" is a country
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song written and performed by the American all-female trio Dixie Chicks
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for their seventh studio album
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, Taking the Long Way
-Public reception:On May 31, 2006, the album took three number one spots on the charts of Billboard magazine. It was number one on the Hot Country Albums, Top Digital Albums, and on the Billboard 200 chart, going Gold in its first week with 526,000 units sold....
, in 2006.
It was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 48th ceremony, but lost in both categories.
The song, written by all the three band members (Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines
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) and Kevin Moore
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, received its debut performance on the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast
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on September 9, 2005. It was later made available as a digital download
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with proceeds to benefit the Hurricane Katrina
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relief. The song features a guitar
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solo from John Mayer
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Comments about the song by band members
This is what band members Robinson and Maines commented about the writing process of "I Hope":
- Robinson: "Kevin was one of the last writers we wrote with, and it was so nice and so comfortable working with him. With what he's been through and where he grew up, it's important to him to write positive, uplifting songs."
- Maines: "On the other hand, he wasn't afraid to get political, and this ultimately turned out to be a pretty serious song. Hopeful and positive, but serious."
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs
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|U.S. Billboard Pop 100
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- 48th Grammy Awards:
- Best Country Song
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal