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This article is about the American country music band. The Chicks_sentence_0

For other uses, see The Chicks (disambiguation). The Chicks_sentence_1

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Also known asThe Chicks_header_cell_0_2_0 Dixie Chicks (1989–2020)The Chicks_cell_0_2_1
OriginThe Chicks_header_cell_0_3_0 Dallas, Texas, U.S.The Chicks_cell_0_3_1
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Years activeThe Chicks_header_cell_0_5_0 1989–presentThe Chicks_cell_0_5_1
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Associated actsThe Chicks_header_cell_0_7_0 Court Yard HoundsThe Chicks_cell_0_7_1
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The Chicks (previously known as Dixie Chicks) are an American country band composed of singer Natalie Maines and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer. The Chicks_sentence_2

The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and performed bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. The Chicks_sentence_3

After the replacement of singer Laura Lynch with Maines and a change in repertoire, the Chicks achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces". The Chicks_sentence_4

Days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Maines told a London audience the band did not endorse the war and were "ashamed" of US President George W. Bush being from Texas. The Chicks_sentence_5

The remarks triggered boycotts in the US and backlash from fans. The Chicks_sentence_6

After a hiatus, they toured again in 2010, 2013 and 2016. The Chicks_sentence_7

In 2020, they dropped "Dixie" from their name, citing negative connotations, and released their first album in 14 years, Gaslighter. The Chicks_sentence_8

The 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 its single "Not Ready to Make Nice"—which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. The Chicks_sentence_9

By July 2020, with 33 million certified albums sold, and sales of 27.9 million albums in the U.S. alone, they had become the best-selling female band and best-selling country group in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era (1991–present). The Chicks_sentence_10

History The Chicks_section_0

1989–1995: Original bluegrass group The Chicks_section_1

The Dixie Chicks were founded by Laura Lynch on upright bass, guitarist Robin Lynn Macy, and the multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin in 1989. The Chicks_sentence_11

The Erwin sisters later married and each changed their names twice to Martie Seidel, then Maguire and Emily Robison, then Strayer. The Chicks_sentence_12

The four took their name from the song and album Dixie Chicken by Lowell George of Little Feat, originally playing predominantly bluegrass and a mix of country standards. The Chicks_sentence_13

All four women played and sang, though Maguire and Strayer provided most of the instrumental accompaniment for the band while Lynch and Macy shared lead vocals. The Chicks_sentence_14

Maguire primarily played fiddle, mandolin, and viola, while Strayer's specialties included five-stringed banjo and dobro. The Chicks_sentence_15

In 1990, Penny Cook, daughter of then Senator John Tower, gave the Chicks $10,000 to record an album. The Chicks_sentence_16

Their first studio album, Thank Heavens for Dale Evans, was named after the pioneering performer Dale Evans. The Chicks_sentence_17

They paid $5,000 for the 14-track album. The Chicks_sentence_18

The album included two instrumental tunes. The Chicks_sentence_19

In 1987, Maguire (still known then as Martie Erwin) had won second place, and in 1989, third place in the National fiddle championships held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. The Chicks_sentence_20

A Christmas single was released at the end of the year – a 45 RPM vinyl record titled Home on the Radar Range with "Christmas Swing" on one side and the song on the flip side named "The Flip Side". The Chicks_sentence_21

The record titles were significant; during that period of time, the bandmates dressed up as "cowgirls", and publicity photos reflected this image. The Chicks_sentence_22

However, even with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, with few exceptions, such as Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion, they did not get much national airplay. The Chicks_sentence_23

The Dixie Chicks began building a fan base, winning the prize for "best band" at the 1990 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and opening for established country music artists, including such names as Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, and George Strait. The Chicks_sentence_24

In 1992, a second independent album, Little Ol' Cowgirl, moved towards a more contemporary country sound, as the band enlisted the help of more session musicians, and developed a richer sound with larger and more modern arrangements. The Chicks_sentence_25

Robin Lynn Macy was not pleased with the change in sound. The Chicks_sentence_26

She left in late 1992 to devote herself to a "purer" bluegrass sound, remaining active in the Dallas and Austin music scenes. The Chicks_sentence_27

It was during this period that professional steel guitarist Lloyd Maines (who had played on both albums) introduced them to his daughter, Natalie, an aspiring singer. The Chicks_sentence_28

