Just in time to denounce another (in this case, potential) war, the Dixie Chicks are ready to make a comeback. On Tuesday, they announced a new album coming “someday.”
The trio of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire revealed their return in an Instagram video. They and producer Jack Antonoff, who’s known for his work with Taylor Swift, took turns delivering the news through Snapchat’s baby filter.
“Dixie Chicks,” Maines says, followed by Robison chiming in with, “album,” and Maguire adding, “coming…” Antonoff then deadpans the word “someday” and flashes a big, ridiculous grin.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the group has teased the new album. They’ve have posted studio photos in the past after all. However, it does seem like “someday” might now be sooner than later.
The new material comes 13 years after their previous studio album, Taking the Long Way, which was released in 2006.
Despite the controversy that dogged them a few years prior, the women won big at the 2007 Grammys. Not only did their last album win for Best Country Album, but they also took home the award for Album of the Year.
Things have changed quite a bit since 2003, especially when it comes to voicing dissenting political opinions.
It’s true, they did return with the aforementioned album in 2006. However, many folks have blamed the Dixie Chick’s longtime disappearance from the mainstream on a now 16-year-old incident.
In March of 2003, during a concert in London, the women shared their thoughts on the invasion of Iraq.
“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all,” Maines said from the stage. “We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Major backlash ensued. The band was met with furious criticism, many arguing that she shouldn’t criticize the U.S. president on foreign soil.
The band speaking ill of former Texas governor and then-President George W. Bush didn’t sit well with country music fans. Their music was boycotted and they quickly dropped from the charts.
Though Maines tried to clarify matters, it did not appease the bands most vocal critics. Two days later, she also issued an apology. Still, the damage was done.
The girl group did, however, retain some fans and sponsors – Lipton Tea being the most prominent. And in 2006, a documentary about the backlash was released, titled Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing.
Sounds a bit like today’s “shut up and dribble,” doesn’t it?
In today’s political climate – and the age of social media and 5g networks – things likely would have gone differently for the group. And we expect their new album to be met with much fanfare for this and other reasons.