Dixie Chicks to Tour in 2016, First Time Since 2006

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The Dixie Chicks--Martie Erwin Maguire, Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines--are planning a concert tour in 2016. The 40-city-plus tour will kick off on June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It winds down in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl on October 10. The Dixie Chicks are calling their upcoming tour the "DCX MMXVI World Tour."

The last time to Dixie Chicks released an album or went on tour was back in 2006. "Taking the Long Way" won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

Since the Dixie Chicks were last together, sisters Emily Erwin Robison and Martie Erwin Maguire formed a duo called Court Yard Hounds. Natalie Maines released a solo album in 2013.

Back in 2003, the Dixie Chicks caused a bit of controversy that took a long time to live down. It was just days before the Iraq War began, when Natalie Maines said at a concert in London, "We don't want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States (George W. Bush) is from Texas". Although many in London applauded the outspoken statement, the Dixie Chicks were boycotted in the U.S. as a result.

A few days later, Maines tried to backtrack, saying, "I feel the President is ignoring the opinions of many in the U.S. and alienating the rest of the world."

It was too little, too late, however. Her comment resulted in considerable financial loss for the Dixie Chicks.

Lots has changed since then, and fans are no doubt ready to see the Dixie Chicks back on tour. It will be interesting to see if they stick to their traditional sound or if they create some new music--and maybe a whole new style--to accompany them on the road.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.