Lloyd Maines thought his daughter would be a good match to replace the departed Macy, and had passed along Natalie's audition demo tape, which had won her a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, to both Maguire and Strayer. The Chicks_sentence_29

Her distinctive voice was a match for Maguire's soprano and Strayer's alto harmonies. The Chicks_sentence_30

As Maguire and Strayer considered their options and the major record labels waffled over whether they should take a risk on an all-woman band, a few reviewers took note of their talents: The Chicks_sentence_31

Lynch, thrust into the role of sole lead singer on their third independent album, Shouldn't a Told You That in 1993, was unable to attract support from a major record label, and the band struggled to expand their fan base beyond Texas and Nashville. The Chicks_sentence_32

New manager Simon Renshaw approached music executive Scott Siman and he signed them to a developmental deal with Sony Music Entertainment's Nashville division. The Chicks_sentence_33

The deal was finalized with Sony over mid-1995. The Chicks_sentence_34

The Chicks then replaced Lynch with singer Maines. The Chicks_sentence_35

Accounts of the departure have varied. The Chicks_sentence_36

At the time, the sisters stated that Lynch had been considering leaving the band for over a year, weary of touring, and hoping to spend more time with her daughter at home. The Chicks_sentence_37

She offered to stay for the first cuts on the new album for Sony, but the sisters thought it would send the wrong message to the label; they all agreed she would leave before the new album. The Chicks_sentence_38

In a later interview, Lynch said, "It can't really be characterized as a resignation. The Chicks_sentence_39

There are three Dixie Chicks, and I'm only one." The Chicks_sentence_40

By her own account Lynch noted that she had no regrets about leaving. The Chicks_sentence_41

1995–2000: Commercial success with Wide Open Spaces and Fly The Chicks_section_2

With the addition of Natalie Maines, the new lineup had a more contemporary sound, as well as a new look, leaving their cowgirl dresses with their past, giving the band a broader appeal. The Chicks_sentence_42

Renshaw sent staff producer Blake Chancey to Austin to work with the band. The Chicks_sentence_43

After Maines joined the band, the instrumental lineup was essentially the same, though Maines was not an acoustic bassist. The Chicks_sentence_44

Instead, she played acoustic and electric guitar, and occasionally electric bass guitar or papoose in concert. The Chicks_sentence_45

She sang lead vocals, with Maguire and Strayer singing backing vocals. The Chicks_sentence_46

Strayer was now contributing to the band's sound, adding guitar, accordion, sitar, and papoose to her mastery of the five-string banjo and dobro, while Maguire began adding guitar, viola, and mandolin chops more frequently to her expert fiddle. The Chicks_sentence_47

The sisters welcomed the change; Maguire said, "It's very rootsy, but then Natalie comes in with a rock and blues influence. The Chicks_sentence_48

That gave Emily and [me] a chance to branch out, because we loved those kinds of music but felt limited by our instruments." The Chicks_sentence_49

Within the next year, Sony came to Austin to see the revamped Dixie Chicks and committed to sign them to a long-term deal and they were selected as the first new artist on the newly revived Monument Records label. The Chicks_sentence_50

A single "I Can Love You Better" was released in October 1997, and reached the Top 10 on American country music charts, while the new lineup recorded the rest of their debut album. The Chicks_sentence_51

Wide Open Spaces was released on January 23, 1998. The Chicks_sentence_52

Over the space of a year, the next three singles from Wide Open Spaces reached first place on the Country charts: "There's Your Trouble", "You Were Mine", and the title track. The Chicks_sentence_53

This first album for the current band added a widespread audience to their original following, entering the top five on both country and pop charts with initial sales of 12 million copies in the country music arena alone, setting a record for the best-selling duo or group album in country music history. The Chicks_sentence_54

As of 2003, the 12 million copies sold in the United States of Wide Open Spaces made it a RIAA-certified diamond album. The Chicks_sentence_55

In 1998, the Dixie Chicks sold more CDs than all other country music groups combined. The Chicks_sentence_56

Big Country music took note of the Chicks, awarding them the Horizon Award for new artists in 1998, given to those who have "demonstrated the most significant creative growth and development in overall chart and sales activity, live performance professionalism and critical media recognition". The Chicks_sentence_57

By 1999, the album won the new lineup their first Grammy Awards as well as acclaim from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and other high-profile awards. The Chicks_sentence_58

