Dixie Chicks

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The Dixie Chicks is an American country music trio comprised of Emily Erwin-Robison, Martie Erwin-Maguire, and Natalie Maines.

The Dixie Chicks formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas. After years of struggle and changes in personnel, the group achieved large-scale country and pop commercial success starting in the late 1990s, with hit songs such as "Wide Open Spaces", "Cowboy Take Me Away", and "Long Time Gone".

They became known for their lively group personae, instrumental virtuosity, fashion sense, and honestly expressed political opinions. In particular, Natalie Maines' public criticism of President George W. Bush on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq led to considerable controversy for the group, causing them to lose a large part of their core country audience, but gain a new if somewhat smaller audience in the process

Historical Parallel

In 1924 conductor Arturo Toscanini refuses to play the Italian Fascist "anthem" Giovanezza at La Scala saying that the opera house was neither a "a beer garden nor Fascist propaganda territory." Fascists denounce him the same way that Republicans would one day denounce the Dixie Chicks.

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