‘CMT Crossroads’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on December 7, 2003

Earlier this year, I saw a man singing with the Dixie Chicks on CMT. Could you please tell me who he is?

—S.P., Wisconsin

That was none other than pop music icon James Taylor (Fire and Rain, You’ve Got A Friend, Up On The Roof) joining the Texas trio onstage for CMT Crossroads, a show that pairs country music stars with singers from other musical genres. For the Chicks, performing with Taylor was a lifelong dream come true. “My mom and dad love James Taylor, so we listened to him on road trips to Colorado and it’s definitely the soundtrack to my life as well,” says Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines. “I remember when I saw him for the first time live—I was in high school in Dallas at the Starplex—and I had always known that this was what I wanted to do. This is so awesome, the sound of the crowd in the middle of every single song. I just had constant chills for two hours and I think that was a turning point in my life. I think that show changed my life.” Taylor, in turn, is flattered by the Chicks’ compliments. “It’s gratifying to hear that,” he says. “One of the nicest things is people telling you that your music struck a chord or resonated with them.”