Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dixie Chicks

Information about Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks are a country music group, presently comprised of Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and lead singer Natalie Maines. The group had sold 30.5 million albums in the United States through Aug. 2009 (3 years ago), making them the best-selling female group in the country. 

The group formed in 1989 (23 years ago) 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, the Dixie Chicks achieved massive country music and pop success, beginning in 1998 (14 years ago) with hit songs like "Wide Open Spaces", "Cowboy Take Me Away", and "Long Time Gone". The women also became well-known for their independent spirit and controversial comments on subjects such as war and politics.

During a London concert ten days before the 2003 (9 years ago) invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines said, "we don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas" (the Dixie Chicks' home state). The statement offended people who thought it rude and unpatriotic, and the ensuing controversy cost the group half of their concert audience attendance in the United States and led to accusations of the three women being un-American, as well as hate mail, a death threat, and the destruction of their albums in protest. 

As of 2009 (3 years ago), they have won 13 Grammy Awards, with 5 of them earned in 2007 (5 years ago) including the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Taking The Long Way. 


1990 (22 years ago): Thank Heavens for Dale Evans
1992 (20 years ago): Little Ol' Cowgirl
1993 (19 years ago): Shouldn't a Told You That
1998 (14 years ago): Wide Open Spaces
1999 (13 years ago): Fly
2002 (10 years ago): Home
2003 (9 years ago): Top of the World Tour: Live
2006 (6 years ago): Taking the Long Way


1997 (15 years ago): "I Can Love You Better"
1998 (14 years ago): "There's Your Trouble"
1998 (14 years ago): "Wide Open Spaces"
1999 (13 years ago): "You Were Mine"
1999 (13 years ago): "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
1999 (13 years ago): "Ready to Run"
1999 (13 years ago): "Cowboy Take Me Away"
2000 (12 years ago): "Goodbye Earl"
2000 (12 years ago): "Cold Day in July"
2000 (12 years ago): "Without You"
2001 (11 years ago): "If I Fall You're Going Down With Me"
2001 (11 years ago): "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
2002 (10 years ago): "Long Time Gone"
2002 (10 years ago): "Landslide"
2003 (9 years ago): "Travelin' Soldier"
2006 (6 years ago): "Not Ready to Make Nice"
2006 (6 years ago): "The Long Way Around"

Awards and nominations

Academy of Country Music Awards
American Music Awards
Billboard Music Awards
Country Music Association Awards
Country Music Association Flameworthy Awards
Grammy Awards
Juno Awards
MTV's Rock the Vote
People's Choice Awards
French Country Music Awards
ACLU Bill of Rights Award


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