Fifteen years ago, country music changed forever with one remark from Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. As the Chicks were in London to play a show, just before President George W. Bush was readying troops to invade Iraq, Maines told the crowd, “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Since that day, the Chicks have all but disappeared from country music and country radio– even though their 2006 album, Taking The Long Way was a major success and the single, “Not Ready to Make Nice” won three GRAMMYs.
Now, 15 years later, per the usual, the Dixie Chicks still aren’t backing down from their remark and actually, they’re celebrating it.
The Chicks have released 15 live performances from their most recent tour for free. Via Twitter they said, “One comment made 15 years ago changed the Dixie Chicks forever. As a thank you to our loyal fans on this anniversary, we have released the remaining 15 songs from DCX MMXVI Live for everyone to watch.”
One comment made 15 years ago changed the Dixie Chicks forever. As a thank you to our loyal fans on this anniversary, we have released the remaining 15 songs from DCX MMXVI Live for everyone to watch – enjoy the full concert free now! —-> https://t.co/x1cLqxRgt9
— Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) March 13, 2018
Prior to the controversy, the Dixie Chicks were one of the most celebrated groups in country music history with eight ACM Awards and 10 CMA Awards– including Entertainer of the Year for both. Pre-2003 they had seven GRAMMYs and added on six more following the fallout.
Of course, the Dixie Chicks were invited to the 50th Annual CMA Awards, but no one cared because everyone was mad at Beyonce.