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Marine sings answer to Dixie
Dan Lamothe, Tuesday Mar 18,
Cpl. David Thibodeaux was in Iraq
with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, when
the Dixie Chicks partnered with anti-war group MoveOn.org in 2004. Despite the band making headlines with anti-war views, he didn't know much about them, he says. Nevertheless, Thibodeaux now sings "Not Ready to End the Fight," an "answer
the Dixie Chicks' 2006 anti-war hit, "Not Ready to Make Nice."
"I've seen so many good things happen
in Iraq, and I don't think it's time for the war to end," said hibodeaux, a member of the Chemical and Biological Incident
Response Force. "Anybody who doesn't think there are terrorists out there should open their eyes."
Featuring backing music from members
of Toby Keith's Easy Money Band, the song has been played on radio stations across the country. A music video will be released soon.
How did a Louisiana native stationed
in Indian Head, Md., find himself recording music in Nashville? It began when another Marine, Maj. Deryl Michael, and Tim
Hernandez, a friend who had worked in the music business, watched the Dixie Chicks accept their Grammy on TV in 2007. They
decided that night to write a response
song and find an active-duty serviceman
to sing it.
"It didn't have to be a Marine, but
it had to be someone in the military who had already been to Iraq or Afghanistan to lend credibility to the song,"
said Michael, a staff secretary at Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans.
Thanks in part to a 2004 Associated
Press photograph taken of Thibodeaux
holding a guitar in Iraq, they eventually found him in Maryland."I was a little intimidated when I found out who I'd be playing with," Thibodeaux said. "But they were really great to me and even thanked me for my service. It was a great experience."
_See the video
for Thibodeaux's "Not Ready to End the Fight"_