Texas-bred Dixie Chicks flew high from 1998 until 2003, when they politicized a concert in London by criticizing President George W. Bush, who was about to launch the war in Iraq. Their comments alienated country music fans and the country music industry. With their wings clipped, the Chicks devolved from an arena act to once more playing clubs. Still, the group – made up of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy – garnered 13 Grammy awards, including Album of the Year for “Taking the Long Way” in 2007. Friday night, the Dixie Chicks fly into the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. Expect to hear the hits, such as “Wide Open Spaces,” “Fly” and “Goodbye Earl,” along with a few surprises. (P.S. Don’t be surprised if you hear a well-timed barb aimed at this year’s presidential race.)
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- The talented and hilarious Elizabeth Cook brings her songs and humor to the Cat’s Cradle Back Stage in Carrboro Friday.
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band play the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday, the same night the Leroy Savage Group with Jim Watson and Fiddlin’ Al McCanless will pick and sing bluegrass at Cary’s Upper Deck Sports Bar.