Dixie Chicks news: Natalie Maines solo album and tour coming in 2013
Trio set to reunite for Canadian festival next summer
The Dixie Chicks have been laying low in recent years, but we could be hearing a lot more from them in 2013, particularly lead singer Natalie Maines, who has a solo album and tour in the works.
Maines has been revealing details of the album, and a planned tour, in a series of tweets. On Dec. 19, Maines tweeted “Happy Natalie Maines finished her album day everybody!” She later revealed the album’s title (“Mother”) and release date (May 7, 2013). She also announced via Twitter, “I’ll be doing a solo tour this summer.”
The album title is likely taken from the Pink Floyd cover song Maines recently recorded for the soundtrack album of the documentary “West of Memphis: Voices for Justice,” which hits stores Jan. 15. The film tells the story of three teenagers, dubbed the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of murdering three 8-year-old children and spent 18 years in prison while supporters protested their innocence. A portion of the album’s proceeds directly benefit the West Memphis Three.
Meanwhile, the Dixie Chicks have been announced as the July 13 headliners for Canada’s Craven Country Jamboree replacing Lady Antebellum, which had to cancel due to band member Hillary Scott’s pregnancy.
The festival is set for July 11-14 in Craven, Saskatchewan, and the other days’ headliners are Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. Additional scheduled performers include Scotty McCreery, Phil Vassar, Brantley Gilbert, Sawyer Brown, Gloriana, High Valley, Randy Travis and Bill Anderson.
The Chicks are expected to play a greatest hits set at the festival. So far, it’s their only tour date announced for 2013.
I've really missed the dixie chicks and am sooooo excited to hear thier new stuff
and seriously Rabiam05 - couldn't agree with you more!! People just need to get over it!
The Dixie Chicks are also booked for Cavendish Beach Music Festival July 5-7 on July 7 replacing Lady Antebellum
Natalie Maines can record all the albums she wants. Her career is over!
The last "tour" the Ditzy Chicks did was so poorly received that they cancelled the U.S. part before it was finished due to lack of ticket sales and inability to find radio stations that would sponsor their appearances.
The only place they got decent turn outs for their concert dates was in Canada. The last radio station I worked for cleared their play list from our computers to make sure they didn't pop up on our play lists.
In short Natalie...you and the Chicks can stuff it. You're done!
Funny thing is....when I pay money to buy a ticket to go to a concert...I'm paying to hear them sing. I am NOT paying to hear that person's, group or bands political opinion about anything.
If she wants to get off the stage and give an interview about her political opinion...fine.
If she wants to speak at a political rally....fine
If she wants to donate money to whatever charities she likes...fine.
If she wants to sell tickets for anyone interested in listening to her political views...I'm even fine with that.
I do have a huge problem with her using a concert as a political soapbox for her own views. People paid money and ended up being a hostage audience.
MPO is that Natalie Maines is a megalomaniac, she can't seem to understand that the entire world doesn't revolve around her.
- Its OK for the Dixie Chicks to make THEIR comment.
- Its Ok for you to make YOUR comment
- But anyone who disagrees with the Dixie Chicks represent "Whats is wrong with this country"?
The Dixie Chicks can say WHATEVER they want...but they CLEARLY don't know who their audience is!! I am not a hard core country fan...but even I know that country music listeners are for the most part VERY PRO AMERICAN, and dont want to hear their comments on Bush ( r whoever). If they really wanted a sympathetic audience...they should have said that in front of a "Rage against the Machine" or "Green Day" crowd.
Either way...their fans spoke,,,and didn't like what they said, and have a right to speak their mind as well. Or do they not get a say?
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