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It's Dixie or the Bush

by Cameron Adams for the Herald Sun

In hindsight their infamous George W. Bush bashing was the best thing that could have happened to the Dixie Chicks.

Before singer Natalie Maines distanced herself from fellow Texan Bush, the Dixie Chicks were a happy-go-lucky country act who'd scored a few lightweight crossover pop hits with other people's songs.

Overnight they became politicised -- victims of a Right-wing backlash. But they gained a new audience.

The trio, completed by Emily Robison and Martie Macguire, say they now have the fan base they're proud to have.

Last night at Rod Laver Arena they delivered -- the highlight being Not Ready to Make Nice, a spine-tingling document of the backlash.

But there was nothing but an intense display of love at their sold-out show last night.

Maines' outspoken reputation continued on stage, dedicating the song White Trash to Mel Gibson.

Tickets are available for the final show at Rod Laver Arena tonight.

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