Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing
(also known simply as Shut Up and Sing
) is a 2006 documentary film produced and directed by Academy Award
-winning director Barbara Kopple
and Cecilia Peck
(daughter of famed actor Gregory Peck
The film follows the Dixie Chicks
, an extremely successful all-woman Texas
-based country music
trio, over a three year period of intense public scrutiny, fan backlash, physical threats, and pressure from both corporate and conservative political elements in the United States
after lead singer Natalie Maines
publicly criticised then President of the United States George W. Bush
during a live 2003 concert in London
as part of their Top of the World Tour
It is the first Rated R project by the Dixie Chicks.
The film opens during the Dixie Chicks'
2003 Top of the World Tour
, discussing the Dixie Chicks' super-star status prior the incident at their London show. They had sold more albums in the United States than any other female band in history. With the release of their 2002 album Home
, they were again at the top of the Billboard
Charts. The new single
from that album "Travelin' Soldier
", a sensitive depiction of a soldier's life during the Vietnam War
era, and the young woman who waited for him, finding he was killed in battle, had peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs
The film then cuts to a scene from the Dixie......