A country music group formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas consisting of Martie Maguire on violin, Emily Robinson on Guitar, Laura Lynch, and Robin Lynn Macy. In 1995, Natalie Maines joined the group after Lynch and Macy left. The trio released hit singles like "Wide Open Spaces" and "Earl." Their CD, "Wide Open Spaces" sold over twelve million copies, making it one of the top selling albums in the United States in 1998.
The Dixie Chicks are most commonly known for Natalie Maines's comment on the War in Iraq in March of 2003 during a concert in London: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." Many americans felt betrayed by the popular music trio, and the Dixie Chicks were heavily criticized on how the comment was carried out on forign soil and in the beginning of the war in Iraq. Boycotting the group was encouraged across the nation by critics, and many former fans of The Dixie Chicks threw their memorabilia into trash cans, fire, under bulldozers to show their resentment.
The Dixie Chicks released an apology to the nation days later. George Bush, during an interview had this to say about the trio: "T
he Dixie Chicks are free to speak their mind. They can say what they want to say... That's the great thing about America..."
IN 2006, the Dixie Chicks returned much stronger, and with their single, "I'm Not Ready To Make Nice," which addressed the controversy in three years earlier. On June 2006, "Taking The Long Way" was released, and topped both the top pop albums chart and top country albums chart.
To this day, Maines, Maguire, and Robinson continue to stand their ground and up for their use of the First Amendment in 2003.