Since Bush supporters and Clear Channel rocked them, the Dixie Chicks are rocking the vote in return, announcing a campaign with the nonpartisan Rock the Vote: Chicks Rock, Chicks Vote:
“Contrary to what has been portrayed in the media, we never had intentions of becoming a political band, but like it or not, we have been placed on a unique political platform in the pas months, and we feel it would be irresponsible not to try to make something positive come of that. We believe that this partnership with Rock the Vote is the answer.”
RECAP: (From CNN.com)
In a March 10 concert in London, England, Maines told the crowd: “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” The group also hails from the Lone Star State.
Maines apologized for her comments later that week, but the damage was done: A number of country music radio stations stopped playing the group’s songs, and some organizations sponsored bonfires in which the group’s CDs were destroyed.
Maines and the trio’s other members — sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire — also tell Sawyer the fallout was too harsh for the offense and they’ve always supported U.S. troops, even though they questioned the war.
“It’s the people who have gone overboard and done such irrational things that take you back to the days of book burning. That is a concern for me,” Maguire said.”