Tamworth’s Hats Off To Country Music Festival 2017

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Tamworth’s Mid Year Country Music Festival

‘HATS OFF TO COUNTRY’

If you LOVE the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January, then this is a must see festival! Featuring more than 100 individual country starts and a whole heap of events all over 4 big days (and nights).

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th of July, 2017

Join in:

  • Cowboy Crawl: Inaugural Cowboy Crawl encourages participants to wear their best cowboy/cowgirl gear and have a wild fun night out, travelling by bus to check out the best country music destinations in town!

Did I mention the music?

Cowboy crawlers can expect to see some of Australian country music’s greatest acts with Anthony Taylor & Jared Scott, Beau Hatch & Band, Brothers3, Simply Bushed, and The Viper Creek Band, all set to perform.

  • 2017 Singer/Songwriters Retreat: The DAG Seep Station will be hosting its fifth Winter Songwriters retreat during the festival. Participants will get the chance to learn from some of Australian Country Music’s finest and successful Award Winning, Singer Songwriters including; Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Aleyce Simmonds, Jeremy Edwards and Shane Nicholson.

Venues:

  • Tamworth Shopping World
  • South Tamworth Bowlo
  • West Tamworth Leagues Club
  • The Longyard Hotel
  • Cattlemans Steakhouse
  • The Albert Hotel
  • Moonshiners Honky Tonk Bar
  • Oasis Hotel
  • The Longyard Hotel
  • Southgate Inn
  • North Tamworth Bowlo
  • Post Office Hotel
  • The Pub
  • Tamworth Services Club
  • The Family Hotel
  • Manilla RSL
  • West Diggers

Artists:

Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt

Shannon Noll, Viper Creek Band, Ashleigh Dallas,

Simply Bushed, Innocent Eve, Jen Mize, Brothers 3

Brad Butcher, Emma Beau, The Weeping Willows

Melinda Schneider, Rachael Fahim, The Hill Billy Goats,

Arley Black Duo, Michael Bryers, Beau Hatch Band

Don Costa, Marie Hodson & The Cartwheels, Laurie and Shelley Minson & Oasis Band, Anthony Taylor & Jared Scott, Christina George, Greg Bain, Lyn and Phill Manning

and a heap more …

While majority of the shows are Free, there are a few paid shows such as songwriters sessions, showcases, Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt’s show, Luke O’Shea’s Dinner Show bigger events like that!

More information on the festival check out the Destination Tamworth website here

Deni Ute Muster announces 2017 line up

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It feels like we have been waiting a long time for this announcement. But the day has finally arrived. Organisers of the 2017 Deni Ute Muster have announced the artists to be playing over the weekend: 

LEE KERNAGHAN

SHANNON NOLL, THE MCCLYMONTS, BECCY COLE,

SARA STORER, SUNNY COWGIRLS, THE WOLFE BROTHERS,

CAITLYN SHADBOLT, ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND,

JAMES BLUNDELL, DREW MCALISTER, JETTY ROAD,

HURRICANE FALL and DAVIDSON BROTHERS

 

However this is one festival where it’s a lot more than music with entertainment options high! Organisers say they will also be announcing the day stage artists and entertainment schedule soon. A top bucket list event in Australia with around 18,000 patrons flocking to Deniliquin in southern New South Wales each long weekend. The Festival will be held September the 29th-30th.

Tickets are now on sale! 

For 19 years the iconic Deni Ute Muster has been the Labour Day long weekend destination of choice for ute and music enthusiasts and 2017 is set to deliver its biggest main stage line up ever for a mega weekend of fun, music, mateship and, of course, utes. Thanks to the AFL Grand Final Friday holiday, our Victorian friends get to join the fun with their own long weekend too.

What do you think of this line up????

Personally, I am a little disappointed with the line up. After pulling Keith Urban last year, the expectations to bring out one USA headliner was high!

Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Gympie Muster 2017 Update

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Gympie Music Muster Performance Days Announced

With the first round of Artists announced back in April, organisers of the Muster have today announced which days the artists will be playing. NOT a program, just a list of the artists and days they will be attending the three day festival.

Gympie Music Muster will be held from 24th – 27th of August at the Amamoor State Forest on the outskirts of Gympie, Queensland.

