USA: Dixie Chicks, pro peace country music. New album review

Dixie Chicks

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.

Clear Channel promoting racist hate speech: here.

Clear Channel ownership here.

7 thoughts on “USA: Dixie Chicks, pro peace country music. New album review

  1. On “Dixie Chicks stand their ground”

    This is my first time to read the full history of the Dixie Chicks and their encounter with Bush backers. Thanks very much WSWS. BTW, how has Toby Keith fared? It saddened me to find that my former employer (Ford) used him on Ford commercials. I opposed the war by demonstrating and carrying a huge flag on a mast around downtown Indianapolis. I’m a drafted Korean War vet. (51/52).


    Indianapolis, Indiana, US

    7 June 2006

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    Thank you, Tom, for this article. Although I am not a real Dixie Chicks fan, I applaud their stance against the war and their forthrightness against Bush.

    The type of hysteria stirred by the right-wing radio jocks and government shills like Diane Sawyer is not uncommon in this country. The well-known destruction of Elvis Presley recordings in the 1950s (and the general demonization of rock and roll at that time) was not so unprecedented as popular culture would have us believe. I’m reading a book called Darkest Before Dawn about the Montana sedition law passed during World War I, when anti-German (and anti-IWW) madness overwhelmed the state, resulting in the sentencing to terms of up to 20 years of people who happened to make an offhand or unflattering remark about the war or President Wilson in a saloon or elsewhere. People who refused to buy War Bonds were accused of “disloyalty” and local counties created their own special councils to spy on the populace, even granting themselves the right to subpoena people and interrogate them. Spoken German was forbidden and German books were burned. Even preachers in German congregations were forbidden to preach in German.

    Why this particular mania persists in the United States is an interesting question. Nearly a century later, we can look back on many instances of this kind of “groupthink.” The same slogans that we hear from the right wing today were used during the first World War: support the troops, dissent put troops in danger, dissent was the work of German spies trying to weaken the US’s resolve, dissent was the work of the IWW in its plot to take over the world, etc.

    Wasn’t it Karl Marx who said, “History repeats itself; first as tragedy, then as farce”? But we aren’t laughing. Perhaps the third and fourth and fifth times have destroyed our sense of humor.


    San Francisco, California

    7 June 2006



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