Groupe féminin Country US formé en 1989 à Dallas (Texas) et composé de Martie Seidel (née Martha Eleanor Erwin, le 12 octobre 1969 à York (Pennsylvanie)), Emily Erwin (née Emily Burns Erwin, le 16 août 1972 à Pittsfield (Massachusetts)) , Laura Lynch et Robin Lynn Macy. Robin et Laura quitteront le groupe, qui deviendra un trio avec l'arrivée de Nathalie Maines (née Natalie Louise Maines, le 14 octobre 1974 à Lubbock (Texas)).

Formed in 1989 as a Western-themed bluegrass band, the Dixie Chicks eventually became one of the most popular acts in contemporary country music, as well as the highest-selling female group of all time. Beginning with 1998's Wide Open Spaces, they struck a balance between the commercial, radio-ready aesthetic of country-pop and the rootsy sound of neo-traditionalist country, a combination that helped distinguish the trio from such concurrent stars as Shania Twain. The Dixie Chicks further distanced themselves from country's conservative boundaries as their career progressed, although their outspoken beliefs — specifically Natalie Maines' open criticism of the war in Iraq, which ignited a backlash in 2003 — were sometimes voiced to the detriment of the band's sales. Nevertheless, the Dixie Chicks remained a compelling band in concert and on record, boasting three-part harmonies and an instrumental prowess that was virtually unparalleled among similar groups.
Sisters Martie and Emily Erwin were raised in Addison, TX, a suburban town on the northern edge of Dallas. Both girls showed a talent for stringed instruments at an early age, with Martie mastering the fiddle and Emily learning the five-string banjo. Following their high-school graduation, the Erwins joined bassist Laura Lynch and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy to form the Dixie Chicks, whose name was modeled after the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken." The group originally promoted a classic cowgirl image, wearing rhinestone-studded regalia and honing a mix of traditional country, folk, and bluegrass; the bandmembers even paid homage to Roy Rogers' cowgirl co-star/wife on their independent debut, 1990's Thank Heavens for Dale Evans. As the decade progressed, however, the group's image and sound became more contemporary, often bridging the gap between country and pop music.
The move toward a more contemporary sound began with 1992's Little Ol' Cowgirl, a transitional record whose new direction (aided in part by the contributions of several sidemen, including steel guitar legend Lloyd Maines) resulted in Macy's departure. With Lynch now handling lead Vocalss, the remaining trio resurfaced in 1993 with Shouldn't a Told You That. They signed with Sony's newly revived Monument imprint in 1995, but Lynch left the group shortly thereafter — according to a December 10, 1998, feature in The Dallas Observer, both she and Macy were victims of the Erwins' desire to foster a more youthful image. Soon named as Lynch's replacement was 21-year-old lead Vocalsist Natalie Maines, Lloyd Maines' able-voiced daughter.
The lineup switch brought with it a new contemporary wardrobe and an equally modernized country sound; still, few predicted the massive success of the Dixie Chicks' 1998 major-label debut, Wide Open Spaces. After the leadoff single "I Can Love You Better" became the group's first Top Ten country hit, both "There's Your Trouble" and the winsome title track rose to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart. Wide Open Spaces went quadruple platinum within its first year and eventually became the best-selling group album in country music history, earning a slew of Grammy and CMA awards along the way. Fly followed in 1999, immediately returning the Dixie Chicks to the upper reaches of the country charts with the lead single "Ready to Run." Another smash hit was "Goodbye Earl," which spun the tale of an abusive husband who died at the hands of his vengeful wife. Although the lyrics owed a good deal to black comedy, "Goodbye Earl" (as well as another song, "Sin Wagon," whose lyrics touched upon Maines' desire to "do a little mattress dancing") proved that the Dixie Chicks didn't always adhere to the conservative ideals of their country fan base. This outspoken attitude initially contributed to their success, but Maines' future comments about President George W. Bush would plunge the band into controversy in later years.
The Dixie Chicks were now genuine superstars, and they joined the likes of Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Cher, and Celine Dion for the filming of VH1's Divas Show in 2002. Three months later, they were back in the game with the release of their sixth album, which eschewed the polished sound of the girls' recent work for a nostalgic, bluegrass-based style. Home marked the girls' first release on their own Sony imprint, Open Wide Records; it also gave them their first two Top Ten hits on the pop charts with "Long Time Gone" and "Landslide" (a stirring cover of the Fleetwood Mac original). Top of the World Tour: Live and its accompanying DVD arrived in 2003, capturing the band's strength as a live act.
However, the Top of the World Tour also marked a turning point for the band. On opening night in London, Natalie Maines spoke out against the Iraq War, stating that the girls were ashamed to share their home state with President Bush. Many American fans lashed out in response, and the Dixie Chicks watched as country radio boycotted their latest album. Released in 2006, Taking the Long Way dealt with that backlash (which included death threats, group protests, and a chilly reception at the 2003 ACM Awards) with songs like "Not Ready to Make Nice," which won three Grammy awards and helped reestablish the group as a commercial force. The album itself netted an additional two Grammys, and "Not Ready to Make Nice" earned the Dixie Chicks their highest peak to date on the pop charts. Taking the Long Way only sold two million copies in America, though — a commercial let-down compared to the band's three previous albums — and the Dixie Chicks temporarily disappeared after the 2007 Grammy Awards.
For several years, things were quiet in the Dixie Chicks' camp. Sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire eventually formed a new band, the Court Yard Hounds, and began making plans for an album release and accompanying tour. In March 2010, however, the Dixie Chicks announced a string of summer concerts alongside The Eagles and Keith Urban, prompting the Court Yard Hounds to cancel their own tour. In September 2006, at the end of the frenzied media tour for the release of the Taking the Long Way album, the Dixie Chicks had recorded an intimate live set at the Los Angeles Theater as part of VH1’s Storytellers series, and the performance was finally released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2011, further illustrating the trio’s strength as a live act.

