I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen the Dixie Chicks in concert. Really. I know for sure that I saw them kick off their 2003 tour in Greenville, SC, while eight months pregnant with my son. Before and after that, it gets fuzzy. More than three, but less than 10? I think?
What I can say with certainty is that since they were bullied out of the music scene in the mid 2000s, I’ve been desperate for them to come back. And, finally, this year, they did. The Chicks are touring for the first time in more than 10 years, and I’ll be at their Charlotte show (with my little 10-year-old Chick in tow). We’ll be singing along and basking in the twangy goodness of their #girlboss tunes.
Here’s a decidedly country version of the #girlboss play list in their honor:
Not Ready To Make Nice, Dixie Chicks
Released in 2006, this song is as relevant today as it was back then
(and even a bit creepy in its ability to foreshadow current events).
Politics aside, it’s an unrepentant anthem of female empowerment.
Truth No. 2, Dixie Chicks
The truth hurts. So does free speech. Still wouldn’t give up that right.
Biscuits, Kacey Musgraves
For when you want to tell people to mind their own business. With a smile on your face.
Only Prettier, Miranda Lambert
A lyrical bless your heart. Literally.
Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Yaaaasss. All of it.
Just Because I’m A Woman, Dolly Parton
I have to admit, I’m a fairly recent addition to the church of Dolly. But after joining one of my BFFs on a trip to Dollywood, I am in awe of her general badassery. Dolly is an incredibly prolific songwriter and endlessly philanthropic. She’s simply amazing. Not to mention that this song is from 1968.
Step Off, Kacey Musgraves
“Don’t wreck my reputation, let me wreck my own.” Yep. If you get a chance to see her live, do it.
My little Chick met Kacey in person after her Charlotte show and is now a fan for life.
Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
In a collision of girlpower kickassness, it’s performed by Miranda Lambert, but co-written by Kacey Musgraves.
These Boots Are Made For Walking, Loretta Lynn
Nancy Sinatra sang it first, but Loretta country-fied it perfectly.
Done, The Band Perry
Bye. For real.