[Dixielandjazz] Re: Dixie Chicks going Dixieland?
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 4 18:57:39 PDT 2006
on 6/4/06 8:59 PM, Bill Haesler at bhaesler at bigpond.net.au wrote:
>> First Bruce Springsteen puts out a CD with some Dixieland. Now, the Dixie
> Steve and other DJMLers,
> The new Dixie Chicks' CD was number 2 on the charts here in Oz last week.
> They look good and obviously work hard.
> Good luck to them.
> At the risk of setting off this thread again, I have tried to find a
> downloadable mp3 of their 'dixieland' stuff on the internet.
> What I've listened to so far confirms Pat Cooke's comment about the group.
> However, I am still curious about the 'dixieland' stuff mentioned.
Dear Bill & Listmates:
Below is a review of their latest album, from "News Blaze". Pertinent quote
from it is: "Another upbeat song is 'I like it', which has a Dixieland
sound with a campy undertone." So, if you can get a download of "I Like It"
go for it and see if you hear what the reviewer from Student Operated Press
heard. I heard a part of it on the Barnes & Noble site for the album, but
did not hear much of a Dixieland sound.
This album is different from their previous work in that they wrote, or
co-wrote all the tunes. They are telling it like THEY see it. I think
millions will love it, for various reasons including those purely musical,
from their viewpoint. It will probably win a Grammy.
Note also their ambitious tour schedule in support of the album.
Taking the Long Way with the Dixie Chicks By Maria Grella
The Dixie Chicks latest album, Taking the Long Way, is a very listenable
compilation of songs, with great harmonies, good writing skills and
beautiful melodies. It is the first album where they have co-written all
tracks, and it was also the first of their albums to be recorded in L.A.,
rather than Nashville, as is traditional in country music.
With the help of producer Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash),
the trio competently display their musical and writing capabilities. More
personal than previous albums, the lyrics show a maturity and growth. "The
Long Way Around" is the opening track, and is a lyrically themed version of
Robert Frost's quintessential poem, "Road Less Traveled". It is a personal
song about how life could've been by taking the less difficult road; going
on in the normal route of marrying your high school sweetheart, staying in
same zip code and settling into family life. Instead, the path chosen was
the uneasy, unworn trail, traveling toward an uncertain future. The bad side
of fame is uncovered in "Everybody Knows", though many can associate with
the lyrics. It calls forth the inability to escape reputation; trying to be
strong by putting on a brave face despite the pain of the past, but knowing
that everyone is aware of how you're really feeling.
Stand out tracks include "Easy Silence", "Not Ready to Make Nice", and
"Lullaby". "Easy Silence" is a beautiful love song to the one who eases the
chaos of the world by becoming your sanctuary for quiet peacefulness. The
song is smooth and pleasant to listen to. The backlash following a comment
about being ashamed President Bush is a fellow Texan is found in "Not Ready
to Make Nice". The tune shows that the D.C.'s still have lingering anger,
and are not ready to forgive and forget.
Politics continue in "Lubbock or Leave It" in a more upbeat way. Recently
featured on the season finale of Medium, "Lullaby" is a very pretty and
calming lullaby and is also one of the best tracks on the album.
The "Bitter End" is a great concert closer, and unlike the title suggests,
it has that sweet, sing-along chorus, as it bids farewell and goodbye to
friends. Another upbeat song is "I like it", which has a Dixieland sound
with a campy undertone. "Silent House" continues the trend of the pretty
melody. "Voice inside My Head" is your conscious speaking of lost love,
while "Baby Hold On" is a love song, both with good vocals. Weak songs
include the slow ballad "Favorite Year" and "So Hard", which is easy to
forget. The album's closing track is "I Hope"; a mellow yet soulful song for
a weary world and its problems. The repetitive words of 'I hope' within the
chorus drives the song.
Being their first album since the infamous 'ashamed' comment on their 2003
Home tour, the Dixie Chicks have had to battle ill comments from former fans
and foes. Though their country fans are mostly conservatives in the Midwest,
one hopes that they don't hold grudges and miss out on a beautifully crafted
collection of songs. Now might be the perfect time to expand on their
listener-ship, by crossing over into a more pop sound. Political aspects
aside, the album as a whole should be given a chance for the simple fact
that the Dixie Chicks, as a musical group and not political analysts, are
successful in what they do. Taking the Long Way is a strong album that
displays harmonies, musical talent and lyrics at the Dixie Chicks' best.
Above sourced from: The Student Operated Press
The Dixie Chicks will embark on the "Accidents & Accusations Tour" in
support of Taking The Long Way beginning July 21 in Detroit, Michigan and
ending November 11 in Tacoma, Washington. MAJOR VENUES.
DIXIE CHICKS ACCIDENTS & ACCUSATIONS TOUR
Date City Venue On sale
21-Jul Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena Saturday, June 3
22-Jul Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena Saturday, June 3
23-Jul Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center Saturday, June 10
25-Jul Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Saturday, June 3
28-Jul Albany, NY Pepsi Arena Saturday, June 3
29-Jul Boston, MA Banknorth Garden Saturday, June 3
1-Aug New York, NY Madison Square Garden Monday, June 5
4-Aug Washington, DC Verizon Center Saturday, June 3
13-Aug Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center Saturday, June 10
15-Aug Chicago, IL The United Center Saturday, June 3
18-Aug Minneapolis, MN Target Center Saturday, June 3
20-Aug Kansas City, MO Kemper Arena Saturday, June 10
22-Aug St. Louis, MO Savvis Center Saturday, June 10
23-Aug Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse Saturday, June 10
24-Aug Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Saturday, June 3
26-Aug Fargo, ND Fargodome Saturday, June 3
3-Sep Phoenix, AZ Glendale Arena Saturday, June 3
6-Sep Fresno, CA SaveMart Center Saturday, June 10
8-Sep Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena Saturday, June 10
9-Sep Oakland, CA Oakland Arena Sunday, June 11
14-Sep Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Saturday, June 10
16-Sep Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Saturday, June 10
23-Sep Omaha, NE Qwest Center Saturday, June 3
24-Sep Denver, CO Pepsi Center Saturday, June 10
26-Sep Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center Saturday, June 10
27-Sep Memphis, TN FedEx Forum Saturday, June 10
29-Sep Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Saturday, June 3
30-Sep Houston, TX Toyota Center Saturday, June 10
1-Oct Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center Saturday, June 10
3-Oct Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment Ctr Saturday, June 3
5-Oct Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum Saturday, June 3
6-Oct Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday, June 10
7-Oct Ft. Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center Saturday, June 3
17-Oct Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Saturday, June 3
20-Oct Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday, June 3
22-Oct Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Saturday, June 10
27-Oct Ottawa, Ontario Scotiabank Place Saturday, June 3
28-Oct Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre Saturday, June 3
4-Nov Edmonton, Alberta Rexall Place Saturday, June 10
5-Nov Calgary, Alberta Saddledome Saturday, June 3
8-Nov Vancouver, BC GM Place Saturday, June 3
9-Nov Portland, OR Rose Garden Saturday, June 3
11-Nov Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome Saturday, June 3
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