Dixie Chick Natalie Maines releases first solo album: 'Here I am, starting over'
"I never really had it in my mind to be a solo artist, put out a solo album. So I don't know if that would've ever come to me or not, but it's definitely difficult for me to come back to country music. I'm sure that 10 years ago did have an affect on what I'm doing now and this solo album," says Maines.
She speaks, of course, of the Dixie Chicks' criticism of then-President George W. Bush and his decision to invade Iraq, which drew a lot of ire from the country music world and its fans. Suddenly one of the biggest country artists of the last decade were on the outs.
But Maines says this is a fresh start for her.
"I feel like I'm in a positive place in my life ... it feels like I accomplished a lot and a lot happened and here I am, starting over."
"Mother" is available for purchase and download now.