Tickets are on sale now!

ARTIST

DAY

Busby Marou Friday
Adam Brand Saturday
Graeme Connors Frifay
Dean Ray Saturday
Adam Eckersley Band Saturday & Sunday
Missy Lancaster Saturday & Sunday
Reece Mastin Saturday
Davidson Brothers Saturday & Sunday
Kirsty Lee Akers Saturday & Sunday
Hillbilly Goats Saturday & Sunday
Sunny Cowgirls Saturday
Catherine Britt Saturday & Sunday
Jessica Mauboy Saturday
Fanny Lumsden Friday & Saturday
Troy Kemp Saturday
Caitlyn Shadbolt Saturday
Amber Lawrence Saturday
Travis Collins Saturday
Anne Kirkpatrick Thursday
Travellin’ Still – The Songs of Slim Dusty Thursday
Bushwackers Thursday & Friday
Mason Rack Friday & Saturday
Bondi Cigars Friday & Saturday
Chad Morgan Thursday & Friday

Ambassador Named:

At the Gympie Show last week, The Muster announced Travis Collins as the 2017 Gympie Music Muster Ambassador! It has been a big hear already for Travis who won 3 of the top Golden Guitar awards at Tamworth Music Festival in January and then another 3 at the CMC Awards prior to the CMC Rocks Festival.

“I’ve seen all sides of the Muster, from many years camping with family, to performing on main stage, having a rum with mates in the legendary Crow Bar, or grabbing a new pair of boots at one of the many onsite shops,”  he said.  “I still don’t know what element I love most about the Muster… It’s just that kind of magic place and iconic event that offers an experience like no other. From the full electric buzz of mind-blowing Aussie entertainment each day and night, to the silent calm and eerie stillness of morning and native bird calls waking the campers, and setting up camp beside strangers on day one but leaving as lifelong mates come day five… catching up with them the following year… and the year after that.”

 

With many Australian country music fans upset the Gympie Muster hasn’t succumbed to the demand for large international acts. There are still a respectable number of loyal festival-goers who rock up every year, weeks in advance to set up camp. Most probably next to the same crowd as the year before. Excited to meet new people and celebrate another year of Aussie Country and all that entails.

I remember heading to this festival 25 years ago and recently just started taking my kids! While the drop to the low 10s at night is not the most appealing aspect of the festival. The music, people and atmosphere more then makes up for it!

So in order to catch me at the festival, head over and grab yourself some tickets

Big Red Bash line up 2017

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Big Red Bash 2017

Australia’s The world’s most remote music festival is back this year with an amazing line up! While unfortunately original headliner Jessica Mauboy has had to pull out, organisers have replaced her with nine time ARIA Winner and music legend Missy Higgins. 

“I’m so excited to play this gig – to get out into the Australian desert, get some red soil on my feet and share a stage with so many incredible country artists. It’s going be fun, yeehaw!” says Missy.

 

The full Big Red Bash line up includes:

Missy Higgins ~ Lee Kernaghan

James Reyne & Mark Seymour

Ian Moss ~ Kate Ceberano ~ Russell Morris

The McClymonts ~ Troy Cassar-Daley ~ James Blundell ~ Tania Kernaghan

The Wolfe Brothers ~ Christie Lamb ~ Ray Ryder

 

This year’s festival will see more than 7000 fans, families and travellers from all around Australia pitch their tents, campers, caravans and swags under the remote outback stars for three (I imagine, and am quiet jealous) unforgettable days!

Nestled on the edge of the Simpson Desert, 35km from Birdsville. Festival-goers get more than just music, they get the true Aussie outback experience. It must be great, as For some of these artists, it’s not their first time to this event!

Big Red Bash originally kicked off in 2013 with John Williamson as the sole artist. Since then the fairly new festival has pulled big names including Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Paul Kelly, The McClymonts, Adam Harvey and Adam Brand and the Outlaws. Also Sold Out for the first time in 2016.

Held, this year on the 4th – 6th of July, Tickets are now on sale to the recently awarded “Australia’s Favourite Event” at the Australian Event Awards.

