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Spotlight: The Dixie Chicks' top tracks

The Dixie Chicks have just announced a massive European and UK tour!

The shows mark the band’s first UK visit since their 2003 ‘Top Of The World’ Tour.

The Dixie Chicks are country music stalwarts, with over 30 million records sold worldwide. Not only that, but the girls are the biggest selling female group in the US and the only female group of any genre, to earn back-to-back Diamond Awards, marking 10 million record sales. Wow!

To celebrate the return of the Dixie Chicks to the UK, we’ve picked five of their top tracks…

'Goodbye Earl' 

A slightly sinister song dripping in black humour, ‘Goodbye Earl’ charts the relationship between Wanda and her husband Earl, who is abusive. One day, when Earl puts Wanda in intensive care, her best friend Mary Ann returns to help. The two women then vow to kill Earl by poisoning his black-eyed beans and they end up disposing of the body in a lake…

The video, directed by Evan Bernard, won the band both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Video of the Year in 2000. Not only that, but it features a few familiar faces, most notably Jane Krakowski as Wanda. Amazing.

'Cowboy Take Me Away' 

Released in 1999, ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’ is one of the Dixie Chicks’ most recognisable tracks and a crowd favourite.

Taken from the band’s fifth studio album ‘Fly’, the song deals with feelings of wanting to break free of the shackles of life and find love.

The accompanying video is very 90s, but wonderfully so. The band all have matching blonde hair, while the background behind them constantly changes, utilising some now questionable CGI.

It sounds and looks like nostalgia, but goodness it’s brilliant.

'Wide Open Spaces'

Who doesn’t relate to ‘Wide Open Spaces’? The song’s message of growing up, leaving home and finding yourself will resonate with anyone.

The song was praised for it’s incorporation of traditional Nashville sounds, such as the banjo, and is now considered a prime example of the West Texas influence on country music songwriting.

In the video, the band can be seen in various idyllic country locations, performing together and bonding on a tour bus.

Now considered a Dixie Chicks staple, the song is still as meaningful today as it was 17 years ago.

'Not Ready To Make Nice' 

Following certain controversies levelled at the band in 2003, ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’ was their way of fighting back, tackling their feelings towards the banning of their songs from country music radio stations, the backlash and freedom of speech.

Co-written by all three members of the group, this auto-biographical gamble paid off with the song going on to win three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Country Performance by a Duo of Group with Vocal.

The music video matches the dark themes of the track, with the band rubbing black paint on white outfits while grumpy onlookers tut and shake their heads.

It’s pretty moving and powerful stuff…

‘Ready To Run’

Who doesn’t love a good bride-on-the-run video, and the Dixie Chicks are no different.

Leaving their men at the altar, the band jump on to the back of a garbage truck, before stealing some bikes and crashing into a swimming pool only to then ruin someone else’s wedding by throwing cake everywhere. Luckily, the whole thing ends with a good jig, so that’s nice. However, we just wonder who’s footing the bill (and what will ultimately be hefty dry cleaning costs)…

Catch the Dixie Chick’s playing live in their first UK tour since 2003. Tickets are on sale now.

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