On August 31, 1999, the Dixie Chicks released another album, Fly, which debuted at No. The Chicks_sentence_59

1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 10 million copies and making the Dixie Chicks the only country band and the only female band of any genre to hold the distinction of having two back-to-back RIAA certified diamond albums. The Chicks_sentence_60

Nine singles were released from Fly, including country No. The Chicks_sentence_61

1s "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Without You". The Chicks_sentence_62

Dixie Chicks albums continued to place in the list of the 50 best-selling albums in American history over a half-decade after they were released. The Chicks_sentence_63

Fly again won Grammy awards and honors from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and the Dixie Chicks received a number of honors from other sources for their accomplishments. The Chicks_sentence_64

The band headlined their first tour, the Fly Tour, with guest artists including Joe Ely and Ricky Skaggs appearing at each show, and also joined Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and other female artists on the all-woman touring Lilith Fair. The Chicks_sentence_65

The source of the Dixie Chicks' commercial success during this time came from various factors: they wrote or co-wrote about half of the songs on Wide Open Spaces and Fly; their mixture of bluegrass, mainstream country music, blues, and pop songs appealed to a wide spectrum of record buyers, and where the women had once dressed as "cowgirls" with Lynch, their dress was now more contemporary. The Chicks_sentence_66

"Cowboy Take Me Away" from Fly became another signature song, written by Maguire to celebrate her sister's romance with country singer Charlie Robison, whom Emily subsequently married, exchanging her surname for Robison. The Chicks_sentence_67

However, a few of their songs brought controversy within their conservative country music fan base, and two songs caused some radio stations to remove the Chicks from their playlists: "Sin Wagon", from which the term "mattress dancing" takes on a new twist, and "Goodbye Earl", a song that uses black comedy in telling the story of the unabashed murderer of an abusive husband. The Chicks_sentence_68

(The band later made a video portraying the nefarious deed, with actor Dennis Franz playing the murdered husband). The Chicks_sentence_69

In an interview, Maines commented about Sony worrying about the reference to "mattress dancing" in "Sin Wagon", refusing to discuss it in interviews. The Chicks_sentence_70

She said, "Our manager jokes, 'You can't say mattress dancing, but they love the song about premeditated first degree murder'! The Chicks_sentence_71

She continues, " ... so it's funny to us that "mattress dancing" is out and murder is in!" The Chicks_sentence_72

2001–2002: Record label dispute and Home The Chicks_section_3

After the commercial success of their first two albums, the band became involved in a dispute with their record label, Sony, regarding accounting procedures, alleging that in at least 30 cases Sony had used fraudulent accounting practices, underpaying them at least $4 million (£2.7m) in royalties on their albums over the previous three years. The Chicks_sentence_73

Sony held out, and the trio walked away, with Sony suing the group for failure to complete their contract. The Chicks_sentence_74

The Chicks responded with their own $4.1-million lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment on August 27, which added clout to claims made by singers Courtney Love, Aimee Mann, and LeAnn Rimes against the recording industry. The Chicks_sentence_75

After months of negotiation, the Chicks settled their suit privately, and were awarded their own record label imprint, Open Wide Records, which afforded them more control, a better contract, and an increase in royalty money, with Sony still responsible for marketing and distribution of albums. The Chicks_sentence_76

During the time that they worked with Sony to reconcile their differences, the Dixie Chicks debuted their quiet, unadorned song "I Believe in Love" on the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Chicks_sentence_77

The three women found themselves home, in Texas, each happily married, planning families, and writing songs closer to their roots, without the usual pressures of the studio technicians from the major labels. The Chicks_sentence_78

The songs they didn't write were solicited from songwriters who wrote with a less commercial emphasis. The Chicks_sentence_79

The result was that Home, independently produced by Lloyd Maines and the Chicks, was released August 27, 2002. The Chicks_sentence_80

Unlike the Chicks' two previous records, Home is dominated by up-tempo bluegrass and pensive ballads; and Emmylou Harris added her vocals to "Godspeed". The Chicks_sentence_81

In addition, the text of the opening track and first single, "Long Time Gone", was a pointed criticism of contemporary country music radio, accusing it of ignoring the soul of the genre as exemplified by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. The Chicks_sentence_82

"Long Time Gone" became the Chicks' first Top 10 hit on the U.S. The Chicks_sentence_83 pop singles chart and peaked at No. The Chicks_sentence_84

