Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rant: The Dixie Chicks

"Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
-Natalie Maines, March 10, 2003.

"I'd rather have a smaller following of really cool people who get it, who will grow with us as we grow and are fans for life, than people that have us in their five-disc changer with Reba McEntire and Toby Keith. We don't want those kinds of fans. They limit what you can do."
-Martie Maguire, Time Magazine, 2006.

The Dixie Chicks return to Ontario this weekend, their first visit since 2002's Top of the World Tour. Since Reba and Toby Keith are featured prominently in my play lists, I’ve taken the hint to sit this one out. Surely they won't bore the Lilith Fair crowd with the songs like Goodbye Earl or Long Time Gone that they recently dubbed "amateurish". As the hottest act on today's adult contemporary chart, the Erwin sisters have ditched banjo and fiddle accompaniment to play background guitar and electric violin for the obtuse Natalie Maines (and probably ask themselves how it all went south).

It’s a lazy performer who slams George Bush to whip up a Canadian or British audience. Sadly, they’d have drawn the same reaction in London had they denounced the United States itself. The Chicks don’t understand this any more than they do the fact that country fans don’t care if performers are Republican or Democrat (Tim McGraw will one day be Governor of Tennessee) or even that they oppose the war (it hasn’t hurt Merle or Gretchen Wilson). They might, however, ask for a little respect for their values and nationalism from performers they've enriched.

At Texas A&M, those who don’t embody Aggie spirit are labeled “two-percenters”. In the end, who do you think Texans are really ashamed of – George W. Bush or the Dixie Chicks, the ultimate two-percenters?


Road Hammer said...

Gretchen is pro-Baath party?

Overheard at the HMV on Sparks St. this summer: "I'm not a country music fan, but there's just something about these Chicks."

I'm willing to bet that a similar caveat was uttered at least 2/3 of the time at record counters across the States by purchasers of their latest album.

webber said...

Funny... I was at a movie at the Cumberland on Tuesday (arthouse cinema in Toronto) and one of the previews was for "Shut Up and Sing". Of course it was a hit with the audience of snotty U of T students who just read Kant for the first time, and aging Yorkville hipsters as they laughed at the selective, editing of Bush of the ilk that Michael Moore practices.

Ugh. I don't mind intelligent arguments against the war, or against Bush for that matter, but even the most partisan Democrats have stopped the Bush is dumb and stupid arguments. Please. You'd think his massive re-election in '04 would have ended that crap.