The Dixie Chicks are back on tour (Updated 9/6/2013)
The Dixie Chicks are back – at least north of the border. After months of speculation, online rumors and endless bits of gossip the trio has officially announced a fall reunion tour.
Of course the Chicks have been away for far too long, so what better to name the comeback than the "Long Time Gone Tour 2013." It will play at least 10 Canadian shows in October and November, beginning October 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia. And given the fact that it's the group's first stop in Canada in seven years, they're doing it up right by playing three festival dates in the country this summer at Craven Country Jamboree, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest.
Prior to the tour announcement, all three members of the Chicks had success with other music projects. Natalie Maines released her debut solo album, "Mother," on May 7, 2013. Meanwhile, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison recorded as the Court Yard Hounds and have released two albums. Their debut project opened at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the follow-up, "Amelita," bowed on July 16, 2013.
One would think with different projects to juggle that the Chicks had no interest in a reunion. But they were never broken up and left behind, and the separate albums have proved to be just as satisfying to fans. Of course it's unknown at this time if we'll get another Dixie Chicks album anytime soon, but fans should enjoy the Chicks in Canada. That tour will now include a rescheduled stop at Calgary's famed Saddledome on October 31st. The group was originally booked to perform in the venue on July 12, but that concert was derailed by historic flooding.
About The Dixie Chicks
Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison make up one of the highest-selling female groups of all time, the Dixie Chicks. They were formed in 1989 as a bluegrass band, but became one of the most popular acts in the world by embracing contemporary country music tinged with a twang. They found overwhelming success with their 1998 major-label debut, "Wide Open Spaces," which went quadruple platinum within its first year thanks to hits like the title cut and "I Can Love You Better." The trio has earned 13 Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million albums, and Dixie Chicks tickets have always been a hot commodity.
Given the near-decade between the group's formation and first LP, few predicted the massive success of the Chicks. But once sophomore effort "Fly" also climbed to the top of the charts behind the lead single, "Ready to Run," they knew they had something special. Another unlikely smash, "Goodbye Earl" told the tale of an abusive husband killed by the hands of a vengeful wife, and "Sin Wagon" raised eyebrows with its unconventional lyrics.
Still, the group remains tied to an incident that didn't even happen on American soil. During a 2003 stop in London on their "Top of the World Tour," Maines spoke out against the Iraq War and stated the group was ashamed to share its home state of Texas with then-President George W. Bush. An enormous backlash came from American fans and from country radio, spawning everything form death threats to protests. The 2007 song, "Not Ready to Make Nice," was the Dixie Chicks' response, and it won them three Grammys and seemed to quell the controversy once and for all.
Though Maines, Maguire and Robison have not recorded together in years, new music from the trio is reportedly in the works. They last performed together during the Concert for Wildfire Relief in Austin, Texas in 2011.
Dixie Chicks Ready To Make Nice With Canadian Tour
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