Dixie Chicks is an American country music band from Dallas Texas, United States which was formed in 1989 and has carved a niche for themselves by creating pop and alternative country music. The band has received 13 Grammy Awards. The band is composed of sisters and founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robinson and Natalie Maines.
Dixie Chicks was founded in 1989 by Laura Lynch, Robin Macy and the multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin. The name of the band has been inspired from the song ‘Dixie Chicken’ by Lowell George. All the four women sang and played. While Lynch and Macy shared lead vocals, Martie Erwin played mandolin, fiddle and viola while Emily Erwin played dobro and banjo. In 1990, Dixie Chicks released their first studio album ‘Thanks Heaven for Dale Evans’. They released a Christmas single soon after, however the band was not able to strike a chord at the national level to a large extent.
The band released their second album ‘Little Ol’ Cowgirl’ in 1992. They adopted a more contemporary country sound and took on modern sound systems to develop richer sound. However, Robin Macy decided to quit the band to pursue her personal career. While the band was considering options to find a replacement for Macy, they released their third album ‘Shouldn’t a Told You That’ in 1993. The album could not attract much support and could not extend their fanbase beyond Texas and Nashville.
With the resignation of Laura Lynch and the addition of Natalie Maines, the Dixie Chicks reviving their sound and dressing, they soon bagged a deal with Sony who committed to sign them for a long term deal. They released a single ‘I Can Love you Better’ in 1997 and reached the Top 10 on American country music charts. The band released their album ‘Wide Open Spaces’ in 1998. In 1999, Dixie Chicks released an album named ‘Fly’ which debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200. The album sold more than 10 million copies making this girl band the only country and female band to have achieved two back to back RIAA certified diamond albums. Dixie Chicks embarked upon their first ‘Fly Tour’ in 2000 and performed in 80 cities across North America. They achieved wide spread commercial success to their music which was a mix of bluegrass, blues and pop and mainstream country music.
In 2002, Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album called ‘Home’. By this time, the band was featured on three television specials, ‘An Evening with the Dixie Chicks’. In 2006, at the Toronto International Film Festival, the award winning documentarian Barbara Koppe premiered a documentary by the name of ‘Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing’ which outlined the personal and professional life of the Chicks over a span of three years.
In 1998, Dixie Chicks sold more CDs than all other country music groups combined. The Dixie Chicks albums have continuously featured in the list of 50 bestselling albums in the history of America and they received huge popularity.
Awards and Achievements
The Dixie Chicks have received thirteen Grammy Awards. Their albums ‘Wide Open Spaces’, ‘Fly’, ‘Home’ and ‘Taking the Long Way’ won the Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards. They won eight Academy of Country Music Awards from 1999 to 2001, four American Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards across 1999 and 2000 and the People’s Choice Awards in 2002 for ‘Favourite Musical Group or Band’.
In November 2015, it was announced that Dixie Chicks would commence on the MMXIV World Tour in June 2016 with over 40 shows across USA and Canada.