BMI Honors Dixie Chick Martie Seidel, Marcus Hummon

For Co-Writing No. 1 Hit, "Cowboy Take Me Away"

With her sister, singing partner and lyrical inspiration at her side, Dixie Chick Martie Seidel scooped up an armload of awards Wednesday (April 26) for her part in writing and recording “Cowboy Take Me Away,” the Chicks’ latest No. 1 hit.

Also honored was Seidel’s co-writer of the song, Marcus Hummon. BMI, the performance rights organization, gave the awards at a party at its Nashville offices. Natalie Maines, the third Dixie Chick, did not attend.

Seidel and Hummon wrote “Cowboy” for Seidel’s sister and fellow Dixie Chick, Emily, to celebrate her marriage to Lucky Dog recording artist Charlie Robison. Commenting on the tribute, Emily Robison told the crowd that her husband jokes that the song might have been called, “Loser, Leave My Sister Alone.”

Karen Conrad, Hummons’ publisher at BMG Music, said of the Chicks, “You are what’s good about Nashville … You are carrying the banner of country music into the new century.” She praised Hummon as “a man of sharp intelligence who’s saturated with boundless talent.” (In addition to being a songwriter and singer, Conrad noted, Hummon is also a painter and playwright.)

“The best thing about the whole experience,” Hummon asserted, “was not just working with Martie but the fact I can call her my friend.”

Said Seidel, “[Marcus] really made me want to get better at my songwriting, and I think I have.”

BMI also handed out awards for the Dixie Chicks’ producers, Paul Worley and Blake Chancey (who was ill and did not attend) and to staff members of the Chicks’ label, Monument Records.

Dave Durocher, vice president of Bug Music, recognized Seidel and Robison for writing “You Were Mine,” an earlier Dixie Chicks hit, which Bug administers.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to