The Weekly Country Music Countdown (11/12/00)

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This three hour countdown show of the top 30 songs in country music is produced by Westwood One Radio Network. This show featured soundbites from the Chicks and 7 songs including #6 'Without You'.

Host: Harmon & Evans
Airdate: November 11-12, 2000

(Some host comments not effecting the show have been edited out)

HOST: The Chicks had a big countdown hit a year ago right around this time. Ready To Run and it was Martie who wrote that with a popular Nashville songwriter named Marcus Hummon. In fact, there's a good chance we'll get more great songs from them in the future.

MARTIE: He's awesome. I just love him as a person and as a writer and an artist. So I was real excited to get to write with him. He's so sweet and down to earth. He made me not feel intimidated. Of course, all the songs that he'd written, I was intimidated but when I met him we just clicked and I feel like we write good songs together and I definitely wanna write more songs with him.

Ready To Run

HOST: The Dixie Chicks will star in their own TV special November 21 on NBC and the Chicks' Martie seidel says it took a little convincing to get them to do it.

MARTIE: At first, we totally said no. We said 'no way will we do a special.' So we just got different networks to come and give us their ideas and NBC seemed to be the most willing to let us kinda do what we wanted to do. We taped a couple of live shows in Washington. There's going to be mainly music but we did some skits and we kinda poke fun at trends in the industry and what you'd think that a network would expect out of us to have the perfect network special.

Wide Open Spaces

HOST: The Dixie Chicks topped the countdown earlier this year with Cowboy Take Me away. Martie Seidel wrote the song for her sister Emily who was getting married and Emily couldn't think of a better gift.

EMILY: We sang that song at my wedding. We'd had too much fun at that point so we didn't do a very good job of it but it was still touching nonetheless. I just love it. It's one of my favorite songs.

Cowboy Take Me Away

HOST: This year the Dixie Chicks graduated from opening act to headliner and the band's Natalie Maines says they're feeling the pressure.

NATALIE: Last year was a breeze. We just ate catering, played our 30 minutes and now it's, you know, the meet and greets and lots of getting ready and 2 hours of music. It can be hard to be on every day.

Tonight The Heartache's On Me

HOST: The Dixie Chicks have one of this years most successful tours, earning them the CMA Entertainer of the Year award. The band's Natalie Maines says that trophy isn't just for their work over the past several months.

NATALIE: All last year was building up for this. I feel like we've been working towards this tour for two years not just one. All the tours we did last year were to broaden and build our audience so that hopefully we could sell out our own tour this year and luckily we were able to do that.

I Can Love You Better

HOST: The Dixie Chicks all grew up in Texas and Emily Robison thinks it's only natural that they plan on making their homes there instead of Nashville.

EMILY: I think when you grow up someplace you just kinda have a natural tendency to want to be there, bring your family, and have your family there. I fell in love with the Texas hill country and I think it's the most beautiful place in the world.

Without You

HOST: There've been lots of rumors about the Dixie Chicks, including one about them possibly recording a duet with Wayne Newton and Natalie Maines says, oddly enough, that one's true.

NATALIE: Me and my producer Blake went to see Wayne in Vegas one time and we tried to get backstage and we didn't get backstage but then...

EMILY: Apparently the Dixie Chicks didn't hold enough weight.

NATALIE: ...then he wanted to talk to us. We love Wayne. But then who'd we go see?

MARTIE: Better yet. Tom Jones

EMILY: Woooooooooooo!!

NATALIE: Tom Jones and Tom Jones let us backstage so we love Tom Jones. We threw our bras at Tom Jones. What's new pussycat.

There's Your Trouble

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