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03/18/03 - East Texas

Criticism Brings Backlash for Country Band

by Alex Carias

Protests continue over remarks made by country band Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines at a London concert last week. Protesters have done everything from smashing up c-d's and Dixie Chicks merchandise, to calling for a full boycott of the band. The protest came after Maines said, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."

Maines has issued an apology. But even so, here in East Texas, the sounds of the Dixie Chicks are pretty much absent from the airwaves.

"Our first reaction was it's better to forgive and forget rather than to hold a grudge. Obviously, by the amount of calls we received and e-mails from a lot of East Texans, they didn't buy into the apology, so we have since shelved the Dixie Chicks songs, at least for right now," said disc jockey Danny Merrell.

The Dixie Chicks will get an up close and personal reaction from their fans when they start their USA Tour in May. Their first Texas concert is May 21 in Austin.

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