:: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 ::
The Dixie Chicks keep on cluckin'
The Dixie Chicks grace the cover of Time magazineCluckin' about George W., that is. The trio grace the cover of Time magazine this week to promote their latest album, Taking the Long Way (cover story). And with the cover story comes plenty of controversy -- contrived and otherwise, which is good for building Dixie Chicks buzz.

The first single from the album, "Not Ready to Make Nice," is a direct reference to the controversy that ensued after Chick Natalie Maines spoke out against President Bush and the War in Iraq during a 2003 show in London. The single has cracked country's top 40, but stations airing the syndicated top 40 program receive a warning that a Chicks song is on the list.

The return of the Chicks promises to generate enough controversy to make the Catholic Church's call for a boycott of The Da Vinci Code look like a call to beatify Dan Brown. Bloggers like Diva Dish admire the Chicks' cojones but reserve final judgment. Says the Diva: "[I]t takes guts in the country music scene to be this outspoken against the Good Ol’ Boy from Texas." (Hat tip to Diva Dish, too, for the link to the 2003 story about the Chicks.)

And then there's the Bill O'Reilly connection. O'Reilly apparently played nice with the Chicks in person then sniping at them on his Fox News TV program.

So, what are your thoughts about the Dixie Chicks? Comments are working, so vent away.

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:: Andrew 11:17 + ::
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