She attended Williams Elementary School in Lubbock where her second grade teacher recalls being told by Maines during a math lesson, "Teacher, I don't need to learn this stuff—I'm gonna be a star. Slaton Junior High School,  and graduated in from Lubbock High School where she had participated in the school choir. My parents sent me and my sister to public minority schools so I always felt like a hippie and a rebel. As a teenager I always loved not thinking in the way I knew the majority of people thought.
I always stood up for minorities. I've always stood up for homosexuals. I just always had these really strong convictions about doing so.
She pursued the diploma program at Berklee but dropped out before the completion of her studies. Even though Maines is from Lubbock, home of Texas Tech University , she attended only one class at the school, a summer course in "Introductory Wildlife". At the end of , at age 21, Maines joined the all-female country music band, the Dixie Chicks , which had been performing since , but which had been unsuccessful in gaining more than local attention.
Maines replaced founding lead singer Laura Lynch. She plays guitar and bass in concert in the band. Maines was a primary songwriter on all 14 tracks of the band's album Taking the Long Way which peaked on the Billboard chart at No. Maines considers the songwriting she did for Taking the Long Way "pure therapy" after the controversy that ensued over a comment Maines made from the stage in London that criticized U.
Maines is a friend of Howard Stern and has made several appearances on his show. The album was co-produced by Ben Harper. She also sings about motherhood, feminism , and painful relationships. Legendary Bingo August 23, Proceeds from the event go to special charity interests; when Maines participated in the event, the proceeds benefited the "Voice for the Animals Foundation".
Jude Benefit June 12, The event benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Scrabble boards autographed by celebrity attendees, including Maines, were auctioned through June 30, Almost two years after they married, they filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. In July , Maines filed for divorce from Pasdar, citing irreconcilable differences. Maines practices Transcendental Meditation. Bush during a March Dixie Chicks concert in London. It's ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant.
It targets an entire culture—and not just the bad people who did bad things. You've got to have some tact. Anybody can write, 'We'll put a boot in your ass.
She has never written anything that has been a hit"  and, "That's what I do—I write songs. It seemed so insignificant. I said, 'Enough is enough. People try to make everything black and white. I didn't start this battle.
They started it with me; they came out and just tore me up. One thing I've never, ever done, out of jealousy or anything else, is to bash another artist and their artistic license.
Shut Up and Sing , backstage footage prior to her appearance wearing the F. Prior to performing their song "Travelin' Soldier", the band gave an introductory monologue during which Maines said: Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all.
We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas. Maines's comment, as abbreviated, provoked controversy and anger from some country music fans, and the Dixie Chicks were subsequently denounced by Bush supporters. Country music radio stations boycotted Dixie Chicks music. Scattered protests at which people destroyed Dixie Chicks' CDs occurred.
The anti-American sentiment that has unfolded here is astounding. My comments were made in frustration and one of the privileges of being an American is you are free to voice your own point of view. While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost.
I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. Subsequently, security was heightened at all concert venues and metal detectors were installed where possible. Maines described the threat as "scary because It was somebody who obviously thought they had a plan. I don't feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.
If people are going to ask me to apologize based on who I am I don't know what to do about that. I can't change who I am. You don't realize that you're not feeling those feelings until you do. And then you realize how much more interesting life is. The Dixie Chicks continue to discuss the matter. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph on June 15, , regarding the fallout from her comment, Maines again stirred up controversy by stating The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism; Why do you have to be a patriot?
This land is our land? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country I don't see why people care about patriotism.
This was seen by some as vindication for the Dixie Chicks, who were shunned by country radio programmers after Maines's remarks about President Bush. As the Dixie Chicks accepted the album of the year award, Maines said, "I think people are using their freedom of speech with all these awards. We get the message. At the rally, Maines made statements claiming new DNA evidence implicated Terry Hobbs, stepfather of one of the slain boys, and also posted a note about the presumed new evidence on the Dixie Chicks' website.