[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Martie, Natalie, and Emily.]]

Long-lasting CountryMusic group known for its neotraditionalist country and bluegrass influences.

The Dixie Chicks founded in 1989 when sisters Martie and Emily Irwin (now known as Martie Maguire and Emily Robison) joined with bassist Laura Lynch and guitarist/vocalist Robin Lynn Macy. The band recorded several bluegrass-influenced albums on indie labels under the production of Lloyd Maines. Macy left in 1992 and Lynch took over lead vocals for the band's last independent album. After signing to Monument Records in the mid-1990s, Lynch left as well; taking over as lead vocalist was Lloyd's daughter, Natalie.

With a new sound led by Natalie's vocals, the band finally broke through in the latter half of the 1990s with its first Monument album, ''Wide Open Spaces.'' The album and its follow-up, ''Fly'', both produced several big hits (including the controversial "Goodbye Earl") as well as Grammy and CMA awards.

Following the dissolution of the Monument Nashville branch (which had produced no other successful artists during its timespan), the Chicks moved to Creator/ColumbiaRecords for the bluegrass-influenced ''Home''. This album looked like it might bring the Chicks' career to new heights, with back-to-back crossover smashes in "Landslide" and "Long Time Gone," as well as "Traveling Soldier," which resonated well in the wake of post-9/11 patriotism. However, during a tour, Maines remarked that she was ashamed to be from the same state as then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. This remark, combined with some friction between her and Music/TobyKeith over his own 9/11 anthem "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue", led to a huge backlash from the country music community, including a sharp decline in radio airplay and a longtime departure before ''Taking the Long Way'' came out in 2006. This album was a lot more vitriolic in nature, and although lead-off single "Not Ready to Make Nice" fared poorly at country radio, it was a massive pop hit and won three Grammy Awards.

Robison and Maguire wanted to record a new Dixie Chicks album in 2009, but after Maines said that she was not ready to do one, the sisters recorded one album under the name Court Yard Hounds. They had also planned to start touring as such, until Maines decided to join the other two and tour alongside Music/KeithUrban and the Music/{{Eagles}} in 2010. In 2013, Court Yard Hounds released their second album ''Amelita'', while Natalie Maines released a solo album called ''Mother'', trading in her old country sound for pop/rock, with cover songs from sources as diverse as Ben Harper, [[Music/PearlJam Eddie Vedder]], and Music/PinkFloyd.

* ''Thank Heavens for Dale Evans'' (1990)
* ''Little Ol' Cowgirl'' (1992)
* ''Shouldn't a Told You That'' (1995)
* ''Wide Open Spaces'' (1997)
* ''Fly'' (1999)
* ''Home'' (2002)
* ''Top of the World Tour: Live'' (2003)
* ''Taking the Long Way'' (2006)

