“The artist whose performance triggered my thoughts about rediscovery also fits within the superstar category, though she’s been flying under fame’s radar for almost a decade. Natalie Maines, the central voice of the platinum-selling country trio the Dixie Chicks, played two shows at South by Southwest, presenting new material from her solo debut, Mother, to be released May 7. But Maines didn’t approach these shows as if they were special gifts bequeathed by a royal. Instead, she came across as a working musician finding inspiration at a new edge, and inviting listeners to join her there.”
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