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Dixie Chicks Bio
Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members (and sisters) Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines.
The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label.
After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces”.
Dixie Chicks Band Members
1. Natalie Maines – lead vocals, guitar, Omnichord (1995–present)
2. Emily Erwin – backing vocals, banjo, dobro, guitar (1990–present)
3. Martie Erwin – backing vocals, fiddle, mandolin (1990–present)
1. Laura Lynch – lead vocals, backing vocals, bass (1990–93)
2. Robin Lynn Macy – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar (1990–92)
Dixie Chicks Who Are They Married to?
Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines
In 1997, Natalie Maines married her South Plains College boyfriend, bassist Michael Tarabay, and the couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Almost two years after they married, they filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Maines met actor Adrian Pasdar in May 1999 at the wedding of bandmate Emily Erwin to Charlie Robison. Maines and Pasdar married on June 24, 2000, at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They have two sons, Jackson Slade Pasdar (Slade) (born March 15, 2001) and Beckett Finn Pasdar (born July 14, 2004).
She has referred to herself as “Natalie Pasdar”. The family has homes in Los Angeles, Austin, and New York City. In July 2017, Maines filed for divorce from Pasdar, citing irreconcilable differences.
Dixie Chicks Emily Robinson
On May 1, 1999, Emily married country singer Charlie Robison. Their wedding was held at the Cibolo Creek Ranch. Martie later revealed on a VH1 program that during their courtship, she had written the romantic hit song, “Cowboy Take Me Away” for them.
They have three children: Charles Augustus, called “Gus”, born November 11, 2002, and twins Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin born on April 14, 2005. They then divorced on August 6, 2008, after nine years of marriage.
Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire
Martie married pharmaceutical representative Ted Seidel on June 17, 1995, and changed her last name to Seidel. She also was a stepmother to his son, Carter. However, her marriage did not last, and she and Ted Seidel were divorced in November 1999.
At bandmate Natalie Maines’ sister Kim’s wedding Martie met Gareth Maguire, a Roman Catholic teacher, and actor from Northern Ireland. The couple became engaged in June 2001 and married on August 10, 2001, in a civil ceremony in Hawaii; as explained at one of their concerts, the Dixie Chicks’ song “White Trash Wedding” is based on Martie’s relationship with Gareth.
Martie Maguire changed her name to that of her new husband, which is why in her musical career she has had the surnames of Erwin, Seidel, and Maguire. They had three daughters together: fraternal twins Eva Ruth and Kathleen ‘Katie’ Emilie were born April 27, 2004. Third daughter Harper Rosie Maguire was born July 25, 2008. The couple divorced in 2013.
Dixie Chicks Laura Lynch
There is no clear information on whether she is married or not. She spends her free time these days learning to oil paint. The walls of her spacious, airy home are dotted with paintings, both hers and pieces she has collected over the years.
Dixie Chicks Robin Lynn Macy
No information about whether she is married or not ever since she left the group.
Dixie Chicks Albums
1. Taking The Long Way
2. Wide Open Spaces
5. DCX MMXVI
6. Top of the World Tour: Live
7. Thank Heavens for Dale Evans
8. VH1 Storytellers
9. Little Ol’ Cowgirl
10. Shouldn’t a Told You That
11. Playlist: The Very Best of Dixie Chicks
12. The Essential Dixie Chicks
13. The Classic Albums Collection
14. Tribute to Tradition
15. Songs and Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11
16. Country: The American Tradition
17. The Best Of Can’t You Hear Me Callin’ – Bluegrass: 80 Years Of American Music
The Dixie Chicks name change to The Chicks
The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks
Dixie Chicks Tour 2019
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Dixie Chicks Controversy
Public statements and controversy
While lead singer for the Dixie Chicks, Maines has encountered several situations of a controversial nature. In August 2002, Maines criticized fellow country musician Toby Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”. In March 2003, Maines commented that the Dixie Chicks were “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.”
REMEMBER WHEN NATALIE MAINES CRITICIZED THE PRESIDENT?
This is not just a random walk down country controversy memory lane. It was March 10, 2003, when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks told a crowd in London that they were “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,” referring to George W. Bush.
She made that remark during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The resulting backlash was swift and severe.
The immediate reaction was not as hostile as one would expect. The crowd cheered, and the superstar trio went to bed without a second thought about what they had just done. Within the week country radio stations in the U.S. were not only banning their music, but they were also renting steamrollers and hosting parties to crush all Dixie Chicks albums into dust. It was as if an entire format had been waiting and planning for such a quip.
Toby Keith didn’t help much, but in fairness, he was responding to Maines, who’d said his hit “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” didn’t represent country music like it deserved to be represented. There was the ‘F-U-T-K’ T-shirt … and one of the most intense feuds in country music history.
Politics aside, country music lost a superstar act that day. The Dixie Chicks were as big as an artist in Nashville, and their extraction from the radio left a hole to be filled by lesser-known talent. They’d recover with a 2006 album called Taking a Long Way that won several Grammys. Since then they have toured successfully, but if there’s a time when they’ll be welcomed back to country radio with open arms, it’s not yet on the horizon.