Bob Harris meets The Dixie Chicks, the biggest selling female group in music history. He talks to them about their new album 'Taking the Long Way' which has reached number one in the American Mainstream and Country charts, despite Country radio's rejection of the group's music in the wake of their outspoken criticism of George Bush and the Iraq war.
The Dixie Chicks are Natalie Maines, and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. They released their debut album 'Wide Open Spaces' in 1997 and it went on to sell more than 12 million copies. Their second album, 'Fly', sold 9 million copies and featured the hits Ready to Run, Cowboy Take Me Away and Without You. After winning several Grammys and CMA awards The Dixie Chicks released their third album 'Home' ,an instant commercial success and critical favourite, and in 2002 they won their 10th CMA award for vocal group.
However, during a concert in London on the eve of the Iraq war Natalie Maines commented 'Just so you know, we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas', a remark which caused huge controversy in the USA and led to Country radio banning their music, plummeting record sales and even death threats against the band.
The programme includes live performances of songs from their new album, recorded exclusively for Radio 2 at the BBC's Maida Vale studios.
|Caitlin Rose In Session|
|Corb Lund In Session|
|Darrell Scott In Session|
|Dierks Bentley In Session|
|East Nashville Artists Eric Brace And Peter Cooper In Session|
|Elizabeth Cook In Session|
|Frazey Ford From 'the Be Good Tanyas' In Session|
|Highlights Of The 2010 Americana Music Awards|
|In Conversation With Lady Antebellum|
|Includes The Court Yard Hounds In Session|
|Justin Townes Earle In Session|
|Kevin Welch In Session|
|Kim Richey In Session|
|Live Acoustic Session From Country Superstar Brad Paisley|
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|Po' Girl In Session|
|Rachel Harrington In Session|
|Ray Wylie Hubbard In Session|
|Rita Hosking In Session|
|Ryan Bingham In Session|
|Tift Merritt Plays Live In The Studio|
|With Dave Rawlings Machine|
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Bob's guests are Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, with session music from their new project - Dave Rawlings Machine.
Made up of Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and members of The Old Crow Medicine show Dave Rawlings Machine received multiple nominations at the recent Americana Music awards in Nashville -including best album, group and song.
Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch have one of the most influential musical partnerships in American roots music. Since meeting at music college in Boston in the early 90s the two have released four critically acclaimed albums under Gillian's name, including Grammy nominated 'Revival' and 'Time (The Revelator). Gillian Welch also featured heavily on the hugely successful 'O Brother, Where art thou?' soundtrack album. She's currently working on a new studio album to be released next year.
Bob's guests are Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.