Yes, I still like this band…

…and this song, at Prime Country, Sirius Ch. 61: “Been a long time gone, no I ain’t had a prayer since I don’t know when…”

For those of you who don’t remember (since it HAS been a while since that song was played on mainstream country radio from what I remember), that’s “Long Time Gone,” the lead-off single from the Dixie Chicks’ 2002 album Home. That album was a marked departure from the Chicks’ previous two albums, with a more rootsy, bluegrass flavor to it; it was, in my opinion, the best of the band’s first three albums. I hate that Natalie Maines felt the need to shoot off her mouth on that London stage a few months after that album came out; I would love to have seen that album and more of its songs get more attention on country radio. Of course, I do remember it being said that if “Long Tim Gone” had been cut by anyone other than the Chicks it wouldn’t have gotten played, let alone to the point that it would have been a No. 1 record. Call that another opportunity wasted, because with the Chicks’ popularity they showed that even semi-traditional country was more than commercially viable…


One Response to “Yes, I still like this band…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

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    They were definitely one of the bright spots of early ’00s country music.

    What bugged me about the whole political incident wasn’t so much Maines making an ass of herself, it was the group’s reaction to the reaction. YES you have freedom of speech, but part of that freedom is that not everyone will appreciate it, and they will make their dissatisfaction known. Welcome to the free market, Dixie Chicks!
    June 26, 2010, 12:02:20 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate
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    Well, the remaining sisters have come out with a new album, which I think should’ve been titled “Please give us another chance, we got rid of the fat, loudmouthed one!” I doubt they’re gonna get much (if any) airplay from this new album, tho, which is kinda sad.
    June 26, 2010, 6:08:47 PM CDT

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