As fans of the Dixie Chicks are well aware, it's pretty tough to catch the trio live these days. Last year, the girls opened a few select dates for classic rock legends the Eagles, but this year it took a statewide emergency to bring the Chicks out on stage.
Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire--along with a slate of fellow Texas megastars such as Willie Nelson, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett--decided to come out of unofficial retirement on Monday night to play a special concert benefiting victims of the recent Central Texas wildfires which destroyed thousands of homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
According to lead singer Maines, "There was zero hesitation" when her band was asked to perform at the show--dubbed "Fire Relief, The Concert For Central Texas" and held at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin--although they famously have laid low in terms of public appearances for the past several years.
In fact, this is the first show the Chicks have played in Austin in five years, and the crowd responded with appropriate enthusiasm, jumping to its feet and singing along.
The Chicks have noted several times over the past few years that they were not officially disbanding, although speculation swirled when Maguire and Robison decided to pursue an independent side project in 2010, dubbed the Court Yard Hounds.
Although firm numbers were not in as of Monday night, the relief concert was said to have raised at least $500,000 for victims of the wildfires, which was its target goal. All proceeds from the show will be given to the Austin Community Network, which will distribute funds to wildfire victims.
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