Seriously, we could not be more delighted for the Dixie Chicks, who we can say we knew back when. (Joey Tomato's, anyone?) Five Grammies last night, including the Holy Trinity for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year -- which no one predicted, of course -- in addition to two in the country category. Seems like whenever a Dallasite showed up -- LeAnn Rimes, who has found her belly button, thank God; Luke Wilson, who also didn't know why he was there; or Don Henley, whose hair looks almost lifelike -- the Dixie Chicks won an award. It's like the other Grammy maxim: Whenever a performer is up for an award right after their performance, they always win. Happened to the Chicks, who performed "Not Ready To Make Nice" whilst looking like attendees of a prom dance at Sacher-Masoch High School.
Speaking of Henley and the Chicks, and I can't believe I am admitting this out loud, but I would have liked to have been in L.A. Friday night when Henley got the MusiCares Person of the Year award, if only to hear the Chicks perform "Desperado" at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Never liked the Eagles, but the idea of a tribute show featuring Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Shawn Colvin and and some others playing their songs instead of, like, the Eagles? Yeah, could have handled that.
So, I guess now's as good a time as any to remind you the Chicks' doc, Shut Up & Sing, goes on sale February 20; maybe people will finally see the thing, one of your better rock docs. And, for the hell of it, anyone remember when the Chicks were thanking heavens for Dale Evans? Just a reminder, because we love. --Robert Wilonsky