The Dixie Chicks have very recently changed management. I do not yet have a new address for fan mail. Once one is available, I will post it here immediately.
Both the old Nashville P.O. box address for "Senior Management" and the Beverly Hills address for "The Firm" are no longer good. And of course, the Dallas addresses found in the Wide Open Spaces liner notes and some old fan club materials have been shut down for years. Mail sent to any of those addresses will be returned to you.
Writing to or calling the Chicks or their management is not likely to increase your chances of meeting them. In fact, they will probably never see it.
If you believe that you are the first person to write to them and tell them that you are their “biggest fan,” and that they have changed your life, you are kidding yourself. They get thousands of fan letters per week, and they all sound alike. So if you still can’t resist the urge to write to them, at least strive for a little originality. Unfortunately, they will probably never see it. But if by some slim chance they do, you are much more likely to be remembered if you have something unique to say.
The Dixie Chicks do not answer their fan mail. They are only human, and they simply do not have time to read or reply to thousands of letters per week. Not even mail from their “biggest fan.” But their office personnel will sometimes send photographs to fans that request them. Your best chance of a reply is if you include a stamped and self-addressed 8x10 envelope with your request.
Yes, they do. However, the Dixie Chicks are very protective of their privacy, and therefore do not share those screen names with the public. If you should happen to discover one of them, please do not contact them or give that screen name out to others. They will not appreciate the intrusion, and they will quickly change their screen name again.
There is a very simple way to tell the difference between an impostor and a real Dixie Chick online; If they contact you, it is not a Dixie Chick! Plain and simple! The girls would never contact an unknown fan through IM or a chat room. Never! If someone contacts you claiming to be a Dixie Chick, do not believe them. And that includes the sneaky ones who try to act like they might be a Dixie Chick without ever actually saying so. People who know a lot more about the Chicks than you have been fooled. Do not let these pathetic impostors fool you too. And don't waste your time talking to them just trying to figure them out. It only encourages them. Just block them from your Instant Messenger list and ignore them.
Meeting the Chicks when they are touring is difficult, at best. The Dixie Chicks do not have a fan club which offers opportunities for fans to meet them. On the last tour, there were no contests offering backstage passes. And extremely heavy security kept fans well separated from the Chicks. However, we offer you several suggestions to help you meet them on future tours.
Unfortunately, unless you are rich, famous, or closely connected with a music business VIP, your chances of getting a backstage pass are very close to non-existent. The greatly increased security of the 2003 tour necessitated that the Chicks did not have scheduled meet & greet sessions with fans. The only fans who have received passes on that tour did so through pre-established connections. But many fans with solid, long-time connections were also snubbed. So, for all practical purposes, there were no backstage passes for fans. However, some ways that fans have managed to meet the Chicks are discussed below, including some guerrilla tactics for the bold.
Most importantly, be prepared before you meet the Chicks!
Have your camera handy, with
fresh film and batteries. Have the
item(s) that you want signed easily accessible – not at the bottom of a
backpack. Bring your own black Sharpie
pens (avoid any other colour!), because the Chicks don’t usually carry
their own around. And in many cases,
the fan who brings the Sharpie gets to stay around longer while the Chicks
use it to sign for other fans. Also,
have something to say! The girls have
grown tired of the same old “I’m your biggest fan!” And discussing all the details you know
about their private lives just plain scares them. You want them to do the talking, so instead of making
statements, ask questions! It makes
them uncomfortable. Ask them if they
are working on any new songs. Ask them
about their favourite artists. If you
want them to feel comfortable talking to you for a while, avoid asking them about
their families, pets, homes, or other aspects of their personal lives. Most importantly, RELAX! Don’t scream! Don’t cry. Don’t spaz
out. The Chicks are only human. If you act like a friend, they will treat
you like a friend. But overly obsessed
admirers are a seriously scary thing for celebrities. If you come across too intensely, the girls are going to be in a
big hurry to get away from you.
If the Chicks’ band members are around, don’t forget about them. They are more than wonderfully talented artists. They are really great guys, and they enjoy meeting fans. Introduce yourself and ask about them. Get their autographs. Have your picture taken with them. They love it. Sometimes the band members can be great sources of information too, so take the time to talk with them.
The old fashioned, tried and true method of simply waiting at the backstage door. At many arenas, the Chicks’ busses are parked outside of the arena with a fence or ring of barricades around them. If you can find those busses, wait outside of the security perimeter where you can see the Chicks and their entourage coming and going from the building. At the beginning of the 2003 tour, the Chicks would not meet with any fans. However, they quickly began to loosen up, and many fans found that they will go sign autographs and take pictures with the few fans who are committed enough to wait by the busses. This is your best chance! On evenings when they did not meet with the fans, some of their family members and crewmembers usually took fans' items to the bus to be autographed for them. There, some band members also gave away guitar picks and autographs themselves. So get to the concert early and take the time to circle the arena looking for the Chicks' tour busses. Once the show is over, immediately get back there and wait. You may have to wait until after 2am. You may be told by security that the Chicks have already left, so you should go home. Don’t leave until those busses leave! And do not draw attention to yourself. The fewer people waiting with you, the better the chances the Chicks will come out to meet with you. This is your very best opportunity to meet the Chicks!!
There were thirteen busses on the 2003 Chicks tour, so be sure you are waiting near the correct busses! There should be three or four busses with barricades and security around them, separate from the other busses. Those are the Chicks’ busses, and their manager’s bus. Many fans and autograph seekers spend hours waiting outside of the wrong busses. Don't be one of them!
If you have the whole day to kill, and if you are feeling very lucky, get to the venue very early in the day. By very early, I mean well before noon. Before the band, roadies, equipment, or security have arrived. Possibly even the day before. If you see busses and big semi trucks, you are probably too late. If not, stake the place out. Walk around. Find out where the backstage entrance is. If you can walk in, search for the dressing rooms and stage entrances. Find the doors that lead from the backstage area to the seating area. If you see roadies setting up the stage and equipment, and if they are not busy working, make friends. They may be forthcoming with interesting and valuable information. Don’t get in their way though, or you will be quickly tossed out. And watch how you dress. Solid black is good. You want to blend in with the authorized personnel backstage. A “Chicks Kick Ass!” or “FUTK” t-shirt, a feather boa, an animal print cowgirl hat, and a big homemade poster might get you a smile from Emily during the show, but it will only label you as the crazy, obsessed stalker that you are while wandering around backstage. Then you end up in jail or juvenile hall while your friends are enjoying the show. All of this may get you the opportunity to catch the Chicks when they arrive for sound check. But it will not get you backstage for the show. The arena will be cleared by police officers with dogs before the Chicks arrive. You do NOT want to be caught there when that happens! So just lay back and be cool and hope that you can maybe catch the Chicks for a moment as they enter the arena.
But first, you must be aware that the girls and their associates greatly value their privacy. And the political controversy has greatly heightened their security precautions. They frequently go to great lengths to avoid public interaction with their fans. Therefore, the way you dress can greatly affect your chances of catching them. If they see you coming at them wearing a Dixie Chicks t-shirt, they will try to avoid you. If you scream and run towards them, they will scream and run away. Be cool and put them and their security people at ease.
Some fans have reported success catching the girls at their hotel before or after the show. Before is much better. And again, if they see you all decked out in Dixie Chicks garb, they are going to run from you. So try to look ‘normal’ for this quest. If you should actually find their rooms, do not go there. There will be security, and the girls will not appreciate your intrusion at all. They won't find your persistence cute, loyal, admirable or flattering. They will find it annoying and possibly threatening. Just wait in the lobby or parking lot or other public area for them.
The Chicks will sometimes stop into the local radio station studios on the morning of, or the morning before the concert. Listen to the morning shows of the country radio stations in the town the concert will be in. Call the morning show DJ’s and ask if and when the Dixie Chicks might be visiting their show. Then, stake out that radio station. With very few other fans there, this is among the very best chances the average fan has of meeting the Dixie Chicks on tour.
Somewhere between the hotel, the radio stations, and the venue, there is a good chance that they will stop to eat somewhere. Again, you do not want to invade their privacy while they are dining. And if you don’t want a mob scene, you won’t approach them at all inside the restaurant. Wait until they are in the parking lot. Sure, it is just a fleeting moment. It is barely enough time to get a smile and an autograph. But it is much more than 99.9 percent of the other fans will ever get.
