Natalie Maines Says Returning to Country Music Would Be ‘Like Going Back to Your Abusive Husband’
Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines has never been one to stand quietly in the corner and keep her opinions to herself. The singer’s tell-it-like-it-is style was an important part of the Texas-based trio’s enormous success, and was also an important element in their undoing. Now the brash singer is at it again, likening the treatment she’s received from country music fans to spousal abuse.
The Chicks were the hottest group in country music when Mainesâ infamous onstage 2003 comments about then-President George W. Bush brought things to a screeching halt. Frustrated with his decision to invade Iraq, Maines told a London concert, âJust so you know, weâre on the good side with yâall. We do not want this war, this violence, and weâre ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.â
The backlash from that episode brought the group’s career to a standstill, while the musicians suffered all manner of harassment — even death threats. They bounced back with âTaking the Long Wayâ in 2006, but Maines recently told Howard Stern that the group’s future remains uncertain.
Maines appeared at the MusiCares Person of the Year event in Los Angeles last Friday (Feb. 8), and Katie Cook from CMT asked her about the current state of country music, adding that many fans still love her.
âYou still love me,” Maines responded with a laugh. “Lots of people donât love me. You know what? Itâs kind of like going back to your abusive husband. Iâm just not feeling it. Iâm sorry.â
When Cook assured her that âWe wonât hit you anymore,â the singer responded with another laugh, adding, âAh, yeah, right. Thatâs what they all say.”
It looks like Maines still isn’t ready to make nice or ready to back down. She is slated to release her first solo album — in the rock genre — on May 7.