Tortured, Tangled Hearts - Dixie Chicks (2002)
Let's forget all we knew was to come in the Dixie Chicks' lives just a few months after the August 2002 release of their greatest work Home. Without the politics, pain, scapegoating and ultimate redemption through music and film, we are left with an album that blew minds when it was released. The Chicks always stood out in the cookie-cutter modern Nashville world, from their early releases up to their multi-platinum smashes once Natalie Maines became their lead singer.
Home was different though. It was acoustic, playful and full of artistic purity.
It was Bluegrass.
Forced to pick a favorite off of this landmark I have decided to go with one of the two songs co-written with legend Marty Stuart. Maybe it's the fiddle and banjo interplay that starts it off.
Maybe it's the infectious melody, sung to perfection by the Chick's effervescent harmonies. I can't really tell you.
It's just great.
And after all is said and done, it's what The Dixie Chicks will be remembered for.
George W. Bush probably taps his toe to this when no one is looking.
And Toby Keith wishes he had written it.