Picks and Pans Review: Wide Open Spaces
This Dallas trio obviously has a sense of humor—they could have called themselves the Dixie Mses (though they're named after the Little Feat tune "Dixie Chicken"). They also have a lively delivery and tightly harmonized sound reminiscent of Georgia's Forester Sisters.
This isn't their first album; that was the shrewdly titled Thank Heavens for Dale Evans in 1990. Since then the Chicks (sisters Martie Seidel, 28, and Emily Erwin, 25, with Natalie Maines, 23) have opened for Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and George Strait, played a 1993 presidential Inaugural show and appeared in a McDonald's TV commercial. Although the politically correct may growl at the Chicks' throwback tendencies—they do a lot of stand-by-your-man and grieve-over-the-loss-of-him songs—this is an old-fashioned, good-time album, affable and rich with sweet-toned melodies. (Monument)