Sometimes, people working at the concert venue will have an opportunity to meet the Chicks.
It sounds easy, but in actuality it is a long shot. You have a better chance of winning a radio contest or finding a long lost cousin who works for Sony. Very few working personnel have a job that will get them anywhere near the backstage area or the Chicks. Those that do will usually encounter two problems; First, they are probably prohibited by policy from interacting with the artists while working. And second, they will probably have to work someplace where they won’t even be able to see the show. Usually, about the best they can hope for is to be within twenty or so feet of the Chicks for less than thirty seconds, and probably in the dark. In other words, don’t count on a part-time job at the arena to be your ticket to meeting the Dixie Chicks.
The Dixie Chicks officially released their new CD, "Taking The Long Way," in North America on 22 May 2006.
However, many fans report receiving their pre-ordered copies, and even purchasing them in stores as early as 19 May. The chicks spent most of 2005 in Los Angeles working on the new CD with a new producer, Rick Rubin, who is best known for his late work with Johnny Cash and regarded as a "revitaliser" of careers. The CD was complete, as of September 2005. Early releases suggest that it will be a departure from earlier Chicks musical styles, with a more pop and rock flavour to it. One collaborating artist described it as being "not really country, but not really not country."
Thu 06/15 London, England Shepherd's Bush Empire
Sat 06/17 Middlesex, England Twickenham Stadium (Opening for The Eagles)
Fri 07/21 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Sat 07/22 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Sun 07/23 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
Tue 07/25 Pittsburgh, PA Wachovia Center
Fri 07/28 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
Sat 07/29 Boston, MA Banknorth Garden
Tue 08/01 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Fri 08/04 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Sun 08/13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Tue 08/15 Chicago, IL United Center
Fri 08/18 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Sun 08/20 Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena
Tue 08/22 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center
Wed 08/23 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Thu 08/24 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Sat 08/26 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Sun 09/03 Phoenix, AZ Glendale Arena
Wed 09/06 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
Fri 09/08 Sacremento, CA ARCO Arena
Sat 09/09 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Thu 09/14 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Sat 09/16 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay
Sat 09/23 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Sun 09/24 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Tue 09/26 Oklahoma, OK Ford Center
Wed 09/27 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
Fri 09/29 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Sat 09/30 Houston, TX Toyota Arena
Sun 10/01 Austin, TX Frank Irwin Center
Tue 10/03 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Center
Thu 10/05 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Fri 10/06 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
Sat 10/07 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
Tue 10/17 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
Fri 10/20 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
Sun 10/22 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Fri 10/27 Ottawa, Ontario Scotiabank Place
Sat 10/28 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
Wed 11/04 Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place
Thu 11/05 Calgary, Alberta Saddledome
Wed 11/08 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Thu 11/09 Portland, OR Rose Garden
Sat 11/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
The Dixie Chicks performed at these seven concerts in 2004 to raise money to defeat President George W. Bush:
Fri 10/01 Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania w/James Taylor
Sat 10/02 Cleveland, Ohio w/James Taylor
Sun 10/03 Detroit, Michigan w/James Taylor
Tue 10/05 Cedar
Rapids, Iowa w/James Taylor
Wed 10/06 St. Louis, Missouri w/James Taylor
Fri 10/08 Tampa Bay, Florida w/James Taylor
Mon 10/11 Washington, DC (Finale featuring the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie, Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp, Jurassic 5, Keb Mo, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M.)
The Dixie Chicks performed at these benefit concerts in 2003:
Fri 10/10 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (For "Honor The Earth," featuring the Indigo Girls, Ben Folds.)
Sun 10/12 Washington, DC MCI Center (For the "Recording Artists Coalition," featuring The Eagles.
These were the dates of the 2003 "Top Of The World Tour":
The first show of the "Top Of The World Tour" took place on Monday, 10 March 2003 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, England, where the infamous "incident" occurred. Several eGroups members were in attendance, and show reviews can be found in the eGroup archives.
First Half (Joan Osborne opened)
Thu 5/1 Greenville, SC Bi Lo Center
Sat 5/3 Orlando, FL TD Warehouse
Sun 5/4 Sunrise, FL Office Depot Center
Mon 5/5 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Wed 5/7 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling
Thu 5/8 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Sat 5/10 Kansas City, KS Kemper Arena
Sun 5/11 St. Louis, MO Savvis Center
Tue 5/13 Ames, IA Hilton Coliseum
Wed 5/14 Moline, IL Mark Of The Quad Cities
Fri 5/16 Birmingham, AL Jefferson County Arena
Sat 5/17 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sun 5/18 Louisville, KY Freedom Hall
Tue 5/20 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
Wed 5/21 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Fri 5/30 Chicago, IL United Center
Sun 6/1 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena CANCELLED (Natalie sick)
Mon 6/2 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Tue 6/3 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Thu 6/5 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Fri 6/6 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Mon 6/9 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
Tue 6/10 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Wed 6/11 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena Make up show from 6/1.
Thu 6/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, 6 August (SARS)
Fri 6/13 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena
Sat 6/14 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Mon 6/16 Philadelphia, PA First Union Center
Second Half (Michelle Branch opened)
Thu 6/19 Boston, MA Fleet Center
Fri 6/20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sat 6/21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Mon 6/23 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Wed 6/25 Washington, DC MCI Center
Fri 6/27 Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
Sun 7/6 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tue 7/8 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wed 7/9 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Arena
Fri 7/11 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
Sat 7/12 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Sun 7/13 Portland, OR Rose Garden
Tue 7/15 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Wed 7/16 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose
Thu 7/17 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Sat 7/19 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Sun 7/20 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
Mon 7/21 Anaheim, CA Arrowhead Pond
Wed 7/23 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Fri 7/25 Phoenix, AZ America West Arena
Sat 7/26 Las
Vegas, NV MGM
Sun 7/27 Las Vegas, NV MGM
Tue 7/29 San Antonio, TX SBC Center
Wed 7/30 Houston, TX Compaq Center
Fri 8/1 Little Rock, AR Alltel Center
Sat 8/2 Memphis, TN The Pyramid Arena
Sun 8/3 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Mon 8/4 Nashville, TN Gaylord Center
Canadian Leg ( opened)
Wed 8/6 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Make up show from 6/12
Thu 8/7 Ottawa, ON Corel Centre
Fri 8/8 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Tue 8/12 Edmonton, AB Skyreach Centre
Wed 8/13 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
European and Australian Leg (The Thorns opened)
9/6 Stockholm, Sweden Annexet
9/8 Hamburg, Germany Congress Centrum
9/10 Birmingham, England NIA Academy
9/11 Manchester, England Apollo
9/14 London, England Royal Albert Hall
9/15 London, England Royal Albert Hall
9/18 Dublin, Ireland The Point
9/19 Glasgow, Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
9/21 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
9/22 Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderthalle
9/28 Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia Rod Laver Arena
9/29 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
10/1 Boondall, Queensland, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
10/2 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
10/4 Sydney, Australia Superdome
10/5 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
Bangkok, Thailand, Amsterdam, Holland, and Paris, France were also originally listed, but never subsequently confirmed.
The very best way to find new Dixie Chicks’ Tour Dates is by visiting either of the top two Dixie Chicks fan websites.
They are always the first to post new tour dates, usually even before the official website posts them. If the dates are not found on this site, or at the top two fan sites, they are not yet available. Period. And of course, any new tour dates will be posted to the eGroup mailing list as soon as they are found. Be sure to sign up!
You can also keep up with the Dixie Chicks – as well as most other artists’ – tour schedules by searching them at http://www.pollstar.com. You can register at Pollstar to have an e-mail notification sent to you anytime your favourite artists add or delete shows from their schedules too. Another great site much like Pollstar is http://www.musi-cal.com. It is not quite as complete, but it will sometimes find shows that are not listed at Pollstar, so don’t forget to check it out! Between these two sites, you can easily keep up with the tour schedules of almost any musical artist – even some of the “secret” shows that are not announced to the public.
Other sources of tour schedule information include:
Fans are already getting good tickets through the pre-sale. To participate, all you need to do is purchase the "Taking The Long Way" CD at a Target store. Inside the CD will be a special pass code that allows you to purchase up to four tickets for the upcoming tour.
The best place to learn of upcoming sale dates is by watching the news releases at the . Usually, if they don't know, nobody knows. They tend to have such information even before the official Dixie Chicks website posts it.
