Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks has decided to move on with her solo career away from the Dixie Chicks. The Washington Times reported on Sunday, March 17 that the Dixie Chicks have been on a group hiatus since 2007, and now Natalie Maines is hungry for the spotlight once again.
Natalie Maines performed new songs from her solo album, "Mother," at the South by Southwest music festival this week. Looking fit and trim, sporting a pompadour hair do.
Maines 38, and a solo artist for the first time in her career, remains candid about the past and guarded about the future. Ask whether the Dixie Chicks will ever record new music again, she curls in her chair with tense energy and declines to predict.
“I think I thought time would heal and that I would come around. But just like the song says, I’m still waiting,” said Miss Maines, pulling a lyric from the band’s defiant 2006 smash single “Not Ready to Make Nice.”
Maines appeared more timid, and nervous on stage than she did as the former Dixie Chicks lead singer, who slammed then-President George W. Bush almost 10 years ago, forever changing the country group's fate and fortunes.
Natalie Maines claims that she doesn’t expect to win back that fans that the Dixie Chicks lost, and she isn’t sure who will embrace her different sound now.
“I like what the three of us had together,” Miss Maines said of the Dixie Chicks. “I did what was required. It felt like my job. I felt like a businesswoman in the industry I was in. I feel like I accepted that and waved that country flag but always felt like I was holding on to who I was, and we were still considered rebellious in the Top 40 country market. But it was news to me that people thought I was something I wasn’t.
“The cat just feels out of the bag now,” Miss Maines said. “I’m not sure I can go back to that.”
Are you glad to see Natalie Maines go solo, or do you believe that she should have stayed with the Dixie Chicks?