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The Chicks – formerly known as Dixie Chicks – are a trio originally from Dallas, TX. They’re known for their sharp-witted songwriting and expansive harmonies. 

In 1989, sisters Emily and Martie Erwin formed a bluegrass band with bassist Laura Lynch and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy. After two albums and little commercial success outside the south, Macy departed and Lynch took over lead singing duties. But following the group’s third album, 1993’s Shouldn’t A Told You That, singer Natalie Maines stepped in to replace Lynch. 

From there, commercial success followed. Their 1998 album Wide Open Spaces sold 12 million copies while their 1999 album Fly sold 10 million copies. Both albums also won Album of the Year at the ACM Awards and Best Country Album at the Grammys.

Things took a turn in 2003, when the Chicks performed in England. During a London stop on their Top of the World tour, in support of their 2002 album Home, Maines told the audience she was ashamed then-president George W. Bush was from Texas. The backlash was immediate. They were blacklisted from country radio and the fallout hurt their album and tour sales. 

Their first release following the controversy was 2006’s Taking the Long Way Home, produced by Rick Rubin. It went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, as well as Song of the Year and Record of the Year for their lead single ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’. 

The group went on hiatus in 2007, performing occasionally - both together and independently – for the next several years. In 2015, they announced their first headlining tour of North America in a decade. They returned with a new album, Gaslighter, in 2020. 

  • Full name: Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire
  • Influences: Dallas, Texas
  • Fun facts: The group changed its name from The Dixie Chicks in 2020.
  • Genre: Country, Pop, Bluegrass, Americana
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ESSENTIALSThe Best The Chicks Songs

By Mark Hagen, July 15, 2021

The biggest country group of the 90s? You would be hard pressed to argue against the Chicks. We take a look back at band’s discography to create the definitive list of their best songs.

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ESSENTIALSHoller's Country Records of the Year

By Holler , December 18, 2020

In a year of deep tragedy and anxiety - the twenty records here have offered deep empathy, comfort and empowerment to carry us through.

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ALBUM REVIEWThe Chicks - Gaslighter

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

The Chicks are back, and it’s hard to believe, but this time it’s even more personal.

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By Thomas Mooney, June 3, 2021

We could happily put money on Hailey Whitters being just as much of an inspiration to new songwriters in the years to come as her choices for Cuts The Deepest are to her.

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By Zoe Hodges, February 15, 2021

The trio discuss their biggest hits and changing their name with Kelleigh Bannen on the latest episode of Essentials Radio on Apple Music.

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OPINIONBaylen Leonard's Year in Review

By Baylen Leonard, December 18, 2020

Country's voice of the people sums up a rollercoaster of a year.