Dixie Chicks Bow Out of Bluegrass Special

The Dixie Chicks are no longer part of the lineup for Wednesday’s (Jan. 16) bluegrass concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The trio cited “legal issues” as the reason for dropping out. The show will be taped for an upcoming PBS special on bluegrass, and a CD and home video are planned. Because they are in a legal tangle with Sony Music, the Chicks could not work out terms giving producers the right to distribute their performance on CD and video. The Chicks offered to perform without obligation to the CD and video, but the producers declined. “The producers accept responsibility for any miscommunication and regret that the Chicks will not be able to participate,” says producer Terry Lickona of Austin City Limits. Ricky Skaggs will anchor the PBS taping at the Ryman, which is sold out. Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, the Del McCoury Band, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, Nickel Creek and Bruce Hornsby are on the bill. 01/11/02