Our family really loves the musical talents of the Dixie Chicks. Why haven't we heard anything from them lately?
—Kay J., Iowa
The Grammy-winning Texas trio will release a new CD in 2006, says Kathy Best, their publicist. "They are in the studio working on new music and I know they have been writing songs," she says. The group is working in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, who has worked with artists such as Jay-Z and Johnny Cash. Life has been a whirlwind for lead singer Natalie Maines and sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire since they burst onto the music scene in 1998 with their debut CD, Wide Open Spaces, which sold 11 million copies. They've since released three more CDs, which have sold about 17 million copies combined. The women have taken some time off recently to be with their growing families. In April, Emily and husband Charlie Robison, also a singer/songwriter, had twins—Julianna Tex and Henry Benjamin—and they also have a son, Gus, who is 2. Maguire also has twins and Maines has two children. "They are up to seven total children in the band, so they have been being moms and writing," Best says.