I’m a fan of the Dixie Chicks.
They came out strong and different in late 1997. They had a new sound and new attitudes. They didn’t want to be like anyone else in the industry.
That personality trait was their greatest asset and their greatest liability.
The group had an incredible rise to superstardom. Their first album sold like crazy and millions of fans of all ages, each gender and everything else loved the group.
They were able to blend all their influences into their music. At the time it was different; a little pop, but still very much country and the wonderful thing was they kept it going for a few more albums.
But then the bottom fell out. Fans turned against them in a way that I really don’t think we’ve ever seen on that scale in music. It’s kind of crazy that the band really hasn’t been welcomed back at all to country music. They are rarely recognized for their achievements.
And that’s really too bad.
You know that some of today’s artists, probably both male and female, grew up loving the Dixie Chicks. But I get it, today’s artists still can’t say that they loved the Dixie Chicks music.
Anyway, about this time of the year in 1998 the Chicks were really shooting into the stratosphere with the title track to their major label debut.
This song was so huge that year and still remains a really special country song. It’s about a young woman going through that challenging time of moving from being a kid or young adult into the real world with responsibilities and where choices have consequences.
It’s a great song. Catchy. Fun. And a great story of life.
And when you hear it now it’s obvious this was a country record. You don’t get anything close to this country today.