Have you ever wondered what would happen if the number-one selling gal group in history were to go to another country and say they were embarrassed that the leader of the free world was from Texas?
Well, you are in luck, because "Shut Up and Sing" is a documentary focusing on that very question.
It all began with a little zinger, a bit of nothing really, directed at some president or another. But... that zinger irritated me. You see, I like my music with soul, but hold the politics, thank you very much. When ensuing boycotts were bandied, I was amused. Turnabout is fair play. But then something spooked the herd and... good God, the entire genre of country music went stampeding off a cliff. I was not amused.
"Shut Up and Sing" makes us all Dixie Chicks. Through the camera's eye, we become one of the girls as they move from slinging free speech, to receiving free-flowing hatred, to shifting into (my favorite) a reasoned, measured fight mode. Along the way we discover that the Dixie Chicks are loved wives, loving moms, supportive friends, amazing artists and... the target of crackpot death threats. Who said that was okay?
America didn't. I didn't. And I bet you didn't either.
From this evolution of events, we witness the genesis of the next Dixie Chicks album "Taking the Long Way." With producer Rick Rubin, the Chicks put voice to their American experience. The top of the charts and five Grammy nominations followed.
Question: What do the Dixie Chicks, Abraham Lincoln, and a man standing in front of a line of Chinese tanks have in common?
Answer: They are all my heroes.