It's time for the Dixie Chicks to come back already.
In the meantime, while we're praying, let us relive some of the reasons why they're so amazing.
1. They're all badass musicians who SHRED on their respective instruments.
2. They made traditional bluegrass and country fun for mainstream pop listeners.
3. Their hit "Wide Open Spaces" was all about finding yourself and giving yourself space to make mistakes.
And, for some reason, we got these amazing shots of sisters Emily and Martie jumping (trampolining?) in the background of this surreal green-screen landscape.
Ah, the '90s.
4. They crafted beautiful ballads that brought us to tears.
5. And "Cowboy Take Me Away" is still just as fresh of a love song today as it was over a decade ago.
It's *very* popular on Pinterest!
6. But even though they could be sweet and tender, they were also equally fierce. Their song "Goodbye Earl" was a big "fuck you" to domestic violence.
Dark? Yes. But the Dixie Chicks have no time for anyone's abuse.
7. And they definitely weren't afraid of speaking their minds when they had something to say. At a show in London in March 10, 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, Natalie said two sentences that changed the group's career forever.
"Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."
8. Those words essentially got them banned from radio, and they were subjected to death threats, boycotts, and burnings of their albums.
Following Maines' comments, conservative blogs like Free Republic organized nationwide boycotts, and radio stations gave into pressure to stop playing the trio's music. They were effectively shut out of the country music scene.
9. But they kept on keeping on.
And they never let the controversy silence them, as painful as the backlash could be.
10. In 2006, they threw up the middle finger to those who tried to silence them with a raw and powerful song called "Not Ready To Make Nice."
Off their 2006 album Taking The Long Way, the women addressed the incident and refused to apologize for speaking their minds: "It’s too late to make it right /I probably wouldn’t if I could / ‘Cause I’m mad as hell / Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should."