Mother Natalie Maines
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- 1Without You03:52
- 3Free Life05:02
- 4Silver Bell03:00
- 5Lover, You Should've Come Over07:02
- 6Vein In Vain04:45
- 8Come Cryin' To Me04:33
- 9I'd Run Away03:32
- 10Take It On Faith05:48
Info for Mother
MOTHER is the solo debut from Natalie Maines, the always provocative, multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning singer of the Dixie Chicks. On MOTHER, people will hear a new direction from the singer. Heavily influenced by the more rock-based, edgy and intense sound of title track, and Pink Floyd cover, 'Mother,' Maines teamed up with friend and Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and guitar wizard Ben Harper, who co-produced the record with Maines. The album was recorded in Harper's studio.
'I wanted this music to be very different from the Dixie Chicks,' she says. 'Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Chicks could make. That separation and distinction was important.'
One of the initial songs they tackled was the soaring, tortured ballad from Pink Floyd's The Wall that ultimately gave this album its title. The result is a cover, which NPR's Ann Powers has described as 'a tender acknowledgment of how fear can entrap all of us, even when we want to do nothing but love.'
'Free Life' was written by Dixie Chicks collaborator and Grammy-Award winner, Dan Wilson. As different as this new music is from her Dixie Chicks roots, the songwriting credits on 'Come Cryin' to Me' reveal that even her fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison still kept a hand in the new project. 'That was a song we decided was too rock for Taking the Long Way,' Maines explains, 'but it really felt right to have a piece of them on here.'
All of the album's 10 songs were selected because of personal connections to Natalie. Jeff Buckley's 'Lover You Should Have Come Over' was a reminder for Maines of the early days in relationship with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar. She discovered 'Without You' on her friend Eddie Vedder's ukulele album, and heard a groove that she thought might fit.
What started out as a fun session with friend Ben Harper, quickly developed into the solo debut from one of our generations most coveted voices.
Produced by Ben Harper and Natalie Maines
Natalie Louise Maines
is a singer/songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Dixie Chicks, but has since established herself as a solo performer. She replaced original singer Laura Lynch in 1991. The group won 13 Grammy and 10 Country Music Association awards before going on hiatus in 2007.
Maines is the daughter of near-legendary producer, multi-instrumentalist, and musician's musician, Lloyd Maines, one of the true architects of Americana music. After high school she attended several colleges, most notably the Berklee School of Music, where she earned a scholarship to pursue Voice Studies; she left before completing her degree, opting for a professional career instead. Her vocals have appeared on recordings from Texas songwriters Pat Green and Charlie Robison, as well as pop and rock artists including Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Neil Diamond, Pete Yorn, and Yellowcard, to name a few.
Maines was in a very public feud with Toby Keith in 2002 over a song he wrote entitled "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue," which she claimed was ignorant and made Americans appear that way. After some back-and-forth tabloid exchanges, it culminated in her wearing a t-shirt on-stage with the letters F.U.T.K. in a Dixie Chicks performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Reportedly, Keith hasn't uttered her name since.
Always outspoken on political and social justice issues including the Iraq war, Maines made comments in 2003 at a Dixie Chicks concert in England about then-president George W. Bush. As a protest against the war, she claimed the group was ashamed that he was from Texas. Her remarks caused a firestorm of controversy, and the Dixie Chicks were blacklisted on country radio. They were vindicated, however, when their 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and sold over two million copies — an album for which Maines wrote all the songs.
Her debut solo offering, Mother, was released in May of 2013. The album is mostly a collection of covers and was co-produced with Ben Harper.
This album contains no booklet.