So let us do a recap of all we have discussed thus far, shall we?
In March 2003 the Dixie Chicks go onto a London stage and make the most unpatriotic statement about the United States and its President. Natalie Maines was quoted saying: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas”
After the concert and the statement traveled across the nation, Maines and the Dixie Chicks were discredited and given the “boot” in many country radio stations. People refused to listen to the music, stations refused to play it, some stores refused to sell the cds.
Despite the troubles the band went through, after their tour the girls came home with two Grammy’s.
Three years after the incident, the Iraq war is still going on, the band has a documentary made about them and their efforts to get back on top of their music after the falling out with the public.
And then there is the actual war in Iraq and the people’s views on it. All the thousands of people gathering to protest the declaration of war.
I think we’re all caught up now. Let’s try to move forward now to the present. Where are the Dixie Chicks now? What happened to the girls after the incident?
The band hasn’t put a record together since 2006 and the women haven’t been as connected to one another since then. Natalie Maines said, in an interview, why she thinks the band hasn’t done much since then, “I think it would be really hard with nine kids between the three of us. We live in different states. I know I’m not going to go live in Texas. But I will say I have no desire to make country music at the moment, and that’s definitely because of everything that happened” (Lederman). She also said in an interview the effects of what happened in 2003, “It’s hard to put into words, but I think it happened simultaneously with my kids getting older [they’re now 12 and 9]. I think a lot of people think that going off of the road or not doing music for a while was something about the incident, but really it was just about being a mother. How the incident didchange my life? I’m not as trusting of people any more. I think I just have a good perspective on life and what’s important” (Lederman). Maines has gone onto a solo career in music, having produced an album called Mother in 2013.
The other two women of the group decided to do a side project called “Court Yard Hounds” stating in 2009. It is a duo band of Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. It began when the women wanted to do more projects but Maines was reluctant. The women made and sold their first album in 2010 after signing with Columbia Records (Court).
Though the women still communicate, they live in separate areas (Maines lives in Los Angeles, and the sisters Robison and Maguire live in Texas), so this makes it difficult for them to do much together anymore, especially because they are all raising their own children.
Lederman, Marsha. “The Dixie Chicks: Unrepentant and Back on the Road.” The Globe and Mail. October 25, 2013. Accessed November 9, 2014. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/unrepentant-and-back-on-the-road/article15080277/.
“Court Yard Hounds.” Wikipedia. January 11, 2014. Accessed November 11, 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_Yard_Hounds.