Maines Hates Keith’s “Courtesy”

Asked by Los Angeles Daily News’ music reporter Fred Shuster about Toby Keith’s hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” Dixie Chick Natalie Maines said, “Don’t get me started.” She continued, “I hate it. It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant. It targets an entire culture -– and not just the bad people who did bad things. You’ve got to have some tact. Anybody can write, ’We’ll put a boot in your ass.’ But a lot of people agree with it. The kinds of songs I prefer on the subject are like Bruce Springsteen’s new songs.” 08/08/02