The Dixie Chicks is an American country music band. The band was formed by Laura Lynch on upright bass, guitarist Robin Lynn Macy, and the multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie and Emily Erwin in 1989 in Dallas, Texas. The band consist of Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and lead singer Natalie Maines. It was originally composed of four women which perform bluegrass and country music. They having tour in the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the leaving of one of the band member, the substitute of their lead singer and a change in their range, the Dixie Chicks gained impressive success in country music and pop, which begin in 1998 with hit songs like Cowboy Take Me Away", and "Long Time Gone", "Wide Open Spaces". The group also became known for their strong spirit and contentious comments on subjects such as war and politics.
In 2003, ten days before invasion in Iraq, during a London concert , lead vocalist Maines said, "we don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is George W. Bush and he is from Texas where the Dixie Chicks' home state is. The statement led to anger to some people, who assume it as barbaric and unpatriotism acts that led to accusations of the three women of being "un-American", hate mail, a death threat, and the eradicating of their albums in protest.