Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Sprint Center
The Dixie Chicks have been sorely missed.
After being bullied by fans who were outraged by vocalist Natalie Maines’ negative comments about then-President George W. Bush in 2003 and unofficially banished from the airwaves by vindictive country radio programmers, the Dixie Chicks avoided the spotlight for much of the last 10 years.
Tuesday’s concert at the Sprint Center as part of the Dixie Chicks’ first tour of North America since 2007 is sold out — a reflection of fans’ pent-up demand for the groundbreaking trio.
The Dixie Chicks weren’t always a political lightning rod. Before Maines joined the group in 1995, the band was a fixture on the bluegrass circuit. Led by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, the early version of the band was a popular attraction at the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan.
Enlivened by the addition of Maines, the Dixie Chicks adopted a more mainstream sound and became a sensation in the late 1990s. Uplifting songs such as “Wide Open Spaces” were among the most ebullient hits of the decade. Unconventional material such as “Goodbye Earl,” a powerful examination of spousal abuse, and the risqué “Sin Wagon” upended the hidebound country music establishment.
The Dixie Chicks still refuse to compromise. The group that famously told detractors that they were “Not Ready To Make Nice” in a controversial 2006 single has shifted its sights to new targets, including Donald Trump, during recent concerts.
Vintage Trouble, a respected blues-rock band from Los Angeles, and Smooth Hound Smith, a Nashville, Tenn.- based Americana duo, open Tuesday’s show.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert range from $52 to $122.