Ready to Run Away for a While Dixie Chicks Step Out of the Spotlight in 2001

Dixie Chicks Step Out of the Spotlight in 2001

Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Seidel and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks will make three high-profile TV appearances before Thanksgiving, and they have extended their Fly tour into December.

Then the trio plans to lay low in 2001.

“Sometimes I think people need a break from us,” Seidel said Tuesday (Oct. 3) during a news conference in Nashville. “Shania [Twain] has been smart about that, letting her career ebb and flow and not being afraid to step out of the limelight for a little while.”

Pausing in the midst of their six-month tour to appear on The 34th Annual CMA Awards at 8 p.m. ET tonight (Oct. 4) on CBS, the Dixie Chicks fielded questions from about 60 members of the press corps.

Tonight, the Chicks will perform their somewhat controversial “Sin Wagon” on the CMA Awards. Winners of three CMA awards last year, the trio is nominated in five categories tonight, including the biggie — Entertainer of the Year.

“I feel like we’ve been working toward this for two years,” Maines said of the Entertainer nod. She later noted, “I’ve never been nervous in the past, and I’m nervous this year. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted an award as bad as I want this.”

Maines will spend time off next year adjusting to motherhood. She and her husband, Adrian Pasdar, are expecting their first child in April. The singer married Pasdar, the star of the TV series Mysterious Ways, in Las Vegas last June.

“I was tired the first three months,” Maines said of her pregnancy. “I’m fine now…I’ve heard the heartbeat. Just one, thank God!”

Maines feels her singing and performing have not changed since carrying the baby. However, she anticipates some clothing alterations by the time the tour ends.

“I’m sure when I start getting a big belly, I won’t be doing all the sexy moves,” she quipped, tongue-in-cheek. “There won’t quite be the sexiness going on.”

Six days after the group’s CMA appearance, Dan Rather will profile the Dixie Chicks on 60 Minutes II, set to air Tues. (Oct. 10) on CBS. The threesome also will be featured in its first primetime concert special (featuring taped performances and comical skits) on Nov. 20 on NBC.

The group might make selected TV appearances in 2001, such as the Grammys, if invited.

Maines sings on upcoming albums by Stevie Nicks and Charlie Robison (Emily’s husband). Fiddler Seidel hopes to showcase her bluegrass chops on the Grand Ole Opry, sitting in with Ricky Skaggs, who has been opening dates for the Chicks. Robison plans to use down time to write songs for the trio’s third album, which has not been assigned a release date.