Will Closed-Minded Country Music Let Lesbian Chely Wright In?

Times' music writer Jon Caramanica also details the 2003 battle between the vulgarly anti-war Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and "reliable jingoist" Toby Keith.

MTV Host Russell Brand, "Intelligent...Philosophical" Bush-Hater

Some of Brand's musings: Calling President Bush a "retarded cowboy" and telling Americans they must vote for Barack Obama "on behalf of the world."

Politicized Grammys: "Vindication" for the Dixie Chicks and "Freedom of Expression"

The awards...ended a desolate period in which their music was boycotted and banned by country music stations, their CDs were burned and smashed, and group member's lives were threatened."

Dixie Chicks Triumphant

How sweet: "After death threats, boycotts and a cold shoulder from the country music establishment, the Dixie Chicks gained sweet vindication Sunday night...."

Fury Against Dixie Chicks Causing Country Music Liberals to Clam Up?

"None of that was lost on Music Row. Democratic songwriters say that they have since hesitated to express political views, for fear of being 'Dixie Chicked.'" Like having a #1 album and fawning ...
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