On the original Billboard country songs chart for this date, "Travelin' Soldier" was very conspicuous in its absence. The recurrent rule took it off the chart officially; it would have dropped 3 to 31 if not for that rule. The anti-Bush-43 words of Natalie Maines during a March 13 London show were having their full impact, at least at country radio. The Chicks' "Home" would remain the #1 country album for several weeks after, which says a lot about where public sentiment fell.
Natalie had the audacity to express her political views using words that proved, if not necessarily unpopular, then at least controversial. I now am showing a fraction of that audacity in restoring "Travelin' Soldier" to what I feel is its rightful and proper chart position, if only in my silly little world.
What's so hard to comprehend, even after almost 20 years, is that country radio turned its collective back on the one act that had the most potential to define the genre for the decade. Cumulus Media in particular ordered all 42 of its country stations to pull the Chicks' music entirely. And over what? Something that had so little to do with their music -- great as it was, and still is.
Last Edit: Apr 5, 2022 13:22:46 GMT -5 by doofus67