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Dixie Chicks

Formed 1989.
Dixie Chicks

Biography

Dixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including Alternative country. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces".

On March 10, 2003 during a London concert, 9 days before the March 19, 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines told the audience: "We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas". The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the negative reaction including a boycotts that ensued in the U.S., where the band was assaulted by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Essential Dixie Chicks

    The Essential Dixie Chicks 2010

    Reviewed by Nick Barraclough
    Thirty tracks that are funny, melancholic, thoughtful and, alright, just a bit angry.
  2. Review of Taking The Long Way

    Taking The Long Way 2006

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Long may they go their own way...
  3. Review of Top Of The World Tour - Live

    Top Of The World Tour - Live 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    These girls have enough self-belief and chutzpah to ride out any storm. Make no...
  4. Review of Home/ An Evening With The Dixie Chicks DVD

    Home/ An Evening With The Dixie Chicks DVD 2003

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    But what to do with your old copy of Home? Well, give it to a friend, wait a few years...
  5. Review of Home

    Home

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    Third album by the hugely successful trio, back after a lengthy wrangle with their...
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