Dixie Chicks Basic Facts:
Band Members: Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire
Country Style: Contemporary Country
Dixie Chicks Quote:Dixie Chick Emily Robison: "A Dixie Chicks song has to have a spark, something that showcases our individual and collective talents."
Dixie Chicks Songwriting:
The Dixie Chicks wrote or co-wrote many of their biggest hits, including "You Were Mine," "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Without You" and "Not Ready to Make Nice."
Suggested Dixie Chicks Songs:
Dixie Chicks Biography:
In 1990, the group released their first independent album, Thank Heaven for Dale Evans. Their stage dress consisted of cowgirl outfits.
In 1992, they released their second indy album, Little Ol' Cowgirl. The album had a bit more of a contemporary sound.
The Chicks third indy album was Shouldn't a Told You That, with Laura Lynch singing lead. The album failed to gain the group a record deal, and the girls struggled to expand their fanbase.
New Lead Vocalist & Record DealBy 1995, the decision was made to replace Lynch with Maines, and the cowgirl outfits also bit the dust. Within a year, they were signed to Monument Records, and began recording their first album.
Controversy, Take OneThere were two songs on Fly that stirred up a bit of controversey. Those being "Sin Wagon," with its reference to "matress dancing," and "Goodbye Earl," in which an abusive husband is murdered. "Sin Wagon" charted at No. 52 without being solicited for airplay, and "Goodbye Earl" peaked at No. 13.
In 2002, the Chicks released Home. While not achieving the success that their previous album had attained, they still earned a No. 1 with "Travelin' Soldier," and crossed over to Adult Contemporary to earn a No. 1 for their cover of the Fleetwood Mac song "Landslide." "Landslide" peaked at No. 2 on the country charts.
Controversy, Take TwoAfter releasing Home, the Dixie Chicks embarked on the Top of the World Tour, taking the name from the song, "Top of the World" off the Home release. It was during a concert in London, on March 10, 2003 that Natalie Maines made her infamous remark, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
Fans were outraged that Maines would criticize the President on foreign soil. Many fans boycotted the Chicks music. Maines responded with an apology, but many fans would not be appeased, and in one anti-Dixie Chicks display, former fans were encouraged to bring their Dixie Chicks cds to a demonstration, where they were crushed by a steamroller. There were even death threats.
The Chicks Fight BackIn an interview with journalist Diane Sawyer, Maines stated she remained proud of her original statement. The group also appeared nude on Entertainment Weekly decorated with slogans on their bodies. (All private parts were covered.) The slogans were both positive and negative, from Dixie Sluts and Saddam's Angels, to Brave and Hero.
In 2006, the Chicks returned with a new single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," which addressed the controversey, and the hatred against them. The album Taking the Long Way followed in March. It debuted at No. 1, but neither of the two singles, "Not Ready to Make Nice," or "Everybody Knows" rose above No. 36 on the charts.