DCX Superfan(s) of the Month: Sam and Maggie

Meet Sam and Maggie who are April's DCX Superfans of the Month! We went with 2 fans this month because they are best friends who met because of their love of the Chicks! They will be seeing the Dixie Chicks live together for the first time (and 2 more times after that!) on the DCX MMXVI World Tour! Read their story below! 

 

Maggie (L) and Sam (R) were the best of friends all through their high school days...

Maggie (L) and Sam (R) were the best of friends all through their high school days...

What part of the country/world do you live in?
We are both from Louisville, Kentucky

What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
(Sam) My favorite things to do include spending time with my family and friends, going on vacation to the lake, the beach and Disney World, and coaching soccer. 
(Maggie) I love to go hiking and exploring, as well as spending time with my family and friends.

What do you do for a living?
(Sam) Right now I am a full time student with a major in marketing.
(Maggie) I am also a full time student studying Geosciences.

How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
(Sam) Unfortunately I have never seen the Dixie Chicks live… when I was in third grade I had tickets but decided to stay home that night to play with my neighbors, and it is literally the biggest regret in my life. But luckily I am making up for it this year.
(Maggie) When I was nine years old my mom took me to see the Dixie Chicks when they came to play Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. That was back in 2003, and I am beyond excited that 13 years later I have the opportunity to see them again!

Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX.
It’s weird for us to think of ourselves as Dixie Chicks “fans” because we don’t feel like that title does justice to we how feel about them. We grew up listening to their music, and our friendship was literally formed over our love for them. In 6th grade we had class together and one day I (Sam) had “Long Time Gone” stuck in my head so I wrote the lyrics down on a piece of paper. I can’t remember exactly how it happened, but somehow Maggie saw where I was writing them down and said she also loved the Dixie Chicks! At first I was like “Lol yeah right… not as much as me.” Up until that point, neither of us had ever met someone else who was as big of a fan of them as each of us were. But when I found out Maggie knew every single word to every single song, and owned every single album just like I did, we immediately hit it off. We talked all about our favorite songs, which one was the first one we ever heard, how we planned on naming our first born after Natalie and so on. This is a corny way to put it but… from that day on, we were best friends. We have a notebook that we used to pass notes to each other in that’s filled almost primarily with Dixie Chicks lyrics, and have had endless conversations about what we would do if we ever got the chance to see them, meet them, or just be in the same room as them.

Notebook of DCX lyrics that Sam and Maggie used to pass around.

Notebook of DCX lyrics that Sam and Maggie used to pass around.

 

They have provided the soundtrack to our lives and help us get through almost every life event; from broken hearts and the loss of loved ones, to going to college, and having the time of our lives together, the Dixie Chicks’ music has always been included. They aren’t just a band we love… they are truly a part of who we are. Our lives and our friendship would not be the same without them. It’s hard to express just how much we love them and how much they mean to us. For the past 10 years we have been waiting for them to come back and tour the states, and it’s finally here. We’ve talked so much about what we’d do if they ever toured again, and to be doing all those things is so surreal. I’ll never forget the day I woke up, checked twitter, and their American tour announcement just so happened to be on the top of my news feed. June 1st is the date of the first concert we are going to and I can say with great certainty that it will be one of the best and most emotional days of our lives. It’s impossible to verbalize our love for them and our excitement for this tour, but hopefully this scratches the surface. 

How do you show your fandom?
Well, so far we have bought tickets to three shows on this tour, and we own all of their albums, and know all the words to their songs. Since they’ve announced the tour we’ve cried at least once a day from how excited we are, and we are obsessive to the point where we annoy people. If any of their songs come on we belt it at the top of our lungs and basically worship the ground they walk on. Not to mention we consider them a part of our identity. I suppose you could say we just show our fandom through how much we love them.

What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
The Dixie Chicks are truly one of a kind. All three of them are outstanding musicians, and Natalie could sing the dictionary, and it would be a song we’d listen to everyday. What they sing about is so real and relatable, and even if it isn’t, they have an uncanny ability to make you feel whatever they are playing and singing about. For instance, in Godspeed, the innocence in the lyrics paired with the sincerity of the violin is something that is hard to find in songs. The emotions they can evoke with their instruments and simplest lyrics are seriously just amazing. And they do it so easily! So for us, that is why they stick out among other bands and musicians.

What currently is the most played song in your music library? 
(Sam) At the moment, the most played song in my music library is Jackie and Wilson by Hozier.
(Maggie) Let ‘er Rip by DCX is my most played song right now.