2 on the country chart, becoming a major success. The Chicks_sentence_85

Approximately six million copies of Home were sold in the United States. The Chicks_sentence_86

Home also won Grammy awards, and other noteworthy accolades as before, though it fell short of reaching the diamond record status of the first two albums. The Chicks_sentence_87

Natalie Maines said afterward, "I want to check the record books and see how many fathers and daughters have won Grammys together." The Chicks_sentence_88

By 2002, the Dixie Chicks were featured on three television specials: An Evening with the Dixie Chicks, which was an acoustic concert primarily composed of the material from Home; VH1 Divas Las Vegas alongside Cher, Céline Dion, Shakira, Anastacia, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and host Ellen DeGeneres; and a CMT three-hour television special, the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. The Chicks_sentence_89

Ranked No. The Chicks_sentence_90

13 out of 40, they were "selected by hundreds of artists, music historians, music journalists and music industry professionals—looking at every aspect of what a great artist is". The Chicks_sentence_91

2003–2005: Iraq War comments and backlash The Chicks_section_4

Main article: Dixie Chicks controversy The Chicks_sentence_92

On March 10, 2003, nine days before the invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks performed at the Shepherds Bush Empire theater in London, England. The Chicks_sentence_93

It was the first concert of their Top of the World Tour in support of their sixth album, Home. The Chicks_sentence_94

Introducing their song "Travelin' Soldier", Maines told the audience the band did not support the upcoming Allied invasion of Iraq and were "ashamed" that President George W. Bush was from Texas. The Chicks_sentence_95

Many American country music listeners supported the war, and Maines's remark triggered a backlash in the United States. The Chicks_sentence_96

The Dixie Chicks were blacklisted by thousands of country radio stations, and the band members received death threats. The Chicks_sentence_97

Maines issued an apology, saying her remark had been disrespectful; in 2006 she rescinded the apology, saying she felt Bush deserved no respect. The Chicks_sentence_98

The backlash damaged sales of their music and sales of their next album and tour. The Chicks_sentence_99

In a September 2003 interview, Maguire told the German magazine Der Spiegel: "We don't feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can't be our home anymore." The Chicks_sentence_100

She noted a lack of support from country stars, and being shunned at the 2003 ACM Awards. The Chicks_sentence_101

"Instead, we won three Grammys against much stronger competition. The Chicks_sentence_102

So we now consider ourselves part of the big rock 'n' roll family." The Chicks_sentence_103

Some fans were dismayed, but the group made no clear response. The Chicks_sentence_104

The same year, the American Red Cross refused a $1 million promotional partnership from the Dixie Chicks. The Chicks_sentence_105

The organization did not publicize the refusal; it was revealed by the Chicks themselves in a May 2006 interview on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The Chicks_sentence_106

According to National Red Cross spokesperson Julie Thurmond Whitmer, the band would have made the donation "only if the American Red Cross would embrace the band's summer tour". The Chicks_sentence_107

Whitmer further said: The Chicks_sentence_108

According to the Red Cross, the Dixie Chicks had not responded to two offers to join the National Celebrity Cabinet of the Red Cross prior to the controversy. The Chicks_sentence_109

Little more than a year later, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita battered the Gulf Coast, with the group's home state of Texas directly in the wake of the disaster. The Chicks_sentence_110

In September 2005, the Dixie Chicks debuted their song "I Hope" in the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast telethon. The Chicks_sentence_111

The song was one of only two performed at the concert that was not donated for the subsequent DVD. The Chicks_sentence_112

The Chicks subsequently made their new single available as a digital download single with proceeds to benefit hurricane relief through Habitat For Humanity and the American Federation of Musicians Gulf Coast Relief Fund, rather than the Red Cross. The Chicks_sentence_113

In October 2004, the Dixie Chicks joined the Vote for Change tour, performing in concerts organized by in swing states. The Chicks_sentence_114

While the Dixie Chicks' artistic collaborations with James Taylor went well, sharing the stage on many occasions, Maines' comments before and during the concerts revealed a certain degree of nervousness over the future career path of the Dixie Chicks. The Chicks_sentence_115

In 2005, Maguire, Strayer, and Maines joined with 31 other recording artists, including Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, Yoko Ono, and Mandy Moore supporting relationships of all kinds, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, on a two-disc release titled Love Rocks, with their song from the album Home called "I Believe in Love". The Chicks_sentence_116

