Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: 1st Sgt, S.D. Barracks
Emmylou Harris is country.
Sara Evans is country.
Gretchen Wilson is in-your-face, kick-your-ass country.
The Dixie Chicks aren't country, any more than Eileen Edwards (oops, sorry--she calls herself 'Shania Twain,' doesn't she?) was. Thank heavens they're both history.
All politics aside (not that we should put them so), the marketplace led to their demises. Just like the marketplace brought Wynonna Judd and the Forrester Sisters to their knees.
Right or wrong, they were all stupid.
When you are a performer reliant on the goodwill of the purchasing public to make or break your career, you don't say deliberately provocative and unpopular things, nor produce songs of such a nature, if you can't get away with it. Of the renegade femmes named above, none of them make or made good enough music to excuse their stupidity.
John Lennon, much as I despised his entire outlook on life, was undeniably a musician for the ages, years ahead of his time. As is Bob Dylan. They can say things like they have (e.g., "I'm (sic) more popular than Jesus Christ") because their overwhelming talent lets them do that--people can ignore their stupidity in other areas of life in order to enjoy their astounding genius in music.
Noone will ever call the Chixie Dicks 'genius.'