The Dixie Chicks have grown from a band into a cultural force becoming the biggest selling female band of all time in the U.S. For the latest on the Dixie Chicks: www.dixiechicks.com www.facebook.com/dixiechicks www.twitter.com/dixiechicks DCX MMXVI World Tour All dates, cities and venues below subject to change. DATE CITY VENUE ON SALE Wed., June 1, 2016 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Sat., Nov. 21 Fri. June 3, 2016 Cleveland, OH Blossom Amphitheater Fri.
The Dixie Chicks, who last released an album in 2006, have added stops in the US to their upcoming tour. The North American part of their tour will begin next summer.
The Dixie Chicks are going back on the road.
The country group had previously planned a European tour that will begin in April, and the Dixie Chicks have now added dates in the United States, in which they will perform for the first time since 2006.
That year was also the last time the Dixie Chicks released new music, though singer Natalie Maines released a solo album, “Mother,” in 2013 and Dixie Chicks members Martie Maguire and Emily Robison have released work under the name Court Yard Hounds.
The North American section of the Dixie Chicks’ 2016 tour will begin in Cincinnati in June and will continue through October. Tickets for some stops will go on sale to the public beginning Nov. 20, then tickets for others will be available later in the month.
The Dixie Chicks are an incredibly successful music group and the highest-selling female group in the US, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Critics praised their 2006 album “Taking The Long Way,” noting the group’s ability to blend genres like rock and bluegrass.
Artists like Taylor Swift have named them as influences for their own work.
Many most likely remember the Dixie Chicks today for their role in a political controversy. After Maines made comments that were critical of then-President George W. Bush during a concert, some country music stations decided not to play the group’s music and some protesters destroyed albums by the group.
Country music is traditionally thought of as being closely tied to conservative politics. But the genre has grown hugely in popularity and in 2014, the genre was the most popular on the radio. This suggests country music is crossing political boundaries.
However, controversies over political or social issues can still erupt. After the country music group Little Big Town released the song “Girl Crush” in 2014, country radio listeners objected to what they saw as lyrics promoting an LGBT agenda and some stations stopped playing it.
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Dixie Chicks Biography
Dixie Chicks is an American country music band which has also crossed over into other genres, including pop and alternative country. The band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces”.
On March 10, 2003, during a London concert, nine days before the March 19, 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Maines told the audience: “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas”. The positive reaction to this statement from the British audience contrasted with the negative reaction including boycotts that ensued in the US, where the band was denounced by talk-show conservatives, while their albums were discarded in public protest.
As of 2014, Dixie Chicks have won 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Taking the Long Way—which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year—and “Not Ready to Make Nice”, a single from that album. By December 2014, with 30.5 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.4 million albums in the US alone, they had become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present).
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