OFFSTAGE: Ready to Make Nice With the Dixie Chicks?

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

This is the question of the day today: “It’s been 10 years since Natalie Maines made her infamous comment about President Bush, and now the Dixie Chicks are hitting the road this summer for a few tour dates. Do you welcome them back into the country community?” CMT Hot 20 Countdown wants to know, so this is your chance to weigh in if you feel passionately about the Chicks. So far, country fans have posted everything from “Hell, yes” to “Absolutely not.” There is talk of forgiveness and free speech and making nice, but there are also comments about holding grudges and learning to put a filter on it. The yes vote is winning, but not by a landslide. So get in on the conversation and let yourself be heard, even if you’re not ready to make nice.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.