I liked the old Dixie Chicks better than the reconstituted version. That is, the Dixie Chicks who performed at bluegrass festivals in Colorado in the early nineties---they were oldtime country and sang old Patsy Cline and Dale Evans stuff, which I loved.
When they fired their lead singer (whose name I don't remember) and brought on Natalie Maines, their style changed, became more slick and bigtime, and their popularity soared, making them THE most popular female band in existence.
Until the eve of the Iraq war, when Natalie made her infamous comment at a London performance, "just so you know, we're ashamed that President Bush is from Texas"! Hate mail, death threats, dumped by country stations, picketed by all and sundry, the Chicks looked like goners.
I just finished watching their recently released DVD "Shut Up and Sing" after having purchased the CD "Taking the Long Way" and knowing the songs now well enough to beller along in the car, "I'm not ready to make nice, I wouldn't do it if I could...".
In the documentary, I was impressed by the Chicks and their sturdy resistance to backing down from their point of view. They were scared their careers were in the tank, but they didn't blame Natalie or kick her out, they didn't capitulate to get their country fans back, and they stuck to their guns.
And we know now that their CD won Grammys and that they are once again on top of the music heap. And they were right about the war and President Bush.