In the mid 1990s, country music history had yet to write the story of an all-girl band comprised of stellar musicians, capable vocalists and solid songwriters. The Dixie Chicks were more than qualified to script those pages with their amazing rise to fame and claim their spot in the genre's legacy.
Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison – the Dixie Chicks – transformed themselves from a popular band on the Texas club circuit to a multi-platinum selling act in North America, Europe and Australia. They are one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums-1998's Wide Open Spaces and 1999's Fly -to achieve "diamond" status in recognition of more than 10 million copies sold. They've won seven Grammy® awards. Their on-stage reputation has helped them sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets, and outspoken songs like "Goodbye, Earl" made it clear that this power trio played by nobody's rules. And if anyone doubted that these women came to play-and to be heard-their singles "I Can Love You Better," "There's Your Trouble" and "Cowboy Take Me Away" set the record straight.
Their 2002 studio album Home was a departure-a glorious celebration of their acoustic roots. Fans embraced the singles "Travelin' Soldier," "Landslide" and "Long Time Gone." Following the controversy surrounding Maines' comments about then President George W. Bush, the group spent the rest of 2003 on their "Top of the World" tour, which was documented on a double-CD and a DVD of the same name. The talented trio set yet another record when the tour became the biggest one-year gross for a country music act in history, bringing in a staggering $62 million.
Fans waited until 2006 for the group's next album, Taking the Long Way. "Not Ready To Make Nice" was an unofficial commentary on the Bush controversy. The Chicks debuted the gospel-inflected "I Hope," co-written with Keb' Mo', during the telethon benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina; the album version features a blistering guitar solo by John Mayer.
Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains, and moms-for more than a decade, the Dixie Chicks have grown from a band into a phenomenon. They come out swinging, surpassing the pressures and expectations history has placed upon them.
Taking The Long Way