Fly (Dixie Chicks album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 1999
RecordedMarch–June 1999
Dixie Chicks chronology
Wide Open Spaces
Singles from Fly
  1. "Ready to Run"
    Released: June 28, 1999
  2. "Cowboy Take Me Away"
    Released: November 8, 1999
  3. "Goodbye Earl"
    Released: February 28, 2000
  4. "Cold Day in July"
    Released: May 8, 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 24, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Houston Chronicle4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]

Fly is the fifth studio album by American country music band Dixie Chicks, released in 1999. The album was very successful for the group, debuting at number one 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.[10]

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 four Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won two: 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. In 2020, the album was ranked at 224 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Ready to Run"3:52
2."If I Fall You're Going Down with Me"
3."Cowboy Take Me Away"
  • Hummon
  • Maguire
4."Cold Day in July"Richard Leigh5:12
5."Goodbye Earl"Dennis Linde4:19
6."Hello Mr. Heartache"
7."Don't Waste Your Heart"2:49
8."Sin Wagon"
  • Maines
  • Strayer
  • Stephony Smith
9."Without You"
  • Maines
  • Eric Silver
10."Some Days You Gotta Dance"
  • Troy Johnson
  • Marshall Morgan
11."Hole in My Head"3:22
12."Heartbreak Town"Darrell Scott3:53*
13."Ain't No Thang But a Chicken Wang" 0:01*
14."Let Him Fly"Patty Griffin3:07
Total length:48:02


  • Track 13 is unlisted on the back cover and disc, though it is listed as "Ain't No Thang But a Chicken Wang" in the booklet. On some pressings of the CD, "Heartbreak Town" lasts 3:47 on track 12 and fades into track 13, which plays the last six seconds of the song. On other pressings of the CD, track 12 lasts for the full 3:53 seconds, and track 13 contains no audio, only lasting for 0:01. Digital versions of the album remove the blank track completely, bumping "Let Him Fly" up to track 13.


Compiled from liner notes.[12]

Dixie Chicks

String section on "Without You"

  • Strings conducted and arranged by Dennis Burnside.
  • Violins – Martie Seidel, Carl Gorodetsky, Pamela Sixfin, Lee Larrison, Connie Ellisor, Alan Umstead, David Davidson, Mary Katherine Van Osdale, David Angell, Janet Askey, Karen Winkelman, Cate Myer, Catherine Umstead
  • Violas – Kris Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean, Gary Van Osdale, Monisa Angell
  • Cellos – Bob Mason, John Catchings

Additional musicians


  • 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 certifications[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. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fly – Dixie Chicks". AllMusic. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Dixie Chicks: Fly". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (September 10, 1999). "Fly". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 21, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Hildebrand, Lee (August 29, 1999). "Dixie Chicks Let Emotions 'Fly'". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Hilburn, Robert (August 29, 1999). "Stand-Up CD From Dixie Chicks; Travis Meeks Aims High". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Zeltner, Mark (October 31, 1999). "Dixie Chicks: Fly". PopMatters. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Dixie Chicks: Fly". Q (158): 118. November 1999.
  8. ^ Sheffield, Rob (September 16, 1999). "Dixie Chicks: Fly". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Dixie Chicks". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 245. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ RIAA Bestsellers Archived August 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Rolling Stone (September 22, 2020). "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  12. ^ Fly (CD booklet). Dixie Chicks. Monument Records. 1999. 69678.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ "Dixie Chicks, TLP". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  14. ^ "Dixie Chicks, CLP". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  16. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1999". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  18. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2000". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  19. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2001". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  20. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2001". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  21. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 2002". Billboard. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Fly". Music Canada.
  24. ^ "International Latvian Certification Awards from 1998 to 2001". Latvian Music Producers Association. 1999. Retrieved September 19, 2019 – via Directupload.
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Fly". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Fly in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ Paul Grein (October 30, 2013). "Katy Perry Knocks Miley Cyrus Down a Couple Pegs". Chart Watch. Yahoo.
  27. ^ "American album certifications – The Chicks – Fly". Recording Industry Association of America.