Some folks interested in such things suggested a couple of years back that The Dixie Chicks committed professional suicide with their "I'm embarrassed President Bush is from Texas" comment. Some radio stations refused to play their stuff, and lots of red state-ers boycotted CDs and shows.
Not yet ready to make nice, the Chicks recently released an album that is topical, shoots from the hip and takes no prisoners. (Add your own western-type cliche.) Taking The Long Way was last week's top-selling album, and far exceeded industry predictions. Without help from a hit single, or wide-spread radio play.
I'd like to think the high sales were the result of a society that appreciates smart and entertaining performers, regardless of their political leanings. My guess, though, is that the sales have as much to do with the low popularity of W.as they do the Chicks' talent.
Now, as Bill Lynch points out, if we could just get them to swing their tour through The Mountain State.