DCX Superfan of the Month: Jerry

What part of the country do you live in?
I’m from the small town of Wheelersburg, Ohio.

What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
1. I’m an artist/photographer so much of my time is spent photographing or creating new art projects.
2. Listening to the Chicks. Whether it is on Vinyl, CD or Cassette. I have each of their albums on each format and enjoy listening to them over and over again.
3. Online shopping. I’ve went through much of EBay and Amazon in search of the perfect, vintage Dixie Chicks memorabilia to add to the collection.

What do you do for a living?
I am currently a senior in high school on the verge of graduating in the next couple of months. I am planning to attend Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH, majoring in Photography in the fall of this year.

How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
I have seen the Chicks twice. Once when I was seven, my first concert, at the Value City Arena in Columbus, OH on July 23rd, 2006 during their Accidents and Accusations Tour, which is really an interesting story because directly after the Chicks’ photographer had taken photos of me and my shirt he had went and shown the girls and they were so tickled to death by it that they decided to give myself and my Mamaw two front row seats to the show after at first being in the nose bleed part of the arena. Best moment of my entire life. And again during their recent MMXVI tour in Cleveland, OH at Blossom Music Center, Ten years later at the age of seventeen.

Jerry in 2006 at the Accidents and Accusations Tour

Jerry in 2006 at the Accidents and Accusations Tour

Jerry in 2006 at the Accidents and Accusations Tour

Jerry in 2006 at the Accidents and Accusations Tour

Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX.
I’ve been asked many times how and why the Dixie Chicks mean so much to me and I never can come up with just one reason of the many I have. At the young age of two I was given a CD player and two of the Chicks’ CDs, Wide Open Spaces and Fly by my Mamaw, I remembered all of the lyrics and performed them as a baby for all of my family’s entertainment.  These moments created my passion and love for the Chicks that I never thought would continue for the rest of my life. But nothing made me more proud or more in love with Natalie, Martie and Emily until I learned more thoroughly of their bravery and the sacrifices they made when they chose to speak on a topic so sensitive to the American public. Shut Up and Sing remains to be my all-time favorite film because it so profoundly represents the strength and courage the girls went through together. The girls never abandoned their friendship and sisterhood that has stood a lifetime of trumps and trials. To be a Dixie Chicks fan means to stand for what you believe in, spread peace and love and always choosing what’s right over the opinions of the people around you. 

How do you show your fandom?
By expressing my love of the Chicks to everyone I come into contact with (literally). Whether it be jamming to their music so loud that it blows out through my headphones for all to hear or just wearing my Chicks gear around town.

What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
The Dixie Chicks stand the test of time. They were the only band at that time, specifically in country music, that stood out and expressed their opinions of the violence that was surrounding our country. They are strong, powerful, beautiful women who created music that rocks my heart and soul to pieces and has to countless others who choose to give their music a chance.

What currently is the most played song in your music library? 
Anything from Beyoncé’s Lemonade of course because she’s the queen but The Chicks take the number one spot above any other artist I listen to on a daily basis, specifically any Taking the Long Way tracks because it’s my favorite.

What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
Not Ready To Make Nice. This song for me is so powerful. It expresses the many emotions that occurred between the girls and how they needed to write and perform this song to get through their anger and pain. The song transcends beyond the incident that they went through and has for me been an anthem that I listen to when I’m in complete anger, sadness or any form of emotional pain. This song has gotten me through some pretty rough patches and I’ll forever be grateful for it.

What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why?
Taking The Long Way, hands down. This album was spectacular. This album was so powerful and heart wrenching that it even made those who were not fans previously become entangled in the beauty and madness of this album. Taking The Long Way has always been my favorite album and has given me multitudes of inspiration.

Photo captured by Jerry at the Cleveland stop on the MMVXI Tour

Photo captured by Jerry at the Cleveland stop on the MMVXI Tour

How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Social media. Typically Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. I have Natalie and Emily on notifications mode on twitter and the Chicks Instagram account on notifications as well so I am able to see all of the fun and best political banter from Natalie, always brings joy to my day.

What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
God, every DCX thing I own I suppose. But aside from the material things what I have treasured for many years is the love I have for these girls and that I always will have for these girls in my heart which overpowers any material memorabilia that I own.

