Back in 2003, the Dixie Chicks were in some pretty hot water after lead singer, Natalie Maines, publicly criticized President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. While giving a concert in London Maines said, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” After the infamous quote was said, the girls were ridiculed and a public boycott of all things Dixie Chicks ensued. In fact, when this all went down their cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” fell from No. 10 to 43 on the charts in a week.
Years later, the girls are now back and releasing a live DVD from their VH1 special “Dixie Chicks Storytellers“. The live set was recored at the iconic Los Angeles Theater back in 2006 and will feature most of their classics.
I’ve always been a pop music junkie myself, but there was a time when I couldn’t stop listening to country music – mainly Shania Twain, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. I used to jam out to “Cowboy Take Me Away” and even the comedic, “Goodbye Earl”. I was such a fan that in 1999, I saw the girls in concert during their “Fly” tour and to be honest, they were pretty amazing!
With the DVD coming out on Nov. 29, the girls just released a live performance of “Not Ready to Make Nice”. After watching it, I realized how much I really like this song. It’s mad, feisty and for all the right reasons – when the girls wrote this song they were pissed! Check out the video and some of my other favorites below.