Friday, June 02, 2006
Dixie Chicks - You go Girls
It was a pleasure to read in Eugene Robinson's column Chicks & Balances that the Dixie Chicks' new album is No.1 on the Billboard's chart. Great. Their courageous anti-war statement in March 2003 drew a lot of criticism and the jingoism that prevailed at that time resulted in the Dixie Chicks being put on the black list of many country music stations. "Taking the Long Way," the Chicks' new album, opened at No. 1 on the Billboard charts last week, with 525,829 copies sold. That would be remarkable under any circumstances -- the Chicks, by some measures, have become the most successful female group in history -- but it's downright astounding given that many country stations are refusing to play the album's first single, "Not Ready to Make Nice."
- In fact, a lot of country stations have refused to play any of the Dixie Chicks' songs since March 10, 2003. By then it was clear that nothing would deter George W. Bush from launching his elective war in Iraq, and the Chicks were giving a concert in London, where popular opinion generally saw the impending invasion as pure madness. Maines committed the crime of speaking her mind. "Just so you know," the golden-haired, golden-voiced Texan told the audience, "we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."
The Dixie Chicks were right. Today they have many more on their side than they had in 2003. It is a vindication not only for them but for all of us who were against the unjustified war.
There's actually lots of great anti-war music out there. One of my personal favorites is Josh Ritter's song called "Girl in the War".
Check it out!