I repeat... the Dixie Chicks are going on tour next year.
It's been 10 years since a controversy pushed them out of the spotlight, but they're finally back. All controversy aside, the country girl in me couldn't be more excited to hear their music again. After all, who doesn't love songs like "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Goodbye Earl," "Wide Open Spaces" and more?
The group was a hit machine, and I'm a big fan of their music. Needless to say, when I saw the tour announcement yesterday, I almost hit the roof (with excitement, that is.)
My first reaction: I hope they do the old stuff. One year ago I saw Garth Brooks live; it was his first tour in thirteen years, and in my opinion, he delivered exactly what the audience craved: high energy performances and a variety of his old hits sprinkled with the occasional new song. It was perfect. After all, if you're seeing your favorite, wouldn't you want to hear the best?
I hope Dixie Chicks take the same route. Bring out nostalgic oldies like "There's Your Trouble," "Long Time Gone" and especially "Not Ready to Make Nice." Dixie Chicks fans love the oldies. But don't be afraid to show us something new, too.
Their return couldn't have better timing, either: country music is lacking serious female voices and the Dixie Chicks always had power, beautiful instrumentals, strong vocals, and serious attitude. They could be the ones to bring genuine music and lyrics back to country radio. I hope they take on that challenge.
Hopefully see you next summer, ladies!