The Dixie Chicks Reveal The Real Reason Behind Their Hiatus

The Dixie Chicks made their long-awaited return on Wednesday (March 4) with the release of their fiery new single, “Gaslighter.”…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 4, 2020


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The Dixie Chicks made their long-awaited return on Wednesday (March 4) with the release of their fiery new single, “Gaslighter.”

To celebrate the debut of the song and their return to the spotlight, the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer sat down with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe to chat about everything from their years-long hiatus, to their new music and more.

Addressing the reason behind waiting 14 years between albums, the trio explained that raising their children took top priority.

“Well the kids — our nine kids, collectively — are why we paused for so long. And I’m finding out that teenagers are a lot harder than babies, not any easier,” Maguire explained on Beats 1 Radio’s New Music Daily show.

“Babies pull you off the road, teenagers push you back on,” Maines added.

With their kids getting older, Maguire is mother to daughter Harper, 11, and 15-year-old twins Eva and Katie; Maines is mom to two sons, Jackson, 18, and Beckett, 15; and Strayer has a son, Gus, 17, and 14-year-old twins, Julianna and Henry, the Dixie Chicks are ready to shift some of their focus back to their career.

Their new album, which has been in the works for two years, arrives on May 1. The project was born after their initial writing session with producer Jack Antonoff. That session spawned “Gaslighter,” and it was then that they knew they had something special.

“It was the first song we wrote with Jack Antonoff,” Strayer explained. “At the time we thought we thought we were gonna write with a bunch of different people and get different producers and we wrote with him and we’re like, ‘He needs to produce it, and this needs to be the sound for this album,’ ’cause it was just, he blew us away, and it was such a fun song to start with.”

As for their kids, Maines says they’re some of their biggest fans.

“Yeah, you know, my boys are actually really supportive and really excited for the music and they are fans — they’re not too cool to like their mom’s job,” she shared.

While nothing has been confirmed, a tour page on the Dixie Chicks’ official website has fans thinking something else is also brewing with the Dixie Chicks. Fans can stay tuned to the trio’s social media accounts for updates.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.