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The curious case of the Dixie Chicks

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TigerVols, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Interesting read from Peter Cooper about the rise and fall of the biggest selling band of the past 20 years.

  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Reading that piece makes me realize that the incident in London was kind of the cultural end of a sort of cold peace that settled over the mid-to-late '90s. I went to college at a small midwestern school that leaned quite conservative (although I didn't really realize it at the time - really, we leaned indifferent.) Their music was ubiquitous. Kind of the country answer to Dave Matthews Band. Laundry folding music for college students of the time. Even more than 9/11 itself, in an odd way, it seems like I can trace the trigger of the break of my college class into liberal and conservative camps to the day Natalie Maines spoke those words. Total Roarscharch test.

    One of the strangest falls in the history of American music, and the symbolism of it echoes to today.
  3. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Are you questioning the spelling or the premise?
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    They didn't fall -- they were black balled by radio conglomerates.
  6. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'd be really curious to see the demographics of the people who purchased Dixie Chicks albums before London and after. Just from my own experience, it seemed like they went from mainstream Nashville act to sophisticated alt-country liberal darlings overnight. One day, Toby Keith fans were buying up their CDs. The next day, Steve Earle fans were. Same music, and once sentence in London altered the way everyone heard it.

    YGBFKM Guest

    I blame Dennis Franz.
  9. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    that was my fave sweathog
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Get where you are going, but I don't think the Dixie Chicks ever whined about it.
  11. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    A case could be made that the Dixie Chicks were on the leading edge of the bluegrass/folk revival currently led by the Avetts and Mumfords.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member


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