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Natalie Maines Embracing Rock, Unsure About Her Country Future


Natalie Maines admits her upcoming solo album likely won't yield any country singles. The singer admits that "Mother" was more influenced by Tom Petty than any country artist. But she tells she had no intention of making a country record. She explains that she "would never have made a country solo album ever in a million years," because "that's what the Dixie Chicks do" and she "wanted to be something different" on her own. Maines adds that it's taken her so long to make a solo album because it "seemed very weird" to not record with bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, and she felt like she was "cheating on" them. However, Natalie also isn't eager to return to the trio. She admits that it's "hard" for her to imagine making another country record, but adds that she tries "not to say never."

Maines' "Mother" will be in stores on May 7th. The singer recorded the album with Ben Harper, and says he's agreed to tour behind the project with her. But Natalie says she's not sure how much time he'll be able to devote to her. She adds that she's not sure exactly what she'd include in her sets. Maines says she would like to play some Dixie Chicks material as well, but "would want to talk to Martie and Emily about that first." So far Maines has no solo dates set. But she has a few appearances scheduled with the Dixie Chicks this summer.

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