The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
By United Press International
Dixie Chick McGuire pregnant again

Dixie Chick McGuire pregnant again

NASHVILLE , Jan. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. country music singer Martie Maguire has announced she and her actor husband Gareth Maguire are expecting their third daughter to be born this summer.

Outspoken Dixie Chicks have to cancel gigs

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Dixie Chicks' fans still buy their albums, but a decline in attendance of the outspoken group's U.S. concerts has become a concern, a report says.

Dixie Chicks' birth: second set of twins

MEDINA, Texas, April 26 (UPI) -- The Dixie Chicks' Emily Robison has followed her sister's footsteps in giving birth to twins, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Dixie Chick Martie Maguire has twins

DALLAS, May 4 (UPI) -- Martie Maguire, a member of the Texas-born country music band the Dixie Chicks, has given birth to twin girls, E! Online reported Tuesday.

Chicks staying with country music

NASHVILLE, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The Dixie Chicks, not among the White House's favorite entertainers because of earlier comments, say they have no plans to leave country music.

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The Dixie Chicks shed their feathers and posed naked for the cover of next week's issue of Entertainment Weekly.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International


Bruce Springsteen has spoken out about the controversy surrounding the Dixie Chicks, supporting their future endeavors.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Country Music News

Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys born in Camden, N.J., 1943. Larry Rice of the Rice Brothers born, 1949.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Dixie Chicks tell critics to let up

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Dixie Chicks have apologized again for onstage criticism of President George W. Bush and revealed that the incident has led to death threats against them.

Hollywood Analysis: Cost of free speech

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Energetic campaigns to slap down entertainment industry critics of war in Iraq may be contributing to an increasing level of political timidity in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The New York Post reports the Dixie Chicks are upset by hate mail and threats from right-wingers who are agitated by Natalie Maines' observations about the invasion of Iraq. Page Six reports the group members believe they're in danger of bodily harm.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International


PAT NASON and DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

The 36th Annual Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday in Nashville, turned into Alan Jackson Night as the country superstar swept the evening with a record five wins.
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International
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Martie Maguire
Martie Maguire, singer with the country and western singing group "Dixie Chicks" ( Emily Robison, Natalie Maines and Martie Maguire) performs on the WABC TV Good Morning America show on May 26, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Martie Maguire is a Grammy Award-winning American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and a founding member of the female alternative country band, Dixie Chicks. She won awards in national fiddle championships while still a teenager. Maguire is accomplished on several other instruments, including the mandolin, viola, acoustic bass, and guitar. She has written and co-written a number of the band's songs, some of which have become chart-topping hits. She also contributes her skills in vocal harmony and backing vocals, as well as orchestrating string arrangements for the band.

Maguire learned several instruments at a young age, honing her skills with her sister, Emily Robison (neƩ Emily Erwin), by playing together with two other schoolmates for over five years as a part of a high school touring bluegrass quartet. After graduation, the sisters forged an alliance with two other women they had met through the Dallas music scene, Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy, forming a bluegrass and country music band, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits for six years. After the departure of Macy, and the replacement of Lynch with singer-songwriter Natalie Maines, the band widened their musical repertoire and appearance. The result was a trio so commercially successful that it took the country music industry by surprise, with a number of hit songs, albums, and awards that have set records in the music industry. Maguire subsequently stood by her bandmates as they were engulfed in political controversy.

Martha Elenor Erwin (nicknamed "Martie") was born October 12, 1969, in York, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Addison, a northern suburban town on the edge of Dallas, Texas, with an older sister, Julia Erwin-Weiner, two years her senior, and younger sister, Emily, to parents Paul Erwin and Barbara Trask. Encouraged by her parents- both educators at private schools - Maguire began playing classical violin at age five, and by age 12, was learning to play "fiddle style", with a birthday gift of fiddle lessons, and was active in her school orchestra. Emily Erwin, (later known as Emily Robison), three years her junior, also shared an early talent, interest and love of music, and the two were provided musical instruction on several instruments. Because of this, although Maguire became famous for her ability in vocal harmony, and mastery of the fiddle, she also plays a variety of stringed instruments that include the viola, guitar, mandolin, and bass.

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