Maines Says She’s “Pretty Much Done” With Country

She Discusses "The Incident" in Entertainment Weekly

Never one to mince words, Natalie Maines has once again shared her views — this time, about returning to country music.

In an interview posted Monday (Jan. 27) on Entertainment Weekly’s Web site, she says she’s grateful for “The Incident” — when she told a London audience that she was “ashamed” that President Bush is from Texas — and that she has no regrets about the consequences, including the unofficial end to the Dixie Chicks’ career in country music.

“I would be cheating myself and not setting a good example for my children to go back to something that I don’t wholeheartedly believe in. So I’m pretty much done. They’ve shown their true colors. I like lots of country music, but as far as the industry and everything that happened … I couldn’t want to be farther away from that,” she tells the magazine.

As for Bush’s second term, she says, “I used to try and make sense of it, but when Bush got reelected, I just didn’t know what to do. Keep livin’. It’s gotta change back.”

The Dixie Chicks are expected to release a new album in April, their first since Maines spoke out against Bush in 2003. A tour is also said to be in the works.