Remember the time when Shania Twain had a bunch of Irish back-up dancers? YouTube

Let’s face it. Shania Twain had it going on in the ‘90s. During that decade, the diva brought something new to country music that had not yet been seen, including Irish back-up dancers.

Although Shania has Canadian roots, she poured out Irish pride into her 1997 “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” video. Whipping her auburn colored hair in all sorts of directions, the songstress let out some serious sass. Accompanied by a bunch of youthful violinists and adult Irish step dancers, the five-time Grammy Award winner splashed around in her heels on the water-covered floor.

At that time, Shania’s career was in an upswing. Not only did “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” become a Top 10 hit, but it also came off of her best-selling record to date, “Come On Over,” which included a hefty number of chart-toppers.

Co-written with ex-husband Mutt Lange, “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” was included in Shania’s set lists during her live performances. On her 1998 Come On Over Tour, she featured Canadian folk-group Leahy on the song. Made up of 11 siblings, Leahy brought a mix of Celtic and folk sounds, along with the Irish jig-dance to the stage, sprinkling the culture all over it.

While Shania has since retired from touring, it seems as though she’s enjoying time-off songwriting and watching the sunrise.


Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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