The Chicks, originally from Dallas, have been a force in the music industry since their 1998 album "Wide Open Spaces," an album that sold more CDs that year than all other country music groups combined. Composed of lead singer Natalie Maines (lead vocals, guitar) and sisters Emily Strayer (vocals, guitar, banjo, Dobro) and Martie Maguire (vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar), the band boasts 13 Grammy Awards, including five in 2007 for Album of the Year ("Taking the Long Way"), Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for “Not Ready to Make Nice”). The group’s hit singles also include “There’s Your Trouble,” “Wide Open Spaces” and “You Were Mine” (from the album "Wide Open Spaces"); “Cowboy Take Me Away,” “Goodbye Earl,” “Ready to Run” and “Without You” (from the album "Fly"); “Travelin’ Solder,” “Top of the World” and “Landslide” (from the album "Home"). These have earned the group multiple Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, American Music and Billboard Music awards.
The Chicks continue to embrace a bluegrass, folk, country and pop sound, while remaining firm in their identity, continuing to spread messages of freedom and evoking change with their music. Earning universal recognition as the biggest-selling U.S. female band of all time, The Chicks have sold more than 30.5 million albums and are among an elite group of artists and the only female group to achieve multiple “diamond” selling (10 million copies) releases. In March 2020, after nearly 14 years, the group released its fifth studio album, “Gaslighter,” to rave reviews. Prior to the album’s release, the band changed its name from Dixie Chicks to The Chicks. The Chicks are embarking on a 37-date mega-tour that kicks off in June in Norway, with stops in the U.K. and Europe before returning to North America.
Comprising Khalid Yassein (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Devan Glover (vocals) and Andrew Oliver (lead guitar, synthesizers), Toronto’s Wild Rivers has a gift for penning introspective lyrics and genre-fluid melodies that transmit wisdom beyond their years. Yassein and Glover first connected at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, in 2013. Starting out as an acoustic singer-songwriter project, Yassein and Glover expanded their aesthetic to a more full-bodied sound, adding multi-instrumentalist Oliver. The indie trio first caught audiences’ attention in 2016 with a self-titled debut, followed by two EPs (2018’s "Eighty-Eight" and 2020’s "Songs To Break Up To"). Building an authentic relationship with fans, while channeling classic singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, the band originally cultivated a dedicated following through its live performances, opening for celebrated acts including The Paper Kites, Donovan Woods and Jake Bugg. In early 2022, the group released "Sidelines," the much-anticipated 10-track album infusing pop, rock, indie and folk into each song’s blueprint. As the group embarks on the next chapter of its journey, Wild Rivers is eager to take "Sidelines" on the road.
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