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1. Lil' Jack Slade
CHARLIE COOK: The Dixie Chicks turned country music upside down with the
release of Wide Open Spaces four years ago. They continued to soar with Fly. And now they're poised to make history tomorrow
with the release of their third album, Home. They've won dozens and dozens of industry awards including the CMA and ACM Entertainers
of the Year. The Chicks played to more than a million fans on their Fly tour and they're the only female group in history
to sell 10 million copies each of two different albums and Home just might become their third. Tonight, we'll celebrate with
the Dixie Chicks as they world premiere new music from Home in stores tomorrow
LON HELTON: We're in New York City live tonight. Three hours, two hours
rather with the three of you. The Dixie Chicks. How are ya?
DIXIE CHICKS: Good.
LON HELTON: You guys have been in New York for what a week now? Almost,
NATALIE: Yes, we've been here a while. We've been out of town for like three
weeks. I can't remember where we are when, but we've been in New York and we've spent the weekend in the Hamptons so we feel
like true New Yorkers now.
LON HELTON: My. So what do you think about what Charlie Cook said earlier
about making history tomorrow with a new album coming out.
EMILY: That's scary.
LON HELTON: You sold what, twenty something million albums. That's pretty
NATALIE: I know. It's unbelievable every time I hear that because I look
at stars who I think are huge superstars and then when I read an article and see that they sold 3 million records and then
I go, " Ohhh, we've sold 20 million records." That's when things get put into perspective.
LON HELTON: Let's talk a little bit about this album before we get into
"Long Time Gone." Tell me a little bit just about it. We've talked about you selling more than 20 million albums, and yet
I hear you say that this is more the music you guys really wanted to make.
MARTIE: At this time it was what we were feeling inside. A lot of people
heard about our record label lawsuit and we had taken a year off when all that was going on. And it was kind of like therapy
going in the studio and getting away from the business because having to worry about the business side of the music business
is frustrating sometimes because we like to just pick and sing and not worry and hire people to deal with that side of the
job. And so it was nice to be home and nesting and happy, happily married -- and Natalie had her baby. (Sound of glass
breaking and laughter from the Chicks) Emily had one on the way.
NATALIE: I knew it. I knew this would happen.
LON HELTON: It was only a matter of time. This should be on TV. Natalie
answered her cellphone and turned it off and looking for that red wine and there it goes.
NATALIE: I hadn't had cell phone service all dayand now it's ringing.
LON HELTON: Martie, pick up on one thing for me. Actually I'm curious for
all of you. You got a lot of press all the stuff that was going on with the label and you were gone without new music for
over a year. Did you guys ever wonder, especially doing something what you might consider radical at this music, like "Geez,
do you think anybody's going to care. Maybe they won't care when we come back. What if we came back and nobody, you know."
MARTIE: First of all, I don't think a year and a half is a long amount of
time to get rejuvenated and re-inspired. I think it takes that, especially for us, to know where we're gonna go musically
next and true fans stick with you and we've been in touch in various ways with our fans while we were breaking.
NATALIE: I think if you make a good record you can go away for a long time.
In the rock world people don't shell out the albums...
MARTIE: An album a year.
NATALIE: ...like they do in pop and in country. We've always been in the
mindset, ya know, we thought we had a pretty good break between Wide Open Spaces and Fly just cause we feel that it's important
to go away for a little bit so you can come back with that big push. A lot of times, I don't even know that a artist has a
new album out. They happen so quick it seems like they just overlap and I have no idea if it's a new album or the old album
when I hear singles on the radio. For us it's just a necessity, people are already asking us questions about the fourth album.
We're not even there. I have no idea what that's going to sound like.
LON HELTON: No worries then?
EMILY: I can't say that I don't think about it late at night when your sleeping
or when you're about to go to sleep and thinking about everything in your world. Yeah, I think for me, you know, it's always...it's
a high to have that sort of support and album sales and things like that. So when you make something that you are really proud
of, you want to feel that again. So I can't say it doesn't creep into our psyche a little bit.
LON HELTON: The first e-mail here comes from Franny who's in Chicago tonight.
And Franny wants to know the inspiration or your influences growing up and if there was one defining artist who influenced
you and then she wants to know the inspiration behind "Long Time Gone." Or why you guys picked that song? One artist.
MARTIE: I'd say Dolly Parton
NATALIE: James Taylor
EMILY: Emmylou Harris.
