Suzanne's Dixie Chicks Scrapbook
The Dixie Chicks, old and new, have always been surrounded by appreciative and devoted fans. One of the "Old Chicks'"
biggest fans was Suzanne Lamb, and she has very graciously given me her permission to tell her Dixie Chicks story
in pictures! She started following the Chicks in late 1992, when guitarist Matthew Benjamin replaced founding
Chick lead singer Robin Lynn Macy, and stayed around all the way through the album release party for
1998's Wide Open Spaces.
When Suzanne found my site, she sent me a note:
Have just spent the past hour cruising your Dixie Chick site. Yes,
I am one of the OLD genre of fans...coming in just after Robin, when
Matt Benjamin was added in. (Guess that would be fall '92?)
Have many stories and albums full of pictures of the old days.
Will have to decide just which one stands out most in my mind to write
Will go look in my archives and see if I have the last few
Wish I knew how to contact Matthew....Tom Van Schaik is drumming for
Robert Earl Keen,
Troy Wells (Matt's replacement) is with a band
out in New Mexico -- you can go to
(choose bio and choose to see the band). It has a very good pic of Troy
Wells and mentions in his background that he played for the Chicks.
[Late news: Troy Wells is now with
You can also find a (not so clear) pic of Tom Van Schaik on Robert Earl Keen's page,
Thanks for giving us old groupies a place to enjoy in cyberspace.
Of course, I begged her for more stories and info! Here's some of the great info she sent back.
My Dixie Chick saga begins in the fall of 1992. Robin Macy had
left the group, and they had hired a guitar player from a band that I
liked. Matthew Benjamin was the reason I went to Montage '92 in
downtown Dallas. I had known who the Chicks were, but had not seen them
in concert. This would turn out to be the beginning of a long
friendship and "groupie" life for me.
To choose moments that stand out most in my mind would surely take
up too much space and totally bore the average person. However, if you
happen to be one of those devoted fans whose faces I kept seeing at the
same venues and concerts, I hope these will bring back some good
memories for you.
As you can tell, I have seen them grow and change and become the
performers they are today. I will be a "Chick" forever, but I do miss
those old days of throwing the quilt on the ground and hanging around
with some pretty neat folks.
I wish them well and much continued success.
Since Suzanne "discovered" the Dixie Chicks when Matthew Benjamin joined in 1992, I asked her about
Matthew's previous gigs.
When I met him, he played for a country band called RockRidge that
played clubs and venues around Dallas. That band broke up just about the
time Robin was leaving the Chicks. From what I remember he knew Martie
from some music class in North Texas. He was an extremely talented
young man who played the @#!$ out of a guitar.
Laura first noticed us girls when he would be given a small
opportunity to hit some hot licks in one of their songs. We would all
scream and yell and she would tell the audience that "Matt's Fan Club"
is here tonight.
After a gig one night, she asked me "just who are you people?"
Told her just a bunch of crazy women, mostly school teachers, who miss
hearing him play most any weekend with the old band.
In December of 1993, he did a solo gig at Poor David's Pub with the
girls as "back up". He had written "I Wasn't Looking for You", and they
came on stage and sang it. He played many orginal guitar pieces he had
written as well as anything from the
to rock and roll to country.
He left the band in the summer of '94 to go to Nashville. I keep
watching to see if he pops up in anything from there.
This has pretty much consumed my whole day. Makes me appreciative of the time you must take to work on the site.
Thanks for allowing me a spot to share my memories.
The images in this section are all copyright © Suzanne Lamb, and are used on this site with
her permission. If you want to use them on your site, please ask first! You'll feel better in the morning.
If you're interested in even more Dixie Chicks images, you'll find them on this site!
Visit the Pictures Page for more images of the "Old Chicks",
and check out the artwork of Chick artist George Toomer in the the one-of-a-kind
Dixie Chicks Coloring Book, published in 1992!
To view the pictures in sequence, start at the first entry below and then click on the "Next" link
at the bottom of each page. Or to view selected pictures, just click any of the entries below,
then click the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page.
The descriptions were hand-written one day by Suzanne, and I've typed them in and HTML-formatted them.
Any mistakes in spelling and the like are probably my own! Any comments I might have are in [brackets].
- Picture 1
Matthew Benjamin and Suzanne Allison (Lamb), Montage '92 -- the first concert
we saw since he joined the Chicks.
- Picture 2
Matthew on the guitar and Tom Van Schaik on drums at the Plano Balloon Festival on a beautiful
spring evening in September, 1992.
- Pictures 3, 4, and 5
Halloween 1992 at Poor David's Pub.
What better costumes than to be "chicks." Laura, Martie, and Emily
made their entrance to the delight of the crowd in full Chicken outfits
and then transformed on stage into glamourous women.
- Pictures 6 and 7
Featherheads Emily, Laura, Martie, and the "groupies" wear our creations. Suzanne,
Debbie Fowlston (Allen) and J. J. McMorrough (Cullender)
- Pictures 8 and 9
December 1992 at Dallas Convention Center.
Just a week before Christmas...they were all decked out in their holiday
finery... red monogramed skirts and Santa hats perched on top of their
cowboy hats. There weren't too many of us die hard fans there that day,
guess everyone still had shopping to do. But whether playing for 50 or
500 or 5000, they always went on with the show.
That's Laura posing on the real live bull with Emily just waiting for her to fall!
- Picture 10
Martie fiddling away at a Fatso's show in January 1993. Yep, in the full western outfit.
- Pictures 11, 12, and 13
April 1993 at Duncanville's Panther Field
That was one weather filled evening... from wind to rain to rather
chilly temperatures. That was when I learned that the umbrellas on
stage were for the equipment... not the performers.