You can also get your official Dixie Chicks merch HERE!

You can also get your official Dixie Chicks merch HERE!

Jerry's custom shirts in 2006 (left) and recreated in 2016

Jerry's custom shirts in 2006 (left) and recreated in 2016

What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
The Dixie Chicks on July 23rd, 2006 in Columbus, OH during their Accidents and Accusations tour. The Chicks’ MMXVI Tour was the last concert I attended on June 3rd, 2016 in Cleveland, OH and was the absolute best moment of my entire life. I am not sure what will be next but would love to see you guys in Canada (wink, wink, free tickets by any chance for this mega fan?)

Did you attend any shows on the recent MMXVI Tour or will you be attending the upcoming MMXVII Tour? If so, which ones?
Yes I attended the Cleveland, OH show on June 3rd, 2016 at Blossom Music Center with my Mamaw who happens to be my run to Chicks fan and concert buddy. I wish to attend more as they come into play.

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
Definitely the Cleveland show over this past summer. From where I live to Cleveland was about a six to seven hour drive with stops in between.

Tell us something about the Dixie Chicks that a lot of other fans may not know?
The Dixie Chicks are the most real, honest, kind and beautiful people in the world. They are so open and loving to their fans and especially to the ones who refused to ever turn their back on them.

If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
Thank You. Thank you for allowing me to understand the rights to free speech, for making me feel brave and for teaching me that doing what’s right is always the most important part of any human’s life. Thank you for granting me the magic and beauty that is your music that has stood the test of time. And above all else, thank you for being there for me in my darkest moments. Thank you for making me feel that all three of you are a part of my family and of my life. I’ve never had a connection beyond just liking a band until I was introduced to you by my Mamaw at the young age of two and I’ll never forget that as long as I live. Natalie, Martie and Emily this is for you.  I will forever and always love you, to the moon and back.  

Jerry and his Mamaw at the MMXVI Tour

Jerry and his Mamaw at the MMXVI Tour

You can follow Jerry on Twitter @JerryWeaver1998 and Instagram @jtweaver1998.

Dixie Chicks Announce Avalanche City as Special Guest for Australian Headline Dates

DIXIE CHICKS ANNOUNCE AVALANCHE CITY AS SPECIAL GUEST ON ALL HEADLINE DATES
- NEW TICKETS FOR ALL SHOWS RELEASED -

Just over a month out from their first Australian shows in over ten years, global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today reveal that New Zealand’s AVALANCHE CITY will join the MMXVII Tour as a Special Guest on all headline dates. 

Additionally, fantastic new seats have today been released for sale across all cities. Visit chuggentertainment.com for more information and nab your ticket now! 

The 2011 APRA Silver Scroll winner Dave Baxter (AVALANCHE CITY) will perform all the hits from his latest album We Are For The Wild Places, as well as his acclaimed debut Our New Life Above The Ground. The much loved singer-songwriter enjoys a superb reputation for his live shows and will be joined by his touring band, ensuring delivery of the seasoned blend of summer-pop /neo-folk musical experience one would expect of an Avalanche City performance.

“It’s going to be an absolute pleasure touring with the Dixie Chicks and their world class crew on their upcoming Australian tour”, said Avalanche City’s Dave Baxter. “It will be my first time playing in these venues, which are some of the biggest and best rooms in the country. I can’t wait to meet a bunch of new fans in Australia and New Zealand!”
 
Responding to overwhelming demand, Dixie Chicks will deliver their epic MMXVII World Tour across seven dates in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to an anticipated headline appearance at CMC Rocks QLD, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Country and Roots festival. 

One of the most prolific and captivating live acts on the planet, and with well over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Dixie Chicks have earned their title as the biggest US female band of all time. The trio has no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt. 

Dixie Chicks last year made headlines when they teamed up with Beyonce at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, for a mind-blowing live performance of the Beyonce track ‘Daddy Lessons’, interlaced with Dixie Chicks’ ‘Long Time Gone’. Check it out here. 

Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon. Tickets are selling fast, so get in quickly to secure your chance to experience one of the world’s greatest live acts when they return to Australia this March!


TICKETS ON SALE NOW HERE.