LON HELTON: Alright. and we have things to talk about, at least a few of
those people, as we get along here.
EMILY: Emmylou Harris to me is just, I think overall, I look over people's
career as a whole and the longevity that they've had and I think that's our biggest goal right now is just to be here many
years from now, you know. Seeing how someone goes through their whole career with such class and such consistency and just
quality. To me that marks a really good career. It doesn't necessarily mean that every album that that person puts out is
their best-selling album. I think it's important to have that love for your own music to where it doesn't matter if you sell
half as many the next time. You have that passion for it.
LON HELTON: I think we'll talk about Emmylou maybe a little bit later too.
Second half of Franny's question. Were all you guys attracted to "Long Time Gone?" Did anyone have to be talked into this?
MARTIE: I'm always attracted to Darrell Scott's songs. He's put out some
independent releases because he's an artist, himself in his own right as well as a songwriter. We enjoy his take on things.
The song "Long Time Gone" we weren't attractedwe usually are attracted to controversial things for some reason. But that was
not some thing, a song we were attracted to because of its controversy but you know the last verse. Today I was watching CNN
and a little headline or a little sub-line came along the bottom of the screen, and it said "Dixie Chicks take a slam at radio
in their new song".
NATALIE: Really? We made the ticker.
MARTIE: I thought don't they have something else to put on the ticker. It
wasn't intentional at all. It's not necessarily our view, and I love that music is across the board and radio will play the
more pop country and the more traditional country. I think we need it all. But it's definitely Darrell Scott's view and I
think he puts it in a really interesting great way.
LON HELTON: Oh he absolutely does.
2. Long Time Gone
LON HELTON: That's not a bad shot at anybody. It's interesting how people
pick up on trying to make controversy out of nothing. Here's a couple of personal questions for you guys. Emily, do you know
the sex of your baby and what are the names you've picked out?
EMILY: Yes, it is a little boy, and we've picked out the name Charles Augustus
Robison. Charles after my husband Charlie and Augustus after our favorite McMurtry character Augustus McRae.
LON HELTON: Lonesome Dove?
EMILY: Yes, we'll probably call him Gus. Good Texas name.
LON HELTON: Alright, another personal question here. Anita, who's in Tucson,
wants to know from each of you the one thing you do for yourself and just for you, like when nobody's watching. (Laughter)
MARTIE: Gosh, I don't know what she's driving at. (Laughter.)
NATALIE: Why are you so guilty? I don't think she's driving at anything.
LON HELTON: It's a good thing this is on late at night.
MARTIE: I like to take time for myself in the form of a hot bath.
NATALIE: I still love to dance crazily and sing at the top of my lungs when
I'm by myself. Just like a teenager. If I'm in a hotel room or something I always think somebody can probably see me, but
I don't care.
EMILY: As Martie and Natalie well know I am a beauty product addict. I buy
like lotions and potions and all that kind of stuff, and sometimes I'll just sit around my hotel room and just dabble. (Laughter)
It's not doing much good but I'm dabbling.
LON HELTON: It's really interesting that people have actually heard some
of this music from Home before because, of course, the single "Long Time Gone." But "Travelin' Soldier" you guys did on the
CMA Awards show last November. So you are probably the best to talk about "Travelin' Soldier" Emily.
EMILY: We've all been Bruce Robison fans for a long time -- even before
I was a part of his family. I'm married to his brother, Charlie, and we heard the song probably two or three years ago. It
didn't necessarily make sense on the first two albums. When we decided to do something more acoustic, we found ourselves going
back to this song just because it was one of those ones that we loved so much and we really felt like our harmonies and our
instrumentation would add to it. I am so happy to know that he likes our version of the song. But it was special to do on
the CMA's not because it directly related to 9/11, but just because of the sentiment. I think it put people in a place to
want to hear a song like that.
NATALIE: You can see in the audience when we play, you can tell the people
who have family overseas fighting the war. They get very emotional on this song.
3. Travelin' Soldier
LON HELTON: We have some surprises here for you tonight. We have one of
them right now. We have on the phone, Stevie Nicks.
DIXIE CHICKS: Oh Wow.
STEVIE: Oh my God. Martie, Emily, Natalie.
NATALIE: How are you?
STEVIE: I am fine. I just wanted, ya know I'm not there so I can't be listening
to this of course because I'm in LA. I just wanted to tell you guys I'm so excited about your record company -- your record
company -- ah, Freudian slip. (Laughter) I'm so excited about your record coming out today and about "Landslide" and just
you guys, well you know, because I just love you all so much. I'm so excited for the world to hear this music, because the
world needs this music.
