Via Drudge: The Dixe Chicks are taking their ball and going home:

Violinist Martie Maguire told Spiegel magazine: “We don’t feel part of the country scene any longer, it can’t be our home any more.”

She said she was disappointed other country singers didn’t back up the Dixie Chicks in their criticism of George W Bush’s politics on Iraq.

“A few weeks ago, Merle Haggard said a couple of nice words about us, but that was it,” Maguire complained.

“The support we got came from others, like Bruce Springsteen.”

Going home empty-handed from the Country Awards ceremony also made them decide to break with the scene, Maguire said.

“Instead, we won three Grammys against much stronger competition.

“So we now consider ourselves part of the big Rock ‘n’ Roll family.”

Not that they were a country band in the first place.

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  1. Scipio says:

    Oooo. I’m a little confused here. Are their songs going to stop being played on country music stations? Is their label going to market them as a rock and roll group?

  2. James Joyner says:

    I think the thing is that they weren’t getting playing on C&W stations much after the flap, anyway. But they were always in the cross-over genre, like Shania Twain.

  3. Jeff says:

    They haven’t been a country band since they got rid of the big hair and sequins and their first lead singer.

  4. Tammy says:

    Dixie chicks are the best true country singers out here…all the others are just paid for sing ..but they sing from the heart!!!…I love ya Dixie cause you are the ture ole’ country we grew up with!!

  5. Laurie says:

    Have you really ever listened to the words of their songs????? I am just a 39 yr. old love of ALL music….which includes jazz, opera, R&B, country, rock, soul….If you want something that is true, to the heart, and down to the roots of music….buy this CD,…HOME… it not only will inspire you, it will make you cry, and think of others than yourself!!!!!! Change to # 3 on the CD, Travelin’ Soldier. This is set in the time of the Vietnam War…. just listen to the words, god it will make the hair on your neck stand up!!!! God Bless these girls, God Speed, and I hope that you will girls will get whatever you dream of………….Laurie King

  6. Laurie says:

    Just one more thing girls……don’t EVER change your way of singing, or beliefs……. We thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Laurie King

  7. Laurie says:

    Just one more thing girls……don’t EVER change your way of singing, or beliefs……. We thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Laurie King