Natalie Maines, the former Dixie Chick notorious for shooting down former presidents, is preparing for a solo tour slated for the summer of 2013. The thirty eight year old's latest foray into rock is highlighted her upcoming album, titled "Mother." The album will be released on May 7, 2013 and includes a pretty impressive cover of the Pink Floyd 1979 hit "Mother" first debuted on January 15, 2013 for the soundtrack West of Memphis. The tour will promote the album and hopefully secure Maines back in the good graces of the general public.
Maines' return to music rides high on a seven year absence from her days as a Grammy winner with the Dixie Chicks. The group fell to the foreground following the very public criticism of former U.S. President George W. Bush during the fateful 2003 evening before the Iraq War began. As many remember (and perhaps agreed) Maines claimed her spot in eternal notoriety with: "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."
Buzz regarding Maines' return to music first started swirling during June 2012 when she uncertainly confirmed "I'm making an album, I think" during a Howard 100 News broadcast. Materials for the album were completed months later (in December 2012) despite Maines' apparent "disinterest in modern music." Ben Harper will be joining Maines on the tour. Which is good. What the world needs now is some new tunes.
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