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The Dixie Chicks nude EW cover 10 years later: Emily Robison and Martie Maguire reflect


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

The Dixie Chicks' release 'Storytellers' DVD to please loyal fans: See an exclusive clip here


Though the Dixie Chicks have been on hiatus since late 2006, they want their fans to know they still care about them — and that they still plan on making a return to music someday.

With that in mind, the ladies are releasing a new DVD/Blu-ray, Storytellers, a version of their 2006 VH1 special with three added performance clips that didn’t make the broadcast: “Lullaby,” “Easy Silence,” and “So Hard”, on November 29.

“We haven’t played live for so long except for that one show a couple weeks ago,” explains Martie Maguire. “We just thought we should put something out while we’re not doing that much.”

So what are they up to? Well, Maguire tells EW that she and her sister, Emily Robison, are currently working on a second Court Yard Hounds album while the Chicks’ lead singer, Natalie Maines, focuses on being a mother.

Below, check out a clip from the DVD of the Chicks singing their number-one 2000 hit “Cowboy, Take Me Away.” READ FULL STORY

Dixie Chicks headline concert for Texas wildfires relief

Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a thunderous crowd Monday night that “there was zero hesitation” when the band was asked to perform with fellow country stars to raise money for victims of recent wildfires in her home state of Texas. She and her band mates joined Willie Nelson, George Strait and other musicians during a mega-concert in Austin that raised more than $500,000. A fire that started Sept. 4 in Central Texas’ Bastrop County destroyed at least 1,500 homes and killed two people, marking the most devastating of the numerous fires that have scorched about 6,000 square miles in Texas in the last year.

Maines told the crowd she was worried that without homes, “you all might not look lovely.” But she told them they all looked fantastic. “When they called us to do this show, there was zero hesitation,” she said. “You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' nailed 'Landslide,' but which cover of the Stevie Nicks classic is the best? Take our poll

The Wide World of Web is buzzing today with talk about Gwyneth Paltrow’s version of Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1975 ballad “Landslide,” from her second guest spot on Glee last night.

Even those who think Gwyneth should have been headed off at the pass before making Country Strong were knocked out by the Oscar-winning actress’ quiet, subdued version of the Stevie Nicks ballad.

Like a great many songs from the classic rock era, “Landslide” has been covered countless times—by the Dixie Chicks, the Smashing Pumpkins, Stacey Kent, and now Glee—but in a strange turn of fate, none of these versions suck. In fact, most of them are quite good: not necessarily inventive, but they all successfully capture the solitary wistfulness in the White-Winged Dove’s original.

Which cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide” makes your eyes the mistiest? Listen to them here and take our poll at the bottom!

(And to read the story of Stevie’s original inspiration for the song, check out her 2009 interview with EW).


Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds debut at SXSW: Music Mix was on the scene!

court-yard-hounds“It was mellow until about 5 minutes ago,” said a man to my left, mid-jostle, as the wide floor of Antone’s became a no-moving zone late last night. The spectacular Americana Music Association SXSW showcase had been rolling since 8 p.m., with expert sets from Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, and Hayes Carll, plus special guests Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller — all of whom deserve posts of their own. But when the clock struck 11, the walls began to split at their seams as half of Austin packed in to see the debut of the Court Yard Hounds, a.k.a. Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks.

It’s the most anyone’s really seen of the sisters since Taking the Long Way swept the Grammys in 2007; the pair said they’ve embarked on the project after getting restless waiting for third Chick Natalie Maines to be ready to run again. Their self-titled debut doesn’t hit stores until May 4, but when Robison and Maguire took the stage in front of a five-piece band, flashed calm, confident smiles, and began the harmony-soaked “Delight (Something New Under the Sun)” without ceremony, their music already felt broken in, and the room swelled with attentive joy. “We only have an hour, so we’re going to try and get as much music in as we can,” said Robison. Besides a quick San Antonio joke later on, it was almost all the talking she’d do. READ FULL STORY

Dixie Chicks end breakup speculation with a big summer tour

The Dixie Chicks will return to the stage for the first time in four years this summer, sharing a North American stadium tour with the Eagles and Keith Urban. Eight dates have been released, beginning with a June 8 stop in Toronto (which Urban will miss). Some fans had been concerned we’d heard the last of the Chicks when sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison formed a side project, Court Yard Hounds, while waiting for lead singer Natalie Maines to be ready to hit the road again. (Court Yard Hounds, which releases its first album May 4, will play at least three dates on this summer’s Lilith Fair, after making its debut Thursday at SXSW.) But Maguire and Robison had been adamant that the Chicks would continue.

Are you happy they’re back? The shared bill feels like the right way to go, particularly with a group whose fans are as loyal as the Eagles’ and a current chart-topper who’s as popular live as Urban: It keeps them in stadiums, where the Chicks, who won five Grammys for their 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, belong.

If watching the video for “Not Ready to Make Nice” still gives you chills, the answer is yes.

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