Toby Keith, ass-kicker, thinks Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, the short one singing between her willowy bookend compatriots, has a big mouth:
- Keith, who was responding to a question about Maines’s recent negative comments about President Bush in London, said, “She’s come after me before. She’s got a big mouth.”
Maines did make some negative comments about Keith shortly after the release of his song “Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue,” which was Number One on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for several weeks.
“Don’t get me started,” Maines told the Los Angeles Daily News back in August 2002 about Keith’s song. “I hate it. It’s ignorant and it makes country music sound ignorant. It targets an entire culture–and not just the bad people who did bad things. You’ve got to have some tact. Anybody can write, ‘We’ll put a boot in your ass.’ But a lot of people agree with it.” [Launch]
It would appear Maines sees herself as a sophisticated and worldly country singer – one with a global view, one with tact. I would say she has misread her audience, who are a bit more provincial in their outlook: especially with sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors poised on the starting line.
I don’t much go for that jingoistic, simplistic, black and white, us and them crap either, but you GOTTA KNOW THE TERRITORY, as a professor once said. Country music is all about the verities, boiled down, and hitched to a catchy chorus.