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Fans Welcome the Chicks to Chicago
By: Brianna Nightingale, CSO Contributing Journalist

After taking the stage to “Hail to the Chief,” the Dixie Chicks put on an outstanding performance at Chicago’s United Center on August 15th. The trio sang multiple songs from their newest album titled Taking The Long Way as well as many old favorites such as “Cowboy Take Me Away,” “Landslide” and “Some Days You Gotta Dance.” The fans went crazy and of course also sang along, particularly during “Goodbye Earl.”

With Natalie Maines singing lead vocals and playing guitar, Martie Maguire on violin and mandolin and Emily Robison on the banjo for most of the concert, these girls are something to see. There was not a dull moment throughout the concert. 

I could feel the excitement in the air when “Not Ready To Make Nice” began. The concert could have ended right after that song and I think everybody in the nearly sold-out crowd would have gone home happy. Halfway through the song, when the lyrics are “It turned my whole world around/ and I kinda like it,” the expression on Maines’ face said it all. The fans, already on their feet, went wild as a result of what she did. 

While picking at her guitar strings, Maines stated that the seven children among the three are never forgotten. Towards the middle of the 22 song set, the Chicks performed “Lullaby,” which was written for them. 

After a lot of long, loud applause, the Chicks came back on stage for a four-song encore starting with an extremely touching performance of “Traveling Soldier.” The very last song of the night was the upbeat “Ready To Run.”

Whenever I go to a concert, it never fails, I always leave liking the performer(s) more than I did when I arrived. I didn’t think it was possible for me to like the Dixie Chicks any more than I did, but after seeing the way they can play the fiddle and banjo live, I have a whole new appreciation for their talents. 

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