Everything We Know About That Potential New Dixie Chicks Album
It's been over a decade since the Dixie Chicks released new music, but in the past several months, it has become progressively more apparent that a new record from the trio is in the works.
The hints started in June of 2018, in fact, when bandmate Natalie Maines began teasing the possibility of new music on social media. But while she and bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer continued to suggest that they might have plans for a new project, they didn't confirm any concrete plans until a year later, when the trio officially announced their new album's existence in an Instagram video.
Details about the Dixie Chicks' forthcoming project are sparse, to be sure, but read on to learn everything we know thus far.
The Dixie Chicks have not yet revealed the title of their new album. Stay tuned!
The Release Date
While the group has not yet announced an official timetable for their project's release, an Instagram video shows the trio alongside producer and musician Jack Antonoff, saying that the album will be released "someday." The video is captioned with the hashtag #dcx2019, perhaps implying that the record is scheduled for release at some point in 2019.
The Chicks first started teasing a new album in 2018, the same year that their mainstream country studio debut, Wide Open Spaces, turned 20 years old. The new project will be the trio's first release since Taking the Long Way in 2006. Fifteen years ago, their career largely came to a halt after Maines spoke out against then-U.S. president George W. Bush and the country's impending invasion of Iraq during a show in London, England.
The Record Label
The Dixie Chicks have not yet shared which record label they're working with on their new album. The group's most recent studio album, Taking the Long Way, was released via Open Wide / Columbia Nashville, but that project came out over a decade ago; however, Columbia also released the trio's 2017 live album.
Jack Antonoff's appearance in the Instagram video announcing the album suggests that he may be producing the project, but the trio has not officially clarified the capacity of Antonoff's involvement. In 2018, Maines also shared pictures, seemingly from in the recording studio, of Antonoff playing fiddle.
The Dixie Chicks have not yet shared a first single from the project (but The Boot will update this section when they do).
Despite not making an official announcement of any kind, the trio has made no secret of the fact that they're working on new music, sharing hints for over a year. However, the Chicks have not officially shared any of the project's songs; even during their 2017 tour and the one-off live performances they've given since they, they haven't been playing any new music.
Additionally, the Dixie Chicks make a minor "cameo" in the music video for Taylor Swift's most recent single, "Me!" As Swift sings the lyrics "There's a lot of cool chicks out there," the camera pans to a shot of her duet partner, Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie, seated on a couch. Behind him is a wall covered in paintings, most of which depict baby chickens in sunglasses -- but in the front and center is a painted version of one of the Dixie Chicks' old press shot.
Swift is a self-proclaimed longtime fan of the trio, so this could be just a simple shoutout. However, the pop superstar also has a long history of leaving hints and Easter eggs, leaving some fans to wonder if the call-out means that there's a Swift / Dixie Chicks collaboration in the works. For what it's worth, Antonoff has worked with Swift as well.
The Dixie Chicks haven't been on the road since 2017. The year before, the group embarked on their DCX MMXVI World Tour, their first trek to include North American dates in a decade. Previously, the group had stated that they weren't sure they'd be welcomed in the U.S. again, due to the backlash that followed Maines' comments against President Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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