Fly (Dixie Chicks album)

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Studio album by Dixie Chicks
Released August 31, 1999
Recorded March–June 1999
Genre Country
Length 48:02
Label Monument
Dixie Chicks chronology
Wide Open Spaces
Singles from Fly
  1. "Ready to Run"
    Released: June 22, 1999
  2. "Cowboy Take Me Away"
    Released: November 8, 1999
  3. "Goodbye Earl"
    Released: February 29, 2000
  4. "Cold Day in July"
    Released: April 25, 2000
  5. "Without You"
    Released: August 9, 2000
  6. "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me"
    Released: February 12, 2001
  7. "Heartbreak Town"
    Released: June 25, 2001
  8. "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
    Released: September 29, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A− link 2/5 stars link
Plugged In (unfavorable) link
PopMatters 8/10 stars link
Q 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Fly is the fifth studio album by American country band Dixie Chicks, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). The album was very successful for the group, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It has received diamond status by the RIAA on June 25, 2002 in the United States, for shipments of 10 million units.[2] It has sold 8,396,000 copies in the United States as of October 2013.[3]

The tracks "Ready to Run", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", "Goodbye Earl", "Cold Day in July", "Heartbreak Town", "Some Days You Gotta Dance" and "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" were all released as singles; "Sin Wagon" also charted without officially being released. "Some Days You Gotta Dance" was previously recorded by The Ranch, a short-lived country trio founded by Keith Urban in the late 1990s. Urban plays guitar on the Dixie Chicks' rendition.

The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Ready to Run and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of Ready to Run, Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ready to Run" (Marcus Hummon, Martie Seidel) – 3:52
  2. "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" (Matraca Berg, Annie Roboff) – 3:05
  3. "Cowboy Take Me Away" (Seidel, Hummon) – 4:51
  4. "Cold Day in July" (Richard Leigh) – 5:12
  5. "Goodbye Earl" (Dennis Linde) – 4:19
  6. "Hello Mr. Heartache" (Mike Henderson, John Hadley) – 3:49
  7. "Don't Waste Your Heart" (Emily Erwin, Natalie Maines) – 2:49
  8. "Sin Wagon" (Maines, Erwin, Stephony Smith) – 3:41
  9. "Without You" (Maines, Eric Silver) – 3:32
  10. "Some Days You Gotta Dance" (Troy Johnson, Marshall Morgan) – 2:30
  11. "Hole in My Head" (Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller) – 3:22
  12. "Heartbreak Town" (Darrell Scott) – 3:53
  13. "Ain't No Thang but a Chickin' Wang" – 0:06 (not a song, but a 6 second fading tone)
  14. "Let Him Fly" (Patty Griffin) – 3:07


Compiled from liner notes.[4]

Dixie Chicks[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

"Iffy harmony" vocals on "Goodbye Earl" performed by the "Do-Wrongs": Blake Chancey, Paul Worley, Charlie Robison.

String section on "Without You"[edit]

Strings conducted and arranged by Dennis Burnside.

  • Martie Seidel, Carl Gorodetsky, Pamela Sixfin, Lee Larrison, Connie Ellisor, Alan Umstead, David Davidson, Mary Katherine Vanosdale, David Angell, Janet Askey, Karen Winkelman, Cate Myer, Catherine Umstead – violins
  • Kris Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean, Gary Vanosdale, Monisa Angell – violas
  • Bob Mason, John Catchings – cellos


  • Producers: Blake Chancey, Paul Worley
  • Engineers: Tony Castle, Mark Martin, Chris Rowe, Clarke Schleicher, Billy Sherrill
  • Assistant engineer: Tony Castle
  • Mixing: John Guess, Patrick Murphy
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell
  • Assistant mastering engineer: Jonathan Russell
  • Editing: Tony Castle
  • Art direction: Tracy Baskette-Fleaner, Bill Johnson
  • Design: Gina R. Binkley
  • Photography: Ed Rode, Albert Sanchez
  • Photo consultant: Dari Marder
  • Stylist: Renee Fowler
  • Hair stylists: Jennifer Davis, Alex Dizon, Daniel Erdman, Melanie Shelley, Michael Silva
  • Make-up: Debra Ferullo, Stacey Martin, Maital Sabbon

Cover lettering from Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell Bloch Sandved.

Charts and certification[edit]


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
2000 Fly Best Country Album
2000 "Ready to Run" Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Fly". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ RIAA Bestsellers
  3. ^ a b Paul Grein (October 30, 2013). "Katy Perry Knocks Miley Cyrus Down a Couple Pegs". Chart Watch (Yahoo). 
  4. ^ Fly (CD booklet). Dixie Chicks. Monument Records. 1999. 69678. 
  5. ^
Preceded by
Christina Aguilera by Christina Aguilera
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 18 – October 1, 1999
Succeeded by
Ruff Ryders' First Lady by Eve
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Latest Greatest Straitest Hits by George Strait
I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
Top Country Albums number-one album
September 18 – November 12, 1999
January 15 – March 24, 2000
April 8 – June 9, 2000
June 17 – August 17, 2000
Succeeded by
LeAnn Rimes by LeAnn Rimes
Latest Greatest Straitest Hits by George Strait
I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
Burn by Jo Dee Messina
Preceded by
Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
Come on Over by Shania Twain
Breathe by Faith Hill
Breathe by Faith Hill
RPM Country Albums number-one album
September 27 – October 3, 1999
May 29 – June 11, 2000
June 26 – July 2, 2000
August 7–20, 2000
Succeeded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Breathe by Faith Hill
Breathe by Faith Hill
Burn by Jo Dee Messina
Preceded by
Come On Over by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Tim McGraw