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Describing the Dixie Chicks as a country music band is like calling Dolly Parton a singer, Roy Rogers a cowboy, or Ross Perot a millionaire. It doesn’t come close to conveying the true essence of this dynamic trio.
The Chicks – Lead singer Natalie Maines, award winning fiddler Martie Seidel and dobro/banjo/guitar player Emily Erwin – represent a refreshing blend of powerful harmonies, distinctive instrumental abilities, and good ‘ol (as well as great new) country music.
But the Dixie Chicks are much more than great music. They are a true phenomenon.
They are young, talented, and full of energy that transcends into everything they do. Martie has played violin since the age of 5 and has been recognized as in national fiddle competitions; Emily has been playing various instruments professionally since the age of 12; and Natalie, Lubbock native and daughter of world renowned steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, is carrying the legacy of West Texas music into the next generation. In 1994 she was awarded a scholarship in vocal performance from Berkeley School of Music; when you hear her sing you will know why. And when sisters Martie and Emily join in with harmony, it is truly angelic.
But the real magic happens when this trio hits the stage. The Chicks deliver the music that gets toes tappin’, hearts beatin’ and the dance floor packed.
"Our fans are our most prized posession. We’d stay all night to get the chance to visit with everyone," says Martie. "For all three of us, music is our lifeline. We just want to share it with others," adds Emily.
The Chicks remain as bright eyed, entertaining and approachable as when they first debuted on a Dallas street corner in 1989. As their repertoire and fan base have grown, so have their musicianship and ability to captivate audiences.
They have that hard-to-identify quality – call it magnetism or charisma – exuded by certain entertainers who genuinely enjoy what they are doing and tend to get others caught up in their enthusiasm.
The press and concert promoters as well as fans of all ages have picked up on the band’s distinctive style. The Dixie Chicks have been voted the best country band in Dallas at the Observer Music Awards four years in a row.
The in-demand band performs year round and world wide. Their more notable appearances include tours of six countries, the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Gala, the Grand Ol’ Opry, a Dallas Cowbows’ halftime show during the Monday Night Football telecast, Nashville’s Summer Lights Festival, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Michael Martin Murphy’s West Fest, Dollywood Sunset Music Festival, the State Fair of Texas, the El Paso Livestock Show & Rodeo, the American Royal Stockshow & Rodeo, the California Mid-State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair, and the New Mexico State Fair. The group has also appeared on such nationally televised programs as Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, American Music Shop, Texas Connection and Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Show.
"The Dixie Chicks have the look to win America’s hearts and the talent to keep the love growing for years!" -Cashbox Magazine