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Dixie Chicks Take Digs at Radio

August 26, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The Dixie Chicks’ new single takes some digs at the same radio stations they hope will play it _ but the band says they weren’t looking for controversy.

Written by Nashville singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, ``Long Time Gone,″ says country playlists ignore country legends in favor of songs with no soul.

``They sound tired but they don’t sound Haggard,″ goes one line. ``They got money but they don’t got Cash.″

Fiddle player Martie Maguire says the band wasn’t trying to make ``a political statement″ with ``Long Time Gone,″ or past releases, including their song about a woman who kills her abusive husband.

``We’ve had a lot of controversy in our career, and it’s never been intentional,″ she told The New York Times. ``We didn’t release ‘Goodbye Earl,’ to get back at wife beaters. We’re more lighthearted than that. Everyone has their own opinion about what should be on the radio, and I think there’s room for all different people.″

The group’s new album, ``Home,″ plays up the bluegrass sound that characterized it before the rock-influenced albums ``Wide Open Spaces,″ and ``Fly.″

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