“Not ready to make nice, not ready to back down …”

May 2, 2003 ~

Dixie Chicks appear naked on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly, with slogans such “Traitors,” “Hero,” “Boycott,” “Saddam’s Angels” and “Proud Americans” printed across their bodies. The slogans represent the mixed reaction Dixie Chicks received following singer Natalie Maines’ anti-George W. Bush comments.

The trio is flying high on the success of their album Home, which takes them on an international tour and during a London performance, Maines takes the opportunity to address the brimming post-9/11 “War on Terror” back home, saying: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

And, so begins the Dixie Chicks backlash. Maines clarifies her statement on the band’s website, writing that she is against war, not against US troops. But with the Internet, many radio stations, and the President of the United States against them, the damage is done.

On the day of the Entertainment Weekly shoot, the group’s publicist tries to convince them to tone down their message, but they won’t budge. Every word on their body, including “Saddam’s Angels,” is an actual comment that was hurled at them online.

Dixie Chicks make a comeback in 2006 with Taking The Long Way, an album produced by Rick Rubin. The albums is a masterpiece and wins them a Grammy for Album of The Year. But Dixie Chicks did it without their original backers. Of the lack of support from the country music community. Martie Maguire says: “We don’t feel a part of the country scene any longer, it can’t be our home anymore.”