NATALIE: Ahh, you're so sweet.
STEVIE: Are you happy?
NATALIE: Yes, we're happy. Are you happy with "Landslide"? We get asked
that all day long.
Dial tone. The phone has been disconnected.
DIXIE CHICKS (laughing): Oh, no.
NATALIE: The answer to that one. Oh my God. She hates it.
LON HELTON: I guess not
NATALIE: Geez, she coulda lied. She's so honest.
LON HELTON: She just hung up. There's news that's going to be on CNN tomorrow.
DIXIE CHICKS: Stevie Nicks hangs up...
LON HELTON: ...on the Chicks. Doesn't like "Landslide". The song was
just released as a single and debuted extremely high on the charts is this "Landslide" that Stevie wrote.
NATALIE: Whether she likes it or not
LON HELTON: While we're trying to get her back on the line to talk to you
guys, why don't you talk a little bit about how Natalie, you brought this to everybody. This was your idea.
NATALIE: Yeah, I'll take credit for this one. We all knew it was a great
song -- and no songs get on the album unless we all love them. But I was listening to this in the car one day in Austin. I've
known the song. I could have sang the song five years ago, but it never hit me like it did at this age. And after having a
child and taking some time off and growing and maturing, I just really connected to the song. Immediately heard, cause we
already sort of knew the direction that we wanted to take with these recordings, I just heard exactly how we could do it,
and it turned out just like it was in my head, and we love it.
LON HELTON: I think we have Stevie back. Right Stevie?
STEVIE: I'm back but of course I missed that whole thing.
LON HELTON: They were really concerned that you didn't like it.
NATALIE: I asked what you thought of "Landslide" and then there was a dial
STEVIE: Well you know what I think of "Landslide". I love it and since I
got to go to Las Vegas and actually sing it with the girls, that was such a treat for me. I think we ended up in a four-part
harmony. You know, since "Landslide", I remember sitting in some house in Colorado in like 1973, with a beautiful view in
somebody's big beautiful home that I had gone to dinner or something. I took my guitar and I went into this beautiful room
and I sat and I wrote "Landslide." I can remember it and seeing it through my eyes when I was, gosh, in my early 20s and then
through my eyes all the way through up until now -- and through you guys' eyes. It's really quite an amazing metamorphosis
for this song from generation to generation to generation and I'm so proud to be a part of that with you guys.
EMILY: Thank you.
NATALIE: Thanks. We wish we had a pinky of song writing talent that you
STEVIE: Well .
LON HELTON: The question is, Stevie: When you wrote this, did you envision
banjo in this? (laughter)
NATALIE: Oh, is she gone again?
LON HELTON: I guess she didn't like that question either.
NATALIE: Banjo is a sore subject with a lot of people. (laughter)
LON HELTON: But you envisioned banjo Emily?
EMILY: This was a tough song for me to get used to the idea of doing just
because it is such a famous song. When you pick something like this you want to do it justice and you want either do it better
than the original artist or completely different. I knew we couldn't do it any better than Stevie so it was really a matter
of can we put a new twist on it and so, really, our instrumentation and our harmonies I think helped do that.
LON HELTON: I don't know if we'll hear from Stevie Nicks again. Natalie,
you said you think you know what happened
NATALIE: Oh, I said she was probably on her assistant's cell phone driving
through the hills. That's what she's doing every time I talk to her.
LON HELTON: Right now we want to go to Martha, who is in Austin, Texas tonight.
DIXIE CHICKS: Hi
MARTHA: Hi. First of all. I love y'all. Y'all are awesome.
NATALIE: Thank you.
MARTHA: I just want to know what it was like for y'all speaking of Stevie
Nicks the longevity that she's had? She's such a great songwriter. Are y'all still awestruck when you worked with her? Does
she inspire you?
NATALIE: You know, she doesn't make you feel like that. We would be, but
she is so warm and such a supporter. A lot of females in this industry I don't know are of supportive of each other. I think
with people like Stevie Nicks and Emmylou Harris, who have been through it, they have lots of advice and she's so open with
her life and her history and her mistakes and just supports us and came out to our show in California and sat there the whole
set and just looked really into it. She's always an inspiration to talk to, let alone listen to her song writing and her music.
