Among the many surprises on Beyoncé’s Lemonade -- other than, you know, the entire arrival of the thing itself -- was the debut of her first straight-up country song, “Daddy Lessons.” The twangy, mid-album track hits you hard and fast, as you realize the sheer power of Beyoncé is being able to bounce around from genre to genre like it’s no big deal.
Now, the track has been given a country co-sign by iconic Dallas trio Dixie Chicks, who covered it during their concert in Manchester, England over the weekend. Things got off to a shaky start when singer Natalie Maines missed her cue, but the Chicks quickly recovered and churned out a faithful rendition full of tight harmonies and some fine fiddle action.
“Daddy Lessons” has actually spurred some controversy in the country music world since Lemonade’s release, by fans and critics who question its authenticity. Last week, CMT critic Alison Bonaguro wrote, “Sure, Beyoncé’s new album has a song with some yee-haws, a little harmonica and mentions of classic vinyl, rifles and whiskey. But all of the sudden, everyone’s acting like she’s moved to Nashville and announced that she’s country now. Just because of this song ‘Daddy Lessons.’"
With the Dixie Chicks’s new co-sign for their fellow Texan, though, this debate seems settled once and for all.