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Talents : Martie Seidel : Fiddle, Vocals - Emily Erwin : Dobro, Banjo, Guitar, Upright Bass, Viola, Vocalss - Laura Lynch : Bass - Robin Lynn Macy : Guitar, Vocalss - Natalie : Lead Singer

Style musical : Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1991 SP CRYSTAL CLEAR ? (US) . Home On The Radar Range: Christmas Swing / The Flip Side
10/1997 SP MONUMENT 31-78746 (US) . I Can Love You Better / Give It Up Or Let Me Go
04/1998 SP MONUMENT 31-78899 (US) . There's Your Trouble / Give It Up Or Let Me Go
07/1998 SP MONUMENT 31-79003 (US) . Wide Open Spaces / I Can Love You Better
09/1998 SP MONUMENT 31-79047 (US) . Wide Open Spaces / There's Your Trouble
06/1999 SP MONUMENT 31-79204 (US) . Tonight's The Heartache On Me / Give It Up Or Let Me Go
1999 CD EPIC EPC 667406 1 (EUR)

There's Your Trouble / Stand By Your Man

1999 CD EPIC EPC 667516 5 (EUR)

There's Your Trouble / Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way) / There's Your Trouble (Jay Joyce Full Length Country Remix)

1999 CD EPIC 668247 5 (EUR)

Ready To Run / Loving Arms / I Can Love You Better / Ready To Run (video)

01/2000 SP MONUMENT 31-79350 (US) . Goodbye Earl / Cowboy Take Me Away
02/2000 CD SONY 79362 (US) Goodbye Earl
11/2002 SP COLUMBIA 3879791 (US) . Long Time Gone / Landslide
2002 CD COLUMBIA COL 674026 2 (US)

Long Time Gone / White Trash Wedding / Long Time Gone (live from the Kodak Theatre) / Long Time Gone (video)

