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Natalie Maines - Mother

Fans expect surprises from the Dixie Chicks’ lead singer. In 2002, Maines knocked fellow country musician Toby Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue” as jingoistic and then criticized U.S. president George W. Bush over the Iraq invasion. Recently, the mother of two helped to free the wrongfully accused Memphis Three. Now Maines has made a solo debut that is more rock than country. Co-produced with Grammy-winning artist Ben Harper, the 10 songs are surprisingly edgy. “Free Life” and the title track, a Pink Floyd ballad, are connected to the Memphis Three case. And covers of Eddie Vedder’s “Without You” and Jeff Buckley’s “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” are emotionally rich. But...
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Feature Article: Dixie Chicks take the long way

Feature Article: Dixie Chicks take the long way
Lubbock, Texas is famous as the birthplace of Buddy Holly, the pioneering rocker who inspired The Beatles. It’s also the birthplace of the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, who sings about her hometown on “Lubbock or Leave It,” a roadhouse rocker from the group’s latest album that conjures up images of both Holly and an unwelcoming redneck town. “Dust bowl, Bible belt, got more churches than trees/Raise me, praise me, couldn’t save me, couldn’t keep me on my knees,” Maines warbles. “Oh boy, rave on down loop 289/That’ll be the day you see me back in this fool’s paradise.” Although the song was triggered by a documentary about a Lubbock teenage girl who tried, unsuccessfully, to have sex educatio...
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