Wide Open Spaces

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Wide Open Spaces
Studio album by Dixie Chicks
Released January 27, 1998
Recorded March – August 1997
Genre Country
Length 43:39
Label Monument
Producer Blake Chancey
Paul Worley
Dixie Chicks chronology
Shouldn't a Told You That
(1993)
Wide Open Spaces
(1998)
Fly
(1999)
Singles from Wide Open Spaces
  1. "I Can Love You Better"
    Released: October 20, 1997
  2. "There's Your Trouble"
    Released: April 14, 1998
  3. "Wide Open Spaces"
    Released: July 28, 1998
  4. "You Were Mine"
    Released: December 7, 1998
  5. "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
    Released: May 7, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[1]

Wide Open Spaces is the fourth studio album and the major label debut of American country music band the Dixie Chicks. It was their first record with new lead vocalist Natalie Maines, and became their breakthrough commercial success. It received diamond status by the RIAA on February 20, 2003 in the United States, having shipped 12 million units,[2] while spending more than six years in the Australian ARIA music charts Country Top 20. The album has sold 8,841,000 copies in the United States as of October 2013.[3]

At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.[4] It was awarded Best Country Album (the first of what would be 4 trophies in this category: they would later win for Fly in 2001, Home in 2003, and Taking the Long Way in 2007.) and for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "There's Your Trouble". (an award the Chicks would win 5 times: in 2000 for "Ready to Run", in 2003 for "Long Time Gone", in 2005 for "Top of the World" and 2007 for "Not Ready to Make Nice", a feat only matched by The Judds.) In addition, the Chicks were nominated for Best New Artist.

The CD, next to their next albums Fly and Home were released in the HDCD format.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Can Love You Better" (Pamela Brown Hayes, Kostas) – 3:53
  2. "Wide Open Spaces" (Susan Gibson) – 3:44
  3. "Loving Arms" (Tom Jans) – 3:37
  4. "There's Your Trouble" (Mark Selby, Tia Sillers) – 3:10
  5. "You Were Mine" (Emily Robison, Martie Seidel) – 3:37
  6. "Never Say Die" (George Ducas, Radney Foster) – 3:56
  7. "Tonight the Heartache's on Me" (Mary W. Francis, Johnny MacRae, Bob Morrison) – 3:25
  8. "Let 'Er Rip" (Billy Crain, Sandy Ramos) – 2:49
  9. "Once You've Loved Somebody" (Thom McHugh, Bruce Miller) – 3:28
  10. "I'll Take Care of You" (J. D. Souther) – 3:40
  11. "Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)" (Maria McKee) – 3:25
  12. "Give It Up or Let Me Go" (Bonnie Raitt) – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jim Burnett, Mark Capps, Tony Castle, Blake Chancey, Erik Hellerman, Clarke Schleicher, Ed Simonton, Paul Worley
  • Engineers: Eric Legg, Billy Sherrill
  • Assistant engineers: Tony Castle, Chip Mattews, Mike Wrucke
  • Mixing: Chuck Ainlay, John Guess
  • Mixing assistants: Mark Ralston, Chris Rowe, Shawn Simpson
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell
  • Mastering assistant: Jonathan Russell
  • Editing: Jim Burnett
  • Digital editing: Don Cobb, Carlos Grier
  • Production coordination: Deb Boyle, Janice Soled
  • Art direction: Tracy Baskette-Fleaner, Bill Johnson
  • Photography: Matthew Barnes
  • Stylist: Renee Fowler
  • Hair stylist: Bruce Alan
  • Make-up: Stacy Kelly

Charts and certifications[edit]

As of the 24th May 2009, "Wide Open Spaces" has been within the top twenty of the Australian ARIA Country Charts for a consecutive 363 Weeks

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1999 "There's Your Trouble" Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal
1999 Wide Open Spaces Best Country Album

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Wide Open Spaces". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ RIAA Diamond Awards
  3. ^ a b Paul Grein (October 30, 2013). "Katy Perry Knocks Miley Cyrus Down a Couple Pegs". Chart Watch (Yahoo). 
  4. ^ Collins, Roger. "Dixie Chicks". Iomusic News. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
Preceded by
Double Live
by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album
January 30 - March 19, 1999
Succeeded by
Come On Over
by Shania Twain
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
RPM Country Albums number-one album
February 15–28, 1999
September 20–26, 1999
Succeeded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Fly by Dixie Chicks