CHICKS HITTING BIG AT TEXAS RADIO

Looks like the Dixie Chicks are getting a big "welcome back" at Texas country radio.


Dixie Chicks photo by TAMMIE ARROYO/AFF-USA.COM

The Chicks' new single, "Not Ready to Make Nice," is receiving overwhelmingly positive responses at country station KTYS, "The Texas Twister," in Arlington, Texas, which has been playing the song about four times a day. "Of over 140 responses we have gotten at the station, only 15 have been negative," KTYS Program Director "Crash" Poteet tells Country Weekly. "We are just absolutely blown away." The group's single was considered by some a "tough sell" at Texas radio, based on the fallout from lead singer Natalie Maines' anti-President Bush comments in 2003. Several stations in the state removed the Dixie Chicks entirely from their playlists. Even Poteet speculated that, "Here in Texas, we expected the (positive) rate to be closer to 60%. Texas was the first to embrace the Dixie Chicks, because they are from the state, but it was also the first to take Natalie's comments very personally." The single actually talks about the controversy over those statements, but that apparently has not offended listeners. "Most of the (listener) comments have been the same—it's time to move on, their music is still great," says Poteet. "If this is any indication, it sounds like they're back." Read more about the Dixie Chicks in the April 24 and May 8 issues of Country Weekly, on sale April 10 and April 24, respectively.

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