The Music City power couple filled downtown's Bridgestone Arena, where the Predators only a month or so before had electrified the old river town with a run at the Stanley Cup, losing in the finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The hockey afterglow remained bright, with a beaming Hill shouting "Hello Smashville" to the adoring crowd.
McGraw and Hill's blend of pop, rock and country, Vegas glitz and Nashville friendliness, packed the big bowl for two shows. Strained vocal chords had led Hill to cancel a preceding show in Little Rock, but she was in full voice in Nashville, dancing around the stage, hitting all the notes in performing her pop confections, and dazzling the crowd with her costumes: a gauzy white number, a silver cocktail dress, and, in a sultry encore with McGraw, a hot pink robe.
Displaying his laid-back big hat macho, McGraw made do all evening with a tight T-shirt and thigh-straining blue pants over his cowboy boots. His good-natured humorous dialogues with Faith about their married life came off well.
Among those singing along, dancing and cheering was the governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, a business-oriented Republican whose efforts to extend Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was blocked by the hard-right state legislature.
Haslam's presence was notable because McGraw and Hill are known as active Democrats who supported Barack Obama. McGraw is mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate, although he seems fine for now earning millions touring, singing duets with his gorgeous wife and living on their suburban farm with their three daughters.
McGraw excited the crowd with his anthem "Live Like You Were Dying," and also issued what could be read as an anti-Trump message with his beautiful new song, "Humble and Kind." As he sang, giving voice to what used to be considered All-American virtues of humility, honesty, hard work and tolerance, the huge video board flashed with portraits of people of all ages, races and religions.
The video's diversity contrasted with the virtually all-white crowd, which surely included a number of Trump supporters, although Nashville is considered a liberal island in conservative Tennessee.
Before their steamy encore, McGraw and Hill circulated through the crowd, slapping hands and hugging fans. They're country royalty who keep the common touch.