Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country ....January 31, 2018 (Remember the Dixie Chicks)

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Dixie Chicks' 'Wide Open Spaces' Turns 20: Ranking All the Songs

  Emily Robison, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks photographed in 1998 in Los Angeles

The major label debut of the Dixie Chicks came in the form of Wide Open Spaces, a powerhouse country album that was released 20 years ago today on Jan. 27, 1998. Not only did the album -- which introduced the masses to Natalie Maines, Martie Seidel, and Emily Erwin -- reach No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, it earned them the coveted Best Country Album Grammy.
Like most albums of this era, Wide Open Spaces now feels like something of a time capsule, especially because this is pre-political Chicks. But Wide Open Spaces is still near-perfect and serves as a reminder why fans fell so hard for them in the first place.

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