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Country Music Feuds – Toby Keith vs. the Dixie Chicks

Toby Keith, Natalie Maines
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This feud didn’t begin when Natalie Maines made her unforgettable comments about President Bush. The Dixie Chicks lead singer took the first shot when she was asked about Toby Keith‘s ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.’ “It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant,” she said. The pair battled as songwriters until spring 2003, when Keith began using a photo of Maines with Saddam Hussein on tour. That led to the infamous ‘F-U-T-K’ t-shirt.

Keith ended the feud that August after watching a band member lose a two-year-old daughter to cancer. “A few days after I found she didn’t have long to live,” he said, “I saw a picture on the cover of Country Weekly with a picture of me and Natalie and it said, ‘Fight to the Death’ or something. It seemed so insignificant. I said, ‘Enough is enough.'”

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