Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The (Good) Rise of Dixie

I’m no modern country music lover. I actually like classic country - Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson. My two concessions to contemporary country? The Dixie Chicks and Kacey Musgraves. I know, you’re probably sensing a theme between these two (hint: it’s feminism). Now the Chicks are back with their first album in 14 years and its first single, uh, slaps - as the kids today say. It’s instantly catchy and unabashedly political. It speaks to our times. And, again, it slaps. (If you think it’s slapping a little at that massive orange turd in the White House with its fasist imagery, uh, you’re not alone.)

I also love that Natalie Maines has kept her alternative lifestyle haircut (which is, of course, permissible for good straight allies). And I love that the band continues to be political and topical. Remember back in 2003 when the country music industry blacklisted them, destroyed their CDS for publicity and called for their heads? They sure do. And yet they continue to make music that is deeply personal, connects with people and speaks truth.

Basically, I think what I’m saying is I might be going to a Dixie Chicks concert this year.


Carmen SanDiego said...

I remember the controversy but I never heard their music before, besides that sing along on that L Word episode.
I’m gonna give it a shot

AK said...

Luv them, luv their music, luv gut-sy gals who are successful & independent. We need more of these kinda gals!

LG fan said...

Love these chicks! Can't wait for this album to drop!

LG fan said...

Also, if you're bored, you could check out these lez movies on Amazon prime. I really enjoyed them: Heartland, City of Trees, Becks, and Snapshots.