. His take on George Strait’s “Easy Come, Easy Go” was a lot of fun, too, even though he got the words a little mixed up. Like a pro, Jon laughed it off quickly.
Check out this Insta post for some more highlights from the night. There’s Brandon from LANCO delivering the John Michael Montgomery tongue-twister “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” Cole Swindell doing Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It” and Maddie & Tae covering Jo Dee Messina’s ’90s cover of Dottie West’s classic “Lesson in Leavin’.”
A few other country stars were spotted in the crowd, including newlyweds Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans, plus Chris Young and Eric Paslay. It was truly one of those nights that could only happen in Music City.