She'll write me these little notes and things that are as poetic as her lyrics. She's just a brilliant, beautiful writer.
LON HELTON: Any talk at all, you mentioned to her about songwriting, any
chance you guys might write with her? Do you ever talk about it?
NATALIE: She said if we have melodies and things, to send them on and she'd
write lyrics. So when we're writing for the next album, that might be something that we look into. She's a great lyricist.
She writes a lot on her own. She has a good story. She was talking to Tom Petty before she made this last record of hers and
wasn't feeling inspired or that she could write anything. She just asked him, "Come write with me." and he said. "You don't
need me to write with you. You can write all about yourself." She went home and wrote a song about that on the new album which,
what was that called?
EMILY: I can't remember
NATALIE: Something "I write my songs myself/And that made me stronger, made
me hold on."
EMILY: A perfect example of her personality: We were at the Divas show.
Martie and Natalie were talking about throwing me a baby shower here coming up. And, she was so like, "Would you invite me
to your baby shower." I was going, "Stevie Nicks is asking me if she can come to my baby shower. I'm like that would be a
LON: Let's get right to the phone here. Cary is in Pittsburgh.
CARY: Hi guys. How you doing.
DIXIE CHICKS: Good!
CARY: My wife and I love your music and we have a question and a small requestion.
First, we wanna know if you guys had any professional musical training in school and what did you study? And second, our son,
who turns 1 tomorrow loves your music and if you could wish him a Happy Birthday I'm sure he'll appreciate that.
LON HELTON: What's his name?
NATALIE: Aw. Marties' step, well I don't know what you call him now.
EMILY: Her ex-stepson.
NATALIE: is named Carter
MARTIE: Is he listening right now.
CALLER: Ya, he actually is.
MARTIE: How old is he?
CALLER: He's turning 1 tomorrow. And his favorite song is "There's Your
Trouble". He bobs his head in the carseat whenever he hears it.
EMILY: Well Happy Birthday Carter from the Dixie Chicks.
NATALIE: Happy Birthday.
LON HELTON: And his other question was now I forgot. Professional music
training, that was it. Martie you went to SMU.
MARTIE: Yes, I took violin lessons all growing up from age of 5 and then
went on and had a couple scholarships to college so the musical training actually afforded me a chance to go to several different
colleges and I chose Southwestern University in Georgetown and then SMU and I was a music major. So, I can kind of read music.
EMILY: After all that.
MARTIE: After three years of college
I can kind of read music but it definitely helped in what I do today.
EMILY: Martie and I's parents started us on Suzuki method violin so even
now I'm playing banjo it was a prerequisite in our family that you had to start on violin at 5 and learn to read music. Go
through all of that. Ya, I never went to college 'cause I was already in the Chicks but we were always in orchestra and things
like that plus we took private lessons on the side as well.
LON HELTON: Natalie how about you?
NATALIE: No, I never did. I went to Berklee School of Music for a semester
but....when you learn theory and notation and things like that...if you don't practice it for two weeks you forget.
LON HELTON: She'd rather sing wildly in her hotel room. Right
LON HELTON: We've got an e-mail here from Mary who was watching the Today
Show the other day when you guys were on and she says, "Saw you guys...you were great on the Today Show. Natalie, too bad
it was so windy." (Laughter)
NATALIE: I could maybe tell a slightly "R-rated" story, but I...
LON HELTON: It's late. Feel free.
NATALIE: I wasn't wearing panties, and I prefer that way quite often in
my life. Usually we don't play outdoors, and when we were making our way to the door and I saw the flags really blowing in
the breeze I started panicking and trying to yell at everyone, "Somebody go get me some panties." Then they're like, "You're
on in 45 seconds." And I was going, "Oh my God!" I went out there and, afterwards, Matt Lauer, word travels fast. I only said
that to about 10 people, but Matt Lauer came up and said, "That would have been a first." I'm telling the guy, "My skirt might
blow up." "It's your decision." I said, "No, it's not. It's your decision. This is the Today Show. You tell me what
you want." (laughter)
LON HELTON: How much of the Dixie Chicks would you like to see?
NATALIE: If we were to look back at the tapes, they stay on my head a lot.
EMILY: So you don't know what the live audience actually saw or the band
behind us. They got the best shot.
LON HELTON: What time do you guys have to show up for the Today Show?
NATALIE: We were told we had the record on that. Our call time was 3:30.
We're like J-Lo times three. (Laughter)
LON HELTON: Is this high maintenance time?
