Meet Elissa! This month's DCX Superfan of the Month! We asked her a few questions about why she loves the Dixie Chicks and she had some great answers for us below! Want to be a Superfan of the Month? We're always watching for fans that post online about the Chicks, so get talking and you could be featured next!
What part of the country do you live in?
I live in Maryland.
What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
Listening to music, watching 1970s sitcoms, and learning new things.
What do you do for a living?
I work in the museum field and do a little bit of everything - managing social media pages, writing educational blog posts, working on exhibits, conducting research, etc.
How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
So far, only twice. I had tickets to another show on the Accidents and Accusations Tour that was eventually canceled. I’m still not happy about that. I’ve also seen Court Yard Hounds once.
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX?
I’ve been a huge Dixie Chicks fan since I first heard “Wide Open Spaces” 18 years ago. I instantly connected with the lyrics and the band. I’m 29, so I grew up with their music basically. I couldn’t live without it. All my favorite artists stand for something. After March 10, 2003, being a DCX fan took on a whole different meaning. It wasn’t just about loving their music anymore; it was like you were making your own statement just by supporting them. I’ve never had my love for another musician/band politicized in such a way, and it makes me proud to be a fan of theirs.
How do you show your fandom?
In addition to the normal buying music, attending shows, watching Shut Up and Sing for the hundredth time, etc., I quite literally throw my work and life into my love for DCX. I wrote my masters thesis on "Dixie Chicks and the Gendered Politics of Country Music." I spent months and months doing pretty much nothing but listening, watching, and reading everything DCX-related I could find to write it (and some people think research is boring)! It felt very gratifying to be able to analyze something I’ve loved for all these years in a way that is more than just me talking about how much I enjoy the music. When I lived in London for graduate school, the one place I had to make sure to visit was Shepherd’s Bush, aka “The Scene of the Crime.”
What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
First of all, Martie and Emily are absolutely stellar musicians, and Natalie can draw you in with her voice in ways few other people can. I once read something that referred to them as “the good-time girls the country establishment loves to hate.” I think that pretty much sums up their personalities, or what I can tell about their personalities, at least. They’re very genuine, funny, and not afraid to speak their minds. I think that’s why they resonate with so many fans. Also, I find the response to “The Incident” to be one of the most fascinating moments in music history. I don’t think any other American musicians could claim they encountered a backlash like the Dixie Chicks. That certainly makes them stand out.
What currently is the most played song in your music library?
The Chicks’ cover of 'Mississippi' from the Top Of The World Tour Live album. I cannot get enough of their version of that song. 'Heartbreak Town' is also up there. It was one of the first songs I ever learned to play on guitar. I used to practice playing along with it all the time.
What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
'I Hope.' I love that the song acknowledges what we need to work on as a people while also offering encouragement for the future. I think a lot of people today should sit down and have a good listen to that song.
What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why?
As of right now, Taking the Long Way. It’s much more personal than their previous albums, and it really shows their growth as musicians and people in general. Hopefully my new favorite Dixie Chicks album is yet to come, though!
How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
I think social media is the best way to stay connected. I love when artists actually update their pages themselves, or when band members each have their own personal accounts in addition to the official band account, like the Dixie Chicks do. Natalie’s new dog, King, is adorable. How else would I know that?
What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
Definitely my “Earl’s in the Trunk” bumper sticker. I bought it during the Fly Tour before I was even old enough to drive. I turned it into a magnet to put on my future car(s), and it has been on the two cars I have owned over the past 13+ years. I love the reactions I sometimes get from people who see it. I’ve had people come up to me in grocery store parking lots and roll up to me at red lights to tell me they love it. When driving in another state, I once had a man yell at me and tell me to go back to Maryland for being a Dixie Chicks fan. I proudly smiled and waved, which pissed him off more, and later that day wrote a song about how ridiculous anti-DCX people are (no, I will not sing it for you). I sometimes also have people tell me they love it when I’m not exactly convinced they get the reference. I find that both very hilarious and very awkward at the same time.
I also love my “FREE NATALIE” shirt, and I have one of Emily’s stage water bottles that a roadie gave me after the Court Yard Hounds show I saw.
What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
First: Beach Boys. Last: Gladys Knight. Next: Ronnie Spector. (I also love music from the 60s). Most looking forward to: DCX MMXVI. One of my favorite concert memories ever happened when I saw Miranda Lambert perform at Madison Square Garden last year. Instead of singing one of her own songs for the encore, she came out, talked about how much she supports other women in country music, said “we really miss the Dixie Chicks,” and sang 'Cowboy Take Me Away.' The entire stadium sang along.
How many DCX MMXVI shows do you plan on attending? Which ones?
Just one in Virginia. I heard the rumors last year about the tour and decided that I was getting VIP tickets to a show if they came true. When some European tour dates were announced last summer, I started saving up a little money here and there just in case they added some US dates. Glad I did!
What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
When I was in college, I flew to London with a friend to see a Spice Girls reunion show. I have zero regrets.
Tell us something about the Dixie Chicks that a lot of other fans may not know?
I don’t know. Dixie Chicks fans seem like a pretty dedicated and smart lot. How about - Goodbye Earl was originally performed and recorded (but not released) by an all-male band?
If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
I know you didn’t intend on becoming heroes, but you are, and I thank you.