The girls came out to the field in style in the red convertible -- Matt gets there the
old fashioned way -- walking.
- Pictures 14, 15, and 16
Fatso's in Arlington, June 1993. Laura with her bass, Emily on banjo and Martie on the fiddle.
- Pictures 17, 18, and 19
Spring Creek Festival in Garland, June 1993. Still an opening act, playing before
sundown. Notice Matt was on the right side of the stage -- puddles were a little
deep for electric cords in his usual spot.
- Picture 18
October 1993, Sunday Night Showtime. One of several times they would perform on the
Dallas Cowboy talk show. Pictures are from after the show was taped -- Tom Van Schaik
on the left, Martie talking to Doc Swicegood.
- Pictures 19 and 20
November 11, 1993, Granada Theater, Dallas. Album release concert
for Shouldn't A Told You That. The opening act was a horse!
- Pictures 21 and 22
Matthew's solo gig at Poor David's Pub, December 1993. Laura and Martie came on stage to
sing "I Wasn't Looking For You", which Matt wrote.
- Pictures 23 and 24
1994 begins with a New Year's party at the Raddison in Dallas.
All dressed up. Martie, Laura, Suzanne, Debbie, Emily.
And just what a Chick needs -- plenty of hair spray.
- Pictures 25 and 16
Pocket Sandwich Theater, January 1994. Hey -- Emily can play bass, too! Doesn't
Tom bear a striking resemblance to that picture in the foreground?
- Pictures 27 and 28
St. Patrick's Day 1994 at Poor David's Pub. Laura in her Yellow Rose poofy skirt
and Martie in Irish green sparkles. (I still miss those sparkle days.)
- Pictures 29 and 30
Taste of Richardson at Breckinridge Park, April 1994. Another one of
those "swamp" nights -- at least they had a big tent.
- Picture 31
Warm Place Benefit at the Stockyards Corral, May 1994. Bass player on right
was before Bobby Charles Jr. came to the band.
- Pictures 32, 33
Renaissance Tower, June 1994. Going to the "Planet of Love". Laura wore a great
hat... till the bugs started liking it too.
- Picture 34
The Nouveau Extravaganza, July 1994 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.
Who better to play for all those "hair" people? Bobby had joined the band.
- Pictures 35, 36, and 37
Spring Creek Festival, July 1994 in Garland with the Fort Worth - Dallas Ballet. Oooh -- those guys
hated the red fringed shirts. Laura - the lady in red and Laura getting into the act. This was when
Matt left for Nashville. The new guy they tried out for awhile was on stage with white electric guitar.
- Picture 38
Montage, September 1994. Troy Wells has joined the band. That's Bobby Charles in a hat!
And Mr. Lloyd Maines on the steel.
- Picture 39
November 1994 was one of those "cafeteria" tours, visiting Luna Elementary.
We sorta enhanced the artwork from
the coloring book
- Pictures 40, 41, and 42
Broken Spoke - Austin, TX, January 1995. Not too much ceiling clearance for Bobby's head.
All jamming with
Gary P. Nunn.
Remember "Rock A Bye Boogie" as the closing song?
And yes, Sony was showing interest before Laura left.
- Picture 43
Fatso's in February 1995. Laura with Joseph Vincelli. "Pink Toenails" on the saxophone - wow!
- Pictures 44 and 45
Another Warm Place benefit in May 1995.
Troy and Tom doing their thing.
- Picture 46
June 1995 at the Granada was the Bachelorette concert for Martie's
marriage to Ted Seidel. Fixing up the bride-to-be.
- Pictures 47, 48, 49
July 1995 was a great trip in the Fourth of July parade through
Highland Park. Decorating the trailer at 6 a.m. was especially fun.
Get that trailer decorated and Laura, too!
- Pictures 50 and 51
July 9th at The Ballpark In Arlington, during All Star Weekend.
Singing the National Anthem and with [relief pitcher] Jeff Russell.
- Picture 52
Farmers Branch, September 1995. Tommy Nash has joined the band.
- Picture 53
State Fair 1995 would be the last time I saw Laura perform. Tommy
Nash had been added to the band and major changes were about to take
The New Beginning with Natalie
- Picture 54
Poor David's Pub, February 1996. Natalie's second show with the group. Ooh -- check out all the long, not so platinum, blonde hair.
- Picture 55
On stage at the KSCS Country Fair in April 1996.
- Picture 56
Singing for the SPCA at Southfork Ranch in May 1996.
- Pictures 57 and 58
Playing (and dancing) at the Amarillo Rodeo Dance in July 1996. And the last time I saw Tom as their drummer. J. J., Tom, Suzanne.
- Picture 59
Mac Tull and Laura at Weatherford College in April 1997.
- Picture 60
Benefit at Lakewood Theater, June 1997. No more denim and rhinestones.
- Picture 61
Sons of Hermann Hall, July 1997. Pat Green was the opening act with Michael Tarabay on guitar.
- Picture 62
Christmas night at Billy Bob's Texas, December 15, 1997. The door to success is about to be thrown "Wide Open".
- Picture 63
Album Release Show at Cowboy's Red River in Dallas, for "Wide Open Spaces", January, 1997.
More from Suzanne!
Suzanne's Dixie Chicks collection also includes two hard-to-find Chick Chat mailings:
Spring 1996 with Laura Lynch's
farewell and Natalie Maines' welcome, and the Summer 1997
postcard that marked the end of the "cowgirl" look. The Spring 1996 page also includes a
revealing note by The Dallas Morning News' columnist Helen Bryant, from
November 1995, that shows some of the raw edges left by Laura's ouster.