EMILY: Well, when you're having to play at 6 o'clock in the morning, you
need a little more makeup than you usually need.
LON HELTON: Tell me about one of the new songs on the new CD, Home is "More
MARTIE: Tim O'Brien and Gary Nicholson wrote that song and, actually, we're
big fans of Tim's. He's a singer-songwriter musician in his own right. I actually took fiddle lessons from him one summer
in Boulder, Colorado. For some of you bluegrass fans, you probably have heard his name quite a bit over the years. That was
something he had on an album with Darrell Scott, and I brought it to the group while we were doing pre-production for this
record. We just loved the sweet sentiment of the song. And it's kind of about more than love. It's kind of more about political
love issues. Being married to a guy from Ireland and all the troubles he's experienced in Northern Ireland being a Catholic,
it definitely has a special place in my heart.
5. More Love
LON HELTON: We're going to some phone calls now. Tony in Sandusky, Ohio.
TONY: How are you?
DIXIE CHICKS: Hi. Good
TONY: I love everything you do. I think the name the Dixie Chicks is just perfect
DIXIE CHICKS: (laughter) Anything? Wow!
TONY: Anything and everything.
NATALIE: Thank you.
LON HELTON: Dixie Chicks biscuits.
TONY: I wanted to find out what you guys like to do just to relax when you get off the road and
just to get away from the business and everything.
MARTIE: Seems like Natalie and I spend a lot of our free time together playing poker at one of
LON HELTON: Poker?
MARTIE:Yeah, we like to play poker and different card games. What did he say about running around
in our underwear.
NATALIE: We don't play strip poker.
LON HELTON: You're at a disadvantage there.
MARTIE: We all like to travel.
NATALIE: I've seen us naked.
LON HELTON: I meant you had less chips to play with.
MARTIE: I love hanging out. I mean, our lives are so crazy most of the time, I like to hang out
with my husband. And sometimes I just veg in front of the TV and click the channels.
LON HELTON: Do you find that you guys like to do the same things?
EMILY: I'm a little bit different. No. I live about two hours away from Austin, so I don't get
invited to the poker games all the time. I live on a ranch, so I've really had fun in the last couple of years starting that
up. I have a lot of animals, and we've started breeding horses and stuff like that. So it's not that relaxing at this point.
It's a lot of work, but it definitely takes your mind off of things.
LON HELTON: Somebody else has a question along these lines. I want to go to Lovie, who's in Schenectady.
NATALIE: Hello Lovie
LOVIE: Hi. How are you?
NATALIE: We like your name
LOVIE: Thank you. I love you guys. You guys have changed my opinion of country music totally.
DIXIE CHICKS: Thanks
LOVIE: My question to you is how has your bonded friendship helped your music career with you
guys as a group?
NATALIE: Wow. A million different ways. I think it's the only way bands can stay together and
we always sort of marvel at the fact that we're at the same place in our lives all the time, even though we're different ages.
It's never somebody wants to do something and the other one has really strong feelings against it. We're really lucky in the
fact that we're on the same page musically and professionally. It's nice when there's a group, as well because if there's
something that one person doesn't feel as passionately as another, the other one can take up the slack. It's great. I can't
imagine having to be out here doing all this on my own.
LON HELTON: We have an e-mail that's along the same line and it's from Jennifer in Des Moines.
She wants to know, "Which one of you holds the group together when things aren't going so good?
NATALIE: We take turns. That's the great thing. If somebody is not having a good day, then the
other people recognize that and pick up the slack. Nobody gets mad or anything about that. We all take turns feeling our best.
EMILY: As far as professional hurdles and things like that, once again, when you know two other
people are going through something, it doesn't seem quite, you don't feel so isolated from everything.
LON HELTON: I hadn't heard but I knew of "Godspeed" because I knew the story with the guy who
wrote it, Radney Foster. Why don't you guys kind of pick it up and also tell me where and how you heard this for the first
MARTIE: I heard it at Summer Lights in Nashville, and Radney was performing it. He's the writer
of the song. I remember watching his wife backstage just bawling her eyes out, and Radney barely being able to get through
the song. We wondered what the story was behind it because it seemed like such a personal and emotional song. And apparently
his first wife moved their small son to Paris, France, because she fell in love with a guy from there. Just picked up and
moved the child away, and Radney was just devastated. For obvious reasons, he just couldn't just follow her to Paris. He wrote
this song for his son so he could listen to it and feel closer to his dad. And to this day, the son, is how old now? Seven?
