Obama's First Day in Office? Dixie Chicks Back on Country Radio!

One of the most "shameful" things for me as a country music fan is the way the country community treated the Dixie Chicks following their infamous (we're) "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." Since that comment in 2003, the hate for the Dixie Chicks spread from Texas and throughout, as they were banished from country radio, fans held CD burning parties, and the group even received death threats. Other country artists even told them to just 'shut up and sing.'

The root of the problem is that Texans are a brash, proud people (I can't speak for the rest of country music fans). So while I am proud that a fellow Texan ascended to the most powerful position in the nation, I am ashamed of the decisions he ultimately made while in office. If only the Dixie Chicks were as eloquent in speech as I was... oh wait, those Chicks did win a few Grammy Awards for songs of the year.

You can imagine my surprise this morning on the way to work when I heard the Dixie Chick's "Not Ready to Make Nice" on one of my country stations - first time in almost 6 years, and it was a welcome feeling that maybe we are ready for change.

Welcome back Chicks, and welcome back America:

Silicon Valley Bachelor

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  1. I don't listen to country but they deserved every bit they got. These performers should keep their mouths shut about their political views. People don't go to their concerts to listen to their opinions on these things.

  2. Hey Dale,
    I agree in the way that I could care less what all these Hollywood-types have to say about politics, but there is simply no place in society for death threats and "hate" that is encouraged among people and their kids.

    It is a two-way street for freedom of speech, but the fear-mongering that was created by the Bush Administration crucifying anyone who opposed the war as unpatriotic, ultimately led to the "bashing" that followed.

    Would you say it was "deserved" that they had to fear for their lives and the lives of the ones they cared about?

    Their only crime was that they had the courage to say they opposed the war at the start of it, and not during the middle - like the rest of Americans. It should also be noted that they prefaced the mentioned comment with, "we don't want this war, this violence...."

  3. Hey Dale ever hear of the freedom of speech? London loved what they said. It's not the dixie chicks fault that all lot southeners think like confederates.


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