The Dixie Chicks have decided that they will skip their namesake. Their new album takes a more controversial tack as they have a renewed boldness to attack the administration and President Bush. That makes them enemies of what’s going on in the land that they got their start.
Meglen said the biggest handicap for the Chicks in the so-called red states, those carried by Bush in the 2004 presidential election, has been fallout from the band’s political comments.
Lead singer Natalie Maines sparked an uproar in March 2003 when she declared during a London concert that the band was “ashamed” to come from the same state — Texas — as Bush.
She later said she was sorry for “disrespecting the office of the president” but fanned flames anew when she retracted her apology in a Time magazine interview this year, saying: “I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.”
Many country radio stations reacted by refusing to play the Chicks’ music, “and some of those stations wouldn’t even accept our money to run advertising” for their tour, Meglen said.
The official reason for this concert trouble is that ticket sales are slow, that people might not know the show is in town, or because they haven’t been selling tickets there yet. Give me a break! If they were as popular as they want you to think, they’d have no trouble pulling in the crowd.
More likely is this explanation: Far from Texas being ashamed that Bush is from there, the South is ashamed that the Chicks claim their place is their home.