The Dixie Chicks dominated the country music scene by the end of 2002, and their album “Home” had achieved multiple platinum certifications. However, what a difference a few months made for the Texas trio. The world changed forever in March 2003 when Natalie Maines, the band’s frontwoman, made a brief but politically charged remark on stage in London.
Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire Got Together for A Cover Interview
When bandmates Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire got together for a cover interview with Allure magazine, Maines said, “I wanted the audience to know who we were and what we were about. We spoke up about the scandal that almost ruined our careers.
When an American-led invasion of Iraq was imminent, Maines assured the English audience that “we’re on the good side with y’all” and made it plain that they opposed “this war, this brutality.” They were ashamed that the president of the United States was a native of the same state as them, she continued.
Instigating a furious reaction from many country music fans and even the genre’s radio stations, who, in general, were in favor of then-President George W. Bush at the time, was the last statement, denouncing the president while on foreign land.
Who Spoke to The Publication?
According to Maines, who spoke to the publication, “they are not there for artists to get on their soapbox. “They’ve come to hear your music.” However, “This band’s politics are inextricably linked to its music.
At least, things changed after that pivotal time. The women were silenced by death threats, broadcast bans, boycotts, and bulldozed CDs. But they returned in 2006 with a new album called “Taking a Long Way,” which was a resounding success.
But it also signaled the end of studio albums until their upcoming release, “Gaslighter,” which is scheduled for May. This week’s earlier releases included a song with the same name.