Concert Tickets

Standard Tickets:

Adult: $404.90

Youth (12-17 years): $66.65

Child (11 & Under): FREE

Family (2 x Adult and unlimited Youth/Child tickets): $876.40

Buy Standard Tickets here

Premium Tickets:

Get the following over and above standard tickets:

  • Guaranteed refund if the event is cancelled due to weather outside of the organisers control.
  • An event souvenir program valued at $15
  • Membership to the Outback Mates Club valued at $20 which gives you a range of discounts and special offers as you travel around outback Queensland. For details go to http://www.outbackmates.com.au
  • 6-Month digital subscription to Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures magazine
  • Premium ticket holders will also go into a draw to win one of six backstage experiences (family tickets allow the whole family to be part of this experience)

Adult: $445.90

Youth (12-17 years): $71.75

Child (11 years and under): FREE

Family (2 x Adult and unlimited Youth/Child tickets): $948.15

Buy Premium Tickets here

About Birdsville:

Birdsville is a small outback town situated on the banks of the Diamantina River between the sands of the Simpson Desert and the gibbers of Sturts Stony Desert. The area is steeped in history, from aboriginal meeting places to European settlement in the late 1870s and beyond.

The Birdsville population currently stands at approximately 100. The town provides modern facilities for all travellers along with many thriving businesses. Comfortable accommodation and general supplies are available in the town. Facilities include:

 

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Deni Ute Muster – 2017 Save the Date

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Deni Ute Muster – 29th & 30th of September

After last year’s amazing festival with headlining act Keith Urban, the Deni Ute Muster is back again for 2017! Tickets are already on sale including paddock and camping:

  • ADULTS: $249.00
  • JUNIOR: $125.00 
  • Under 13: FREE

The festival which started back in 1999 when a small group of community minded people came together with the idea to run a rural themed festival. To ideally bring visitors to Deniliquin, an town on the edge of outback New South Wales.

17 years later, the event attracts 20,000 people to celebrate all things Australian including:

  • Bull Riding
  • Show in Shine
  • Driving Competitions
  • Wood Chopping

Stay tuned for more information on the artist line up coming soon!

 

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Deni Ute Muster hosting Powercor’s Country Festival – 13th MAY 2017

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Powercor Country Music Festival May 13th

Well this is exciting news! The Deni Ute Muster is teaming up with the Essendon Football club to bring a Country Festival this weekend to the Melbourne Cricket Ground!

Live performances from:

Lee Kernaghan

Sara Storer, Shannon Doll

and Mustered Courage

Also there will be a Show N Shine, Camel Rides, Whip Cracking Demonstrations and heap more.

The festival kicks off at 2pm on Saturday the 13th at Yarra Park, Melbourne Cricket Grounds. Check out the Farmers Markets, Food Trucks, Animal Farm, Country Displays and Celebrity Appearances!

IT’S FREE!

If you are into AFL, you can hang around to watch Essendon V Geelong starting 7:25pm! Tickets for the game here.

The Official Deni Ute Muster is happening September 29th – 30th 2017!

GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER 2017 Artists Announced

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GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER 2017 Artists have been Announced!

Not long ago there was a big black cloud hanging over the 36th annual Gympie Muster festival. With no artists booked and key staff walking out. This morning we wake to the announcement that Jessica Mauboy is headline act. The 2017 Gympie Music Muster is going ahead! It will be held this August 24th-27th at the Amamoor Creek State Forrest on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Jessica Mauboy actually took home the Telstra Road to Discovery/Tamworth back in 2004. You may have also seen her performance at the NRL Grand Final with Keith Urban. Jess is also the first Indigenous artists to achieve no. 1 on the ARIA album chart, she has had four top-ten albums and 15 top-twenty singles. Add to that two ARIA Music Awards from an amazing 18 nominations and ranked 16th of the Herald Sun’s list of “100 Greatest Australian Singers of All Time”.

“I have ALWAYS dreamed of playing The Muster” said Jessica. “This is an honour and a thrill and I am going bring my best country A game.”

