Natalie Maines

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Natalie Maines, 2006 in Austin, Texas
Natalie Maines, 2006 in Austin, Texas
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  US 17th 05/25/2013 (6 weeks)

Natalie Louise Maines (born October 14, 1974 in Lubbock , Texas ) is an American country musician and singer . She became known as the front woman of the country band Dixie Chicks .

Private life

Natalie Maines is the daughter of steel guitar player, producer and country musician Lloyd Maines . In 1992 she graduated from Lubbock High School and then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston .

She was married to actor Adrian Pasdar until 2017 and has two children with him.

Dixie Chicks

After leaving college, she replaced lead singer and founding member Laura Lynch in the country band Dixie Chicks, formed in 1989, in late 1995 . Maines plays rhythm guitar in the band , she also masters electric guitar , electric bass and omnichord , a kind of electronic autoharp .

Maines had written some lyrics with the other band members for earlier Dixie Chicks songs; For the album Taking the Long Way from 2006, the three women wrote all the lyrics themselves for the first time.

Other musical activities

Natalie Maines has sung backing vocals for several other musicians :

Maines has also recorded several duets with other artists, such as The Wedding Song with Charlie Robison, Too Far From Texas with Stevie Nicks for her 2001 album Trouble in Shangri-La , Mary with Patty Griffin for the 2005 Tsunami Benefits album Austin to South Asia or Another Day (That Time Forgot) with Neil Diamond for his 2008 album Home Before Dark . In 2013 she released her first solo album titled Mother .


Maines has made numerous television appearances, including being seen on Sesame Street . In 2002 she played the role of Fiona in the family film Grand Champion , and in 2006 she stood in front of the camera in the documentary Shut Up & Sing .

Public statements and controversy

Natalie Maines caused a lasting scandal in March 2003 when she said during a Dixie Chicks concert in London that the band was ashamed that the President of the United States [like her] was from Texas. There was an uproar and calls for boycotts among conservative country fans and in the US media. The singer tried to smooth things over by saying, among other things: "I think the president is ignoring the opinion of many Americans and alienating the rest of the world". But this was not enough for her critics, and two days later she added:

“As a concerned US citizen, I apologize to President Bush for my disrespect. I believe that whoever is in office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently witnessing a tremendous anti-American sentiment in Europe, triggered by what is believed to be the precipitate war there. Although war may be justified as a possibility, as a mother I want every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers die. I love my country and am proud to be American. "

As a result of the media turmoil, which among other things resulted in anonymous death threats, the artist had to fear for her safety and that of her families. In June 2006, controversy arose again over Maine's testimony during an interview with the Daily Telegraph :

“The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism; Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism. "
(The whole country will probably contradict me, but I don't understand why patriotism is necessary. Why do you have to be a patriot? About? This country is our country? Why? You can like the area you live in and your life, but love the whole country ... I don't understand why patriotism is important to people.) In the song Not Ready to Make Nice from the album Taking the Long Way (2006) by the Dixie Chicks, this fact was dealt with in the lyrics.


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