2006–2007: Taking the Long Way and Shut Up and Sing The Chicks_section_5

On March 16, 2006, the Dixie Chicks released the single "Not Ready to Make Nice" in advance of their upcoming album. The Chicks_sentence_117

Cowritten with Dan Wilson, it addressed the political controversy that had surrounded the group for the previous three years. The Chicks_sentence_118

Strayer said, "The stakes were definitely higher on that song. The Chicks_sentence_119

We knew it was special because it was so autobiographical, and we had to get it right. The Chicks_sentence_120

And once we had that song done, it freed us up to do the rest of the album without that burden." The Chicks_sentence_121

She said writing the song had become their "therapy", since they had to hold in so many stored emotions for so long. The Chicks_sentence_122

Thus, the band considered the album not so much political as very personal. The Chicks_sentence_123

The question of how the group's new record would fare commercially attracted intense media interest. The Chicks_sentence_124

Taking the Long Way was released in stores and online on May 22, 2006. The Chicks_sentence_125

The album was produced by Rick Rubin who had worked with hard rock acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and System of a Down, as well as idiosyncratic singers such as Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. The Chicks_sentence_126

The band felt they had nothing to lose by a newer approach, and possibly quite a bit to gain. The Chicks_sentence_127

All 14 tracks were co-written by the three Chicks, alongside various other songwriters, including Neil Finn of Crowded House (who more recently became a member of Fleetwood Mac). The Chicks_sentence_128

The album contained several tracks that seemed to indirectly reference what the group called "The Incident", and the group remained defiant. The Chicks_sentence_129

Maguire commented that, "I'd rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. The Chicks_sentence_130

We don't want those kinds of fans. The Chicks_sentence_131

They limit what you can do." The Chicks_sentence_132

Maines also retracted her earlier apology to President Bush, stating, "I apologized for disrespecting the office of the President, but I don't feel that way anymore. The Chicks_sentence_133

I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever." The Chicks_sentence_134

Taking the Long Way debuted at number one on both the U.S. The Chicks_sentence_135 pop albums chart and the U.S. The Chicks_sentence_136 country albums chart, selling 526,000 copies in the first week (the year's second-best such total for any country act) and making it a gold record within its first week, despite having little or no airplay in areas that had once embraced them. The Chicks_sentence_137

The Chicks became the first female band in chart history to have three albums debut at No. The Chicks_sentence_138

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Both "Not Ready to Make Nice" and second single "Everybody Knows" were largely ignored by U.S. country radio and failed to penetrate the top 35 of the Hot Country Songs chart. The Chicks_sentence_140

In June 2006, Emily Strayer noted the lack of support from other country music performers: "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do. The Chicks_sentence_141

... A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. The Chicks_sentence_142

It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism." The Chicks_sentence_143

Maines commented, "The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism. The Chicks_sentence_144

Why do you have to be a patriot? The Chicks_sentence_145

About what? The Chicks_sentence_146

This land is our land? The Chicks_sentence_147

Why? The Chicks_sentence_148

You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country ... The Chicks_sentence_149

I don't see why people care about patriotism." The Chicks_sentence_150

In Europe, however, the two singles were well received by country radio, peaking at Nos. The Chicks_sentence_151

13 and 11 respectively and remaining on the European Country Charts for more than 20 weeks each. The Chicks_sentence_152

The band's Accidents & Accusations Tour began in July 2006. The Chicks_sentence_153

Ticket sales were strong in Canada and in some Northeastern markets, but notably weak in other areas. The Chicks_sentence_154

A number of shows were canceled or relocated to smaller venues due to poor sales, and in Houston, Texas, tickets never even went on sale when local radio stations refused to accept advertising for the event. The Chicks_sentence_155

In August, a re-routed tour schedule was scheduled with a greater emphasis on Canadian dates, where Taking the Long Way had gone five-times-platinum. The Chicks_sentence_156

The tour's shows themselves generally refrained from any explicit verbal political comments, letting the music, especially the central performance of "Not Ready to Make Nice" (which typically received a thunderous ovation during and after the song), speak for itself. The Chicks_sentence_157

As part of the tour, the Dixie Chicks became the first major band to hire a designated blogger "all-access" to keep up with them in their promotional activities and tour. The Chicks_sentence_158