NATALIE: He's 9
MARTIE: Nine and he listens to it every night before he goes to bed. So it was very emotional.
We wanted to do the song justice because it is such a personal song, and they came to the studio and heard our rendition of
LON HELTON: Radney and his son .
MARTIE: Yes, he seemed very moved, and we were very moved to watch their bond together, and the
son was leaning over the back of the chair hugging his dad and it just made me want to bawl.
NATALIE: His son still listens to it every night before he goes to bed, and it was special.
LON HELTON: This is so cool. This is probably one of those songs you guys might not have recorded
five years ago.
EMILY: Definitely. Just starting families and now Natalie has a 17-month-old. Now I think it
resonates with us more these days. I think we're very into the family mode right now, and it's a very sweet song.
LON HELTON: And you have a special guest on here. The only special guest on the album.
NATALIE: You know, it's hard in this group to get to have special guests because we pretty much
have the bases covered. If we bring someone in to sing harmonies, then Martie or Emily get knocked off, so Emmylou was on
Radney's version of this song, and she comes in with this mystical kind of angelic voice out of nowhere, and it was just too
perfect. So we invited her into the studio and she did it again.
LON HELTON: Well, listen for Emmylou on this. It's just so haunting and it's so neat.
LON HELTON: While that was on, it was dead quiet in here. You guys kept your headphones on, and
you were all just looking down just thinking. Martie, what were you thinking?
MARTIE: I was thinking how hard it was for me to get through it in the studio. Natalie sang it
from beginning to end one time. Didn't do any fixes and we turned the lights down low and had candles lit. I, at that moment,
thought about her and Slade and her bond with her son. I liked being able to hear some of the choke in her voice because I
think she was really feeling it when she sang it. So every time I hear it, I remember that moment.
LON HELTON: We have to go to Emily.
EMILY: I was wondering what my baby's going to look like.
LON HELTON: Wow! And Natalie?
EMILY: She's thinking about her chicken that's on the way. (Laughter)
all honesty, I was thinking about what a cutie David Letterman is and that we get to see him tomorrow. I was seriously thinking
here daydreaming about David Letterman.
LON HELTON: Oh man, don't encourage him. He can be hard enough for you guys. That's right you
guys are doing Letterman.
DIXIE CHICKS: Tomorrow
LON HELTON: Are you going to sing "Landslide"?
NATALIE: No. Tomorrow we're doing "White Trash Wedding".
LON HELTON: You are
DIXIE CHICKS : Yes
LON HELTON: And if everyone wants to know what that songs about, hang on. I want to take a phone
call right now. Terry is in Marysville. What do you want to ask the Chicks?
TERRY: Hi. If I was genie in a bottle and was to grant you each one wish, what would you wish
NATALIE: Well, can we exclude world peace or do you want the boring standard world peace answer?
LON: That's a given.
NATALIE: Other than world peace, I'd like to know everything. Really, I'd like to be a true intellect.
I wish I knew poetry, and films and languages. I really wish that I had taken, well not taken that route other than this one,
but I just love to think that people go to Harvard and become doctors and historians.
LON HELTON: They know stuff.
NATALIE: They do. They know things.
EMILY: And they all want to be rock stars. (Laughter)
LON HELTON: That's very true.
EMILY: The grass is always greener.
LON HELTON: What's your genie in a bottle wish Emily?
EMILY: That's tough. After that song I'm so sentimental. Probably just a healthy child is my
main wish right now.
LON HELTON: And...
MARTIE: I think right now in my life I'd like to have a little girl. I like to know that I'm
going to have a healthy little girl. I want that more than anything.
LON HELTON: As long as we're being personal here. You've put this on hold right? This baby stuff.
MARTIE: Yes, I'm not pregnant. Well, I haven't really put it on hold just nature.
LON HELTON: Do you guys have to like coordinate this. Now the tour starts in April so...
MARTIE: We do get on the same cycle sometimes because we're on the road so much together but
I've really realized in this last few years that I've been trying, or last year that I've been trying to get pregnant, it's
truly a miracle. It's not that easy for every woman. The older I get the more concerned I get and I'm about to have my 33rd
birthday and it's not happening like I thought it would and it just gives me an appreciation for the miracle of life.
HELTON: It's kind of tough to go from miracle of life to "White Trash Wedding" You guys are going to do this on Letterman
tomorrow. This song has a great story behind it.
