Dixie Chicks’ New Album Coming May 23

The Dixie Chicks will release their new album, Taking the Long Way, on May 23 on Open Wide/Columbia/Sony BMG. The first track, “Not Ready to Make Nice,” addresses the controversy the band faced after Maines criticized President Bush in 2003. Other topics include Alzheimer’s disease and infertility, as well as “small-town narrow-mindedness” and “the psychology of celebrity,” according to a press release. Co-writers include Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks), Dan Wilson and Pete Yorn. The album was produced by Rick Rubin, who has worked with Johnny Cash, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Diamond, among others. The trio will tour this summer. “This album was total therapy,” says Maines. “I’m way more at peace now. Writing these songs and saying everything we had to say makes it possible to move on.”