You can get e-mail notification from http://www.ticketmaster.com if you sign up for the “notify me” feature at their website. Another place to find sale dates is at http://www.livedaily.com/news/alert, where you should search by state, not by artist. If you hear of a ticket sale date, please share that information with the eGroup. But PLEASE do not ask the eGroup members for sale dates until you have looked for yourself. You could be the first one to find them for us!
Remember, buying your "Taking The Long Way" CD at Target gets you a special passcode enabling you to buy tickets early!
Never give up! Tickets are abundantly available on eBay and in your local newspaper ads. Many fans stuck with extra tickets will always be selling them very cheaply or even giving them away at any show! Look for them!
If the day of the concert arrives and you still don’t have a ticket, DON’T GIVE UP!! You WILL still get in! JUST GO!!!
There are always plenty of fans that show up to the concert with extra tickets that they won’t need. Many people sell them at face value or less! Many others simply give them away just to assure that they aren’t wasted. I have both done this, and seen it done myself many times. And many very good seats are put up for sale at the box office the day of the concert too. They are VIP seats which were being held back until the VIP list was confirmed. Yes, you can get better seats than everybody else – sometimes even front row seats -- even if you wait until the day of the show!! Get to the venue box office by noon and ask for them. It’s that easy! So, tickets or not, GO TO THE SHOW!! The worst-case scenario is that you end up paying face value, but you still get to see the show. Even bad seats are better than listening to your friends tell you what a great show you missed the next day!
Remember, as stated above, great front section floor seats are being released for sale at the box office on the day of the shows. Get there by noon and ask for them! You can buy them, or possibly even exchange your nosebleed seats for them. But even better, you can get your seats upgraded to front row for free! In almost all cities, the local country radio station will have a booth set up outside the arena promoting the Chicks and the radio station. Most of those stations have front row tickets for winners of on-site contests. Be prepared to embarrass yourself to win them. Some of the different contests that have been reported are Chicks Karaoke, dance contests, loud screaming contests, and Chicks’ trivia contests. Somebody is going to win. Why shouldn’t it be you?
We have plenty of helpful hints, which will assist you in getting great tickets to future tours, or the concerts of other artists. First things first -- long lines are for chumps! Camping out overnight in front of the ticket office will very rarely result in you getting good tickets. And trying frantically to get through the busy signals to buy by phone is silly too. There are several very good methods of beating the crowds to get great tickets that don’t involve camping in long lines or busy signals. Read on!
First, there is a big secret that the scalpers don’t want you to know…
You do not have to buy your tickets from the Ticketmaster office that is in the city of the concert.
Instead of calling the local Ticketmaster office, you should be calling an office FAR AWAY from the city that the concert will be in, even in another nearby state. While everybody in your town is listening to busy signals, you will get right through! But do your homework first. Call Ticketmaster and find out these facts well before the day of sale:
Of course there are a few drawbacks to this system. On the 2003 tour, all dates went on sale at the same time, so finding a sales location that is not in the immediate area of a scheduled concert would take some research. But don’t let that discourage you. Also, you must have a credit card to buy tickets by phone. And third, you may incur some long distance phone charges by calling out of state. That’s a small price to pay for convenience and good tickets though! Finally, you may sometimes encounter a Ticketmaster representative who does not know that they can get you tickets to an out of area show. If this happens, simply ask for a supervisor, who will take care of the situation for you.
It is possible to get good tickets by standing in line, but it’s a very risky gamble. First, most large event sales are pre-planned by the sales outlet, which issues wristbands or other “line numbers” for a week or so before the sale date. Unfortunately, they rarely publicize this, so unless you start calling in advance, you will never know. And if you camp out overnight thinking you will be the first in line the next morning, you may be seriously disappointed when the people with line tickets and wristbands show up and move you to the back of the line. And of course, horror stories abound from people who had a great place at the front of the line, but still couldn’t get tickets because the computer crashed at that location. Despite all these drawbacks, buying in person may be your only option if you don’t have a credit card. Therefore…
If you must buy your tickets in person, find out ahead of time which locations have the shortest and fastest moving lines!
Usually, these are not going to be at the venue box offices or at the major Ticketmaster offices. The shortest and fastest lines are usually going to be at the “satellite” sales outlets set up in places like record stores and department stores (Sears, Foleys, Kroger, Fiesta, etc...). To find this information out, simply do a little research. Find out the sale date of some popular group or artist that you don’t want to see. Then, on the morning those tickets go on sale, drive around to several sales centers and check out the lines. Make notes of which ones have the shortest and longest lines. That will help you to wisely choose where to spend your time in line when you are ready to buy your tickets.
Purchasing tickets online is certainly convenient, but there are multiple problems commonly reported with this approach. First, you have no idea where you are going to end up. The computer’s definition of “Best Available” may be quite different from what you want. Secondly, there will be almost as many people jamming Ticketmaster’s computer lines as there will be jamming their phone lines. Therefore, your chances of encountering a slow – or worse yet, NO – connection are frighteningly significant. Your chances of getting through quickly are really no better than by calling the local Ticketmaster office. Clearly, buying your tickets on the computer is the last choice. And if you have to take the time to register during the sales process, THOUSANDS of better seats will be sold while you are doing it. So again, register before the day of the sale.
The bottom line is, never put all your faith in one single method. Pick the best two options for you and do them both!
Probably the best plan is to find out where the shortest line is and be in it early. Then call the out-of-state ticket office to buy by cell phone while you wait in that line. Or, if you don’t drive and can’t get to a sales centre, call the out-of-state ticket office while trying to buy online. Either way, when the first option comes through for you, you can either quit the other, or you can continue and get even more tickets. Take family and friends with you to the show, or sell those extra tickets on eBay, where you can very well make enough profit to pay for your entire evening!
Before you buy tickets, read the Ticketmaster FAQ at http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/faq.html?tm_link=tm_home_i_faq
And, speaking of selling extra tickets, remember that there will always be extra tickets for sale on eBay, in the newspaper, on message boards, and through established ticket brokers and so-called “scalpers”. If you have the money to pay…
Buying your tickets from ticket “brokers” or “scalpers” is the BEST way to ensure that you get the very best seats!!
Don’t let anyone tell you that there is anything wrong with buying tickets from third parties like the “scalpers.” These guys provide a great and valuable service for those fans who for many reasons cannot get good tickets on their own. Suppose you have to be at work or in school when tickets go on sale. Don’t you think it is worth it to pay somebody to stand in that long line for you? That is exactly what you are doing when you pay a “scalper.” Those guys are professionals. Take advantage of their expertise and efforts! The Chicks get their money. The dealer makes a profit for his time and effort. And you get to impress your friends with the best seats in the house. Everybody wins. Nobody gets screwed. And it is the ONLY way to purchase tickets that allows you to know exactly where you will be sitting. Look up “Ticket Sales” and “Ticket Brokers” in your Yellow Pages to find professional and established sellers in your area. You may be surprised how reasonably you can buy really great tickets for.
NOTE ON TICKETS BOUGHT FROM THIRD PARTIES: There is always some concern about counterfeit tickets. However, be assured that genuine concert tickets would be extremely difficult to counterfeit, even by a very good print shop. It is definitely not something that will be done successfully on somebody’s home computer. But, to alleviate any concerns you may have, you should familiarize yourself with the appearance and features of genuine Ticketmaster tickets in order to assure that you are not taken by a counterfeiter. Anytime you buy a Ticketmaster ticket for an event, keep that stub for future reference.
Thousands of fans win free concert tickets from radio stations on every tour! Why shouldn’t it be you?
Never give in to the attitude that you could never win anything. YOU CAN WIN! Pay attention to the country radio stations in your area. Find out what contests they will be running. Keep your phone handy at all times. Keep the station’s phone number programmed in your speed dial list. Stay up very late at night when there are far fewer people calling into the contests. The best seats in the house are going to those contest winners. Be one of them!
Remember, floor seats are not always the best seats! Especially with "in the round" stage set-up used by the Chicks in 2003.
The stage was omni-directional in 2003. That means that for at least half of the show, people in floor seats had a very poor view. People in the lower level seats are elevated just enough to have a clear view at all times. That means they will get to see the whole show. People in the first few rows of the floor will get closer to the girls for a limited time, but for most of the show they will be far away and looking at their backsides. Everybody else on the floor can probably count on standing and staring at the back of somebody’s head for the entire show. Never pay more for floor seats until you find out how far away from the stage they are.