Line up features:

Jessica Mauboy

Adam Brand, Busby Marou, Graeme Connors

Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Catherine Britt

Fanny Lumsden, Troy Kemp, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Dean Ray, Adam Eckersley Band

Reese Mastin, Davidson Brothers, Kirsty Lee Akers, Hillbilly Goats, Bondi Cigars, Anne Kirkpatrick,

Bushwackers, Mason Rack, Chad Morgan, Missy Lancaster, Travelling’ Still,

The Songs of Slim Dusty with Pete Denahy & The Travelling County Band

… Plus many more still to be announced.

Gympie Music Muster Program Director Jeff Chandler said the 2017 Muster program will feature hundreds of performances across five stages, covering a range of genres including country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rockabilly.

This program is sure to be one of the Muster’s best yet, featuring a musical style for everyone.

“We’re continuing to build on what we’ve always done, providing a variety of entertainment, while sticking firmly to our country roots,” Chandler said.

“Fans of the traditional country form will be happy to know Graeme Connors is making a return this year, while Busby Marou will bring their own laidback sound, fresh from their number one album on the ARIA charts. Fan favourites Adam Brand, Travis Collins and Fanny Lumsden are also sure to draw big audiences.”

Tickets are on sale now!

2017 Gympie Music Muster Presale tickets go on sale

 

Livestream Stagecoach 2017

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Pandora Partners with Goldenvoice to Livestream Stagecoach 2017

Audio for more than 50 performances available only on Pandora

Pandora have partnered with Goldenvoice to hold an exclusive audio livestream of performances from the Stagecoach music festival. Which is happening this weekend – 28th of April – 20th at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Performances and artists interviews will be available throughout the festival.

Now, if you are in Australia like me, this is going to be a bit harder to work out. But say it’s 12noon on Friday on the east coast of Oz, in California it is 7:00pm the night before so 17 hours behind us. So it might be a little hit and miss on the times. But good streaming throughout the day, as usually the big names are at night =)

Pandora’s audio livestream will feature the following performances:

Friday:

Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Jon Pardi, Maddie & Tae, Elle King,  Randy Rogers Band, Son Volt, William Michael Morgan, Justin Townes Earl, Anderson East, Dylan Scott, Ryan Hurd, Quiet Life, Bailey Bryan
Ok so I have tried to work this out a little bit for a fellow Aussie! To listen to Jon Pardi 11:05pm on Saturday tune in, Cole Swindell 1:45pm Saturday afternoon and to get Dierks Bentley I would jump on Pandora at 3:15pm Saturday
Note: This is if they stream them onstage LIVE, maybe have a test run Saturday lunch =)

Saturday:

Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Willie Nelson and Family, Maren Morris, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Tucker Beathard, Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, Brent Cobb,  John Doe, Traveller, Jonathan Tyler, Brooke Eden, The Walcotts, Ruston Kelly, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Black Pistol Fire, Jackie Lee
Kip Moore fans jump on Pandora Sunday at 12:25pm, Brett Eldredge is after hum and then Shania Twain 3:15pm

Sunday:

Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Cam, Cowboy Junkies, The Cadillac Three, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Terry Allen, Steep Canyon Rangers, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Kiefer Sutherland, LANco, Levi Hummon, Courtney Cole, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Dan Layus
I know there are a few Cadillac 3 fans they kick off Sunday at 4:20pm which means come monday morning at 9:20am you want to be getting on Pandora. To get a Tyler Farr rerun Monday 11:35am, Thomas Rhett try 12:30pm and Kenny Chesney sees the ‘Mane’ Stage close out at 2:15pm Monday Eastern Australian time.
Here is the full stagecoach program if you wanna try and work it out =)

CMC Rocks Songwriters Sessions announced ….

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While CMC Rocks celebrated it’s 10th annual festival this year, the songwriters sessions is a fairly new concept. It kicked off only 4 years ago in 2013, and has fast become one of the most popular moments over the weekend.

The session, which runs for two hours on both Saturday and Sunday brings some of the greatest country music artists together. Retelling tales behind their most recent or famous songs. If you are a fan, like me, who get’s off on the lyrics behind the song. I can tell you, these sessions are not to be missed.

Saturday 1pm – 3pm

Line up includes:

  • Charles Esten
  • Granger Smith
  • Kip Moore
  • The Shires
  • Gord Bamford

Note: This is Gord Bamford‘s only show at CMC Rocks, he is Australian born, and Canada’s biggest country star winning an amazing 22 Canadian Country Music Association awards. He was out here last year for the the Gympie Music Muster and he also toured with The Wolfe Brothers.

