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3/23/06

Many Lubbock Listeners Still Not Ready to Hear Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks may soon cause a stir with lyrics from their upcoming album. You may recall some radio stations are still not playing their music after Natalie Maines said she was ashamed of the President during a 2003 concert. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire asked local stations if they'll play the Chicks' new music.

Right now one local country station is not playing the group's first single, "I'm Not Ready to Make Nice," saying Lubbock listeners don't want to hear it. Another local station is playing it, they say listener response is not all bad.

Programers at '99.5 The Bear' didn't hesitate to put the Dixie Chicks' first release from their new album on the air. Morning show co-hosts Rick and Jane say it's a powerful song and Lubbock listeners need to hear "Not Ready to Make Nice."

"People said, 'We're glad you're taking the lead, it's great to hear them," said Rick. "We had other reactions where people didn't say we don't want to hear that anymore, their reaction was wow, Natalie's still kind of angry."

Many radio stations nationwide chose not to play the Dixie Chicks after lead singer Natalie Maines made negative comments about President Bush and the war in Iraq three years ago.

A Dixie Chicks press release states "The resultant uproar of that statement- complete with boycotts and death threats - is the focus of Taking the Long Way's defiant first track." "The stakes were definitely higher on that song," says singer Emily Robison. "We knew it was special because it was so autobiographical and we had to get it right. And once we had that song done it freed us up to do the rest of the album without that burden."

Part of the song's chorus says: "I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell and I don't have time to go round and round and round." (Click here) to go to the Dixie Chicks website and listen to the entire song.

Rick and Jane say they'll keep playing the Dixie Chicks' music as long as listeners like it.

Meanwhile KLLL is not playing the latest song. Morning show co-host Jeff Scott says their listeners don't want to hear it and when listeners start asking to hear them they'll play the chicks. Scott says the Dixie Chicks possibly keep themselves off KLLL airwaves with such controversial lyrics.

"I think as long as they're still angry, keep stirring it up, people keep remembering and it keeps adding fuel to the fire and keeps this thing going," said Scott.

This could be the last time we'll hear anger, in a statement Natalie Maines says, "This album was total therapy. I'm way more at peace now. Writing these songs and saying everything we had to say makes it possible to move on."

Another song on the album is called "Lubbock or Leave It." The Dixie Chicks statement says the song is about "small-town narrow-mindedness."

Both KLLL and The Bear say they will play it and let listeners decide whether they keep playing it. NewsChannel 11 was unable to find the lyrics to "Lubbock or Leave It."

The album "Taking the Long Way" hits stores May 23.

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