Fans have been waiting 14 years for new music from the Dixie Chicks, and then were forced to wait a little longer as COVID-19 pushed back their highly touted return. But soon that waiting will be over. The Grammy-winning, often-controversial trio have announced July 17 as the new release date of their comeback album, Gaslighter.
Marking their first recording project since 2006’s Taking the Long Way, the album was originally planned for release in May but postponed as the coronavirus pandemic steamrolled everything in its path. Now though, the band’s Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer have picked a new launch date, making their announcement via cryptic Twitter post on Thursday (June 11). No other details were given, just an image of three child-beauty queens and the band’s faces superimposed over them.
The Gaslighter project was first teased near the end of 2019, as the ’90s icons revealed plans to work with pop producer and musician Jack Antonoff. Fans got their first taste of the new tunes in March with the fiery title track, “Gaslighter,” itself the first single DC released since 2007’s “The Neighbor.” Since then the group has also revealed a vibey country pop contemplation titled “Julianna Calm Down.”