DIXIE CHICKS MMXVII TOUR DATES

With Special Guest Avalanche City

Brought to you by Chugg Entertainment & Rob Potts Entertainment Edge 

CMC ROCKS QLD 2017
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March – Willowbank, Ipswich (All Ages)
*Dixie Chicks’ performance date at CMC Rocks to be announced
cmcrocks.com

BRISBANE
Saturday 25th March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – SELLING FAST
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

SYDNEY
Wednesday 29th March – Qudos Bank Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

SYDNEY
Thursday 30th March – ICC Sydney Theatre (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

MELBOURNE
Saturday 1st April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

MELBOURNE
Sunday 2nd April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

PERTH
Wednesday 5th April – Perth Arena (All Ages) – SELLING FAST
Presented by Channel 9
ticketek.com.au or 132 849

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday 8th April – Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay – SELLING FAST
missionestate.co.nz/
 

DCX Superfan of the Month: Michaela

Michaela absolutely loves going to concerts. She has seen the Chicks 8 times and has gotten the chance to connect with other Superfans all over the country. Read more to find out what makes Michaela a superstar DCX fan!

 

What part of the country/world do you live in?
I live in Granger, Indiana, USA

What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
1) I love going to concerts. I’ve gone to more concerts in the last 5 years than I have in my previous 51. Festivals are a great way to see a lot of bands in just a few days. And they introduce you to bands you may have never heard of.
2) Traveling. Whether it’s visiting family out of state, or traveling to a destination, I’m always up for an adventure.
3) Notre Dame tailgating and games (football/basketball). We live just a few miles from campus.
4) Shopping – it’s a great stress reliever.
That’s more than 3…(my math is a little fuzzy, plus I don’t like being told what to do)!

What do you do for a living?
I am a Graphic Designer and occasionally do free lance work. But most recently I became a Rodan + Fields Consultant, which I am very excited about!

How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
I’ve seen the Dixie Chicks 8 times. The first DCX concert I went to was the Top of the World Tour in Chicago in 2003 with my husband.

Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX?
Everything! I’ve been a fan ever since I heard Ready To Run for the first time – I think that was back in 2000? I saw the video on CMT, I don’t know why I was watching CMT since I never listened to country music. I rented Fly from the library, loved the album so much that I went out and bought it. A neighbor told me to listen to the Wide Open Spaces album…another trip to the library! Loved it! Bought it! I’ve been head over heels in love with the girls since then. I’ve been communicating with other superfans online for over 12 years. And I’ve met many of them at concerts. We chat on Facebook and Twitter, we text…I think many of us have created lifelong friendships because of the DCX.

Michaela, Martie, & friend at Summerfest

Michaela, Martie, & friend at Summerfest

How do you show your fandom?
All my friends and family know about my deep passion for the girls. I took my best friends to a concert last summer. Neither of them had ever been to a Dixie Chick concert. Well, they loved it! It was an incredible joy to be able to share this experience with them. Anytime anyone mentions the DCX, my ears perk up. I will defend them, promote them, I could talk about them all day. Seriously, the MMXVI show was the Chicks at their best. They just keep getting better!

I am also a huge Court Yard Hounds fan. This is the band sisters Emily and Martie formed during their hiatus from the Dixie Chicks. I’ll just go ahead and call myself a CYH Superfan too! I’ve been to three CYH shows, and even won backstage access to their Lollapalooza show. We got to watch the concert from the stage. That was such fun. And when the CYH asked fans to submit personal photos for their music video "The World Smiles", I sent them a few that made it into the video.

Backstage with Court Yard Hounds at Lollapalooza

Backstage with Court Yard Hounds at Lollapalooza

Michaela & Court Yard Hounds at Lollapalooza

Michaela & Court Yard Hounds at Lollapalooza

Michaela's photos are featured in the Court Yard Hounds' music video for "The World Smiles"

Michaela's photos are featured in the Court Yard Hounds' music video for "The World Smiles"

I love fashion and I love to shop, so I like to see what the girls are wearing, whether it’s a pair of earrings, their boots or heels, jeans, etc. And the fact that they are all so drop dead gorgeous only makes them look even better in their clothes. Who doesn’t want to look like them! So yeah, I’m not gonna lie, I try to copy them.

