Remember the Maines

The Dixie Chicks vs. the galoot Gestapo

As for Maines and her fellow Chicks, their brand of country music is wholly innocuous; scrubbed free of any political stance, a happy-face, good-time sound. The funny thing is, though, they play the beejeeziz out of their instruments like proper hillbilly gals, rather than simply emitting a constipated, monotone grunt and pretending to strum a guitar like the talent-free poseur Keith, whose main claim to fame is composing the galloot anthem "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." So who's really more country—Keith or Maines?

Final word: I ain't no kinda knee-jerk liberal. I guardedly supported the war in Iraq; guardedly, because while I recognized that the world would be a much better place without the likes of Saddam Hussein and that pure pacifism is about as realistic as Teletubbies, I knew there'd be a horrible price to pay for his removal, that we were going in there for all the wrong reasons, and that the Bush administration had no intention of protecting the already brutalized Iraqi citizenry and establishing a representative democracy once the dirty deed had been done. So I'm relieved that Saddam is apparently cowering in a sand dune wearing shit-stained BVDs somewhere, but I'm frightened and appalled that this country continues to turn a blind eye as the current administration endeavors to rape the Bill of Rights with its Patriot Act, whose title alone implies that those who disagree with its very premise might be treasonous. Meanwhile, the American media continue to sieg heil it all to the beat of bad country music. You know, I may well be an even angrier American than Keith.

Meanwhile, go see the Dixie Chicks Sunday and Monday at the Pond. They're cute, they're fun, they're great musicians, and whatever Maines may lack in political eloquence to back up her instincts, she makes up for in having the sand to swim against a very foreboding tide. In fact, I'd say she's a lot more courageous than a turd named Toby.

The Dixie Chicks at the Arrowhead Pond, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 704-2500. Sun.-Mon., 8 p.m. $35-$65.
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