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The Maines’ attraction to Austin connects the Dixie Chicks to the city

Peter Blackstock
The Dixie Chicks with their full backing band in Cincinnati on June 1.

Looking back at the turning points in his family’s life, Lloyd Maines can see how large 1998 looms. It began with the January release of “Wide Open Spaces,” daughter Natalie’s first album fronting the Dixie Chicks. As that record rose to No. 1 on the country charts and turned the trio into superstars, Lloyd and his wife, Tina May, were packing out of their longtime home of Lubbock and moving to Austin.

A much-in-demand producer and musician, Lloyd sat down to do his taxes in 1997 and realized he’d spent more than 200 days on recording sessions in Austin. “My wife had wanted to come down here for a while,” he says, “so in ’98, we just took the leap.”

Read more about Lloyd, Natalie and what to expect at Sunday’s Dixie Chicks show at the Austin360 Amphitheater.