The Dixie Chicks are one of the top selling country artists of all time. Will Hermes, a senior contributing writer for Spin magazine, says their first CD in three years,Home, has a less commercial sound than their other offerings, but still may be one of the best pop CDs of the year.
The Dixie Chicks are back after a three-year break with a new album, Taking the Long Way. It's the band's first release after it experienced a furious backlash in 2003 after an anti-Bush comment by lead singer Natalie Maines.
We kick off our series on country music in time for the Labor Day holiday with Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and Natalie Maines. They are considered the biggest-selling female band in history, but found themselves boycotted in 2003 when Maines made an off-the-cuff remark about President Bush on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. In June, they released their first CD in three years, Taking the Long Way.
The Dixie Chicks are considered the biggest-selling female band in history. Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and Natalie Maines have gone from the bluegrass and country world to wider success with hits such as "Wide Open Spaces" and "Long Time Gone." Now, they are releasing their first CD in three years: Taking the Long Way, a collaboration with rock and rap producer Rick Rubin.
As the political climate shifts, Natalie Maines and The Dixie Chicks go five-for-five at the Grammys, including best song for "Not Ready to Make Nice." Mary J. Blige and Ludacris are among other popular winners.
Way back before the Dixie Chicks' multiplatinum records -- and the arena tours -- there were two musical sisters growing up in Dallas. Martie Erwin on fiddle. Her younger sister Emily on banjo. They became the instrumental heart of the Dixie Chicks, but now they're playing in their own group as well, writing songs about motherhood and growing older.
It's been nearly seven years since the Dixie Chicks released its last album, 2006's Taking The Long Way, a critically-liked, but divisive record that went on to win five Grammy Awards. And while bandmates and sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire put out a duo record in 2010 as the Court Yard Hounds, fans of Natalie Maines,the rebellious and politically outspoken lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, have had to wait much longer for new music.