It’s been a giant yr for the Dixie Chicks. Truly, that’s not even solely correct anymore. It’s been a giant yr for The Chicks — a part of their huge yr was an official identify change. Additionally in 2020, the Chicks launched “Gaslighter,” their first studio album after a 14-year hiatus. And now, they’re going to be enjoying on the 2020 Democratic Nationwide Conference. Whew! Speak about leaping proper again into issues!
Are the Dixie Chicks Democrats?
So, clearly, the one individuals who actually understand how the Chicks vote are Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire (the Chicks themselves, in case you didn’t know their actual names). That being stated, the Chicks haven’t been afraid to voice their political beliefs previously. In reality, relying on how lengthy you’ve been a fan, you most likely keep in mind the most important controversy surrounding the band.
On March 10, 2003 — a bit greater than every week earlier than the U.S. invasion of Iraq — the Chicks carried out on the Shepherds Bush Empire theater in London, England. Proper earlier than enjoying their new track “Travelin’ Soldier,” lead singer Natalie Maines stated to the group: “Simply so you realize, we’re on the nice aspect with y’all. We don’t want this warfare, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president is from Texas.”
Keep in mind when @1NatalieMaines @dixiechicks practically had their careers destroyed for saying this on a stage in London: “Simply so you realize, we’re on the nice aspect with y’all. We don’t want this warfare, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President is from Texas.” pic.twitter.com/wgn5TrSpp7
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 16, 2018
At the moment, that remark might sound fairly innocuous, however in 2003, it was akin to blasphemy in some individuals’s minds. Within the months and years following the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults, many individuals had a really slim view of what it meant to be patriotic. Briefly, it referred to as for unwavering assist for President George W. Bush and the navy. To talk in opposition to the president — particularly on international soil — was unthinkable and horrendous, to listen to President Bush’s supporters communicate of it.
The Chicks had been successfully solid in another country music neighborhood by their very own former followers after Natalie’s feedback. They had been blacklisted by hundreds of radio stations throughout the nation, individuals burned their albums, and — worst of all — despatched the ladies demise threats. The backlash was swift, and the Chicks immediately discovered themselves with out the identical devoted fanbase.
That didn’t hold them from persevering with to make music, although. The Chicks launched one other album, received a bunch of Grammys, then took a break from the music scene to spend time with their households. This yr, they returned to their music profession — and so they did it with a bang.
“Gaslighter” is the title observe off their latest album, and whereas on its face, it’s about Natalie’s divorce from her ex-husband, there’s no denying that a whole lot of the lyrics additionally occur to be remarkably relevant to the present U.S. President. Coincidence? Most likely not. Natalie even fired her Twitter account again up just lately to share some new ideas concerning Donald Trump.
Briefly, the Chicks haven’t precisely come proper out and stated they’re Democrats, however … come on. They’re enjoying for the Democratic Nationwide Conference and Natalie, no less than, has some alternative phrases for the present (Republican) president. Similar to each different American citizen, Natalie, Emily, and Martie are free to vote for whomever they select, however we’ve bought a reasonably good thought of who received’t be on their poll.
You possibly can watch the Chicks’ DNC efficiency on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET.