Meet our DCX Superfan for April - Jenelle! Learn about why she loves the Chicks so much in her interview below!
What part of the country/World do you live in?
I live in Victoria, BC which is on Vancouver Island.
What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
1) Spending time with my dogs, family and friends.
2) Going on hikes, walking along the beach…anything adventurous.
What do you do for a living?
I recently transferred from the University of Victoria to Camosun College and am currently enrolled in the Mental Health and Addictions Program. I also work for IDM Youth Services which is a group home serving foster children.
How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
I have seen the Chicks live twice and I have seen Natalie perform her solo set when she headlined the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX?
I think first and foremost it means that you appreciate great music and musicians who are capable of creating songs that captivate the listener through a blend of instruments, harmonies along with Natalie’s killer vocals. It means developing a sense of loyalty towards other fans and maintaining a friendship with them via social media and/or being fortunate enough to meet them. I love introducing their music to people who haven’t listened to them and giving them the rundown of how special the Chicks are.
How do you show your fandom?
When I was younger, about 7, my mom introduced me to their music. She would play all three albums they had released at that time, over and over and I would complain repeatedly saying that it was “old people music”. After some time, I found it very hard to not sing and dance to their catchy tunes. I then spent much of my time educating myself about the band. I would listen to their music on repeat and watch their interviews on YouTube. I knew every show the Chicks performed and every fact I could find on the internet…which would later be shared with my parents at the dinner table. I often would find ways to incorporate them and/or their music into my school work. For one project, I actually “interviewed” Natalie via Twitter and she provided me answers to incorporate into my assignment. Now, with the abundance of social media I am able to express my love and support of their music and them as a band through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as going to their concerts.
What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
- They stand up for what they believe in and they stick to their guns, these ladies do not back down from anything or anyone.
- Their artistic ability and versatility as musicians.
- How kind and welcoming they are (I haven’t met them, but I know people who have).
- They each have a wicked sense of humor.
- How dedicated they are to their fans and the extra length they go to show their appreciation.
- The ability to cover songs from a variety of different genres…which often sound better than the original version.
- Their commitment to their political beliefs.
- They are grounded; they haven’t lost touch with their fans.
- They are strong women and excellent role models.
What currently is the most played song in your music library? (Any Artist)
At the moment my most played song is, “Kicking Roses” by Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
It’s so difficult to pick just one, I love every single one of them. If I have to choose, my favorite song is Wide Open Spaces. The first few bars of the song sets a tone that makes it hard to resist a smile. It has a youthful ring to it and it was also the first song I was drawn to when I began listening to the Chicks’ music. To me, the song represents the Chicks well and it was such a perfect tune for the kickstart of their careers. As a young woman, I find that the lyrics are relatable as well as inspiring.
What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why?
This is also very tricky, again, I love them all so much…each album is unique and speaks to different timeframes during their lives. My favorite album is Taking the Long Way, for many reasons. Taking the Long Way speaks volumes about the talent that these women possess. The album is personal and very real. You can hear the emotions play out in the songs and the lyrics are beautifully written by three very talented Chicks. The album is bold and it proves that no matter how many people try to hurt you, damage your career, or turn their backs to you, you will always get the last word.
How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Staying connected is most accessible through social media such as Twitter and Instagram. I love reading Natalie’s tweets, they’re always filled with humor and brutal honesty. She also posts a lot about the latest causes she is supporting and that is always interesting to learn about (and seeing the odd photo of King doesn’t hurt either!).
What’s your favorite piece of DCX memorabilia?
I have a few…2 tickets that I won (which I gave to my mom and aunt since I already had tickets) for MMXVI, Natalie’s solo set list from VFMF and finally getting to meet Dean and to chat with him after the MMXVI show in Vancouver.
What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
My first concert was Avril Lavigne’s Best Damn Thing tour in 2008. Most recently, I went to DCX MMXVI in Vancouver.
Did you attend any shows on the recent MMXVI Tour or will you be attending the upcoming MMXVII Tour? If so, which ones?
I went to the MMXVI show in Vancouver, BC on July 7, 2016. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Unfortunately, I will not be attending any more MMXVI shows but if you’re back in Canada closer to the west coast, you can bet that I’ll be there.
What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
So far, the furthest I have traveled for a show is to Vancouver.
Tell us something about the Dixie Chicks that a lot of other fans may not know?
- The Dixie Chicks are powerhouse performers. They can dominate a stage without fancy lights or backup dancers.
- They have outstanding songwriting, vocal and instrumental talent.
- They are passionate, honest women on and off stage and they have a genuine appreciation for their fans.
- Their music appeals to a wide demographic.
If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
I’d like to say thank you for showing your audiences/fan-base that it’s okay to speak your mind. Having confidence is one’s most powerful asset. Your music is a gift. Every time that I listen to it, it allows me to reflect on the memories I have made or associated with the songs. Thank you for inspiring me to learn guitar and introducing me to artists that I may have never heard of such as: Emmylou Harris, James Taylor, Patty Griffin, Smooth Hound Smith…the list goes on. All three you of, Martie, Emily and Natalie have been huge influencers in my life and I have especially looked up to you, Natalie as you have been my role model since I was 7 years old.
So thank you ladies, for sharing your talent, your humor and letting me come along for the ride. I cannot wait to see you all again.