A seating chart and stage layout for the show you are attending can be found by clicking on the venue name at the tour schedule on this site.
If you have tickets at all, you are better off than the thousands of fans who couldn’t get them. But, if you are bold, you can always get a better seat. “Seat hopping” is a skill that is refined with practice. Wait a couple of songs into the show to see which good seats are going unused, then make your move. The worst that can happen is that an usher moves you back out of that seat to your own. However, it is definitely not recommended that you hop from a higher level down to a lower level or to the floor. Not only might you get thrown out of the concert altogether, you may hurt yourself.
You could pretty well forget about it on the 2003 tour. Due to security concerns, fans were generally not being allowed any opportunities to obtain backstage passes. Security is still very much a concern for the Chicks now in 2006, so the days of passes being handed out freely are probably over for good. It all comes down to luck and connections. Backstage passes are mostly reserved for the band’s family members, close personal friends, and very well connected “VIP” individuals. So unless you are rich, famous, or very well connected, your chances of getting a backstage pass are almost non-existent.
There have been a couple of instances of the Chicks recognizing a fan from attending so many shows on the tour that they invited them backstage after the show. The fans this happened to usually had attended a dozen or more shows in the last couple of months, all across the country. This is extremely rare, as most fans cannot afford to attend more than one or two shows. But it does occasionally happen. However, quite honestly, and more often than not, the Chicks are a little freaked out by fans who attend multiple shows and they will usually try to avoid them. Don't count on stalking the Chicks until they recognize your face working in your favour. It usually works against you.
While you have essentially no chance of getting a backstage pass, you do have a chance of meeting the Chicks. Be sure and read "How can I meet the Chicks?" elsewhere in this FAQ.
The Dixie Chicks do not have a fan club to help you to get a backstage pass or any other way of meeting the Dixie Chicks. But many artist’s fan clubs do, so check into that benefit at the website of the artist you are interested in meeting.
On previous tours, the average fan still had a small chance of getting what is called a “Meet & Greet” (M&G) pass. It allowed the fan a brief meeting with the Chicks, usually immediately before the concert. M&G’s are notoriously brief, lasting less than twenty minutes in most cases. They are also packed full of people. This allows the fan little or no one-on-one time with the Chicks. On the Fly tour, M&G pass holders were escorted into a room to stand beside the Chicks long enough for a photo to be taken, then were immediately escorted back out of the room again. Each fan was promised a copy of the photo, but many fans never received them. Also, the Chicks would not sign autographs in the M&G’s. The same system was used during the 2002 promotional tour. But due to increased security concerns, there were no meet & greets organized on the 2003 “Top Of The World Tour.”
Almost all meet & greet passes on previous tours went to winners of radio station contests.
Never give in to the attitude that you could never win anything. If there are are radio contests for passes or tickets, YOU CAN WIN! Pay attention to the country radio stations in your area. Find out what contests they will be running. Keep your phone handy at all times. Keep the station’s phone number programmed into your speed dial list. Stay up very late at night when there are far fewer people calling into the contests. The seventy-five fans in the meet & greet line will be there because they were persistent. If you really want to meet the Chicks, you will be too!
On previous tours, a few meet & greet passes were given away as prizes to lucky fans at the concert. Representatives of the tour’s commercial sponsor (most recently Lipton Tea and CMT) may be doing this on future tours. When you get to the concert, look for the sponsor’s booths and representatives and ask questions. You may be a winner!
How do you win these contests? It varies greatly. Sometimes it’s through a drawing or sweepstakes. Sometimes all you have to do is be the correct caller on the telephone. Sometimes all you have to do is make a fool out of yourself in public. But usually there is some sort of quiz involved. The winners will usually be somebody who knew their Dixie Chicks trivia well, and was able to answer questions correctly. Do you know the names of the original four Dixie Chicks? Can you name the Dixie Chicks first three CD’s? (Hint: It does NOT include Wide Open Spaces!) Can you recognize a song sung by the opening act? Do the research! Learn all you can about the Dixie Chicks, past and present. Then you will be ready for any contest!
If you are determined to meet the Chicks, but are not able to get a backstage pass, be sure to read the “How can I meet the Chicks?” section of this FAQ.
NEVER take anybody’s word for whether or not you can take cameras! JUST TAKE YOUR CAMERA!! PERIOD!!
TAKE YOUR CAMERA!!! There is no single official policy that is observed at all concerts. On the 2003 tour, cameras were allowed in at most venues. And even in those arenas where they said they were prohibited, thousands of people were still taking pictures. A very few venues prohibited cameras altogether. Most only prohibit “professional cameras,” changeable lens cameras, video cameras, and sometimes, digital cameras, since many digital cameras can record video and sound clips. Natalie herself has been heard many times encouraging fans to take photographs during the shows. Confusing the issue, enforcement policies have varied greatly from city to city, and from usher to usher. Some have been very strict and spent the whole show confiscating cameras everytime they see a flash. Most have ignored picture takers, and many have even been very helpful in assisting fans to get closer to take photos. At the very same show that a fan reported security taking up cameras and confiscating film from fans in the crowd, another fan in another section said that she walked in the door with her camera in her hand, and a security guard allowed her to walk right up to the stage to take photos. Policies and enforcement are completely unpredictable so by all means, TAKE YOUR CAMERA!!!
Professional cameras, interchangeable lenses or accessories, video cameras, and tripods will not be allowed.
This has recently been expanded to include digital cameras. They are aware that digital cameras have audio and video recording capabilities, so the stricter personnel will not be allowing them. But generally speaking, anything small enough to fit in your pocket or fanny pack isn’t going to be closely inspected or bothered with. But again, you never know what they will or will not be allowing! Here are just a few methods that other fans have found successful in getting their cameras into the venues:
Do not even ask your friends who have already been to concerts!! The truth is NOBODY can tell you for sure what the guard YOU encounter will be allowing! Enforcement will vary from door to door, and from security person to security person. And what the guy tells you on the phone is not always what the people at the door will be going by. They lie, so screw the policy! Many fans will be taking pictures at the concerts, regardless of the official policy, so take your camera! The absolute worst-case scenario is that cameras will be prohibited and you will be required to go check it in at a security desk when they see you taking pictures. No problem. You simply go retrieve it after the show. And by the time it is taken up, you will have already gotten a couple of photos anyhow, so what have you got to lose? One more time, I repeat, TAKE YOUR CAMERA!!!
The Dixie Chicks performance usually begins 1½ hours after the time shown on your ticket. If the time shown is 7:30pm, then the Chicks should take the stage at 9:00pm. But…
This cannot be overstressed! Many people make the disastrous mistake of planning a late arrival because they are not interested in seeing the opening act. There is a very good chance you will regret it until your dying day if you do this! Here’s why:
If you have car trouble, you are screwed.
If you hit serious traffic, you are screwed.
If it takes you an hour to find a parking place and walk/shuttle to the arena, you are screwed.
If you forget your tickets at home and have to double back, you are screwed.
If you forget money and have to go find an ATM, you are screwed.
If you get busted at the door and have to walk all the way back to your car with a purse, camera, cellphone, poster, umbrella, pocket knife,
nail file, handgun, or anything else they randomly decide you shouldn’t have with you, you are screwed.
If you try to cut it close, and end up missing the first half hour of the Dixie Chicks, you will never forgive yourself! Don’t do it!
So, what do you do with all that spare time if you don’t care to watch the opening act? Plenty of things! Here are some priority activities for you:
Circle the outside of the arena looking for the Chicks' busses. That way, when the show is over, you can go right there
without having to search through a sea of people in the dark.
Participate in contests at radio and sponsor booths to win better tickets, CD’s, and other prizes.
Shop for your t-shirts and other merchandise. If you wait until after the show, they will be out of many products, including probably the exact
size you were looking for. Besides, after the show is when you want to get right down to the busses, not waste time looking for souvenirs that
they are probably sold out of.
One of the main reasons that large tours feature an opening act is to assure that all fans are there and in their seats in time for the main show.
Use this time to your advantage! Besides, the opening acts of today are frequently the headliners of tomorrow. If you skip Michelle Branch today,
you will only kick yourself tomorrow when she is a mega star that you can’t get tickets to see!
