A long ten years have passed since Dixie Chicks released their last studio album, the Rick Rubin produced Taking the Long Way, which won Album of the Year and Best Country Album honors at the 2007 Grammy Awards. During their extended hiatus as a group, lead singer Natalie Maines released her solo debut LP Mother in 2013, while the sibling duo of Martie Maguire and Emily Robison delivered two albums under the Court Yard Hounds moniker, 2010’s self-titled debut and 2013’s Amelita. But next month, the acclaimed trio’s restless fan base will have plenty to indulge in with respect to the talented threesome and their patience will be handsomely rewarded.
On April 15, Columbia/Legacy will reissue the group’s four previous albums on high resolution 150-gram vinyl. In addition to Taking the Long Way, 1998’s Wide Open Spaces, 1999’s Fly, and 2002’s Home are included in the remastered series. The following night in Antwerp, Belgium, the band kicks off their ambitious six-month long “DCX MMXVI” world tour, the North American leg of which begins in Cincinnati on June 1st. The full list of tour dates can be found here.
No substantiated reports of a forthcoming new Dixie Chicks album have surfaced as of yet, but cross your fingers that an announcement will happen sooner than later. In the meantime, make some room on your shelves for these classic albums from one of the most dynamic and beloved bands of the past twenty years—country, pop or otherwise. And be sure to catch the group when they swing by your town later this year.