For the first time since their Grammy-winning 2006 album "Taking the Long Way," the Dixie Chicks have a new album on the horizon. It’s called "Gaslighter" and will be released May 1 on Columbia Records, the trio revealed Wednesday.
The announcement included a video for the album’s title track, directed by Seanne Farmer and described in the accompanying press release as "a nod to the female empowerment movement" that "depicts the militant strength of women through the centuries and the unbreakable bond they create through any of life’s unforeseen circumstances."
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The Dixie Chicks — Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire — recorded the album with Jack Antonoff, whose production credits in recent years have included albums for Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Lorde and St. Vincent. The song "Soon You’ll Get Better" on Swift’s 2019 album "Lover" was a collaboration with the Dixie Chicks.
Tour dates have not yet been announced, but the tour page on the band’s website teases that the group has been a "long time gone...but coming soon!" The Dixie Chicks played the amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas in 2016 as part of an extensive U.S. tour. More recently, they’ve made two local appearances at ACL Live for fundraising occasions: 2018’s Mack, Jack & McConaughey concert and last month’s Voices for Justice benefit with Gary Clark Jr.
Formed in Dallas in the 1989 (Maines joined in 1995), the Dixie Chicks long have had strong Austin ties. Maines’ father, renowned producer and multi-instrumentalist Lloy Maines, and mother have lived here for more than 20 years, and their touring band has included other Austin musicians including bassist Glenn Fukunaga.