Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks took to the stage of the annual Ally Coalition Talent Show in New York City on Thursday, and served up a stunning take on a Canadian holiday classic.
As Rolling Stone reports, the country trio closed out their four-song set with a gorgeous cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River”, lending their distinctive harmonies to a stripped-down arrangement for the benefit concert organized by Fun. frontman Jack Antonoff to raise money for organizations supporting at-risk LGBTQ youth.
“It’s been a long time since we played on a stage,” Maines told the crowd, before launching into the group’s opening number “Truth #2”, which they followed up with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and their own anthem “Not Ready to Make Nice” before closing out with “River”.
As RS points out, the group didn’t debut any new material from the long-awaited studio album (their first since 2006) that they’ve been working on, with Antonoff producing.
“We have been taking up most of Jack’s time for the past two years,” Maines joked to the crowd.
Other performers at the talent show included Jason Isbell and surprise performances from Eza Koenig and Carly Rae Jepsen, who debuted an unreleased song with Antonoff.