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 14 million units worldwide,[4] while spending more than six years in the Australian ARIA music charts Country Top 20.

Wide Open Spaces
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 27, 1998
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 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
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[3]

At the 41st Grammy Awards, the album was awarded 2 Grammy Awards out of 3 nominations.[5] It was awarded Best Country Album (the first of what would be 4 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 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 in 1999.

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

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

Track listingEdit

  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 Erwin, 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


Compiled from liner notes.[6]

Charts and certificationsEdit

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


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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Wide Open Spaces – Dixie Chicks". AllMusic. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ RIAA Diamond Awards Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Collins, Roger. "Dixie Chicks". Iomusic News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  6. ^ Wide Open Spaces (CD booklet). Dixie Chicks. Monument Records. 1997. 68195.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces". Music Canada.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ Paul Grein (October 30, 2013). "Katy Perry Knocks Miley Cyrus Down a Couple Pegs". Chart Watch. Yahoo.
  12. ^ "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.