Dixie Chicks Digging Music in Downtime

Dixie Chick Martie Seidel says she and bandmates Emily Robison and Natalie Maines have been taking in a lot of live music in Texas during their hiatus. “We’ve been listening to a lot of bluegrass and people like Joe Ely and Willie [Nelson],” Seidel said backstage Wednesday (May 9) at the ACM Awards in Los Angeles. “I went to see Nickel Creek the other night, and I just wanted to go home and practice my fiddle for hours after seeing that, those kids are so amazing.” Seidel says the downtime has been beneficial for new mom Maines, who welcomed her first son in March, and for the rest of the band. “It’s been good for our songwriting, because we can write from where we are now — we’re moms and a year older. I think you’ll see our songwriting change a lot.” Though they’re officially off, the Chicks will regroup in September to play a benefit for children with AIDS. Seidel says fans probably won’t see a new Dixie Chicks album for at least a year.