The Dixie Chicks do not often change their setlist, which is the pre-planned list of songs for each concert. They have always been known to ‘stick to the script,’ varying only once or twice in an entire tour. Their shows have not been known for spontaneity since they went big time in 1999. And the layout of the huge stage on the 2003 tour and the Fly tour presented problems for them. The shows had to be closely choreographed, requiring that each Chick be at a specific spot on the stage for the beginning and ending of each song. That seriously limits their abilities to be spontaneous with the setlist or banter. On the North American leg of the 2003 tour, the only change from the first show was to drop “Godspeed” lower on the setlist.
Some Days You Gotta Dance
There's Your Trouble
Long Time Gone
Tortured, Tangled Hearts
Am I The Only One (Whose Ever Felt This Way)
Hello Mr. Heartache
Cold Day In July
White Trash Wedding
Lil' Jack Slade
Truth No. 2
If I Fall You're Going Down With Me
Mississippi (cover of Bob Dylan song. Performed with Sheryl Crow in Central Park, 1999)
Cowboy Take Me Away
Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
Ready To Run
Wide Open Spaces
--- encore ---
Top Of The World
Some Days You Gotta Dance
There's Your Trouble
Tortured, Tangled Hearts
Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)
Hello Mr. Heartache
White Trash Wedding
Little Jack Slade
Truth No. 2
If I Fall You're Going Down With Me
Mississippi (cover of Bob Dylan song. Performed with Sheryl Crow in Central Park, 1999)
Cowboy Take Me Away
Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
Ready To Run
Wide Open Spaces
Give It Up Or Let Me Go
--- encore ---
Top Of The World
Ready To Run
There's Your Trouble
Hello Mr. Heartache
Don't Waste Your Heart
If I Fall You're Going Down With Me
I Can Love You Better
You Were Mine
Give It Up Or Let Me Go
Let Him Fly
Strong Enough (from “Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live in Central Park,” 1999)
Brilliancy and/or Roanoke w/snippet of "Dixie Chicken"
Let 'Er Rip
Tonight The Heartache's On Me
Cold Day In July
Some Days You Gotta Dance
Cowboy Take Me Away
--- encore ---
Wide Open Spaces
Also played on the Fly Tour were, "Loving Arms," "Truth #2, "Am I The Only One Who's Ever Felt This Way," and "Merry Christmas From The Family" (final show only).
Martie Maguire lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Gareth (pronounced GARth), and twin daughters, Kathleen Emilie and Eva Ruth (born 27 April 2004).
Emily Robison lives with her husband, singer-songwriter Charlie, and their son, Charles Augustus (born 11 Nov 2002), and twins Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin (born 14 April 2005) near Charlie’s hometown of Bandera, Texas. They also spend much time at a home in Los Angeles, California.
Natalie Maines lives just outside of Austin, Texas with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, and their sons Jackson Slade (born 15 March 2001), and Beckett Finn (born 14 July 2004). They also have a home in Los Angeles, California.
Co-founding Dixie Chicks' lead singer-guitar player Robin Lynn Macy lives near Wichita, Kansas where she teaches high school mathematics and is active in the bluegrass and folk music community. She can be found at the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS.
Co-founding Dixie Chicks lead singer-bass player Laura Lynch lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, rancher Mac, where she is active in the arts community. She can frequently be seen at the performances of Texas country music artists.
Contrary to popular misconception, Lloyd Maines is Natalie’s father, not her husband. Lloyd is the premiere producer of country music artists in Texas, and a Texas music legend. He is the Grammy winning producer of the “Home” CD, and he played pedal steel guitar and various other instruments on all six of the Dixie Chicks CD’s. Though he occasionally appears with the Chicks on televised performances and some selected concerts (usually only in Texas), he is not a regular member of their band. Among the other great artists that Lloyd has produced CD’s for are Emily’s husband, Charlie Robison, and Texas favourite Pat Green, both of whom Natalie has recorded duets with. Would you like to meet Lloyd? He lives in Austin, where he is bandleader and producer for Texas singer-songwriter Terri Hendrix. You will find him performing at any of Terri's shows, and he is always very happy to meet fans.
The Dixie Chicks do not currently have a fan club. They had one from their earliest, pre-Natalie days until their fame exploded in mid 1998. At that time they shut the fan club down and returned their members’ money. They explained that their popularity had risen to the point where they could no longer administrate such a club. They also explained very admirably that they felt that all of their fans were equally important to them, so they did not like the concept of treating some better than others simply for the money. The loyal core of fans happily accepted that explanation and many banded together in the eGroup and on the message board to continue to support the Chicks independent of a fan club. Meanwhile, the Chicks stated that they felt they could better “reach the fans” through the Internet than through a costly fan club. However, for the next four years they neither had a fan club, nor did they make any effort whatsoever to “reach the fans” through the Internet or otherwise.
To the great disappointment of their most loyal fans, the Dixie Chicks premiered their “Official Artists Club” on Yahoo on 5 February 2003. It was a completely Internet based club which cost fans $30 dollars a year (credit card only) to join. The club offered its members none of the benefits of traditional fan clubs run by other artists. No backstage passes. No autographs. No photographs. No opportunities to meet the Chicks. No address to contact them through. No newsletter. No sticker. No button. No t-shirt. Not even a membership card. It wasn't even run by the Chicks' organization. It was run completely by web technicians at Yahoo who knew nothing about the Dixie Chicks. The only benefits offered to fans for thirty-dollars were access to a members-only message board on the official website, and the “chance” to buy concert tickets a couple of days before the general public could. Some members got very good tickets through that pre-sell. However, many more reported that they either did not get tickets any better than those sold to the general public, or they got none at all. Basically, the "official artist club" was a really bad deal for everybody except Yahoo. There was nothing offered there that you couldn't get elsewhere for free.
In March of 2005, the "Official Artist Club" suddenly closed without warning or explanation. The announcement of the closure is still up at the official site. It assures us that a new website is forthcoming, but there is no mention of a new fan club. The most probable reason for the disbanding of the Official Artist Club is a lack of membership. The club was provided solely by Yahoo and cost the Dixie Chicks nothing. Yahoo collected all of the members' dues and split the profits with the Chicks. But Yahoo would continue to administrate such a club only so long as there were enough paying members to generate a certain level of profit. With the almost total loss of fan base suffered by the Chicks following their political involvement in 2003 and 2004, the number of people renewing their memberships dropped drastically. And with no tour in the immediate future, there was very little hope of an infusion of new members; therefore Yahoo apparently terminated their contract with the Chicks, just as they did with The Eagles a few weeks earlier.
For a flashback to the good old days of the original Dixie Chicks Fan Club, many of the old “Chick Chat” newsletters are archived and available to read at the All Inclusive Dixie Chicks site at http://www.Dixie-Chicks.com.
The Chicks' "diaries" are really only very short messages containing news updates usually written by somebody in the Chicks’ entourage and signed “The Chicks” which were occasionally posted to the members-only section of the old website. Some fan websites also have all of the diary entries posted.
Only a handful of diary entries have been released since the 2003 tour ended. Most had to do with the Chicks' pregnancies and politics, and were posted well after most fans already knew the news.
If you would like to read the previous diary entries, feel free to e-mail I will be happy to send them to you..
The official website is now back at The official sites have never been known to be up-to-date, accurate, or even particularly interesting. For up to date news and information, accurate biographies and discographies, large photo galleries, and links to other Dixie Chicks sites, you are much better off visiting the many great Dixie Chicks Fan Sites..
There are well over fifty Dixie Chicks websites designed and maintained by the fans. Many of those fans are members of the eGroup. The sites vary greatly in quality and content, but each has something to offer you. Check them out.
Nici’s (formerly DixeChicksFans.com) is the original, and still the best Dixie Chicks fan site on the Internet. It features all the latest news, large photo gallery, many rare sound files and MIDI’s, and a popular message board and chat room.
Judy’s http://www.DixieChicksHenHouse.com features up to date news and television schedules, a great lyrics section, concert reviews, a calendar of past appearances, and transcripts of many radio interviews, including the Fly and Home CD radio premiere, and a popular message board.
Chicks Rock! Chicks Rule! The best source for audio and video clips and captures from television, radio, and online appearances. Also a great source for up to date gossip and information.
Tessa's Dixie Studio at http://allday.at/dixiestudio complete and always up to date. Great info regarding "the comment." Fun stuff for fans, including a chat room.
