Texas trio Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire, better known as the Dixie Chicks, might be working on new music together. At least we’re pretty sure that’s what lead singer Maines is hinting at on her Instagram account.
The Dixie Chicks’ last record was released back in 2006 and called Taking the Long Way, featuring the powerful single “Not Ready to Make Nice.” Just three years prior, the band was on tour when Maines took a brief moment before playing “Travelin’ Soldier” to tell their audience in London that they didn’t support the actions of President George W. Bush. Nine days before the United States invaded Iraq, their comment made national news, and it heavily impacted their country music careers. “Not Ready to Make Nice,” their song in response to the backlash, was rarely played on country radio due to their ban from many conservative radio stations.
But the Dixie Chicks returned for a Canadian and European tour taking place in 2013, 2014 and 2016, resulting in a live music project dubbed DCX MMXVI Live. Now, it looks like the trio is back together in the studio, judging from the photos Maines has posted.
In mid-June, Maines posted a photo holding Strayer’s banjo and Maguire’s fiddle. And just yesterday, she posted a pic of a mostly empty glass of wine near a notebook with lyrics on top of a keyboard. The caption “?” doesn’t provide much insight, but her follow-up post of three pairs of shoes makes it look like she’s strongly hinting that the Dixie Chicks are hanging out in the studio.
Though nothing has been explicitly stated, it’s exciting to speculate along with other fans about the future of the Dixie Chicks. Comment after comment on Maines’ Instagram shows that people are more than ready for new music and hopefully a U.S. tour from these three talented Texans.