When Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told a concert crowd in 2003 that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," the comment cost the group half of their concert audience attendance in the United States. "At that moment, on the eve of war, I had a lot of questions that I felt were unanswered," Maines told ABC. "The wording I used, the way I said it, that was disrespectful ... Am I sorry that I asked questions and that I don't just follow? No." Despite little radio play leading up to the release of "Taking the Long Way," the disc landed at No. 1 atop Billboard, going gold in its first week.
Issue date: May 2, 2003