The Dixie Chicks were blacklisted by thousands of country radio stations, received death threats, and were criticized by other country musicians. The backlash damaged sales of the Dixie Chicks’ music and concert tickets and lost them corporate sponsorship.
Why did they drop Dixie from Dixie Chicks?
The Chicks first courted controversy in 2003, when, just days before the US invasion of Iraq, Maines told a London audience the trio were ‘ashamed’ that then President George W. Bush was from Texas. The ensuing backlash led to boycotts of the band and diminished album sales.