It’s been fourteen years since the iconic Dixie Chicks had a single on the country radio charts and even though they released a live album in 2017, it’s been pretty quiet on the DC front. Well, except for those ridiculously successful world tours. However, things have changed and it appears that an entire generation of fans of the Chick’s music and their offspring can pop a bottle of bubbly because there’s new music in the works.
The trio’s lead singer, Natalie Maines, shared a video clip of a double-jointed contortionist dancing on social media and savvy Chicks’ fans will recognize the voices and harmonies of Natalie, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. Her cryptic caption read, “#gaslighter I’m gonna get in trouble for this, but that’s why you love me;) @dixie_chicks.”
The post then went away only to be reposted again later on Natalie’s page, along with the message, “Just kidding! #gaslighter #dcx2020 #soon.”
Scrolling back on her page just a bit, fans can see more photos of the Chicks together and more hints as to what’s to come.
After a bit of investigation and a tip of the hat to Wikipedia, we can see that there is a new album called Gaslighter slated for a 2020 release, but when you click on that hot button, it takes you back to the main discography page for the Chicks. If you go to the Dixie Chicks’ website, it still shows no updates to their tour, music or news pages.
Support for the Dixie Chicks’ return has been overwhelmingly supportive on social media. And while comments regarding former President Bush have not been forgotten, many fans of country music have been able to compartmentalize, separating the politics from the music.
Now, from what we can tell of the song from generations away and through computer speakers, it sounds like the trio is honoring those delicious harmonies and bluegrass-tinged arrangements of the past, but mostly it sounds hooky and fun and full of the clever lyrical turns of phrase the Chicks are known for.
Bring. It. On.