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Natalie Maines To Release Solo Album, Hesitant About Country Return


The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines is returning to music, but not necessarily to country. The singer admitted her reluctance in resuming her country career on the red carpet of last week's MusiCares event honoring Bruce Springsteen. When CMT's Katie Cook told her she still had lots of fans in the country community, Maines said that "lots of people don't love" her as well. She added that it's "kind of like going back to your abusive husband," and she's "just not feeling it." Maines became an outsider ten years ago, after speaking critically of President Bush at a Dixie Chicks show in London at the start of the war in Iraq. The group faced a severe backlash that included death threats during their subsequent North American tour. The Chicks returned in 2006 with "Taking the Long Way," but have been relatively quiet since then. A few years ago Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily launched the duo Court Yard Hounds. 

Maines is now prepping for the release of her debut solo album, "Mother," which will arrive in stores on May 7th. The title track is Maine's cover of the Pink Floyd song, and "USA Today" says the project was "influenced by a more rock-based, edgy sound." Maines' version of "Mother" is also featured on the soundtrack to the documentary "West of Memphis," about the wrongful murder convictions of three Arkansas teens known as the West Memphis Three. But Natalie is also expected to return to the Dixie Chicks this year. The group has three Canadian festival appearances scheduled in July.

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