Natalie Maines Takes the Stage with Taylor Swift for Performance of 'Goodbye Earl'

(August 25, 2015) - Last night, during the middle of her five-show residency at L.A.'s Staple Center, Taylor Swift brought Natalie Maines to the stage for a surprise duet of "Goodbye Earl." Both Natalie and Taylor swapped verses of the revenge anthem in from of the sold out crowd. Taylor went so far as to mimic the actions of the lyrics on stage, even simulating punching herself! The performance comes on the heels of the announcement that Dixie Chicks will do an expanded European tour next Spring (More on that HERE). Check out some of the footage that fans were able to capture of the performance: 



Autographed Guitar Winner Announced!

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Posted by Dixie Chicks on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Natalie Maines to be Inducted INto West Texas Walk of Fame

[Lubbock, Texas] The Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board is pleased to announce two upcoming inductions into the West Texas Walk of Fame.  The honorees are: Jo Harvey Allen and Natalie Maines. The induction ceremony will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 17 in the Lubbock High School Auditorium located at 2004 19th Street.

Natalie Maines, singer-songwriter and musician, was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas.  She is the daughter of musician, country music producer and past Walk of Fame inductee Lloyd Maines and his wife, Tina.  Natalie attended school at Iles Elementary, O.L. Slaton Junior High School, and graduated in 1992 from Lubbock High School where she had participated in the school choir. Following high school, Natalie attended West Texas State, South Plains College, Texas Tech and went to Berklee School of Music on a vocal scholarship.

Natalie’s first professional recording was at eleven years old for Dave Hickey.  Dave paid her $20.00 to sing like a baby Vampire. In late 1995, at age 21, Natalie was recruited to join the all-female band, The Dixie Chicks, as the lead vocalist.

The band became a multi-platinum selling act in North America, Europe and Australia, selling more than $100 million in ticket sales.  They are one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums achieving “diamond” status (sales over 10 million copies) – both Wide Open Spaces and FLY hit that stratospheric landmark. The Dixie Chicks have sold over 40 million CD’s and are the biggest selling female band of all time in the United States.

Maines co-wrote four tracks for the Dixie Chicks’ first three albums, including the Billboard Hot Country Singles number one hit “Without You” on Fly.  She was the primary songwriter on all 14 tracks of the band’s 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, which peaked on the Billboard Top 200 Chart at No. 1.  
Over the years, the Dixie Chicks earned numerous awards for their music, including ten (10) Country Music Association awards and thirteen (13) Grammy awards. 

Natalie has collaborated with other musical artists, both as a member of the Dixie Chicks and an individual singer. Those artists include Sheryl Crow, Pat Green, Charlie Robinson, Yellowcard, Stevie Nicks, Patty Griffin, Neil Diamond, Eddie Vedder, Pete Yorn, Robert Earl Keen, and Ben Harper.

In May of 2013, Natalie released her solo album, Mother. In 2016, the Dixie Chicks will be doing some touring in Europe to celebrate their 20th Anniversary together. 

The Chicks in the News

(BILLBOARD) - "Could this 2016 European tour mean U.S. dates are in the works? Let's hope so -- the Dixie Chicks haven't toured America since 2006's Accidents & Accusations Tour, which closely followed their Bush-bashing 2003 controversy.

And hey! If Jeb Bush nabs the 2016 Republican nomination, they have to tour the U.S. -- alongside Hillary Clinton."

(Radio.com) - "No U.S. tour dates have currently been scheduled, but the simple fact that Natalie Maines, Emily Robison Strayer and Martie Maguire will be performing again together should increase hope that some American stops might be in the cards."

(Rolling Stone) - "The Grammy-winning group's London date, on May 1st, will take place at the O2 Arena, about 13 miles east of the O2 Empire in Shepherd's Bush, the site of Maines' infamous 2003 declaration in protest of then-President Bush and the impending Iraq War."

(Taste of Country) - "Does the new European tour mean a fresh start for the band? New music, perhaps? A U.S. tour to come? Fans will have to wait and see."

(Uproxx) - "Tickets are gonna go fast; at their peak, the Dixie Chicks were one of the most popular musical acts in the world. They’ve won 13 Grammys, including Album of the Year for 2007’s Taking the Long Way, and hold the record for the highest-selling female band of all-time. Also, and most importantly, Jenna Maroney murders Andy Sipowicz in one of their music videos. No other group, male or female, can say that."

(Washington Post) - "So though there’s no word on any American dates, now would be a particularly fitting time for the trio to return to Nashville for an official comeback, as the country music industry has a well-known problem with makings stars out of female singers."

(Yahoo!) - "With all the talk lately about female representation in country music, let’s point back to the Dixie Chicks – three women who ruled both the country and the pop charts 20 years ago. They also, along with artists like Shania Twain and Faith Hill, spearheaded a country-crossover moment in the ‘90s that brought the genre to new listeners."

 

More News From Europe!

After going on sale just this morning, the 20 APRIL show from Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam is SOLD OUT! Due to popular demand, a SECOND DIXIE CHICKS SHOW has been added for 19 APRIL from Heineken Music Hall. Tickets are on sale immediately through Ticketmaster HERE.

Tickets are still available for the London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow & Dublin shows. You can purchase those tickets via Ticketmaster HERE.