The Long Way to Chart Topping
The Dixie Chicks are back in a big way, topping the charts for two consecutive weeks with their new CD Taking the Long Way. For those of us who had the cockles of our hearts warmed by their blissfully unapologetic lead single "Not Ready to Make Nice," and for those of us who ever wondered why they were expected to make nice in the first place, the first place finish is unusually gratifying. Shouldn't it be folks like Toby Keith, with their proud jingoistic ignorance and aggressive xenophobia that should be apologizing to America and the rest of the world.
The chicks accomplished this chart-topping feat without the help of timid radio. Hooray for them. Now go and buy their record. Natalie, Emily, and Martie are excellent musicians and strong women who deserve a place in your iPod.