This female trios beguiling mixture of bluegrass, straight country and pop shook up the contemporary country scene in the late 90s. Raised in Texas, USA, sisters Martie Maguire (Martie Erwin, 12 October 1969; mandolin/fiddle) and Emily Robison (b. Emily Erwin, 16 August 1972; banjo/dobro) were playing their instruments from an early age. When they were still only teenagers they toured throughout the USA with the bluegrass group Blue Night Express. Taking their name from the Little Feat song Dixie Chicken, the Dixie Chicks were founded in 1989 when the sisters, with two other original members Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy (ex-Danger In The Air), began busking on street corners in Dallas. They performed at clubs and dance halls and released two bluegrass-orientated independent label albums and a Christmas single, before Macy left to form the Domestic Social Club with Sara Hickman and Patty Lege. The more contemporary sounding Shouldnt A Told...
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