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Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks is an American country music trio which has also crossed over into other genres. Formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, the band is composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The trio is currently ranked as the highest-selling female musical group in the USA, according to RIAA Gold & Platinum album certifications. As of 2012, the Dixie Chicks had won 13 Grammy Awards. While Dixie Chicks continues, Maguire and Robison are writing and recording as Court Yard Hounds as of Feb 2010. Robin Lynn Macy was an original bandmember, as was Laura Lynch . Macy left the group in 1992, while Lynch was replaced by Natalie Maines in 1995. The group aroused considerable controversy for publicly denouncing President George W. Bush and the imminent invasion of Iraq during the European leg of their Top of the World tour supporting Home. Many country music stations immediately pulled their music from the air, and the band received criticism from many corners of the media. Dixie Chicks released their latest album Taking the Long Way on May 23, 2006. All fourteen tracks were co-written by the Dixie Chicks and produced by Rick Rubin. This album received five Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Not Ready to Make Nice," and Album of the Year and Best Country Album. Rick Rubin also won the Grammy for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical, for his work with the Chicks and for his production on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium. The current members are: Emily Robison (guitar, banjo, dobro, vocals) Natalie Maines (lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar) Martie Maguire (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) Maguire and Robison are writing and recording as Court Yard Hounds as of Feb 2010. Discography Albums: Thank Heavens for Dale Evans (1990) Little Ol' Cowgirl (1992) Shouldn't a Told You That (1993) Wide Open Spaces (1998) Fly (1999) Home (2002) Top of the World Tour: Live (2003) Taking the Long Way (2006) Home Videos: An Evening with the Dixie Chicks (live concert DVD) (2002) Top of the World Tour: Live (2003) Official website: www.dixiechicks.com

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