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Austin City Limits

Dixie Chicks (#2615)

What was a discernible industry buzz when the trio made their Austin City Limits debut back in 1998 is now an entertainment industry roar as deafening as a West Texas dust storm. The dynamic threesome from Dallas has generated a level of excitement in mainstream country that has not been felt since Garth Brooks burst upon the scene more than a decade ago. Sisters Martie Seidel and Emily Robison founded the band in Dallas in 1989, with Lubbuck-native Natalie Maines stepping in as lead singer in 1995. By decade's end, their feisty brand of twangy, traditional-instrument-fueled, girl-power-country was the biggest music story out of the entire Lone Star State since a scrawny strat-wielding kid named Stevie Ray Vaughan set the blues and rock worlds ablaze back in the '80s. Touring in support of their 1999 release Fly, the follow-up to their multi-platinum debut Wide Open Spaces, the Chicks packed arena-sized venues across the country in rock star fashion throughout most of 2000. Critics and fans by the thousands are catching "Chick Fever" and coming away testifying to the band's rare, wide-ranging appeal. The Atlanta Journal Constitution described the Chicks' magnetism as combining the "sexual energy of Elvis Presley mixed with the night-piercing screams of Robert Plant and the musical virtuosity of Earl Scruggs." The trio's exhilarating performance on Austin City Limits is a romp through just about everything off Fly, with a couple other gems tossed in to make for a truly outstanding evening of music. Highlights include the beautiful Patty Griffin-penned "Fly," the wickedly funny hit single "Goodbye Earl," and "Cowboy Take Me Home," a single that made it to the top of the country charts. The evening reaches a climax with the smash " Wide Open Spaces" from the trio's first album. The Dixie Chicks' sparkling Austin City Limits performance showcases the qualities that have resulted in their dramatic rise to the upper echelon of country music's top talent. With the unique combination of brilliant musicianship, sharp songwriting, fashionable good looks, and dynamic stage charisma, it is understandable why critics have hailed the three Texans as the shot-in-the-arm country music badly needed going into the new millennium. With the Country Music Association Award for "Entertainer of the Year" in 2000 as even further proof, these Chicks have clearly only begun to soar. [57 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music and beyond. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage.

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