When the Chicks performed again at Shepherds Bush Empire, site of "The Incident", Maines joked that she wanted to say something the audience had not heard before, but instead said, "Just so y'all know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas," to much laughter and applause. The Chicks_sentence_159

In 2006, Taking the Long Way was the ninth-best-selling album in the United States. The Chicks_sentence_160

At the 49th Grammy Awards Show on February 11, 2007, the group won all five categories for which they were nominated, including the top awards of Song of the Year and Record of the Year, both for "Not Ready to Make Nice", and Album of the Year, for Taking the Long Way. The Chicks_sentence_161

Maines interpreted the wins as being a show of public support for their advocacy of free speech. The Chicks_sentence_162

It had been 14 years since an artist had swept those three awards. The Chicks_sentence_163

After the Grammys, Taking the Long Way hit No. The Chicks_sentence_164

8 on Billboard 200 and No. The Chicks_sentence_165

1 on the country album charts and "Not Ready to Make Nice" re-entered the charts at No. The Chicks_sentence_166

4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Chicks_sentence_167

The music video for "Not Ready to Make Nice" was nominated for the 2007 CMT Music Video Awards in the categories of Video of the Year and Group Video of the Year, but did not win. The Chicks_sentence_168

The group was nominated for the 2007 Country Music Association's award for Top Vocal Group, but lost to Rascal Flatts. The Chicks_sentence_169

At the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, Cabin Creek Films, the production company of documentarian Barbara Kopple, premiered Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. The Chicks_sentence_170

The documentary follows the Chicks over the three years since the 2003 London concert remark and covers aspects of their musical and personal lives in addition to the controversy. The Chicks_sentence_171

An ad for Shut Up and Sing was turned down by NBC on October 27, 2006, citing a policy barring ads dealing with "public controversy". The Chicks_sentence_172

Ads were rebuffed by the smaller CW network as well, but local affiliate stations of all five major broadcasters, including NBC and CW, ran promotional spots for the film in New York and Los Angeles, the two cities where it opened that day. The Chicks_sentence_173

The film's distributor Harvey Weinstein said, "It's a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America." The Chicks_sentence_174

2008–2014: Hiatus, Court Yard Hounds and continued touring The Chicks_section_6

Following Shut Up and Sing, the band went on hiatus and spent time with their families until touring again in 2010 and 2013. The Chicks_sentence_175

At a December 2007 rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, Maines expressed support for the West Memphis Three, three men convicted of a 1993 triple murder who many believe to be innocent. The Chicks_sentence_176

Maines cited a recent defense filing implicating Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the victims, and posted similar comments in a letter on the Dixie Chicks' web site. The Chicks_sentence_177

In November 2008, Hobbs sued Maines and the Dixie Chicks for defamation as a result of her statements. The Chicks_sentence_178

On December 2, 2009, a U.S. federal judge dismissed the defamation case on the grounds that Hobbs had not shown the statements were made with actual malice. The Chicks_sentence_179

A proposed April 2008 commercial spot to promote Al Gore's "We Campaign" involving both the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith was eventually abandoned because of scheduling conflicts. The Chicks_sentence_180

In January 2010 Maguire and Strayer released new music without Maines. The Chicks_sentence_181

as a duo known as Court Yard Hounds. The Chicks_sentence_182

Lloyd Maines, Natalie's father, has stated that the trio are "definitely still an entity". The Chicks_sentence_183

The Court Yard Hounds released their first album in May 2010, with Strayer on lead vocals. The Chicks_sentence_184

Beginning on June 8, 2010, the Dixie Chicks joined the Eagles on their stadium-based Eagles 2010 Summer Tour, visiting cities such as Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, St. The Chicks_sentence_185 Louis and Winnipeg with a performance at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. The Chicks_sentence_186

Country singer and guitarist Keith Urban appeared at selected shows. The Chicks_sentence_187

The trio appeared in the 2010 music documentary Sounds Like a Revolution about then recent protest music in America. The Chicks_sentence_188

They sang "You" on the March 2011 release of Rare Bird Alert, a Steve Martin bluegrass album, accompanied by the Steep Canyon Rangers. The Chicks_sentence_189

In March 2011, Maines made a solo recording of the Beach Boys hit "God Only Knows" for the final episode of the HBO series Big Love. The Chicks_sentence_190

In July 2011, Strayer and Maguire said that new music involving Maines is in the works. The Chicks_sentence_191