Sunday 1pm – 3pm

Line up includes:

  • Morgan Evans
  • Tyler Farr
  • Eric Paslay
  • Chris DeStefano
  • Brett James

Note: Chris Destefano is a Grammy award winning writer and producer who has penned a heap of number hits for Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean. He has also spent the last year working with Morgan Evans co-writing and producing his debut U.S. Album.

Brett James another Grammy award winner is behind some of the biggest singles that Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Kip Moore and Gary Allan have released.

Lee Brice at last years CMC Rocks songwriting sessions “Hard To Love”:

 

 

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Gympie Music Muster 2017 now on PRESALE

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Yep, I am serious! It is that time of the year, when we start to arrange to our lives to fit around the 2017 Gympie Music Muster! This year, the four day festival will run from August 24th to the 27th. 

Four day passes plus camping options are now available to purchase! Yewwwwwwwww! From booking the Banjo pre-erected tent, or your own camp site, all the options are open to you RIGHT NOW!

A great place to catch up with mates, new and old. The music, the fun, the food, and the dancing, it is what makes this, one of the best country music festivals in the country. Add to that, the fact you are also helping charities – there are nothing but good feelings associated to these four days.

While the line up has not been announced as yet, organisers have promised that all shall be revealed over the next few months.

In the meantime here are the deals:

  • 4 Day Muster Mates VALUED at $808 NOW $658 
  • 4 Day Adult (18+) VALUED at $416 NOW $334
  • 4 Day Teen (13-17 years) VALUED at $142 NOW $116 
  • 4 Day Muster Family (2 x Adults & 2 x Teens) VALUED at $816 NOW $666

Are you still reading??? CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THROUGH THE MUSTER SITE

 

See you there!

 

 

CMC Announced White Rabbit Saloon program

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With the CMC Rocks festival fast approaching organisers have released the Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon program. They say that some of the most magical moments of the festival happen in this Saloon and this year will be no exception!

For those camping on Thursday, a special program is instore for you! With the lineup including; Brothers3, Kaylens Rain, Doug Bruce & the Tailgaters, Granger Smith, Craig Campbell  and Col Finley!

Throughout the weekend the bar will also be converted into live band karaoke, where you can belt out some of your own covers and potientally the next YouTube sensation by accident or not! Brush up on you ‘Friends in Low Places’, or even ‘Man I Feel Like A Women and get into it team!!!’

Other highlights will include:

  • Friday Night Speed Dating where your potential soul mate may be hiding out!
  • Mustered Courage kicking it off both Saturday and Sunday Mornings
  • Michael Ray and Christie Lamb closing Friday
  • Drew Baldridge and Deep Creek Road Saturday night
  • Eric Paslay and the Wolfe Brothers closing the whole hoedown!

 

Now, they haven’t forgotten about those AMAZING songwriters sessions but they will be announced in the next newsletter – so I will keep you updated. I am excited about that!!!!!

Thursday 23rd of March:

Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon:

3:00PM – 5:00PM          Brothers3

5:30PM – 7:30PM          Kaylens Rain

8:00PM – 9:00PM          Doug Bruce & the Tailgaters 

9:30PM – 10:30PM        Granger Smith

11:00PM – 12:15AM      Craig Campbell

12:45AM – 2:00AM        Col Finley

Host: DJ Grizzly Adams 

 

Friday 24th of March:

Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon:

4:00PM – 7:00PM           Live Band Karaoke 

7:30PM – 9:00PM           Speed Dating 

11:15PM – 12:30PM       Michael Ray 

1:00AM – 2:00AM           Christie Lamb

Host: DJ Grizzly Adams 

 

Saturday 25th of March:

Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon:

10:15AM – 11:45AM           Mustered Courage 

1:00PM – 3:00PM               Songwriters Show 

4:00PM – 7:00PM               Live Band Karaoke 

11:15PM – 12:30PM           Drew Baldridge 

1:00AM – 2:00AM               Deep Creek Road 

Host: DJ Grizzly Adams 

 

Sunday 26th of March:

Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon:

