Superfan of the Month: Jamie

Meet Jamie, our DCX Superfan for November! She's a mother of 3 children, a registered nurse, has seen the Chicks live 10 times and even went on stage with them during the MMXVI Tour! Read her full interview below. 

What part of the country do you live in?
I live in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia.

What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
1.    Spend time with my husband and three kids
2.    Watch my kids play sports
3.    Trend and support social issues

What do you do for a living?
I am a Registered Nurse. I previously worked in the Cardiac ICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. I currently work as certified school nurse. I am also working on my Master of Science in Nursing degree.

How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
I have seen the Dixie Chicks live 10 times. Once during the Fly tour, twice during the Top of the World Tour (2 time member of the Chicken Coop!), twice during Accidents and Accusations, and five times during MMXVI. 

Image Jamie captured from the Buffalo MMXVI Tour Stop. 

Image Jamie captured from the Buffalo MMXVI Tour Stop. 

Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX?
I truly believe I could write an entire book on how profoundly the Dixie Chicks and their music have impacted me. The main reasons why I feel so connected to them are as follows. First, I became a fan at 14 years old. Their music was the soundtrack of my journey from adolescence to adulthood. I associate nearly every significant event of my adolescent/adult life with a Dixie Chicks song. Second, watching them speak out for their beliefs, support each other through the difficult times, and come out stronger despite it all, demonstrated to me how liberating it is to be true to yourself. I would not have developed the level of contentment and self-worth that I have without their influence. Lastly, the MMXVI tour reignited the passion I have always had for the Dixie Chicks. I did not realize that I was lacking in my own individual hobbies and passions, a common trait of most mothers. Their return filled that void for me. I believe that the time I spent enjoying myself at their shows and reflecting on them after, has allowed me to be a better mother, wife, nurse, etc. Not to mention, watching them tour with their families empowered me to continue to do my best as a working mom on my MUCH smaller scale. I am eternally grateful for their music, as well as the people they portray themselves to be.

How do you show your fandom?
My friends and family are all acutely aware of my fandom. The way I express my fandom has certainly changed over the years - but today, I primarily show my fandom through social media. It is a great way to remain connected and to identify other Superfans who share the same passion for the group. Also, I am not shy about expressing my love for the DCX in my professional environment. We had a back to school presentation about how we spent our summers and my slide was all about the time I spent chasing the Chicks. Lastly, my boys share the same first names as Natalie’s sons – a testament to her great taste, as well as my fandom! :)

What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
The Dixie Chicks stand out to me because they are insanely talented musicians, strong women, and devoted mothers – the complete package! 

What currently is the most played song in your music library?
The Long Way Around - It is a song I identify with and a great choice for the opening song of the live show.

What was the first Dixie Chicks song you remember hearing and when was it?
The first DCX song I remember hearing was Wide Open Spaces. It was the fall of 1998 and I was a freshman in high school.

What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
This is probably the most difficult one to answer because I love them all. If I had to choose one, I would probably say Easy Silence. The lyrics so accurately describe the role my husband has played in my life since we were teenagers. He continues to be my Easy Silence despite the crazy lives we lead as parents of three busy children. Also, my kids are an extension of him, and the family life we created together provides me with the Easy Silence I need every single day.  

What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why? 
Taking the Long Way. While I love the other albums for different reasons, Taking the Long Way is especially significant to me because it was released the year I graduated from college. It is a transformational album for the group and it symbolizes to me the transformation I experienced as I entered adulthood. The songs are so genuine and meaningful. Their emotions are strikingly apparent in the music.

How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Again, I primarily use social media. I am also a member of the DCX tour club. The Dixie Chicks are the only artists I stay connected with.

What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
My favorite piece of memorabilia is a note and autograph I received from Natalie. She referred to me as a Superfan both verbally and in writing. It was very special that she acknowledged my Superfandom! 

Jamie meeting Natalie backstage on the MMXVI Tour.

Jamie meeting Natalie backstage on the MMXVI Tour.

What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
My first concert ever was Aerosmith. The last concert was the MMXVI Toledo show. I don’t foresee myself going to any concerts until the Dixie Chicks return to the road again! 

When and where was the first time you saw the Chicks live?
The first time I saw the Chicks live was in 2000 in Philadelphia during the Fly tour. 

Did you attend the MMXVI Tour? If so, what shows did you attend? 
Yes, I attended 5 MMXVI tour shows. I was at DCX Camden, Hershey, VA Beach, Buffalo, and Toledo. 

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
The furthest I traveled by car is Buffalo – via plane, Toledo.  Toledo was the perfect culminating show. Natalie invited me on stage during Better Way and I got to share the experience with other DCX Superfans!

Jamie in the background on stage for DCX concert finale.

Jamie in the background on stage for DCX concert finale.

Tell us something about the Dixie Chicks that a lot of other fans may not know?
One thing other Dixie Chicks fans may not know is that they truly seem to value their core fans. I wrote a letter of gratitude and Emily thanked me on Twitter. Martie connects with audience members during the entire show. Natalie is extremely gracious. Meeting her was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. 

If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
I would thank the Dixie Chicks and tell them that I am forever grateful for their music and the impact they had on me.  

Feel a connection to Jamie's story? Tell her on Twitter and Instagram @jdotweller11!