was a rebel who wanted to break the mold; it was sort of
my one-woman mission. I had the half-shaved head, yet I
was a cheerleader. It's kind of like what we're doing
now: Hey, we can be country and still look how we want
With your half-shaved head, you must have been a rock
chick at some point!
I loved all the arena rock stuff in junior high I wore
heavy-metal T-shirts. In high school I was more of a
hippie free-spirit; I wanted to learn about the music
and the politics of the '60s.
my CD player at home I have Lauryn Hill, Patty Griffin,
Joe Ely and the Dixie Chicks new album.
What is it about country music you love so much?
Texas country has always been in me; my dad playing in
bands in Texas was part of that. I think we redefined
country for ourselves.
In what ways are you a country girl and in what ways
are you a city slicker?
I'm a country girl in that I love the mountains, and I
like the honesty and pride of people in the country, and
in my regular everyday life I don't put makeup on . .
.sometimes I won't even take a shower! Yet I'm a city
girl because I do like to shop, I do like the finer
I think that the Grammys really said something. We
genuinely thought we had no chance, it was no pressure,
we just went to have a good time. I mean, Madonna was
sitting a few rows in front of us, we talked to Will
Smith, had our picture taken with Boy George it was just
fun for us. So when we won, all the blood drops to your
feet and you can't believe it. It was so cool because
when I think back on it I can get that feeling all over
again. And that was the feeling I dreamed of ever since
I was a little girl.
is going to sound weird but I've always known it would
happen. I kind of have premonitions about things.
What was the secret ingredient that you added that made
the Chicks really click?
I think it was confidence or stupidity. Emily and Martie
had been in the band for a while and wanted to change
but weren't sure how, and I came in like, "Whew! Y'all
are awesome players, I can sing, we're going to pick
great songs, they're going to love us!" It boosted their
confidence and kept us all determined.