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Dixie Chicks Taking A Break

It’ll probably be a year before a new Dixie Chicks album hits stores, and it could be another year before the country trio goes on tour, Dixie Chick Martie Seidel said.

The women, who won the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year award last week, are taking a break.

“The more time you take off it is kind of scary because you’re out of the limelight, so to speak, but it gives us the chance to kind of step back and write from the point of view of where we are now,” Seidel told reporters.

Lead singer Natalie Maines recently had a baby, but Seidel said that won’t stop the Dixie Chicks from getting together in September at a charity event in Texas for children with AIDS.

“We’re trying to give Natalie a chance to be a mom and not have any pressures at all, so we were really surprised when the other day she said she wanted to do this gig out of nowhere,” Seidel said. “But other than that we’re lettin’ her kinda decide when she feels like she wants to get out and start doing it again.”