02/2003 CD COLUMBIA 79857 (US) Landslice (album version) / Landslice (Landslide (the Sheryl Crow remix)
03/2003 CD COLUMBIA COL 673292 5 (US)

Landslide (album version) / Long Time Gone / Landslide (the Sheryl Crow remix) / Landslide Video (the Sheryl Crow remix)

2006 CD COLUMBIA 82876 84335 2 (US)

Not Ready To Make Nice / Everybody Knows

2006 CD COLUMBIA 82876 86142 2 (UK)

Not Ready To Make Nice / Everybody Knows / Not Ready To Make Nice (video)

Albums

1990 CD CRYSTAL CLEAR CCR-9103 (US) THANK HEAVENS FOR DALE EVANS - The Cowboy Lives Forever / I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart / Thunderheads / Long Roads / Who Will Be The Next One / Brilliancy / Thank Heavens For Dale Evans / This Heart Of Mine / Storm Out On The Sea / West Texas Wind / Rider / Green River / Salty / Bring It On Home To Me
1992 CD CRYSTAL CLEAR CCR-9250 (US) LITTLE OL' COWGIRL - Little Ol' Cowgirl / Road Is Just A Road / She'll Find Better Things To Do / Irish Medley / You Send Me Cooke / Just A Bit Like Me / Heart That Can / Past The Point Of Rescue / Beatin' Around The Bush / Two Of A Kind / Standin' By The Bedside / Aunt Mattie's Quilt / Hallelujah I Love Him So / Pink Toenails
11/1993 CD CRYSTAL CLEAR CCR-9369-2 (US) SHOULDN'T A TOLD YOU THAT - Whistles And Bells / I'm Falling Again / Shouldn't A Told You That / Desire / There Goes My Dream / One Heart Away / Thrill Is In The Chase / I Wasn't Looking For You / I've Only Got Myself To Blame / Planet Of Love
01/1998 CD MONUMENT AK-68195 (US) WIDE OPEN SPACES - I Can Love You Better / Wide Open Spaces / Loving Arms / There's Your Trouble / You Were Mine / Never Say Die / Tonight The Heartache's On Me / Let 'er Rip / Once You've Loved Somebody / I'll Take Care Of You / Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way) / Give It Up Or Let Me Go
08/1999 CD MONUMENT AK-69678 (US) FLY - Ready To Run / If I Fall You're Going Down With Me / Cowboy Take Me Away / Cold Day In July / Goodbye Earl / Hello Mr Heartache / Don't Waste Your Heart / Sin Wagon / Without You / Some Days You Gotta Dance / Hole In My Head / Heartbreak Town / Ain't No Thang But A Chicken Wang / Let Him Fly
12/1999 CD ORCHARD 3830-2 (US) THE COMPACT  - Growing Up / Learning To Fly / Wide Open Spaces / In Flight / Ruling The Roost
2000 CD MASTER DANCE 8982  (US) STAR PROFILE - (5 tracks - interviews)
06/2001 CD CHROME DREAMS 82  (UK) MAXIMUM - In A Pinon Shell / Get Up And Feed The Chickens / Crystal Clear / Nightingales Of The Prairie / Domestic Science Club / Honky Tonk Dream / Diva Chick / Rooster Crows But The Hen Delivers / Glam Squad / Runaway Chicks / Fly Up To Meet It
2002 CD CHROME DREAMS 6004  (UK) COLLECTOR'S BOX - In A Pinon Shell / Get Up And Feed The Chickens / Crystal Clear / Nightingales Of The Prairie / Domestic Science Club / Honky Tonk Dream / Diva Chick / Rooster Crows But The Hen Delivers / Glam Squad / Runaway Chicks / Fly Up To Meet It / Growing Up / Learning To Fly / Wide Open Spaces / In Flight / Ruling The Roost
08/2002 CD MONUMENT AK-86840 (US) HOME - Long Time Gone / Landslide / Travelin' Soldier / Truth No 2 / White Trash Wedding / Home / More Love / I Believe In Love / Tortured Tangled Hearts / Lil' Jack Slade / Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) / Top Of The World
