Wide Open Spaces

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Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 23, 1998[1]
RecordedMarch – August 1997
ProducerBlake Chancey
Paul Worley
Dixie Chicks chronology
Shouldn't a Told You That
Wide Open Spaces
Singles from Wide Open Spaces
  1. "I Can Love You Better"
    Released: October 27, 1997
  2. "There's Your Trouble"
    Released: March 30, 1998
  3. "Wide Open Spaces"
    Released: August 17, 1998
  4. "You Were Mine"
    Released: December 7, 1998
  5. "Tonight the Heartache's on Me"
    Released: April 12, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[5]

Wide Open Spaces is the fourth studio album and the major label debut of American country music band 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 14 million units worldwide,[6] while spending more than six years in the Australian ARIA music charts Country Top 20.

At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded two Grammy Awards out of three nominations.[7] It was awarded Best Country Album (the first of what would be four trophies in this category: they would later win for Fly in 2000, 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". This is an award the Chicks would win five 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 in 1999.

"Once You've Loved Somebody" had previously been recorded by John & Audrey Wiggins on their 1996 album, The Dream.

Wide Open Spaces, as well as their next albums Fly (1999) and Home (2002), were released in the HDCD format.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Can Love You Better"
2."Wide Open Spaces"Susan Gibson3:44
3."Loving Arms"Tom Jans3:37
4."There's Your Trouble"3:10
5."You Were Mine"3:37
6."Never Say Die"3:56
7."Tonight the Heartache's on Me"3:25
8."Let 'Er Rip"
9."Once You've Loved Somebody"
  • Thom McHugh
  • Bruce Miller
10."I'll Take Care of You"J. D. Souther3:40
11."Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)"Maria McKee3:25
12."Give It Up or Let Me Go"Bonnie Raitt4:55
Total length:43:39


Compiled from liner notes.[8]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] 3× Platinum 210,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 4× Platinum 400,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 13× Platinum 13,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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]


  1. ^ Official Dixie Chicks Site Archived June 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks". AllMusic. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Dixie Chicks: Wide Open Spaces". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top Pop Albums". Los Angeles Times. December 3, 1998. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ RIAA Diamond Awards Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Collins, Roger. "Dixie Chicks". Iomusic News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  8. ^ Wide Open Spaces (CD booklet). Dixie Chicks. Monument Records. 1997. 68195.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "ARIA Accreditations 2020 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". Music Canada.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Wide Open Spaces in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.