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Dixie Chicks bring Long Time Gone tour to B.C.

As the Dixie Chicks finally head back to B.C., the CBC's Jon Siddall looks back at the legendary band's tumultuous history and asks why they've been such a long time gone.

Country legends to play Vancouver, Kelowna and Dawson Creek

It’s a long time since the Dixie Chicks last hit the road, so long, in fact, that the band is calling their current tour the Long Time Gone Tour.

They haven’t taken their act on the road since 2007 and haven’t released a new studio album since 2006, but in all that time they’ve never broken up the band.

The mid-2000’s were tumultuous years for the Dixie Chicks thanks to a comment about the Iraq war made by lead singer Natalie Mains during a London performance in 2003.

"Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

Canada became a friendly place to play, in contrast to the harsh backlash the band faced in America. While the turmoil may have diminished, that good feeling towards Canada persists.

Natalie Maines already performed a solo set for the Vancouver Folk Festival last summer and very soon the Dixie Chicks will tour Canada with three stops in British Columbia.

The band plays Vancouver on Oct. 26, Kelowna on Oct. 27 and Dawson Creek on Oct. 29.

Clearly the band has a strong fan base in British Columbia.For fans who want to test their knowledge and anyone who can’t resist a little round of trivia questions, here’s five skill testing Dixie Chick questions.

And if you’ve seen the Dixie Chicks before, please tell us about it in the comments below.

About the Author

Jon Siddall

Music Producer

Jon Siddall is a guitarist, percussionist and composer living in Vancouver. He has written for a wide variety of instrumental ensembles both Western and non-Western. As a music producer for the CBC, Siddall has produced many recordings seen and heard across Canada. His interest in music is broad, having worked with such diverse individuals as John Cage, Noel Gallagher and F.X. Widaryanto.

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