In 2003, the Dixie Chicks were riding an unprecedented high in the wake of the success of the band’s album Home.
Though their previous album Fly was a massive crossover smash, Home was a different animal — one that sold like gangbusters despite its more traditional bluegrass sound. The album even netted them their then-highest-ever spot on the Billboard Hot 100, via the trio’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.”
Then came the George W. Bush diss heard round the world: While introducing the song “Travelin’ Solider” during a concert in London, Maines said to the crowd, “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.”
That quote spread like wildfire, and a backlash began. The group stuck to its guns and posted a follow-up statement on its website that read, “We’ve been overseas for several weeks and have been reading and following the news accounts of our government’s position. The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. I feel the president is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world. My comments were made in frustration and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost.”
But that didn’t stop country radio stations from cutting all Dixie Chicks songs from their playlists, and it didn’t prevent people from lashing out against the girls online.
That’s when they pulled off perhaps the second-most-talked-about moments of their career: In their first big post-controversy interview, Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire appeared nude and covered with epithets (“Dixie Sluts,” “Sadaam’s Angels”) on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in May of 2003. READ FULL STORY