The Dixie Chicks alienated themselves from Country radio back in 2003 when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush. [SN reprted] Now they are back with a new sound and a new single that offers no apologies, ‘Not Ready to Make Nice.'
The new song is now in rotation in several major radio markets, but some stations are not quick to play it. “I think a lot of people are in a wait-and-see mode,” said Wade Jessen, director of Billboard’s country charts.
The new album, “Taking the Long Way,” is out May 23rd and is produced by rock and rap producer Rick Rubin. The CD is more rock-oriented. Maines said in January that she was “pretty much done” with country music and is still against the Iraq war.