Fly is the fifth studio album by American country band Dixie Chicks, released in 1999. 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.
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.
- "Ready to Run" (Marcus Hummon, Martie Seidel) - 3:52
- "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me" (Matraca Berg, Annie Roboff) - 3:05
- "Cowboy Take Me Away" (Seidel, Hummon) - 4:47
- "Cold Day in July" (Richard Leigh) - 5:12
- "Goodbye Earl" (Dennis Linde) - 4:19
- "Hello Mr. Heartache" (Mike Henderson, John Hadley) - 3:49
- "Don't Waste Your Heart" (Emily Robison, Natalie Maines) - 2:49
- "Sin Wagon" (Maines, Robison, Stephony Smith) - 3:37
- "Without You" (Maines, Eric Silver) - 3:32
- "Some Days You Gotta Dance" (Troy Johnson, Marshall Morgan) - 2:27
- "Hole in My Head" (Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller) - 3:22
- "Heartbreak Town" (Darrell Scott) - 3:53*
- "Ain't No Thang But a Chicken Wang" - 0:01*
- "Let Him Fly" (Patty Griffin) - 3:07
- 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.
- Natalie Maines - lead vocals, background vocals, handclapping
- Emily Robison - acoustic guitar, banjo, Dobro, vocals, handclapping, lap steel guitar
- Martie Seidel - fiddle, mandolin, viola, background vocals
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
- 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
|U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums
|U.S. Billboard 200
|Canadian RPM Country Albums
|Canadian RPM Top Albums