Dixie Chicks

One of the most successful country music acts of the 21st century, Dixie Chicks first came together in Dallas, Texas, when multi-instrumentalist sistersMartie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison came together with ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1988 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2016 (TV Show)

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The Simpsons 2008 (Tv Show)

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The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Real Time with Bill Maher 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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2002 Olympic Winter Games 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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All Star Bluegrass Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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CMT Crossroads 2002 (Tv Show)

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The 35th Annual CMA Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Women Rock! Girls & Guitars 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Dixie Chicks: On the Fly 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Our Country 2001 (Movie)

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The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 34th Annual CMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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CMT Showcase: The Dixie Chicks 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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King of the Hill 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Lilith on Top 2000 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

Pixelon's i-Bash! 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Making of Ride With Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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CMA 40th: A Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Music (5)

Shut Up & Sing 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

An Evening with the Dixie Chicks 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music Producer

The 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

("Ready to Run" "You Can't Hurry Love") (Song Performer)

Just For the Ride (TV Show)

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Biography

One of the most successful country music acts of the 21st century, Dixie Chicks first came together in Dallas, Texas, when multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison came together with Laura Lynch on vocals and upright bass and Robin Lynn Macy on guitar. The group released two independent albums focusing on a traditional bluegrass style, but by the second record's release, Macy felt their sound was becoming too modern and left. Indeed, Maguire and Robison were both interested in pursuing a more modern sound, and to that end, they replaced Lynch with singer Natalie Maines. The new threesome signed to Sony and released their major label debut, <i>Wide Open Spaces</i>, in 1998. The record was hugely successful, as was their follow up <i>Fly</i> the following year. After releasing the more pensive <i>Home</i> in 2002, the group ran into some controversy when, while performing in Europe during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Maines said to the audience, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." The group drew sharp criticisms from conservative media outlets, but they also won acclaim from more progressive sources, including support from Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and country music legend Merle Haggard, who spoke out in encouragement of Maines' statement, saying, "I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching." The group eventually recovered from their losses by marketing themselves more to rock audiences, recording 2007's <i>Taking the Long Way</i> with producer Rick Rubin. The group would take a break from heavy touring and recording for the next few years in order to focus on their families, but they embarked on a major tour of Europe and the United States in 2015.

Milestones

2015

Extensively toured Europe and the United States.

2010

Toured with the Eagles throughout the United States.

2006

Were the subject of the documentary "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing."

2006

Released the album, <i>Taking the Long Way</i>, which was produced by rock producer Rick Rubin.

2002

Released the album, <i>Home</i>, which was characterized by both uptempo tunes and pensive ballads.

1999

Released their next album, <i>Fly</i>, which sold over 10 million units.

1999

Toured with the all-female music festival Lilith Fair.

1998

Released their first album with a major label, <i>Wide Open Spaces</i>, which sold more units that year than all other country acts combined.

1996

Signed with Sony Music Entertainment.

1995

Remaining members decided to replace Lynch with singer Natalie Maines, who offered a more contemporary sound.

1992

Released their second independent album, <i>Little Ol' Cowgirl</i>. The album's more modern country sound led Macy to quit the band and pursue a strictly bluegrass project.

1990

Recorded their first album, <i>Thank Heavens for Dale Evans</i>.

1989

Group came together with Laura Lynch on vocals and upright bass, Robin Lynn Macy on guitar, and sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison on several instruments.

Bonus Trivia

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Took their band name from the song "Dixie Chicken" by Lowell George of Little Feat.

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Recorded their first album after Penny Cook, daughter of then Senator John Tower, wrote them a check for $10,000.

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Martie Maguire has won second and third place at the National fiddle championships held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

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Singer Natalie Maines won a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.

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Became a source of controversy when, while performing in Europe during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Maines said to the audience, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." The group drew sharp criticisms from conservative media outlets, but country music legend Merle Haggard spoke out in encouragement of Maines' statement, saying, "I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching."

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Maguire and Robison sometimes perform separately under the name Court Yard Hounds.

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Natalie Maines was the daughter of Lloyd Maines, a mainstay of the country music scene in his native Lubbock, Texas

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