Music: These Chicks Can Fly

They're not just the Spice Girls of country. When this trio plays bluesy or bluegrass, it's win Dixie

Their overnight success took many moons. For nearly a decade the Dixie Chicks played grange halls and coffeehouses, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and in a McDonald's commercial, toured from their native Texas to Alaska, without corralling the interest of a Nashville record company. The band's bluegrass-meets-cowgirl sound (its first CD, in 1991, was titled Thank Heavens for Dale Evans) seemed way too outre for the country-music establishment, and girl groups had never made much of a noise in Twangtown. It wasn't till Sony Nashville highlighted the Dixie Chicks' blond sauciness that the group became the thing du jour, peddling...

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