Chicks Return With ‘Long Time Gone’

For Dixie Chicks fans, the wait is over. Columbia/Monument Records delivered a new single from the trio, “Long Time Gone,” to country radio stations at 5 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon (May 23), and the group debuted the Darrell Scott song Thursday night on VH1’s VH1 Divas Las Vegas.

An official statement from the Chicks and Sony suggests that negotiations related to a new contract are continuing. The parties filed suit against each other last year, and one rumor had the trio moving to Capitol Records. In recent weeks, however, developments suggest a resolution may be on the horizon.

“The Dixie Chicks and Sony Music Entertainment are currently working to resolve their differences,” the statement says. “As part of these ongoing conversations, the group has asked Sony Music to release the highly anticipated single, ‘Long Time Gone.’”

The Chicks performed the song with bass and Dobro accompaniment Thursday night. Their Divas set also included “Wide Open Spaces” and a collaboration with Stevie Nicks on “Landslide.” As part of a show-closing medley of Elvis Presley songs, they also did “That’s All Right (Mama),” complete with dancing cowboys.

The VH1 special aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and raised over $1.4 million for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. The special also featured Cher, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and special guests Stevie Nicks, Anastacia, Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston.

Another “release” is coming from the Dixie Chicks before the end of the year. Emily Robison confirmed backstage Thursday night that she and husband Charlie Robison are expecting their first child Nov. 14. Future father Robison played in the Chicks’ backing band.

One Internet site reports that a new Dixie Chicks album, titled Home, will be released Aug. 27. Officials with Sony Music and a Dixie Chicks spokeswoman would not confirm plans for the album.