Natalie Maines on Upcoming Dixie Chicks Album & Her Divorce: 'I Had a Lot to Say'

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks
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Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs during the DCX World Tour MMXVI Opener on June 1, 2016 in Cincinnati.

Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines was a guest at the new Spiritualgasm podcast published on Friday (Sept. 20), where she chatted a bit about the group's much anticipated fifth album.

“I had a lot to say,” she said of the record, which she said was tentatively titled Gaslighter and partially inspired by her divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar. “Songwriting is really hard for me, and I think for many years, I didn’t want to analyze my life or my relationship. I was just in it and dedicated and devoted, and if I had started writing songs about it … I don’t want to say I was in a ‘survival mode,’ but I was just not ready to open up like that.” 

“Our last album was the most personal and autobiographical we’ve ever been,” she added. “And then this one is 10 times that.” The girl group has been teasing the upcoming album since last year, posting a series of photos in the studio with producer Jack Antonoff. 

In addition to hinting at a Dixie Chicks tour next year, the songstress talked about taking a 13-year time off since the group's last album, 2006's Taking the Long Way, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and went on to win Grammys including album of the year and best country album.

"You have these dreams, and I had surpassed all of my dreams,” she explained. “To make a record means you have to tour. It’s a whole cycle. It was easier when the kids weren’t in school – you just bring them [on tour] – but once they got their own lives, we didn’t want to make their lives about us and our careers … I just wanted to be a mom.”

Billboard reached out to Dixie Chicks' representative, who replied that nothing has been determined yet including single, album title, timing of release or tour.