10:15AM – 11:45AM            Mustered Courage 

1:00PM – 3:00PM                Songwriters Sessions 

4:00PM – 7:00PM                Live Band Karaoke 

10:30PM – 11:45PM            Eric Paslay 

12:15AM – 1:30AM              The Wolfe Brothers 

Host: DJ Grizzly Adams 

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Top 10 Dixie Chicks Songs

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The Dixie Chicks are heading to Australia !!!!!!! I am so excited about this, I was honestly at the point of my life where I had ruled them out! Then BAM, they are heading ‘down under’ to headline the 10th annual CMC Rocks Festival plus additional side shows!!! Woooooooo! Some of my favourite Dixie Chicks song include; ‘Travelin’ Solider’, ‘Cowboy Take Me Away’ and ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’. 

But it got me thinking, which song, is the most popular??? So I turned to YouTube, went through and found the most viewed videos Dixie Chicks video clips.

10. Travelin’ Solider

2,150,491 views

Ranked no. 15 on Rolling Stones 40’s saddest songs ever. This song was written by Austin based ruce Robison was inspired to write “Travelin’ Soldier” after a friend was activated for duty in the first Iraq war.

[source: Wikipedia]

9. There’s Your Trouble

2,176,769 views

This single became the first no.1 hit for the girls on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1998. Then in In 1999, the Dixie Chicks were awarded a Grammy Award for ‘Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’ for their performance of “There’s Your Trouble”.

[source: Wikipedia]

8. Ready to Run

3,415,489 views

This single was cowritten by fiddle playing Martie Seidel (now Martie Maguire) and Marus Hummon. It appeared in the film; Runaway Bride with Richard Gear and Julia Roberts.

[source: Wikipedia]

7. Cowboy Take Me Away

3,338,703 views

Released in 1999, this song was cowritten with Martie Maguire and Marcus Hummon. The song’s title is derived from a famous slogan used in commercials for Calgon bath and beauty products. “Clogan, Take Me Away”

[source: Wikipedia]

6. Without You

5,242,772 views

Written by lead singer Natalie Maines and country songwriter Eric Silver, “Without You” is on the of the more conventional songs the group released. Lacking some of the ‘attitude’ they were known for at the time.

[source: Wikipedia]

5. Wide Open Spaces

6,974,097 views

Wide Open Spaces was a song written by Susan Gibson, which was nearly a one hit wonder for the singer-songwriter. The album of the same name was a huge success in Australia which spent 6 years in the Country Top 20 on the ARIA charts.

[source: Wikipedia]

4. You Were Mine

9,850,497 views

The song was written in 1995 by two of the founders of the original Dixie Chicks band, the Erwin sisters, who were not strangers to writing music and performing (they are now known as Martie Maguire and Emily Robison). Robison wrote most of the song, and Maguire supplied the bridge. It is a very autobiographical song, about the breakup of Robison’s and Maguire’s parents and their subsequent divorce.

[source: Wikipedia]

3. Land Slide

10,166,701 views

Written by Stevie Nicks and performed originally by British-American group Fleetwood Mac, Natalie was drawn to this song as she was the same age as Stevie when she wrote it. Stevie wrote this song while overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado while deciding if she should go back to school or continue with guitar.

[source: Wikipedia]

2. Goodbye Earl

11,612,068 views

The song plot has been described as a cross between the films Fried Green Tomatoes and Thelma and Louise. It was originally written by Dennis Linde and recorded by the band Sons of the Desert. Dennis actually wrote a few songs that included this ‘Earl’ character.

[source: Wikipedia]

1. Not Ready to Make Nice

15,483,551 views

It remains the band’s biggest hit in the US to date. The song was written by Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson. It was released in June 2006 and in February 2007 it won the group 3 Grammy awards.

Controversy erupted over the Dixie Chicks in 2003 following a critical comment vocalist Natalie Maines made on the American President George W. Bush while performing in a concert in London, United Kingdom. In relation to the forthcoming invasion of Iraq, Maines said, “…we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.

[source: Wikipedia]

Their music was taken off radio soon after the comment. In March, 2010, however, the Dixie Chicks announced a few tours and are now currently on a world tour. They are due in Australia March/April 2017, ten years since their last tour down under.

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