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Grammy-winning Dixie Chicks bring summer tour to New Orleans

Dixie Chicks bring summer tour to New Orleans. (Source: AP) Dixie Chicks bring summer tour to New Orleans. (Source: AP)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The September to remember concert crush brings another rare gig to New Orleans. The Grammy-winning, multi-platinum Dixie Chicks bring their MMXVI tour to the Smoothie King Center Saturday night.

The country pop rock super stars are on a long trip across the U.S. this summer hitting 40 cities.

It's their first tour since 2013-14 but Dixie Chicks haven't released a new album since their 2006's Grammy-winning hit "Taking the Long Way."

While the Chicks started in the late 80's as a bluegrass band, it wasn't until Natalie Maines joined sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire before they broke worldwide.

The band changed musical direction and released "Wide Open Spaces" which achieved "Diamond" status for selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. Since then they've gone on to become the most successful female band in music history.

"Wide Open Spaces"

The Chicks followed up with an equally successful album "Fly" again hitting "Diamond" status on the heels of hits "Cowboy Take Me Away" and "Goodbye Earl".

"Cowboy Take Me Away"

Then came the controversy in 2003 when Maines criticized President George Bush at a concert in London days before the U.S. went to war with Iraq. The backlash was strong and while their popularity took a huge big hit, the Chicks bounced back in 2006 with the Grammy-winning album "Taking the Long Way." 

The album showcased the hit "Not Ready to Make Nice" which addressed the political controversy the band was embroiled in the last three years head on.

The album won all five Grammy's the band was nominated for including winning Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

"Not Ready to Make Nice"

The concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and Elle King opens up.

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