- 10:25 AM, Feb 25
Smoothly released their 2006 album of "Taking the Long Way" after taking hiatus for about 3 years, Dixie Chicks surely aims to make the year a memorable period for their comeback into the country music scene following the announcement of their Accidents & Accusations Tour. First set to commence the North American leg of the tour, the group has been slated to start on July 21 in Detroit, Michigan to then go around numerous cities like Boston, Chicago, Oakland, Denver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver among others before closing it in Tacoma by November 11. Prior to this, the trio, who has participated on Good Morning America Concert Series held in Bryant Park on May 26, will also make appearances in London, England which takes place at Shepherd's Bush Empire on June 15 and Twickenham Stadium two days later as part of their promotional activities in the anticipation of the LP's international release scheduled on June 12.
Widely known as an all-female country music trio, Dixie Chicks was originally a quartet consisting of sisters Martie Erwin (born on October 12, 1969 in Dallas, Texas) and Emily Erwin (born on August 16, 1972 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts) plus Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy when it was formed in Dallas by 1989 just a few months after the Erwin sisters' band, Blue Night Express, ended its 5-year-old existence on the local circuit. With Martie and Emily providing the instrumental sound also background vocals while the other two taking the lead ones, the group first conducted their gigs on street corners in the city before advancing to the small clubs which gave them enough confidence to later release their debut album, “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans”, under independent label Crystal Clear Sound in 1990. As more people began to take notice afterwards, they gradually managed to land better stints such as at Kerrville Folk Festival or Austin Opry House opening for Emmylou Harris, much to their delight.
Despite the good progress, the harmonious formation of Dixie Chicks sadly did not last long for Macy shockingly decided to quit the troupe not long after they produced their second work, Ol' in 1992, leaving Laura to fully assume the lead vocalist role in the group. Undeterred, these talented girls continued to make their third indie LP, “Shouldn't a Told You That” (1993), while strived to earn higher-profile appearances at Bill Clinton's Inauguration and Nashville's