Personalities | The Dixie Chicks | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1989–present)
Texas-based band The Dixie Chicks initially included sisters Martie (vocals, violin, b. 1969) and Emily Erwin (vocals, dobro, banjo, b. 1972), Laura Lynch (bass) and Robin Lynn Macy (vocals, guitar). Their debut album, Thank Heavens For Dale Evans (1990), a mixture of folk music and traditional country, was released on the independent Crystal Clear label. By 1995, Lynch and Macy had left, and Natalie Maines (b. 1974), joined the soon to be top-selling act. Wide Open Spaces (1997) sold over 12 million copies and ‘Ready To Run’ was a hit single. Maines criticized President Bush about the war in Iraq at a 2003 London show, which resulted in some US radio stations refusing to play the group’s records. Top Of The World Tour (2003), a double album and DVD, regained much lost ground for the 1999 and 2000 CMA Vocal Group Of The Year.
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