Dixie Chicks Dustup Ropes in Lawmakers
South Carolina House Rep. Catherine Ceips floated a resolution this week calling on the country supergroup to perform for South Carolina troops and their families as a way to apologize for Maines's remarks on March 10 criticizing President Bush, Launch.com reports.
Ceips's district includes several military outposts, including the U.S. Naval Hospital, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, and the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.
The current brouhaha erupted after a show in London on March 10, at which the Southern singer told the audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," according to CMT. The Texas-based Dixie Chicks have since apologized for the remark, but the group -- whose current hit, "Travelin' Soldier," is a Vietnam-era lament for a fallen soldier -- have been hit with a fan backlash, with radio stations across the country boycotting the Chicks' music. (According to SoundScan figures, however, sales of the current Chicks album, "Home," fell off less last week than other top-selling albums.)
Ceips told the South Carolina lawmakers, "A free concert for troops would be a good way for Maines to show she's sorry and could address concerns of people who say they don't want the group to perform in South Carolina at all. I think it's an olive branch to the Dixie Chicks."
The state body, it seems, agreed; they passed the resolution on a 50-35 vote. No word on whether they've called the Chicks' booking agent, though.