What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
(Sam) I don’t know how anyone could possibly answer this question, because all of their songs are my favorite songs. As soon as I even attempt to narrow it down to a few, I end up just adding the rest of them. But if I HAD to pick, I would say I think it’s a tie between Truth No. 2, Let Him Fly, and There’s Your Trouble.
(Maggie) Choosing only one song is an impossible undertaking, but right now my favorites are Not Ready to Make Nice, Sin Wagon, and Let Him Fly. 
(Sam) I suppose since we both have Let Him Fly as a top choice, you could say that it  is our favorite as a pair. Every time we’ve had this conversation, Let Him Fly always makes the list. We both really love this song. Each of us has gone through enough trouble with boys to last us a lifetime, and ever since middle school when one of us has been dealing with a broken heart, the other always sends some type of note or reminder to let him fly. I think those three words have gotten us through more heartache than anything else and it’s probably some of the best advice we’ve ever gotten. So for that reason, it is one of our favorites.

What is your favorite album from DCX and why?
(Sam) Again, there is no way I can choose a favorite album. They’re all so amazing it’s impossible to single one out. For me it is a dead lock, three way tie between Fly, Wide Open Spaces, and Home.
(Maggie) All of them are my favorite!! There’s no way to pick just one!

How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Each of us follow most of our favorite bands and musicians on social media, and often look on their websites to see if any tours have been announced. We love going to concerts so if there’s one in town we almost always make plans to go to them! But social media is definitely our primary source for news on all our favorite bands. Twitter is how we found out about this tour!

What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
Our favorite piece of memorabilia is something that we don’t actually own yet… but there is this place you can send ticket stubs, and they make jewelry out of it. We are each getting a bracelet with our Nashville ticket imprinted on it. Our other favorite piece is something we made when we became friends in middle school, which is a notebook we’d pass back and forth to each other in class just writing out lyrics to all of their songs.

What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen, and what will be the next?
(Sam) My first concert ever was when I was 5, and my dad took me to see NSYNC. The last concert I went to was to see the Revivalists, and unless another one pops up between now and then, the next concert I’ll be going to is Jennifer Nettles.
(Maggie) My very first concert ever was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and they are still one of my favorite bands of all time. The last concert I saw was when we were celebrating my friend’s bachelorette party, and what better way than by going to see The Charlie Daniels Band.  It was the second time I had the honor of seeing The Charlie Daniels Band. The next concert I will see is the Dixie Chicks!

How many shows do you plan on attending/which ones?
We are seeing THREE shows on the DCX MMXVI tour. Our first stop is in Cincinatti, Ohio, then Nashville, Tennessee, and our last show (as of now) will be in Indianapolis, Indiana. We’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll schedule another show or two in our home state, in either Louisville or Lexington.

What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
So we live in Louisville... Most musicians and bands stop here on their tours so lucky for us, neither of us have ever had to travel very far to see anyone. When/if people don’t stop in Louisville, they usually are within a couple of hours of here so we almost always have a chance to go see them! 
(Sam) The farthest I’ve traveled to see a show is just 2 hours north to Cincinatti. Technically, I’ve seen Luke Bryan while I was on Spring Break in Panama City Beach. While Luke Bryan is awesome, I didn’t go down there for the sole purpose of seeing him so I don’t know if that really counts. If it does though, then the furthest I’ve traveled is about 8 hours.
(Maggie) The furthest I have traveled so far to see a show was when I drove around 2 ½ hours down to Owensboro, KY to see The Charlie Daniels Band and Hank Williams Jr.

Sam and Maggie at the Charlie Daniels Band concert at the KY State Fair

Sam and Maggie at the Charlie Daniels Band concert at the KY State Fair

 

Something others may not know?
We don’t really think there is anything we don’t know about the chicks that anyone else may be in the dark on… especially other avid DCX fans like ourselves. But something we do suggest to anyone reading this is to look up Jennifer Nettles and Ronnie Dunn’s cover of Let Him Fly. (Ronnie Dunn also covers Sugarland’s “Stay” which is beautiful and usually found in the same video so check that out too) But it is absolutely beautiful so definitely give it a listen!

 

In addition to that, Natalie does a cover of Billy Joel’s “She’s Got a Way” which is a song my (Sam) parents dedicated to me when I was born so that, mixed with her amazing vocals and my obsession with her makes that cover really special to me.

 

 

If you could tell DCX one thing, what would it be?
There are a million things we’d love to ask the chicks, and tell them. But I think mostly we would just tell them a version of all the answers we provided to these questions and basically just let them know they are our reason for living. That sounds a little dramatic but let’s be honest, THEY ARE THE DIXIE CHICKS AND WE LOVE THEM MORE THAN LIFE.  

If you'd like to connect with Sam and Maggie and share DCX fandom stories, you can find them on Twitter and Instagram at: 
Sam: @samgaither
Maggie: @maggie_downey