Dixie Chicks’ courage is not same old song – by Leonard Pitts Jr.

They could have just shut up.

That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice . . . not ready to back down . . . still mad as hell.”

That’s the refrain of Not Ready To Make Nice, the first single from the newly released first album by the Dixie Chicks in four years. More to the point, the first since that fateful night in March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq invasion, when lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience the Chicks were ”ashamed” the president of the United States hailed from Maines’ native Texas.

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