In October 2011, the Dixie Chicks played the Concert for Wildfire Relief in Austin, Texas. The Chicks_sentence_192

During the set, Maines stated that there was "zero hesitation" when the group was asked to do the show. The Chicks_sentence_193

In December 2012, the Dixie Chicks replaced Lady Antebellum as headliners' at Canada's Craven Country Jamboree in July 2013. The Chicks_sentence_194

In July they also performed at the Ottawa Bluesfest and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and in October 2013 on the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Chicks_sentence_195

In July 2013, the Court Yard Hounds also released their second album, Amelita. The Chicks_sentence_196

From October 2013 to March 2014, the Dixie Chicks went on their first full-length tour since 2007, the Long Time Gone Tour through various cities across Canada in 2013. The Chicks_sentence_197

The tour incorporated the C2C: Country to Country festival held in London and Dublin during March 2014. The Chicks_sentence_198

2016–present: MMXVI World Tour, Gaslighter, and name change The Chicks_section_7

In June 2015, a European tour was scheduled to commence in Antwerp on April 16, 2016; the DCX MMXVI World Tour initially included dates for Switzerland, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, the UK and Ireland, however in November 2015, the tour was extended into North America, with over forty shows scheduled across the United States and Canada. The Chicks_sentence_199

This was the first time in 10 years that the Dixie Chicks headlined a tour in North America. The Chicks_sentence_200

The tour was eventually also extended to Australia and New Zealand, culminating in the release of the live album and DVD, "DCX MMXVI Live". The Chicks_sentence_201

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards held on November 2, 2016, the Dixie Chicks were invited to perform alongside Beyoncé on her song "Daddy Lessons". The Chicks_sentence_202

A studio version of the performance was released to digital outlets the following day. The Chicks_sentence_203

On May 3, 2018, the band landed new management and signed with Ian Montone and Rick Yorn at Monotone/LBI Entertainment, as previous manager Simon Renshaw retired after having managed the band since 1995. The Chicks_sentence_204

Following their collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Soon You'll Get Better" from Swift's seventh studio album Lover, the Dixie Chicks confirmed that they would return to music with a new studio album after a 14-year hiatus. The Chicks_sentence_205

The album, Gaslighter, produced by Jack Antonoff, was later confirmed with a scheduled release date of May 1, 2020; however, the album's release was postponed to July 17, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chicks_sentence_206

The album's first single, "Gaslighter", and its accompanying music video was released on March 4, 2020. The Chicks_sentence_207

On June 25, 2020, the band changed their name to the Chicks, dropping the word "Dixie", which referenced the American Mason–Dixon line that separated the free and slave-owning southern states. The Chicks_sentence_208

The name change followed criticism that the word had connotations of American slavery. The Chicks_sentence_209

The band said they had picked "that stupid name" as teenagers, and had wanted to change it for years; they said they were moved to change it when they saw the Confederate flag described as "the Dixie Swastika" on social media in June 2020. The Chicks_sentence_210

They received the blessing of the Chicks, a New Zealand duo, to share the name. The Chicks_sentence_211

Alongside the name change, the Chicks released the protest song "March March" with a music video directed by Seanne Farmer, in tribute to social justice movements. The Chicks_sentence_212

They also introduced John Silva as their new manager, with publicity by Cindi Berger of R&CPMK. The Chicks_sentence_213

On August 20, 2020, the Chicks performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Chicks_sentence_214

Band members The Chicks_section_8

Current members The Chicks_sentence_215

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  • Emily Erwin – backing vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar (1990–present)The Chicks_item_0_0
  • Martie Erwin – backing vocals, fiddle, mandolin (1990–present)The Chicks_item_0_1
  • Natalie Maines – lead vocals, guitar, Omnichord (1995–present)The Chicks_item_0_2

Former members The Chicks_sentence_216

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  • Laura Lynch – lead vocals, backing vocals, bass (1990–93)The Chicks_item_1_3
  • Robin Lynn Macy – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar (1990–92)The Chicks_item_1_4

Discography The Chicks_section_9

Main article: The Chicks discography The Chicks_sentence_217

Tours The Chicks_section_10

Headlining The Chicks_sentence_218

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Supporting The Chicks_sentence_219

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Co-headlining The Chicks_sentence_220

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Awards and nominations The Chicks_section_11

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by The Chicks The Chicks_sentence_221

See also The Chicks_section_12

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