Now I have to tell you, Country and Western music is not the first preference for my listening pleasure, mainly because many of the themes in this genre are not progressive ones.
The Dixie Chicks, however, are the exception to the rule. These spawn of the northern parts of Texas are definitely the exception.
I actually found myself out looking in the C&W aisles for their CD only to be stymied again and again with “sold out” cards. I finally scored a CD but not without some effort on my part.
And now, come to find out, they have the song of the year: “Not Ready to Make Nice”.
I love this song. It decries the blind hatred of Bush supporters for anyone who deigns to oppose his immoral and illegal war. Their (Natalie's) statements against the war were not even made in this country, they were made in the UK. The statements against Bush's war nonetheless found their way back here and vile neocon invective was cast upon these patriotic women.
Including death threats.
But they had the final say, didn’t they? Not only did Natalie Maines write one heck of a reply, but it got voted Song of the Year.
Good God, things can’t get better than that.
Listen to the words, and watch their faces. This song is the stuff of history.