The All Inclusive Dixie Chicks page http://www.Dixie-Chicks.com is the only place to find the complete and uncensored history of the Dixie Chicks. It is organized in an easy to follow time line, and gives you all the history that the Chicks don’t want you to know about! A must read for the serious Dixie Chicks fan.
The most complete and exhaustive list of Dixie Chicks links available anywhere is at our links page!
The best and most active chat room is at http://www.dixiechicksfans.net/chat.html. Scheduled chat times for get-togethers are usually posted on the message board at that same site. They are also sometimes posted to the eGroup. But fans may be there at any given time, so check it out! There is also a chat room at Tessa's Dixie Studio at http://allday.at/dixiestudio
Yes! There are several very active message boards for Dixie Chicks fans. Most cater to a relatively small, close-knit group of fans who gather for general discussion and friendship. However, three of them are open and encourage the participation of all fans. They are great places to meet your fellow fans and share Dixie Chicks discussion with them.
The most popular and informative Dixie Chicks message boards are:
Nici’s Many DixieChicksChat.com fans have also moved here. is the oldest message board on the Internet, where the Dixie Chicks, their friends, their families, and their associates have all been known to post in the past.
Judy's is where most fans from the old DixieChicksChat.com message board have migrated to.
Is a great German Dixie Chicks fan site which features a multi-lingual message board.
There is a Dixie Chicks message board section at CMT's website at Most serious fans avoid it., however it is populated mostly by non-fans and is very negative.
There is one Usenet newsgroup for Dixie Chicks. It is alt.fan.dixiechicks, however it has never been very active. The Dixie Chicks’ fan base is predominantly young and female. Neither of those groups are frequent users of Usenet newsgroups. Therefore, there is rarely any activity in that newsgroup. In the past, any good information posted there was also quickly posted to the eGroup also. It has since become a barren wasteland, so you are not missing anything. The eGroup was established to provide all the benefits of a newsgroup in a much more accessible format, and without the Spam.
About the only current source for Dixie Chicks merchandise is from individuals selling on eBay. There are always hundreds of Dixie Chicks related items for sale on there, offering a much greater variety of items than available from the official store. These can be easily found by going to http://www.ebay.com and typing “dixie chicks” into the search box. You will find everything from CD’s, to photos, to t-shirts, to posters, to mouse pads there. Usually at better prices than you would pay at the concerts!
Also, here are several online sources for Dixie Chicks posters:
IT IS EXTREMELY RARE THAT YOU WILL FIND REAL DIXIE CHICKS AUTOGRAPHS FOR SALE ON THE INTERNET!! And there is no way that you will be able to tell the authentic autographs from the counterfeits. Think about this; If the Dixie Chicks themselves are selling fake autographs, then what do you think the chances are that the anonymous guy on eBay is selling real autographs? Do not waste your money! It is not worth the risk! And be sure to visit the “Autographs” page of this FAQ for more information on obtaining Dixie Chicks autographs.
Martie sings the high harmonies (soprano) which are usually the most audible harmonies in Dixie Chicks songs. Emily sings the low harmonies (alto).
There originally was! The Fly CD went through two early incarnations before becoming the final product you can now buy in stores.
The first appearance of the Fly CD was a studio “demo” CD which was recorded on 9 June 1999. That demo contained fourteen songs. The list was the same as on the final product, but also included a song called “Wherever You Are” (WYA). WYA is a upbeat, honky-tonky duet which features Natalie singing Texas singer-songwriter Deryl Dodd, and was destined to be a fan favourite. However, an unfortunate set of circumstances doomed WYA to never be released. First, the Dixie Chicks were not completely satisfied with the vocal track on the song and insisted that it be re-recorded before final release. But before that could be scheduled, Deryl was hospitalised with a serious, life threatening illness that left him in critical condition for many months. Producer Blake Chancy suggested that they find another singer to record the duet with the Chicks so that it could be released on the CD. But Deryl is not just another singer. Deryl is a long time friend of the Chicks and a fellow Dallasite who played the same local venues as them for years. The Chicks were unwilling to let their friend simply be replaced. Subsequently, the difficult decision was made to drop WYA from the Fly CD altogether. [Note: There are probably less than twelve people in the world who have a copy of this recording. You will not find it on Kazaa, or eBay, or anywhere else.]
The Chicks had bargained hard with Sony to allow fourteen songs on the Fly CD, so they did not make the decision to drop back to thirteen easily. Martie and Emily gave serious consideration to recording “Roanoke” – a fast paced, bluegrass instrumental favourite from their live shows – as the new song #14. But ultimately, that was decided against. Martie says it was because they felt the feel of “Roanoke” was too similar to that of “Ready To Run.” And of course, Fly is all about variety, so they did not want too much of any one particular style on the CD. It is also widely believed that they also felt uncomfortable including a song that excluded Natalie at a time when they were still trying to emphasize her contribution to the group.
About six to eight weeks prior to the commercial release of the Fly CD, a promotional or “promo” copy was sent to music industry insiders and journalists for review. This CD had a very different look from the final CD that is sold in stores. However, it contained the very same play list, with one notable exception. The final song, “Let Him Fly” was actually numbered with the number 13. [Note: Unlike the “demo” CD, there were several hundred copies of the “promo” CD printed up and distributed worldwide. Occasionally one will find it’s way to eBay. It doesn’t contain any unique music, but it is an interesting collectable that is worth a few bucks if you are a serious collector.]
Sometime during the next month the CD design was changed, the cover art was chosen, and more thought was given to being stuck with the superstitiously unlucky number of 13 songs. Nobody wanted to drop any more songs, but it was much too late to add any more songs either. When word began to spread among the industry that they had dropped to only thirteen songs, rumours began to circulate that there might be a hidden “bonus track” included on the final release. Of course, that was not to be, but in a tongue-in-cheek double joke, a name was given to the thirteenth track, yet it was left blank on the final CD. In that manner they were able to avoid having the unlucky number on their CD, while still laying claim to a fourteen track CD as they had originally planned.
You have probably seen the dedication at the end of the “Without You” video which reads:
Dedicated to the
Jackson Miles Ezell
Oct. 7 – Oct. 11, 2000
There is a pregnant actress who is featured in several scenes of the video. Shortly after the video was completed, her son, Jackson Miles Ezell, was born. He survived only four days. The Dixie Chicks were extremely saddened, and determined to be respectful of her loss. Aware that the video could be a painful memory to her, the Chicks were prepared to cancel the release of the video and shoot another. However, when they spoke with her, the mother her desire that the video go on. The video remains as it was originally produced, but with the Dixie Chicks expression of sympathy and remembrance attached to the end.
They are all the same CD. Several months after Fly was released, the sales levelled off. Re-releasing the same CD with different covers is an old marketing scheme used to boost sales. You might be amazed just how many people feel that they must have every cover made, even if the music is all the same, just to be a "real" fan. They are available in yellow, blue, green, and the original black.
You may sometimes hear of a "white cover" copy of the Fly CD, even though it was never publicly released with a white cover. The "white cover" is a reference to the super-secret "demo" copies of Fly produced for the band and the record label executives. It had a plain white cover with simple black labelling of the song tracks on it, which included the infamous missing thirteenth song.
Yes! The Dixie Chicks have been recording music since 1991. They have three more full length, independent label CD’s that you have probably never seen or heard of. However, serious fans of the Chicks will want to learn about these early CD’s. You may be surprised to learn that besides Wide Open Spaces, Fly, Home, and the original 3 CD’s, the Chicks have released a 45 RPM single with two rare, unique songs, as well as a long list of collaborations with other artists like Pat Green, Ricky Skaggs, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, and Asleep At The Wheel. These are must-haves for serious Chicks fans. And don’t forget to look for great CD’s from Emily’s husband, Charlie Robison, with whom Natalie recorded “The Wedding Song,” and his brother Bruce Robison, who wrote “Travelin’ Soldier.”
The most complete Dixie Chicks discography is at http://www.DixieChicksHenhouse.com. Also, Robert Brooks’ http://www.Dixie-Chicks.com is an invaluable source on information about the early CD’s, as well as the CD’s released by original Dixie Chicks lead singer, Robin Macy, since leaving the band.
1. It’s a song that the Chicks recorded on a compilation, or on another artist’s CD.
* Northern Rail – Bluegrass tune featuring all 4 original Chicks on the "KERA Sound Sessions" CD, 1993.
