Maines brought a spit-fire spirit to the group's dynamic and they produced rebel-rousing hits like "Sin Wagon" and "Goodbye Earl," but the Chicks also created softer, inspirational jams like "Wide Open Spaces" and "Cowboy Take Me Away."
"There's Your Trouble" and "I Can Love You Better" are also
great examples of the Dixie Chicks style of capturing the style of classic country with a rock flair.
Like all bands, the Dixie Chicks have had ample controversy, most of it being political. In 2003, while on tour in London, Maines made a comments about the former president, George W. Bush, and the shit hit the fan.
There was CD burning and massive protests from disgruntled fans and G.W. supporters, in general. Radio stations refused to play their music, and they even received death threats. The backlash from that night directly impacted the livelihood of the Dixie Chicks but not before they recorded the album, "Taking the Long Way," which included great songs like "Not Ready To Make Nice," "Easy Silence," "Everybody Knows," and "The Long Way Around."
With the success of "Taking the Long Way" the Chicks became the first female band in chart history to have three albums debut at No. 1.
Whether you like the politics or not, you gotta have some Dixie Chicks in your playlist. They're fun, catchy, feisty, and insightful. Even if you don't like country, you should give the Chicks a whirl. I bet you'll find you wouldn't mind another go.