Grab your banjo and country twang, y’all, because country music’s exiled group, the Dixie Chicks, are back with a brand new single. The Dixie Chicks have been mainly quiet since their last album in 2006, which won a haul of Grammys and was an “F.U.” to everyone who lost their shit when Natalie Maines said on-stage they were all embarrassed to be from the same state as George W. Bush. Lord, Cher and Bette Midler tweet far harsher shit than that these days about you-know-who.
The Dixie Chicks dropped their latest single, “Gaslighter,” today, and it clearly has a political message that will piss everyone off if you bring it up at Easter. But it also has a killer harmony so, yes, I will be making a fool of myself lip-synching this on the subway later.
Vulture says “Gaslighter” is the lead single off their upcoming album, which is expected on May 1. The whole thing seems like it came together after the ladies worked with Taylor Swift and Jack Antonoff on “Soon You’ll Get Better” from T-Swift’s Lover album. Jack produced “Gaslighter” too. The video also dropped today:
This will surely singe your grandparents’ eyebrows off, as the gals are calling BS to all sorts of presumably Republican propaganda like Barry Goldwater’s “Daisy” ad where the girl in the daisy field is, uh, presumed to be nuked by a bomb. Then it goes into all sorts of war imagery and the gals Irish step dance (??) in 1940s wartime uniforms. Just how the Celtic Women do it off-camera, I’m sure.
Will country music radio stations in Nashville play this? Absolutely not. Will it most likely be the song that plays at the rallies of whoever wins the Democratic nom? Absolutely! In other words, the Dixie Chicks are coming back just in time to collect a gazillion dollars in royalties from an amped-up political scene. Watch out, Taylor. There’s more than one political marketing genius in Nashville!