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  • Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks (Sony Legacy, 2010)

Articles and Interviews

Best of 2006 CDs (Jan 2007)
2006 presented listeners with a lot of great under the radar albums that weren't getting played on country. Well, in fact, neither was the top album of 2006 either! This isn't the gospel, but just one person's humble view of the year past. Best of 2006 albums: 1. The Dixie Chicks - "Taking the Long Way" (Open Wide/-Monument/Sony) The Chicks' country star isn't what it once was, of course, but so what? They still sound great and aren't taking any prisoners here either, not even country radio (sic).... more
 
These Chicks ain't whistling Dixie (Jan 1998)
The Dixie Chicks knew they wanted to take their music to the next level, and that meant Nashville. After three self-released albums, it was time to move on. And after Sony label executive Blake Chancey caught the reconfigured band at La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas, he signed them up a few years ago. In this day and age of country, some artists put out pop music masquerading as country. But that did not seem to affect sisters Martie Seidel and Emily Erwin and lead singer Natalie Maines.... more
 

Editorials and Country Musings

The Dixie Chicks and the Grammys (Mar 2007)
While perhaps surprising that the Dixie Chicks won five Grammys in February, including best overall album and record of the year for "Taking the Long Way," the result is that the Chicks CD sales went straight upward. In fact, the trio had the best selling country album on the Billboard charts for the two weeks following the Grammys, an obvious cause and effect. But will the great acclaim from the recording industry change much when it comes to the Dixie Chicks and the country music scene?... more
 
Looking back at 2006 (Dec 2006)
2006 proved to be another difficult year for the entire music industry. The same culprits - downloading and at times unexciting music - contributed to a less than stellar bottom line. But despite belt tightening, not all was glum country- wise. Several acts moved onwards and upwards in 2006. Brad Paisley gained more of the acclaim he richly deserved. Alan Jackson earned credit for going against the grain once again with musically spare albums ("Like Red on a Rose" and "Precious Memories")... more
 
Dixie Chicks, radio and fans (Jun 2006)
The Dixie Chicks rode high three years until The Incident. They had lots of hits on the radio, excellent albums that showed they were musicians with chops and direction and enjoyed enthusiastic crowds on the concert circuit. But that all changed with the famous words uttered in London pre-Iraq war by lead singer Natalie Maines, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the U.S. is from Texas." The response was immediate and negative - sales and airplay took a direct hit.... more
 
Toby Keith, the Chicks and the ACMs (Jun 2003)
No one particularly dominated the Academy of Country Music awards show with the wealth spread around many acts. Nothing wrong with that. In a surprise, Rascal Flats won a few awards. In the biggest non-shocker of the event, Brooks & Dunn won again as well for the umpteenth time as best duo. Well there were a few other surprises actually. For starters, the biggest award of the night - entertainer of the year - went to Toby Keith. Keith was there earlier in the evening when he did a duet with Willie Nelson on "Berry For My Horses."... more
 
The Dixie Chicks and 15 words (May 2003)
To say the Dixie Chicks have been the center of one of the greatest controversies in recent years in country is an understatement. The 15 words from the mouth of lead singer Natalie Maines at London concert in March, "Just so you know, I'm ashamed the president of the U.S. is from Texas," have resulted in the Chicks being on the hot seat with such actions as stations refusing to play their music and CDs being destroyed in Louisiana. The Chicks gave confusing comments in the wake of the initial Maines comments, at least according to stories in the press. Did Maines mean to say it, or did it just pop out of her mouth?... more
 
The Dixie Chicks done it their way (Sep 2002)
It's been a long time coming, but The Dixie Chicks finally released their third album, "Home." That despite a legal brouhaha against Sony, their record company and personal ups and downs for Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. Credit is due to the Chicks for sticking to their guns for all these years. First off, they made it clear early on before most music fans had ever heard of them that they were serious about their music. The Chicks - with a slightly different lineup as... more
 
Dixie Chicks fortunately say goodbye to Earl (May 2000)
The Dixie Chicks certainly come across as a fun, lively band both on the silver platter and live. They have been one of the few genuine bright spots in country music over the past few years where the bar has been lowered, and few worthy acts are putting out quality music. The Chicks particularly deserve praise for "Goodbye Earl," yet another hit from their second major label album, "Fly." The song is about a wife beaten by her husband so badly she ends up in the hospital. Together with her longstanding girlfriend, they hatch a plot to do away with Earl, who is never missed again.... more
 
Thanks Dixie Chicks, Shania, for different reasons, they shed light on the state of country (Oct 1998)
The Dixie Chicks certainly come across as a fun, lively band both on the silver platter and live. They have been one of the few genuine bright spots in country music over the past few years where the bar has been lowered, and few worthy acts are putting out quality music. The Chicks particularly deserve praise for "Goodbye Earl," yet another hit from their second major label album, "Fly." The song is about a wife beaten by her husband so badly she ends up in the hospital. Together with her... more
 

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