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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.