Lyric: “I don’t know where I’ll be crashin’, but I’m arrivin’ on a sin wagon”
Song: Dixie Chicks – “Sin Wagon”
Album: Fly (1999)
Background: This week’s Riff’s & Rhymes Lyric of the Week comes from Dixie Chicks’ 1999 album Fly. Originally formed in 1989 as a Western bluegrass outfit, the Dixie Chicks would ultimately become one of country music’s and America’s most famous female groups. After going through personnel changes throughout much of the 1990s, sisters Martie and Emily Erwin welcomed current lead vocalist Natalie Maines to the group in 1998, finding a balance between the band’s traditional folk roots and an aesthetic ready to smash charts and ride radio waves into stardom. Following the quadruple platinum record Wide Open Spaces (1998), the Dixie Chicks released Fly, immediately returning them to the tops of country charts with tracks like lead single “Ready to Run.” Songs like “Sin Wagon” and “Goodbye, Earl” showed a rebellious side of the trio – that they were not going to adhere to anyone but themselves. This attitude sparked social and political controversy for the band in the early 2000s, but nonetheless, their music has received great deals of acclaim and earned 13 total Grammy Awards. Dixie Chicks are set to release another studio album in 2020 titled Gaslighter with an accompanying arena tour.