Natalie Maines has confirmed on the podcast Spiritualgasm that the country trio will be releasing a new album next year, tentatively titled Gaslighter.
According to Maines, the album was inspired by her divorce from actor Adrian Pasdar.
“When I started getting a divorce, I had a lot to say, so that sparked me being ready. Songwriting is really hard for me, and for many years I didn’t want to analyze life or my relationship. I was just in it, and dedicated and devoted, and if I had started writing songs about it, that might not have been good. I was just in a … I don’t want to say ‘survival mode,’ but I was just not ready to open up. And then when my relationship fell apart, I had a lot to say.”
The new album will also coincide with a 2020 tour, and marks the trio’s final album under contract with Sony.
“We thought we would do a covers album, just do it real easy, turn it in and get the money, and be free agents. And then my relationship fell apart, and I had a lot to say. So Gaslighter is not a covers album. Our last album was the most personal and autobiographical we’d ever been, and this one is ten times that.”
The Dixie Chicks were also recently featured on Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover.