"The rock stars of country" have their roots in Texas. The name Dixie Chicks is borrowed from a song by the blues-rock band Little Feat.
They have earned Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Vocal Performance by a Group; Academy of Country Music Awards for Album of the Year, Top Vocal Group, and Top New Vocal Group; and an American Music Award for favorite New Country Artist. On top of that, the Country Music Association presented the Dixie Chicks with a Horizon Award, and the band was also named Vocal Group of The Year as well. More recently, the CMA nominated the group for Entertainer of the Year.
Unfortunately, no one thinks about this. Lead singer Natalie Maines made a comment regarding President Bush, and the backlash was astonishing. It ranged from applause and claims that they were practicing free speech to death threats and crushing of albums.
In spite of this, their recent album is already a bestseller, and their fame seems only to have grown.
The Dixie Chicks are talented, and they worked hard to get where they are, but everything they ever did was rendered meaningless when one member said fifteen words.