“We’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”
The Dixie Chicks took home Grammys for the top three awards: record, song and album of the year. Their “Taking the Long Way” (Open Wide/Columbia) won best country album and “Not Ready to Make Nice” also captured best country performance by a duo or group with vocal. That song is an unapologetic response to the furor set off in 2003 when the band’s lead singer, Natalie Maines, made an off-the-cuff antiwar remark to London concertgoers: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”Since I love this kind of music and the state of Texas, but not the President of the United States, a few worlds collide in a great way when I listen to the Dixie Chicks. “Not ready to make nice” is a great song, but I think “The long way around” is even better [listen to them both, those were YouTube links for ya].
Big congrats, Dixie Chicks!