Singing legend Hank Williams remembered on stage

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Kenny Maines said in researching and preparing for his role as country music legend Hank Williams he learned a great deal about Williams’ impact on country music. Maines is star of a two-hour musical filled with humor and darkness that portrays Williams through his rise from his early days to […]

Critics still chirping at Dixie Chicks: At least one local radio station still boycotting group

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs live on NBC’s “Today Show” in New York on November 2003. (KRT photo: Nicolas Khayat) By Paula Cronic Freedom Newspapers It was three years ago that Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines insulted President Bush and many country music fans with her now famous comment heard around the […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

Dixie Chick has right to ruffle feathers

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let us spend a few moments contemplating naked chicks. Naked Dixie Chicks, to be exact, meaning the country music trio from Texas whose Natalie Maines has become more famous for something she said than for anything she ever sang. If you’re not familiar with what she said, well … Welcome back. […]