Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild + Kimberly Schlapman Slay ‘Wide Open Spaces’ Cover [WATCH]
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild teamed up with rising star Ingrid Andress for a performance in celebration of Cracker Barrel's 50th anniversary. Called "Five Decades, One Voice," the musical showcase features contributions from some of country music's most prominent female artists.
Given the spotlight on women in the genre, the three singers chose a fitting cover to include in their performance: The Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces." Press play above to watch their rendition of one of the iconic trio's signature songs.
Originally released in 1998, "Wide Open Spaces" is the title track of the Dixie Chicks' breakthrough studio album, the first project the band put out with lead vocalist Natalie Maines. The project launched the Chicks into mainstream stardom, kicking off a career that came to an abrupt halt in 2003 after Maines' comments against the US' then-impending invasion of Iraq and criticism of President George Bush brought them under fire with fans, radio and other country artists.
However, in 2018 -- the same year that Wide Open Spaces turned 20 years old -- the trio began teasing a potential new project, in collaboration with producer and musician Jack Antonoff. The Chicks also made a minor "cameo" in the music video for Taylor Swift's April 2019 single, "Me!"
According to People, Schlapman and Fairchild asked Andress to join them for three songs during their contribution to "Five Decades, One Voice." In addition to their cover of "Wide Open Spaces," the three singers also performed Little Big Town's newest release, "The Daughters," and Andress' single, "More Hearts Than Mine." The two country icons became fans of Andress after watching her perform her song "Lady Like" at a showcase in 2018.
Cracker Barrel's "Five Decades, One Voice" showcase will continue throughout August 2019, featuring team-ups from Brandi Carlile and Tenille Townes as well as Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott with up-and-comer Bailey Bryan.
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