The Liberal Country Music Fan

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Best Single on The New Dixie Chicks Album, Coming to a Radio Station Near You?

I’ve been doing my initial listens to Taking the Long Way and, bar none, “The Long Way Around” definitely sticks out as the best single on the album. The song will no doubt succeed on the country airwaves if it is given a chance by station managers and listeners. You heard it here first.

“The Long Way Around” is an autobiographical tune - it includes many lyrics referring to “the incident” - that features the following:

1. a catchy melody
2. somewhat of a country sound (not a guarantee on this album, by any means)
3. a groovin’ driving beat.

Most importantly, "The Long Way Around" shares the self-empowerment spirit of several of the Chicks’ megahits of yesteryear without the pessimism of "Not Ready to Make Nice", the first single off the new album. In other words, it’s the perfect feet-on-the-dash, the-world-is-your-oyster road trip song with a soul. Who wouldn’t want to hear that on the radio? Only somebody with a closed mind and lots of Dixie Chicks baggage.

One caveat: “The Long Way Around” has a verse that includes the word “ass” and speaks of smoking with hippies. “Asses” and pot have been the subjects of many a country song - “Kick My Ass” by Big & Rich and "Weed With Willie” by Toby Keith, for example - but I’ve never heard either mentioned directly on country radio. But who better than the new Dixie Chicks to break the long outdated and unspoken ban on weed and the word “ass” in country singles? is hosting a video feature about "The Long Way Around". It’s worth viewing (or two).


  • At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Jim said…

    I kinda like Lubbock or Leave it better but as a single, that first track stands out. It almost makes you wonder why they didn't release that one first but I think the answer is that they wanted to come out swinging.

  • At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Beth said…

    I found a kindred spirit! I thought I was an alien - now I don't feel so alone!


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