Dixie Chicks – Some Days You Gotta Dance
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 boycotts that ensued in the U.S., where the band was assaulted by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.
As of 2014, Dixie Chicks have won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and “Not Ready to Make Nice”, a single from that album. By December 2014, with 30.5 million certified albums sold,and sales of 27.4 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present).
Following Shut Up and Sing, the band went on hiatus for several years while the members spent time with their families.
At a December 2007 rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, Maines expressed support for the West Memphis Three, three men convicted of a 1993 triple murder who many believe to be innocent.Maines cited a recent defense filing implicating Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, and posted similar comments in a letter on the Dixie Chicks’ web site.In November 2008, Hobbs sued Maines and the Dixie Chicks for defamation as a result of her statements. On December 2, 2009 a US Federal judge dismissed the defamation case on the grounds that Hobbs had not shown the statements were made with actual malice.
A proposed April 2008 commercial spot to promote Al Gore’s “We Campaign” involving both the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith was eventually abandoned because of scheduling conflicts.
Maguire and Robison released new music in 2010 without Maines. Lloyd Maines, Natalie’s father, has stated that the trio are “definitely still an entity”. On January 15, 2010, it was announced that the duo would be known as Court Yard Hounds and were set to release an album in May 2010 with Robison on lead vocals.
On March 16, 2010, Dixie Chicks announced they would be touring with the Eagles on the Eagles 2010 Summer Tour.The tour began on June 8, 2010, in Toronto and was stadium-based, visiting cities such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis and Winnipeg with a performance at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Country singer and guitarist Keith Urban appeared at selected shows as well.
They also appeared in the 2010 music documentary Sounds Like a Revolution, about recent protest music in America.
The trio sang “You”, accompanied by the Steep Canyon Rangers, on Rare Bird Alert, a Steve Martin bluegrass album released in March 2011.
In March 2011, Maines made a solo recording of the Beach Boys hit “God Only Knows” for the final episode of the HBO series Big Love.
In early 2011, Robison and Maguire said that new music involving Maines is in the works.
On October 17, 2011, Dixie Chicks played the Concert for Wildfire Relief in Austin, Texas. During the set, Maines stated that there was “zero hesitation” when the group was asked to do the show.
In December 2012, Maines announced that she would be releasing her first solo rock album titled Mother. The album was released on May 7, 2013.
Also in December 2012, it was announced that Dixie Chicks would be replacing Lady Antebellum as headliners’ at Canada’s Craven Country Jamboree on July 13, 2013. The band performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest July 6, 2013, Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 7, 2013 and the Scotiabank Saddledome on October 31, 2013.
On July 16, 2013, the Court Yard Hounds released their sophomore album, Amelita.
On August 18, 2013, Dixie Chicks announced their first full length tour since 2007, the Long Time Gone Tour. The tour visited various cities across Canada in 2013. The tour also incorporated the C2C: Country to Country festival held in London and Dublin during March 2014.
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