By Tom Carter:
Dixie Chicks stand their ground
7 June 2006
Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way (2006 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.) Produced by Rick Rubin. $17.99
The new album by the country music group, the Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way, appears in the aftermath of a media campaign against the group initiated by Clear Channel, Cox Radio and Cumulus Broadcasting, among others.
The campaign was launched after the lead vocalist, Natalie Maines, came out against George W. Bush and the war on Iraq in March 2003.
However, the right-wing campaign has largely flopped, and the well-deserved success of this new album—it jumped to Number 1 on the Billboard charts in both the Country and Pop categories and is one of the most popular downloads on the internet—is a huge embarrassment for all those country music pundits who declared the Dixie Chicks’ careers over.
In the music and lyrics of this record, it is clear that the Dixie Chicks have emerged from the witch-hunt more mature and serious, but they have not lost their bearings.
As they always have, they perform music with a deep and sincere empathy for real people in real situations.
See also review by Ralph Nader.
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