What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
Obviously they are wonderful musicians. Their harmonies and Natalie’s voice are just some of the reasons they’ve held onto their fanbase all these years. They’ve sold over 30 million records, and are selling out their 2016-2017 world tour without releasing a new studio album in over 10 years. That just proves they are loved by so many fans all over the world. “The Incident” changed them as a band and as women, and I know they are just fine where they are in their lives. They will forever have each others backs. They don’t apologize for being strong opinionated women. And they balance their career on the road with family life and being good mommas. 

What currently is the most played song in your music library?
The song I have on repeat is Thin Line by the DCX. I love the layering of vocals, the mandolin, and the banjo.

What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
I refuse to give you one song. But I’ll tell you some of my faves. Lil Jack Slade – because the instrumentation showcases Emily and Martie's immense talent; Sin Wagon – played live…lyrics! banjo! fiddle! I’ve never met a fan that doesn’t love Sin Wagon; Top of the World – live version with Jimmy Paxson on drums is quite emotional!

What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why?
Home. This album is a beautiful combination of bluegrass and compelling lyrics.

How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
The best way to stay connected to artists is on social media. I follow all the DCX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. That’s the best way to see what’s going on with the girls. Natalie is very active on Twitter and replies to fans' tweets. Nat posts pictures of her vacations, her pup King, social causes among other things. Emily is also active on Twitter, but not as much as Natalie. It’s always fun when you actually get a reply from one of the girls! Emily has even wished me a happy birthday a few times! 

What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
That would be the drumsticks Emily gave me after the encore of Better Way in Noblesville. I appreciate the effort it took for her to hand them to me from stage. I took up drums a few years ago, basically because of my love of music and the fact that I idolized Ringo Starr when I was a kid. And it’s a fact that playing/learning a musical instrument benefits your brain.
 

Michaela received these drumsticks from Martie during a DCX show!

Michaela received these drumsticks from Martie during a DCX show!

What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
My first concert ever was Boston at the Hollywood Sportatorium in south Florida. The last concert I attended was the Dixie Chicks in Toledo, OH. My next concert? I really want to go to another Chicks concert this year. They’ll be in Canada in April. I had tentative plans to go to one or two of those shows. But we’re remodeling the home we recently moved into, and it’s a complete renovation, which costs money, a lot of money. So I was put on concert probation by my husband. I am accepting donations though. No kidding.

Michaela with other DCX Superfans in Cleveland

Michaela with other DCX Superfans in Cleveland

Did you attend any shows on the recent MMXVI Tour? If so, which ones?
Yes I did! I went to the Cleveland, OH; Noblesville, IN; Tinley Park, IL; and Toledo, OH shows. At the Toledo show I (along with other superfans) were invited up on stage for the encore! Wow…I mean, what a dream to be onstage with my favorite band. 

Michaela with other DCX Superfans in Toledo

Michaela with other DCX Superfans in Toledo

On stage at the DCX Toledo show

On stage at the DCX Toledo show

What’s the farthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
The farthest I’ve traveled to see a DCX show was Austin, Texas. I went to the KLRU Benefit/Lloyd Maines Tribute from ACL Live at Moody Theatre in Austin. Not only did the Dixie Chicks perform, Natalie sang songs off her Mother album and the Court Yard Hounds performed also. It was a super concert, and it was my first time meeting other Superfans. I’d say that was the most unique show I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. 

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Michaela meeting like-minded Superfans at the KLRU Benefit/Lloyd Maines Tribute

Michaela meeting like-minded Superfans at the KLRU Benefit/Lloyd Maines Tribute

Tell us something about the Dixie Chicks that a lot of other fans may not know.
They really do care about their fans. They appreciate, and don’t take for granted the love they feel looking out at their audiences. They are genuine, honest, compassionate, and funny girls. They really have a wicked sense of humor. 

If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
First, I’d like to say THANK YOU to the Dixie Chicks and their team for giving little ol’ me the honor of being February's Superfan of the Month! Secondly, thank you for inviting us Superfans onstage in Toledo during the encore of Better Way. I mean, seriously! I had to pinch myself several times! And the meet & greet after the Toledo show was chaotic and fun at the same time. Thank you for being such strong role models for women. 

 

You can share your DCX fandom with Michaela on Twitter @mstukenborg and Instagram www.instagram.com/aka_michaela/.