“People do look at it as an insult that I say I don’t listen to country music, which cracks me up. Music is a personal preference. Everyone’s free to connect and like whatever they want.”
–Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, tells Us Weekly that despite being a huge star in the genre, she doesn’t actually listen to country music anymore. “I definitely have a bad taste in my mouth about country radio,” she explained. “We did get supporters [after her anti-war comments in 2003], but as a whole, the country music industry did not support us. Award shows would laugh at our expense. It was fun to hate us.”
Maines is releasing a solo album, Mother, on May 7th, and even though the sound is reportedly much different than the twangy hits she recorded with the Dixie Chicks, I can’t wait to hear it. [Update: You're in luck, Winona! NPR is streaming the whole album online, so you can listen to it for free!] [Us Weekly]
I grew up in a small, rural town where muddy trucks would cruise up and down main street with rifles mounted in the back window and country music blasting from the speakers. I grew up hating country music. I thought it was stupid, cheesy, and ignorant. To me, country music was the soundtrack to a conservative, small-town mentality that felt incredibly stifling. I tuned it out in favor of pop, rap, oldies, indie rock, and metal (for years my musical taste could be easily summed up as “Everything except country!”) until one day in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks caused a firestorm by speaking out against President Bush on stage. This was progressive, ballsy, the complete antithesis to everything I thought I knew about country music. I realized if these kinds of women were singing country songs, maybe it was time for me to reconsider my hatred for the genre. I slowly–and secretly–starting getting into country. Pretty soon I was asking friends for country recommendations and discovering that I have a serious banjo fetish.
This year I drove two-hundred miles roundtrip to attend a country music festival and even took a trip to Nashville to get my live banjo fix. My high school self would be stunned. Here are seven things I’ve learned to love about country music since my conversion to a proud country fan… Keep reading »
The Dixie Chicks share their life stories through their songs. If you can’t get enough of these female phenoms and their music, you’re going to want to hear the inspirational tales behind their biggest hits on the new DVD “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” due out November 29. Recorded live in 2006 for VH1, their performance at the Los Angeles Theater was the grand finale in the whirlwind that surrounded the release of their album, Taking the Long Way. The DVD includes personal anecdotes and never before seen performances from the original broadcast.
WIN THIS! “Not Ready To Make Nice”, one of the Dixie Chicks biggest hits, is perhaps their most irreverent. Tell us in the comments about a time in your life when you were too mad to back down and stood up for what you believed in—the tales that inspire us the most will win the grand prize package, which includes “Dixie Chicks Storytellers” DVD, The Essential Dixie Chicks CD, and a signed poster. Two lucky runners up will receive a DVD and signed poster. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. We’ll pick our favorite responses and announce the winners on Wednesday, November 30. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!