* White Women’s Clothes – Natalie on “Charlie Goodnight: His life in poetry and song” by Andy Wilkinson, 94.
* Stand By Your Man – from “Tribute To Tradition” by various artists. 1998.
* You Can’t Hurry Love – from “Runaway Bride Soundtrack. 1999.
* Roly Poly -- from “Ride With Bob” by Asleep At The Wheel. 1999.
* Merry Christmas From The Family – from “Another Rosie Christmas.” 2000.
* I Wanna Be Your Man Forever – from the self titled CD, “Keith Urban.” Martie and Emily on backup vocals.
2. It’s a song that the Chicks never recorded, but have performed live in concert.
* Roanoke – instrumental performed from the earliest days through the present. Was considered for Fly.
* Far Cry From Goodbye – performed circa 1995 – 1997.
* Country Roads – John Denver song performed circa 1995 – 1997.
* Til I See You Again – performed circa 1997.
* Hey Dixie – performed live from the early Natalie days until 1998. Was considered for the WOS CD.
* Love Me Like A Man – performed on Austin City Limits (Public Television), 1998.
* The Price I Pay – performed from the early Natalie days through 1999. Was considered for the WOS CD.
* Mississippi – Bob Dylan song performed with Sheryl Crow in Central Park, 1999, and is on the Double Live CD.
* Tombstone Blues – performed with Sheryl Crow in Central Park, 1999.
* Abilene – duet with Natalie and Sheryl Crow, 1999.
* Bloody Mary Morning – performed with Willie Nelson on the Fly tour, 1999.
* That Lonesome Road – performed on Austin City Limits (Public Television), 2001.
* That’s Alright Mama – performed on “Divas Live”, 2001.
* Amazing Grace – Natalie solo for the TV series, “Mysterious Ways”, starring her husband, Adrian Pasdar.
* At Last – duet with Natalie and Mary J. Blige on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* Heartbreaker – performed on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* Honky Tonk Women – performed on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* It Don’t Hurt – performed on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* Mary – performed on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* Take It To The Limit – performed on “Women Of Rock” special, 2001.
* That’s Alright Mama – from “Diva’s Las Vegas”, 2001.
* There’s No Better Letter Than B – from Sesame Street appearance, 2002.
* Sing – from Sesame Street appearance, 2002.
* Roses In The Snow – performed with Emmylou Harris on a Willie Nelson Special.
* Shower The People – performed with James Taylor for “CMT Crossroads,” 2002.
* Carolina In My Mind – performed with James Taylor for “CMT Crossroads,” 2002.
* Sweet Baby James – performed with James Taylor for “CMT Crossroads,” 2002.
* October Road – performed with James Taylor for “CMT Crossroads,” 2002.
* Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) – performed at Super Bowl, 2003. The song was lip-synched to a recording made shortly after September 11, 2001 and formerly available at the dixiechicks.com website. It is currently available for listening or download at http://www.dixiechicksfans.net/audio.html (RealAudio).
3. It’s another artist’s song that the Chicks only played or sang backup/duet on.
* Dancehall Dreamer – Natalie duet with Pat Green from his “Dancehall Dreamer” CD, 1995.
* Take Me Down To The River – Natalie duet with Pat Green from his “Dancehall Dreamer” CD, 1995.
* John Wayne And Jesus – Natalie duet with Pat Green from his “George’s Bar” CD, 1997.
* Snowin’ On Raton – Natalie duet with Pat Green from his “George’s Bar” CD, 1997.
* Strong Enough – Natalie duet with Sheryl Crow from “Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live in Central Park,” 1999.
* Walk Softly – with Ricky Skaggs on “Big Mon: The Songs Of Bill Monroe”, 2000.
* The Wedding Song – Natalie duet with Charlie Robison from his “Step Right Up” CD, 2001.
* Too Far From Texas – Natalie duet with Stevie Nicks from her “Trouble In Shangri-La” CD, 2001.
4. It’s a song that was recorded for promotional or demo purposes, but never officially released for sale.
* Til I See You Again – recorded for Wide Open Spaces and found on a promotional cassette, but not released.
* Wherever You Are – duet with Natalie and Deryl Dodd recorded for Fly, but never released.
5. It’s a song that was recorded before Natalie joined in 1995, and can be found on one of the pre-WOS CD’s.
* A complete discography of the Dixie Chicks, including a track list from each pre-Natalie CD can be found at . It includes three full length CD’s and a two track single for a total forty songs.
Many of the “live only” and pre-Wide Open Spaces songs listed above can be found being traded among fans and on various download services like Kazaa. The first place you should look for most hard to find songs is , where many mp3’s are posted for immediate listening and download. We also encourage you to check out http://www.reuthebuch.de/dixiechicks where a fan maintains the most complete list of live and rare Dixie Chicks recordings, which are traded by “burning trees.” He also maintains an eGroup where fans can discuss collecting and trading rare Chicks music.
Of course it’s possible that the song you are looking for is not a Dixie Chicks song at all. Many songs are commonly found on Kazaa and other download programs that are mislabelled with the wrong artist’s name. If the song is not on the above list, or not on one of the three pre-Wide Open Spaces CD’s, it is probably not a Chicks song.
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: The above information is provided strictly for informational purposes. The author of this FAQ does not condone, encourage, recommend, or even personally participate in the sharing, trading, exchanging, downloading, copying, burning, or other illegal duplication of copyrighted music. No matter what urban legend you may have heard from the persons who do it, it is positively against U.S. federal and international law. Period. It does not matter that you are not charging money or making a profit from it. It is still a crime. People are being busted and jailed for it everyday. If a song is worth risking your life for, that is your decision alone to make. But again, the author of this FAQ does not recommend it.
The only place that “Thank Heavens For Dale Evans,” “Little Ol’ Cowgril,” and “Shouldn’t A Told You That” can be found consistently is at online auctions like eBay. The originals usually sell for between $80 and $200 dollars each. However, beware…
There is no way you will know the difference before you have spent your money. There simply were never very many of these CD's made in the first place. Certainly not as many as are found on eBay. All three of the CD’s have been out of print for many years, and there is absolutely no chance of them ever being re-released. The last known stockpiles of them around Dallas went dry in the Summer of 1999. Occasionally someone will discover a copy or two of LOC or SATYT in a record store somewhere. If we are lucky, they are an eGroup member who will share the information with the group. But usually they just buy them up cheap and sell them on eBay for a huge profit. Currently you can find many of the songs on many music download sites. That is your best chance of hearing them.
There is currently no biography featured at the official website, www.dixiechicks.com. And the last one they featured was especially incomplete and inaccurate. Most bios found make no mention of the ten years of Dixie Chicks history prior to the release of the Wide Open Spaces CD in 1998. Unfortunately, this leaves a great many fans with a very poor sense of where the Chicks came from, their influences, and how they developed into what they are today. We urge the serious Dixie Chicks fan to take the time to do some research and learn the real, complete history of the Dixie Chicks.
The very best source of information is Robert Brooks’ “All Inclusive Dixie Chicks Page” at http://www.Dixie-Chicks.com. It is arranged in a very easy to follow timeline format which takes you all the way back to Martie and Emily’s teenaged years of playing in bluegrass festivals prior to forming the Dixie Chicks. It is due for a Home era update soon, but the site stays relatively current, including keeping up with the post-Dixie Chicks careers of former lead singers, Robin Lynn Macy and Laura Lynch.
The next best place to find the history of the Dixie Chicks is in the book, “Dixie Chicks: Down-Home and Backstage” written by James L. Dickerson. It is the most accurate accounting of the Dixie Chicks history to be found in print. It was painstakingly researched over a two-year period, and includes interviews with founding Dixie Chick lead singer, Laura Lynch-Tull, as well as many other current and former associates of the Dixie Chicks. It includes many exclusive photographs of the early Dixie Chicks. And for eGroup members, you will find the stories and quotes of several of your fellow fans there.
There are at least three other paperback books that were hastily published about the Dixie Chicks around late 1999. “All About The Dixie Chicks” by Ace Collins, and “Chicks Rule!” by Scott Gray are two of them. However, none of them even come close to the completeness of Dickerson’s book. They are in fact quite full of errors. And one of them appears to be nothing more than a blatant rip-off of Robert’s website.
