Dixie Chicks Set to Play Canadian Festival

Been waiting for a chance to see the Dixie Chicks back in action? The opportunity strikes as the hitmaking threesome—Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire—will replace Lady Antebellum as one of the headline acts at the Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada, July 11–14. Most of Lady Antebellum's summer dates have been canceled due to group member Hillary Scott's pregnancy.

The Chicks' performance at the July festival comes as exciting news for fans, as the individual members have largely gone separate ways for the past few years. While the trio has never officially broken up, the group has not released an album since Taking the Long Way in 2006. Natalie is rumored to have a solo rock album in the works for 2013, and Emily and Martie released an album in 2010 as the duo Court Yard Hounds.

The Dixie Chicks ruled as one of country's most popular acts at the end of the 1990s and the early 2000s, but lost favor with fans and radio after making political statements criticizing President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. They remain the highest-selling female group of any genre and have recorded such No. 1 singles as "Wide Open Spaces," "You Were Mine" and others. The Dixie Chicks also won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award in 2000 and three Country Music Association honors for Vocal Group of the Year, in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

"The Craven date will be one of the only opportunities fans of the band will have to see them live," the festival's marketing director, Kim Blevins, announced in a release. Tickets for the Craven Country Jamboree may be purchased through cravencountryjamboree.com or by calling (866) 388-0007.

Could this be the launching point for more performances by the Dixie Chicks—or perhaps even a new album? Stay tuned.

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