In a recent interview with Between The Lines News, Maines said she felt like she was playing dress up when she was with the Dixie Chicks which is why she kept her hair long. But now, with two kids and her busy schedule, short is what works.
“There is not enough time in the day to spend on what I look like; this is a much easier look,” Maines said about her punk ‘do. “And it fits my personality more. I had short hair growing up, and it always felt right for me.”
Plus, it’s the style Rachel Maddow sports.
“I love Rachel Maddow. She would be my lesbian girl crush,” Maines gushed. “She’s hot! And she’s smart and beautiful…and I like her hair.”
Even as country music stars, the Dixie Chicks have always had a pretty strong LGBT following. After Maines publicly chastised George W. Bush in 2003 about Congress’s approval of the Iraq War, there was an even closer connection.
“We both know how it feels to be hated just for who we are-not doing anything, bothering anyone, murdering anyone or just being arrested. Just for being us,” Maines said. “Apparently that’s not good in some people’s eyes.”
Country radio blacklisted the Dixie Chicks after the outburst and country stars stopped supporting the group. However, the LGBT community increased its support.
“We would get lots of emails, and a lot of the community come right up and say, ‘I love that you did this. I didn’t listen to your music before, but after this, I went and bought every record,’” Maines said. “However it was that they showed their support, I definitely felt it.”
The Dixie Chicks may have been outcasted by the radio, but a lot of friends, actors, and industry people showed their support as well.
“I was always able to separate business from personal-and my friends weren’t fellow country artists so I really didn’t care about that,” Maines said. “What I cared about was being banned at a corporate level; it felt very un-American and very not OK to me, so that was my issue. And that is my issue with country music.”
Maines was quick to say she has no problem at all with country music fans or artists and has always openly talked about her influences in music, almost none of which being country.
Maines was also shocked people seemed so surprised that she would openly speak against the war. She felt like she never hid her Democrat status and anti-war point of view.
“It was a real surprise to me that people thought I was something that I wasn’t. I felt disappointed in myself! How could I let anyone think anything else?!” Maines laughed. “But we did always answer questions if we were asked them, and I always supported women’s rights and gay marriage and everything.”
Growing up as a liberal, non-country listening child, Maines said her biggest problem with country music was how fake everything seemed to be.
“Everyone was putting on these fake smiles, nobody had any anger and they were all just happy to be there,” Maines said, which is why not many country music stars speak out about supporting equal rights.
Now, Maines has gotten out of the country music industry and thrown herself into the rock side of music. Her first solo album, Mother, was released May 7.
She even said that there just may be another Dixie Chicks album.
“It’s possible. I’d say 50/50,” Maines said. “I try not to predict the future or project; I just really try to live in the now, so I’m open to it.”