09 June 2010
The Dixie Chicks
Accoding to Wikipedia (via a Rolling Stone article), the band name came from the song "Dixie Chicken" by Lowell George of Little Feat. However, more recently, I have read that the name was inspired by the fictional City of Thieves. That novel was written by David Benioff - who is actress Amanda Peet's husband.
The Dixie Chicks is a country music group, currently comprising Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and lead singer Natalie Maines. The group had sold 30.5 million albums in the United States through August 2009.
During a London concert ten days before the 2003 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 some 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 public destruction of their albums in protest.
As of 2009, they have won 13 Grammy Awards, with 5 of them earned in 2007 including the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Taking The Long Way.
Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks
Top of the World Tour
Court Yard Hounds ( a spinoff project by sister Martie and Emily)