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Natalie Maines Details New Dixie Chicks Album, Announces 2020 Tour

Natalie Maines has shared more details about the upcoming Dixie Chicks album, which is set for release in 2020, and announced a 2020 tour. On a recent appearance on the Spiritualgasm podcast, Maines told hosts Arielle Kebbel and Sterling Jones that the new album was inspired by her divorce from Adrian Pasdar.

"When I was getting a divorce I had a lot to say," Maines said on the podcast. "Songwriting is really hard for me and I think for many years I didn't want to analyze my life or my relationship. I was just in it and dedicated and devoted...When my relationship fell apart I had a lot to say."

During August divorce proceedings, Pasdar requested access to Maines' unreleased music in case any lyrics violate a confidentiality clause in their prenuptial agreement. The couple filed for divorce in July 2017 after 17 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Maines said the album, which is tentatively called Gaslighter, is the group's most personal of their career.

"Our last album was the most personal and autobiographical we'd ever been and this one is like 10 times that."

Maines said the album will be the trio's final album with Sony.

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Maines, along with band members Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer, hinted at the new album earlier this summer while in the studio with producer Jack Antonoff.

The Dixie Chicks recently collaborated with Taylor Swift on "Soon You'll Get Better," a track from Swift's seventh album Lover. The collaboration resulted in the Dixie Chicks' return to Billboard Hot 100 Chart — their first appearance on the chart in 12 years.

The new record will be the Texas trio's first album of new music since their 2006 release Taking the Long Way, which won five Grammy awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (for "Not Ready to Make Nice").

The Dixie Chicks made their major label debut in 1998 with Wide Open Spaces, which spawned the hits "You Were Mine," "There's Your Trouble" and the title track. The trio followed the success of Wide Open Spaces with Fly, which featured "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Goodbye Earl" and "Ready to Run."

In 2002, the trio released Home, which marked a switch to a more acoustic, rootsy sound for the band. The following year, while onstage in London, Maines made her now infamous statement, "We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." Following the comment, the trio was removed from several country radio stations around the nation. Their single "Not Ready To Make Nice" from Taking the Long Way addresses the response to Maines' statement.

In 2016, the group kicked off their highly-successful DCX MMXVI World Tour.

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