Natalie Maines Talks New Album And Leaving Country Music

Natalie Maines, formerly of the Dixie Chicks, is back with her debut solo album Mother, a record she wants everyone to know, is not country music.

"I knew I didn't want to make a country record, just because that's not really what I would have ever made as a solo artist," Maines tells NPR. "I loved Martie and Emily and what they did on their instruments, and I loved what we created and how we sounded together. But as an overall genre, country music was never where I would have guessed I would have been."

Maines added that the process of releasing an album on her own was "different" and "scary at first."

"It's different. It definitely was scary in the beginning; I think I'm getting a little more used to it. On stage, it can feel a little naked to not have them on either side. It's definitely strange, after 15 or more years, to not have them on my right and left."

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