Legendary country music star Willie Nelson insists the Dixie Chicks "got a raw deal" from a disapproving public following their criticism of US President George W Bush. The trio received harsh criticism after lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in 2003 the group was "ashamed" Bush was from their home state of Texas. The 73-year-old singer tells Time magazine, "I think the fact that they were overseas and onstage had a little bit to do with it, because you're speaking to other people about our business." Nelson said he was surprised his own remarks about Bush a year earlier during an overseas news conference didn't incite a similar controversy. He adds, "I said, 'He's not from Texas and he ain't a cowboy, so let's stop trashin' Texas and cowboys.' "It got a little chuckle, but I didn't get run out of the country!"