Natalie Maines Compares Country Music to "Abusive Husband"

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Natalie Maines Compares Country Music to "Abusive Husband"

Published on February 12, 2013 by CMT News

Natalie Maines
Dixie Chicks‘ singer Natalie Maines jokes that going back to a career
in country music would be “like going back to your abusive husband.”

Maines spoke with CMT host Katie Cook on the red
carpet at a Bruce Springsteen tribute concert sponsored by the
Grammys and MusiCares Foundation on Friday night (Feb. 8) in Los Angeles. Asked
how she was feeling about country music at the moment, Maines started laughing. Cook added that many country fans still love

Maines replied, “You still love me. … Lots of people don’t love me. You know what? It’s kind of like
going back to your abusive husband. I’m just not feeling it. I’m sorry.”

When Maines started laughing at her own response,
Cook played along and said, “We won’t hit you anymore!” Maines answered, “Ah, yeah, right. That’s what they all say,” and
continued laughing.

The Dixie Chicks enjoyed immense country music success until March 2003 when Maines made critical
comments about then-President George W. Bush during a concert in London. The band went on to win four Grammys in 2007, but
they have not released an album of new material since then. In all, the Dixie Chicks have won 13 Grammys.

Maines and
her producer, Ben Harper, serenaded the Los Angeles audience with an acoustic rendition of Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.”
Speaking about Springsteen’s influence on her own music, Maines said, “His live show is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and
he just gives it all, every song, and plays forever. And the person on the top row at the very back of the stadium feels like
he’s there for them.”

Maines will release her first solo album, Mother, on May 7.

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