10 Questions for Natalie Maines

Singer Natalie Maines on motherhood, the future of the Dixie Chicks and why she can't go back to country music

Peter Hapak for TIME

Singer Natalie Maines on motherhood, the future of the Dixie Chicks and why she can't go back to country music.

The last time you were in TIME, you were on the cover with the Dixie Chicks. Then nothing for seven years. What have you been doing?
I've been being a mother. Raising my two boys Slade and Beckett with my husband Adrian.

Is that why you called your new album Mother?
I felt like it was a word that everyone would have some sort of emotion about, because everyone has a mother. So it would make people feel something--good or bad.

So the song "Free Life" is about your life now?
For me it's about the West Memphis...

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