Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
September 22, 2003

The Dixie Chicks have essentially divorced country music. This was an inevitable development; there's no art form quite like country music in terms of the fans' demand for an emotional, one-of-us connection with the artists. The Chicks may have impaired that bond with Natalie Maines' ill-chosen anti-Bush and anti-Texas remarks, but if they'd left it at that, it would have been all. But once the Chicks started portraying themselves as First Amendment martyrs (probably the key moment was the nude magazine cover), they basically set themselves into a melodrama with their own fans cast as the villains. You'll win a lot of new friends in Hollywood that way, but you can never again go back to the country crowd once you've sided with people like Bob Herbert (who called country music fans "flag-waving yahoos").

How long until the "Dixie" is dropped from the band's name?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:55 PM | Politics 2002-03 • | Pop Culture | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

"Flag-waving yahoos" being liberally defined, in this case, as virtually anyone who lives in between the New York City metropolitan area and southern California...

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at September 23, 2003 04:54 PM
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