11/2002 CD + DVD SONY 86940 (US) HOME :
CD : Long Time Gone / Landslide / Travelin' Soldier / Truth No 2 / White Trash Wedding / Home / More Love / I Believe In Love / Tortured Tangled Hearts / Lil' Jack Slade / Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) / Top Of The World / + Bonus : Landslide (Sheryl Crow remix)
DVD : Play All (video version) / Landslide (video version) / Long Time (video version) / Goodbye Earl (video version) / Wide Open Spaces (video version)
11/2003 CD MONUMENT NK-90794 (US) TOP OF THE WORLD LIVE TOUR - Goodbye Earl / Some Days You Gotta Dance / There's Your Trouble / Long Time Gone / Tortured Tangled Hearts / Travelin' Soldier / Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way) / Hello Mr Heartache / Cold Day In July / White Trash Wedding / Lil' Jack Slade / Home / Truth No 2 / If I Fall You're Going Down With Me / Mississippi / Cowboy Take Me Away / Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) / Landslide / Ready To Run / Wide Open Spaces / Top Of The World / Sin Wagon
05/2006 CD SONY CK-80739 (US) TAKING THE LONG WAY - The Long Way Around / Easy Silence / Not Ready To Make Nice / Everybody Knows / Bitter End / Lullaby / Lubbock Or Leave It / Silent House / Favorite Year / Voice Inside My Head / I Like It / Baby Hold On / So Hard / I Hope
11/2006 2 CD 101 DISTRIBUTION ? (UK) WIDE OPEN SPACES / FLY :
CD 1 : I Can Love You Better / Wide Open Spaces / Loving Arms / There's Your Trouble / You Were Mine / Never Say Die / Tonight The Heartache's On Me / Let 'er Rip / Once You've Loved Somebody / I'll Take Care Of You / Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way) / Give It Up Or Let Me Go
CD 2 : Ready To Run / If I Fall You're Going Down With Me / Cowboy Take Me Away / Cold Day In July / Goodbye Earl / Hello Mr Heartache / Don't Waste Your Heart / Sin Wagon / Without You / Some Days You Gotta Dance / Hole In My Head / Heartbreak Town / Ain't No Thang But A Chicken Wang / Let Him Fly
06/2010 CD LEGACY 61981 (US) PLAYLIST - THE VERY BEST OF DIXIE CHICKS - Wide Open Spaces / You Were Mine / Sin Wagon / Cowboy Take Me Away / Let Him Fly / Long Time Gone / Landslide / Truth No. 2 / The Long Way Around / Easy Silence / Not Ready To Make Nice / Lubbock Or Leave It
10/2010 2 CD COLUMBIA 75986 (US) THE ESSENTIAL DIXIE CHICKS :
CD 1 : Not Ready To Make Nice / The Long Way Round / Easy Silence / Lubbock Or Leave It / Bitter End / Silent House / Lullaby / Everybody Knows / Long Time Gone / Travelin' Soldier / Landslide / Lil' Jack Slade / Truth No. 2 / White Trash Wedding / Top Of The World
CD 2 : Ready To Run / Cowboy Take Me Away / Goodbye Earl / Some Days You Gotta Dance / Heartbreak Town / Sin Wagon / Without You / Let Him Fly / Wide Open Spaces / There's Your Trouble / You Were Mine / I Can Love You Better / Tonight The Heartache's On Me / Give It Up Or Let Me Go / I Believe In Love
06/2012 CD CAMDEN 88725409182 (US)

WIDE OPEN SPACES - THE COLLECTION - Wide Open Spaces / You Were Mine / Sin Wagon / Cowboy Take Me Away / Let Him Fly / Long Time Gone / Landslide / Truth No. 2 / The Long Way Around / Easy Silence / Not Ready To Make Nice / Lubbock Or Leave It

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