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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Ain't Life a Dixie Chick?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - While the Dixie Chicks' record sales are soaring, tickets for their Accidents and Accusations Tour are failing to take flight in some cities.

``I think before it's said and done the entire tour will be, at the very least, reorganized,'' Ray Waddell, senior editor of touring for Billboard magazine, said Friday.

Shows in cities including St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Memphis, Tenn., are up in the air, according to Waddell.

The group said on its Web site that reports of cancellations are false.

``I don't think they've formally come out and canceled a single date, but I think that some sort of announcement will be coming next week,'' Waddell said.

The trio has caught a lot of criticism from country fans ever since lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 that the group was ``ashamed'' President Bush was from their home state of Texas.

In January, Maines told Entertainment Weekly magazine that she was disappointed with country music and that she's ``pretty much done'' with the genre.

Their new album's first single, ``Not Ready to Make Nice,'' addressed the controversy head on, with Maines singing in the chorus, ``I'm not ready to make nice. I'm not ready to back down. I'm still mad as hell and I don't have time to go round and round and round.''

A spokeswoman for the group did not return a phone message.


At 11:40 PM, Blogger John McAdams said...

No Chicks on Milwaukee Country Radio:


I think it all comes back to arrogance. They didn't just express a political opinion when asked, they went out of their way to attack Bush personally.

And in an interview with Howard Stern, they attacked conservative fans.


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