April 8, 2008
Talk about combining two of my favorite things in the world!
This week, the Dixie Chicks will guest as themselves on The Simpsons. In the episode “Papa Don’t Leech”, Homer meets up with Lurleen Lumpkin, the country singer he managed quite a few seasons back. He reunites Lumpkin with her father, who then proceeds to sell Lumpkin’s hit song catalog to the Chicks.
The Simpsons has become known for its frequent guest spots, but the country cameos have been a select few. Johnny Cash was the first pure country act to appear, playing the voice of Homer’s spiritual guide in the Season Eight classic “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer.)” The following year, Hank Williams, Jr. recorded the Canyonero theme song that ended the Season Nine episode “The Last Temptation of Krust.”
Dolly Parton was the first country artist to play herself, in the Season Ten episode “Sunday Cruddy Sunday.” The next year, Willie Nelson played himself in the Season Eleven finale, “Behind the Laughter.” The Chicks are the first country act in eight years to appear on the show. The episode airs Sunday on FOX at 8 p.m EST.