A few weeks ago, the Dixie Chicks‘ new album Taking the Long Way debuted at number 1 on both the Billboard country and all-genre sales charts, thus serving up a big slap to all the radio DJs and naysayers that blacklisted the three lovely ladies after they spoke out against the President in 2003.
So who bought all those albums? Did the soccer moms that helped catapult the Chicks to initial stardom decide that maybe they were right to be ashamed of the President? Or have the gays saved the day?
In response to a question about the Chicks’ growing gay following, lead singer Natalie Maines tells The Advocate:
We’ve wiped the slate clean as to whom we think our fans are, but we do think we have more liberals and more gay men behind us. We have a gay hairdresser and gay makeup artist who are with us every single day, so they fill us in.
We’ve always thought the Dixie Chicks’ sound was a bit overproduced, but we’re proud of them for standing their ground in an increasingly oppressive cultural climate. Plus we think they walk the line of being political without being boring on their new album remarkably well. Give it a listen. Their new single “Not Ready To Make Nice” is almost on par with “9 to 5” in its capacity to get you out of bed.
The Dixie Chicks Interview [The Advocate]