Eric Church

Conservative country music fans lash out at CMA performance by Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks

Conservative country music fans lash out at CMA performance by Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks

As pop superstar Beyoncé got in step with the Dixie Chicks during their genre-bridging performance at the 50th Country Music Assn. awards on Wednesday, she swung her arms and shouted, “Texas!”

Not missing a beat, the Chicks’ Natalie Maines repeated her “Texas!” shout-out, a tacit acknowledgement of their Lone Star connection and the tangled roots of American music.

The land that bore both western swing band Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys and proto-R&B rocker Big Mama Thornton is big enough for both, so the notion that Beyoncé, of Houston, and Maines, of Lubbock, would represent on a single stage is...

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