Shut Up & Sing
Shut Up & Sing: 7 out of 10.
For a long time, I didn't like the Dixie Chicks. Actually, I should rephrase that. It's their music I didn't like. Somehow I don't think I was their target audience when they were singing about being ready to run and some bumpkin named Earl.
I first sat up and took notice of this band when the controversy hit. Suddenly, I was interested. Nothing gives a band more integrity in my eyes than an all country music station removing them from their playlist. Especially if they're being removed for uttering an anti-Dubya statement, that's just icing on the cake.
This is a great little doc and I recommend it to all, even those who don't particularly dig the Dixie Chicks format. Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers appears for a bit and there's a scene later in the film when concert sales are tanking except for Toronto which sold out a show quickly and rolled out into a second night right away. I remember hitting the web when those tickets went on sale to buy a pair for my wife and mom, two bona fide fans
The Dixie Chicks now have street cred and it looks awfully good on 'em. Not Ready To Make Nice isn't just a great country song, it's a great song. Period.