!!Tropes present:
* AuthorTract: Large tracts of ''Taking the Long Way'' were dedicated to those who lashed out against Natalie's comment, saying she's still "mad as hell" at them, but also questioning why the haters would go so far as to send her death threats (which actually happened).
* AlbumTitleDrop: From "The Long Way Around": "'''Taking the long way''', '''taking the long way''' around..."
** "[[CoveredUp Let Him]] '''[[CoveredUp Fly]]'''" is this for ''Fly''.
** "A Home" could be considered this for ''Home'', though other songs mention home as well.
* AssholeVictim: The titular antagonist of "Goodbye Earl," a missing person "who nobody missed at all".
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Subverted with the albums that Martie and Emily cut, if only because they credited them to the Court Yard Hounds.
* TheCameo: JohnMayer on "I Hope", Chris Thile of Music/NickelCreek on "White Trash Wedding" and "Lil' Jack Slade", among others.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing, AssholeVictim, DomesticAbuse, DeathByWomanScorned, HollywoodRestrainingOrder, MurderBallad: All apply to "Goodbye Earl."
** Possibly also DisproportionateRetribution, but YMMV.
* CoverVersion: "Landslide" by Music/StevieNicks appears on the album ''Home''.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted with "Long Time Gone", originally recorded by a male artist. They didn't change the lyrics at all.
* DeclarationOfPersonalIndependence: The song "Wide Open Spaces", and numerous other songs where the young person needs to "stand on their own" for the first time. Subverted in "Johnny Don't Take Your Gun To Town," where it turns out the kid wasn't ready to go out alone after all.
* DreamTeam: Teamed with Music/{{Beyonce}} herself for a performance of her song "Daddy Lessons" for the 2016 CMA Awards and a studio version posted online shortly afterwards.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Before she joined the Chicks, Natalie sang backing vocals on a Pat Green album.
* EmpathicEnvironment: Inverted in "Cold Day in July", which describes a painful breakup taking place on a beautiful sunny day.
* IHaveNoSon: Portrayed mercilessly in Court Yard Hounds' "Ain't No Son", which is sung mostly from the perspective of a parent whose son comes out of the closet.
* LongRunnerLineup: The Maines/Maguire/Robison lineup (1997 onward, more or less).
* LoopholeAbuse: The entire point of "Sin Wagon" can be summed up as "Raise as much hell as possible, then ask God for forgiveness at the last possible moment". Could be a case of ArtisticLicenseReligion, or ComicallyMissingThePoint, or an unfortunate TruthInTelevision, depending on the listener.
* MoodWhiplash: The opening verse of "Goodbye Earl" sound like a country-western weeper about DomesticAbuse and the close relationship between best friends...and then takes a left turn straight to CrossesTheLineTwice.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
* LyricalDissonance: "Goodbye Earl" is awfully upbeat for a song about two women who kill an abusive husband and then dispose of the body.
* MsFanservice: All three Chicks are fairly easy on the eyes, as evidenced by the photo up top.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Wide Open Spaces'' succeeded in part because it blended the band's existing bluegrass sound with mainstream country and pop influences. Oh yeah, and the fact that it was the first album with Natalie Maines on lead vocals.
** ''Home'' could be considered an ''Old'' Sound Album, in that it reverts to a completely acoustic, bluegrass-influenced sound, with drums only appearing on one one track ("Travelin' Solider", which has an in-story reason for them to be there).
** And then ''Taking the Long Way'' [[ZigZaggedTrope goes right back to country-pop]] after it.
* PoliceAreUseless: In "Goodbye Earl", the cops are in no way able to protect Wanda from Earl's abuse. It also works in Wanda's favor after she and Maryanne kill Earl, since they only do a half-hearted job in trying to find him: "And it turned out he was a missing person who nobody missed at all."
* PopCulturalOsmosis: The Dixie Chicks have become more famous worldwide in the early 2000s for opposing UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, the war in Iraq and the enormous backlash they received than for their music.
* ShoutOut
-->''I'm not ready to make nice\\
I'm not ready to back down\\
I'm still [[Film/{{Network}} mad as hell and I]] don't have time\\
To go round and round and round!\''
* ShotgunWedding: PlayedForLaughs in "White Trash Wedding".
* TakeThat: Many of the songs on ''Taking the Long Way'' address the reaction to Maines head-on.
** During their feud with Music/TobyKeith over the song "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue," Maines wore a shirt with the acronyms "FUTK," [[BlatantLies claiming]] that the initials stood for "'''F'''riends '''U'''nited in '''T'''ruth and '''K'''indness."
** "Lubbock or Leave It" is one to the city of Lubbock, Texas, where it's implied that, like Music/BuddyHolly before her, Natalie won't be appreciated there until she's [[DeadArtistsAreBetter dead and gone]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Subverted in "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me", since the falling refers to love and not death.
* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: "Long Time Gone" compares the current sound of country radio to a few country music legends, which is a bit of a TakeThat to the former and a ShoutOut to the latter:
--> ''They sound tired, but they don't sound [[Music/MerleHaggard Haggard]]''
--> ''They've got money, but they don't have [[Music/JohnnyCash Cash]]''
--> ''They've got [[Music/HankWilliamsJr Junior]], but they don't have [[Music/HankWilliams Hank]]...''
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: ''Fly'' has a couple variants to make "Let Her Fly" the fourteenth track. Some pressings have track 13 as a one-second silent track listed in the booklet as "ain't no thang but a chicken wang"; others just have track 13 consist of the last couple seconds of "Heartbreak Town", which is track 12.
* TitledAfterTheSong: The band named itself after the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken."