"To answer that fan question" is the part of NashvilleGab where I take the sometimes funny things readers have ended up on the website searching for and actually answer them in a somewhat coherent way.
So the latest popular search term that keeps landing people on NashvilleGab is "Dixie Chicks 2012".
The Dixie Chicks. Oh, the Dixie Chicks. Everyone always wants to know what's going on with the Chicks.
Well the easy answer is nothing is really going on with the Dixie Chicks....as a group anyway. I haven't heard any plans of new music, which is probably what most people are wondering.
I think for all intents and purposes, the group is pretty much broken up, save for the occasional charity event or special concert appearance, they just don't seem to want to admit it publicly. In fact, they've outright denied that they're broken up. Maybe they still have hopes of recording again, I honestly don't know. Maybe they don't know themselves and are just playing it by ear.
I think I can speak for a lot of country fans in saying that the Dixie Chicks are right up there with Garth Brooks in who we'd like to hear new music from.
As far as I can tell it's Natalie Maines who seems to be the hold out and doesn't seem to have much interest in singing with the group anymore, but I'm wrong often and this could be totally off base.
The last time the Chicks were seen in public together was back on June 23rd when they performed for the China Care Foundation.
Then came the Dixie Chicks, who were reportedly just killer great. Lead singer Natalie Maines is "thin as a rail," so I was told. "She has her hair cut very short and colored dark brown." Martie Maguire was fiddling and Emily Robison was picking that banjo like a saint.
"They are better than ever," said my friend, who lucked up on this trip. The Dixie Chicks are superstars, and it's a shame they aren't onstage every week doing what they do best -- picking and singing.
Here's Natalie's short 'do from her Twitter profile pic:
Natalie's fun to follow on Twitter -- rude, crude, and amusing as heck. Three qualities I tend to gravitate towards on Twitter. Natalie's also doing singing on her own sans the other two Chicks. You can watch a video of her recently singing with Ben Harper at the Hollywood Bowl here. She's also mentioned on Twitter that she's working on a solo album, although that could of just been Natalie being humorous. As far as I know, she's still married to actor Adrian Pasdar and the pair have two boys, Jackson and Beckett.
The other two Chicks, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, have been more visible publicly. They formed the Court Yard Hounds and released their first self-titled CD back in 2010. Reportedly, the pair are back in the studio recording their 2nd album as the Court Yard Hounds.
Personally, Emily Robison recently revealed that she is pregnant with her 4th baby and is due in early September. Emily's boyfriend, Court Yard Hounds guitarist and songwriter Martin Strayer, is the proud papa.
As for Martie Maguire, there's not much personal news on her. She listed her Austin ranch for sale back in September, but really that's about all I could find about her in a personal capacity.
I guess the most important thing to know is that according to all three members of the group, the Dixie Chicks aren't dead and still consider themselves the Dixie Chicks. Whether that means they will make new music together in the future or if they're just together so they can keep collecting their sure-to-be huge royalty checks, I guess that remains to be seen.
Fans of the Dixie Chicks can follow the group on their website. There's also the Dixie Chicks Henhouse, which seems to keep pretty good tabs on the ladies. The trio also has a Twitter, although it's not updated too often.