Natalie plays several Fernandes Native-X model electric guitars without tremolo (no longer available).
Natalie was most recently seen playing a custom made, twin Humbucker Telecaster electric guitar on the "Vote For Change" tour.
Natalie was also seen playing a Gibson Les Paul SG Standard electric guitar on the "Top Of The World" tour.
Natalie plays a Modulus Vintage J model electric bass guitar, usually only during "Goodbye Earl."
Natalie previously played Gibson Montana CL-20 and CL-35 dreadnaught guitars, which are seen in many pre-2002 photos.
Emily's primary acoustic banjo is a mahogany Nechville Classic fully customized with Texas themed and Chicks feet inlays.
Emily also plays two different Gibson acoustic banjos in concert. An RB-4 and occasionally an RB-250.
Emily plays a custom made Nechville Meteor electric banjo. She previously played a white faced "Shooting Star" Meteor also.
Emily previously played a Deering Crossfire, natural finish electric banjo, which appears in many pre-2000 photographs.
Emily primarily plays a custom crafted Tim Scheerhorn squareneck resophonic guitar or "Dobro."
Emily also plays a customized Gibson 60-D squareneck Dobro.
Emily plays mostly Taylor acoustic guitars, including an 810 dreadnaught and a 714ce.
Emily also plays Gibson J-45 dreadnaught guitars.
Emily and Natalie both sometimes play a Tacoma P1 Papoose guitar.
Martie plays three different violins:
Martie primarily plays a German Stradavarius style violin crafted in 1920.
Martie also plays a late teens or early 1920's model German Stainer violin.
Martie recently acquired a Guarneri style violin custom crafted by .
Martie primarily plays a Gibson F-5 Master acoustic mandolin.
Martie also plays a custom electric, solid body mandolin of unknown make.
Several different websites feature a comprehensive assortment of tabs for Dixie Chicks music, as well as the music of most other popular artists. They can be found at:
Also, most of the Chicks’ popular songs have been published in “PVG” (piano/vocal/guitar) music books. They can be readily found at most better music stores, as well as on eBay. If you are unable to locate the tabs you are looking for, feel free to ask the eGroup members if they may have them. Plenty of our eGroup members are musicians.
Unfortunately, we have yet to find a source for violin or banjo tablature or sheet music. If you find any, let us know!
The belt buckles were originally sold at the "Official Store" at However, they have now closed the official store, and it is not expected that they will again be available on the next tour, considering the radical change in musical style and fan base that is occurring. Many fans have had them custom made for themselves. It costs between $125 and $250 dollars to have such a buckle custom made by hand, depending upon the metals used. Most fans are not willing to pay that kind of money for a buckle they will only scratch up or get tired of. But if you want a buckle of higher quality, with custom engraving, metals, or jewels, you will want to have one custom made. Do a web search for custom belt buckle makers and e-mail the photo to a few of them for a quote and pick a custom silversmith to make it for you. Or, you can visit most any western wear store, where they usually do business with a custom buckle maker who can help you out., as well as at Dixie Chicks concerts for $65 dollars.
One buckle maker that fans have used and been very happy with is http://www.bucklesetc.com/index.htm
Shortly after Wide Open Spaces was released, the Chicks made a pact with each other to get chick feet tattooed on their own feet to commemorate each gold record or #1 place on the Billboard Charts. As their success became phenomenal beyond anyone’s expectations, they quickly realized that they could not keep up with the original pact without soon being covered in tattoos from head to toe. So, they amended the terms of their pact to get tattoos only for platinum albums, gold singles, and #1 songs. Right now they are behind, having not gotten any new tattoos since 1999. They have earned sixteen (16), but currently they only have nine (9) chick feet each. Those nine tattoos represent the following:
There’s Your Trouble -- #1 Single
Wide Open Spaces -- #1 Single
You Were Mine -- #1 Single
Wide Open Spaces -- #1 Album
Wide Open Spaces – Gold Certification
Wide Open Spaces – Platinum Certification
Fly -- # 1 Album
Fly – Gold Certification
Fly – Platinum Certification
Last I heard, they were still overdue for at least seven (7) more tattoos for:
Cowboy Take Me Away -- #1 Single
Goodbye Earl – Gold Certification
Without You -- #1 Single
Home -- #1 Album
Home – Gold Certification
Home -- Platinum Certification
Landslide -- #1 Single (adult contemporary chart)
Natalie also has a tattoo on her right ankle that shows a world globe with the Latin word for peace, “PAX” written above it, which she got while in college.
While performing on stage in Austin, Texas on 21 May 2003, Natalie wore a custom emblazoned shirt with the inscription, “F.U.T.K.” across the chest in five inch high letters. This performance was simulcast by satellite to the live audience of the Academy Of Country Music Awards show. There was no comment made by Natalie about the shirt during the performance. However, there were at least five different explanations quickly circulated by various people:
1. The initials stand for “F*ck You Toby Keith.” Natalie has been involved in a back and forth dispute with country artist Toby Keith since 2002. She started the affair by publicly attacking him and his song, “Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue” in the media. She referred to the song as ignorant, “redneck,” and racist. Toby responded when asked by the media by saying that he was not interested in her opinion of his song, which he wrote as a tribute to his deceased father. Both him and Natalie have kept the controversy alive through continuing public comment.
2. The initials stand for “Freedom Understanding Tolerance Knowledge.” This explanation is widely circulated among fans and is believed to have originated from someone close to the Dixie Chicks, or within their organization. The Chicks’ publicist has now begun giving this explanation also.
3. The initials stand for “Friends United in Truth and Kindness.” This is the story now being given by representatives at the Dixie Chicks’ record label, Sony Nashville, in response to calls to their offices.
4. The initials stand for “Freedom Unity Tolerance and Knowledge.” Natalie herself gave this definition to a group of fans immediately after the Austin show where she wore it. This explanation does not appear to be sincere, as Natalie appeared to be making up those words as she spoke them, and spoke them with a giggle and a smile.
5. The initials represent the name of a new clothing line which may supposedly be introduced by Natalie.
The shirt can be clearly seen in a photo at
Once a closely guarded secret, it was publicly revealed in March of 2003 that “the Aardvark” is a comical nickname the Chicks use to refer to their manager, Simon Renshaw. On their March 11 appearance on Britain’s “So Graham Norton” television show, the girls explained the origin of the nickname in this interview:
Norton: And, what’s... your kind of ‘break through’ album was the Wide Open Spaces album. And on there, you thank “The Aardvark”?
(silence as Norton looks inquisitively at Chicks. Natalie laughs)
Emily: (quietly) Do you know what an aardvark is? (smiles)
Norton: I’m hoping you’ll tell me (cheeky grin) (Martie laughs)
Natalie: I think you’re probably an aardvark yourself! (cheekily)
Norton: D’you think I’m an aardvark? (Chicks laughing and grinning)
Martie: Maybe you can figure it out (motions at audience) everybody here is probably an aardvark, but if this was a show in America…
Natalie: Every MAN.
Martie: Yeah… (shaking hands) every man would be an aardvark, but if this was a show in America, the men would not be aardvarks.
Norton: Okay... (audience laughs) are you following it now? (laugh again) No? Oh, you need to sleep with more Americans, guys!
Get out there! Do the work! (Chicks and audience laugh again)
Natalie: It’s the ole snip snip (does scissor motion) in America.
Norton: Good, they’re “ohhhhh”! So what are they?
Emily: Yeah, what are they?
Natalie: And we think it looks like an aardvark.
Norton: They’re regular, we’re aardvarks?
Martie: They’re purple helmets...(laughter, Emily and Natalie put their hands to their heads, all laughing)
Norton: You’ve only seen them in one state. (laughter again)
Emily: Well, unfortunately -- not unfortunately -- we have a lot of British people who work for us...
Natalie: Unfortunately?! (laughing)
Emily: (laughing) We have a lot of British people who work for us, but unfortunately we’ve seen our manager naked on a few occasions.
(Chicks laughing) Just because....I don’t know why! (audience laugh) (Norton looks shocked)
Martie: We had this thing with wedgies for a while, for a while we were pulling wedgies on everybody, for some reason, his...pants came
down at the same time and we saw “the aardvark.” (laughter)
Norton: And this looks like an aardvark?
Emily: And that’s how it came about...
Martie: Well, a baby aardvark. (loud laughter) (Martie fakes a shocked face with her hands to her mouth)
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