MARTIE: I met my husband at Natalie's sister's wedding, two days after my divorce was final.
LON HELTON: That's a song in itself.
MARTIE: I didn't want to fall in love at that moment because I was afraid it was such a rebound,
but I just looked at him and met him, and I just knew he was the one. But there was a lot of flack I was getting from my family
and friends for various reasons and from his family because I wasn't a Catholic. I had been married before and, in the eyes
of the Catholic church, a heathen. The priest in Austin wouldn't marry us in the church because I was so white trash. (Laughter)
He didn't have any money and everybody kept saying 'Oh, he's just marrying her for her money and blah, blah, blah.' We actually
went to Vegas, and he sat at the blackjack table all night until he won enough money to buy me a ring. I think that's really
sweet. But it's very white trash.
EMILY: He could have ended up the other way, and you would have had to pay up.
LON HELTON: What would have happened if the cards wouldn't have been going good?
He was na´ve. He thinks you win in Vegas and, every time he goes, he wins. But anyway we sat around kind of talking about
this and thought it would be a good subject matter for a song, so this is my ode to Gareth.
7. White Trash Wedding
LON HELTON: I just can't imagine how you sat down, said you know, let's do this. Just how that
NATALIE: Martie had the lines already. She had sort of started a ballad kind of song, a sentimental
LON HELTON: That was going to be a ballad?
NATALIE: Ya, that's what I said. She had the lines about buying a ring and about not being able
to wear white and I just said, "That needs to be a nose-picking bluegrass tune (Laughter), a butt-picking bluegrass tune.
We wrote it in 10 minutes. It came really easily, and the real magic happened in the studio with everybody playing their awesome
solos. The instrumentation on that.
LON HELTON: That is some band you have too. I saw you guys live the other night in Nashville
at the Ryman Auditorium. Amazing pickers. And it's amazing to me, this is going to sound really dumb. It's amazing to me how
much when I heard this album, it sounds just like what you guys did live. I know that's dumb but I know that's the point.
MARTIE: Usually in the studio, you do it once, well a few times, to get it right and then you
don't do it live a bunch. We really had to rehearse to remember exactly everything we did on the record and we cracked the
whip. We'd turn to the guitar player and say 'No, you played a different lick right there.' We want it just like the record.They
are incredible musicians and that's Bryan Sutton on the guitar, Adam Steffey on the mandolin. I think Byron House was on the
bass at that time for that particular recording.
LON HELTON: Is that what you guys were arguing about a minute ago about the grammar of buy a
ring for me.
NATALIE: Martie always says 'he saved up enough money to buy me a ring'.
MARTIE: Now does that sound odd?
LON HELTON: It sounds fine to me.
MARTIE: Buy me a ring.
LON HELTON: Angie, who is in Madison Heights, Va., would like to know, "What's the silliest thing
the three of you have done together?"
NATALIE: We're wrestlers.
MARTIE: We actually have wrestling names, wrestling robes embroidered with our wrestling names
on them and wrestling shorts. And I am the victor of them all.
NATALIE: We can't tell the names. Don't even ask. They're not radio friendly.
MARTIE: They're not PG.
LON HELTON: I can't even get a hint here? You have robes?
NATALIE: Yes, we do and we have scared people. We had this road manager once. Was that on the
Tim McGraw tour or George Strait
EMILY: I think it was the Tim McGraw tour.
NATALIE: This always takes place after we've had just a tiny bit to drink. We're in the parking
lot on gravel and me and Martie are just down and dirty wrestling. Our road manager is looking at Emily "Is everything OK
between Natalie and Martie?" He was so worried.
EMILY: This is when you know they're getting along if they're on the ground wrestling.
MARTIE: People leaving the concert are watching this happening with their heads sticking out
the windows going "What in the world?"
EMILY: It's just a release. Might have been inspired by the Celebrity Death Match on MTV.
LON HELTON: Right now to Selena in Sacramento who wants to talk to the Dixie Chicks.
SELENA: Hi. Oh my God. I can't believe I'm talking to you guys. My question is that I always
hear about groups who come out with albums how it's really difficult to choose material to put on the album and I noticed
that this album seems a little bit more reflective and meloncholy compared to the last two. And I'm just wondering if it's
difficult for you guys to choose material that goes on your albums and if so, was there a particular song that maybe one of
you felt really passionate about that didn't make the final cut?