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Interview 1: John Hiatt: Let's talk about the Patty Griffin song "Let Him Fly". Did she write that for you guys? Natalie Maines: No. That was on our first album. We became huge Patty Griffin fans. We went and saw her open up for Shawn Colvin. And we couldn't understand a word she was saying but it doesn't matter, she has one of those voices where you don't even know what she's saying but then on top of that it's great songs and great writing and we all three went out and bought the album that night, went over to Tower and I think I've probably become her biggest fan in this group. Don't want to scare her. Emily Robison: She knows where she lives. Martie Seidel: It's almost scary. Natalie Maines: No I don't know where she lives actually, but anyways, I brought that song to the table pretty near the end and, I think it sort of mirrored, you know, what I was going through during the making of the record, just getting a divorce and was very happy about that song. It's been a struggle getting a divorce and moving on and so it's just sort of a song that I, in my heart, wish that my soon to be ex-husband would sing to me, you know, realize the importance of letting go and that we're too young to be holding on to all of this and move on. But, it hasn't worked. Interview 2: John Hiatt: Well, I'm just going to ask you point blank, what are you listening to? Natalie Maines: The newest, best thing that I've bought is the new Alison Krauss record "Forget About It". It is an awesome record. It's awesome. It's nominated for album of the year. Emily Robison: We sent her a note the other day just to let her know how incredible we thought it was. Natalie Maines: There's only, there's about four albums a year that I really, really listen to and just like, listen to them over and over. This year it was Patty Griffin, Lauryn Hill, this new one... Martie Seidel: I love Bruce Robinson, "Wrapped" is a great album. Kelly Willis' album. John Hiatt: That's a great record. Martie Seidel: I can't get it out of my CD player. John Hiatt: We taped her a couple of weeks ago, she was great. Dixie Chick: Sheryl Crow, "Globe Sessions", listen to it all the time. I listen to all her CDs all the time, and "Flaming Red" (Patty Griffin), like Natalie said. John Hiatt: You mentioned Lauryn Hill and, you know I see and hear so much cross pollination going on. We just had this guy Speech, who he used to have that band Arrested Development, did that song "Tennessee". Natalie Maines: That was great. John Hiatt: And I'm thinking, he's got these grooves that are almost like kind of country, you know, it's all getting so mixed up in such a cool way. Natalie Maines: Very urban. John Hiatt: Do you see that happening, do you see country stretching? Natalie Maines: Our, the thing we would love to see is just that, you know I hate that people say Shania isn't country or you know some people in early times tried to say we weren't and I hate that there's some small definition of country music. I mean you turn on a pop station you'll hear anything from Whitney Houston to Matchbox 20. You know, why can't we have a broader vision of what country is. Emily Robison: Yeah, like why can't they include people like Kelly Willis on country radio. Martie Seidel: Or even Buck Owens, you know he's still singing and so many people putting out new music that doesn't get played. Natalie Maines: And Dwight (Yoakam) can't get played on the radio. He's my favorite male country singer out right now and they won't play him on the radio and you know I don't want people to come out sounding like the Dixie Chicks. I think the reason why we had the success is cause it was something new and, you know, I think the music was there but we just have so many friends in Nashville, you know, just that you know should be making it. And for one reason or another they're not and I just don't understand this small definition of what country is. John Hiatt: And you guys are a perfect example of you know trying something different and oh, it sounds different and people like it so it gets on radio and then it seems like the next thing record companies want to do is sign 50 Dixie Chicks. Emily Robison: I think radio took a chance on us. I mean we were different to their ears and I attribute a lot of our success to radio. I mean that's where our fans come from for the most part and I think if they took more chances on people like us ? Martie Seidel: Labels like to deliver different music too. It's not just ? Emily Robison: But I think if they took a few more chances then the listeners are educated enough to know, I think they underestimate their listeners sometimes. John Hiatt: Absolutely. I agree.