Dixie Chicks Reflect On Being Blacklisted, Debut ‘Gaslighter’ On ‘Ellen’

The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to open…

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Lauren Jo Black

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March 16, 2020

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The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday to open up about their hiatus from the spotlight and take the stage for the live television debut of their brand new single, “Gaslighter.”

Reflecting on the now-infamous comments made by Maines during Dixie Chicks’ concert in London in 2003, the trio shared their thoughts on being blacklisted and pondered if the backlash would have been the same if they made those comments in today’s society.

“I think we were one of the first people to feel that ‘cancel culture’ and I think, you know, what we said — or, what I said — back then would not even be a thing today because it was really mild compared to what people say today,” Maines said in the previously taped episode.

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After Maines criticized President George W. Bush while on foreign soil, country music fans became outraged and boycotted their music. Some even went as far as burning Dixie Chicks albums and crushing their CDs with heavy-duty equipment.

“On one hand, everyone has this forum where they can say whatever they want to say, but on the other hand this platform can move really quickly and ruin people’s lives,” Maines told the talk show host.

DeGeneres acknowledged that society’s tendency to turn on celebrities who simply share an opinion they don’t agree with is “sad.”

“I think we need to get back to where we all just celebrate our differences, and we all have different opinions and it’s okay to have strong opinions,” DeGeneres explained. “As long as you’re not hurting somebody else, you can speak your opinion.”

The trio then took the stage to perform “Gaslighter,” the lead single from their long-awaited new album.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.