Natalie Maines Says Her Ongoing Divorce Inspired New Dixie Chicks Album

The upcoming Dixie Chicks album will draw from a very real personal experience for Natalie Maines.

Maines dished on the Dixie Chicks’ upcoming eighth studio album, with the group’s lead singer telling the “Spiritualgasm” podcast how her ongoing divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) has influenced the project.

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“I had a lot to say. Songwriting is really hard for me, and I think for many years, I didn’t want to analyze my life or my relationship,” said Maines.

“I was just in it and dedicated and devoted, and if I had started writing songs about it… I don’t want to say I was in a ‘survival mode,’ but I was just not ready to open up like that,” Maines added.

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The album is tentatively titled Gaslighter, although that could still change.

Initially, the Dixie Chicks planned for the project to be an album of cover songs. “Real easy, turn it in, get the money, be free agents,” Maines said. “But then my relationship fell apart, and I had a lot to say.”

Maines also teased a Dixie Chicks tour in 2020 — stay tuned.

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