What became of the Dixie Chicks since Natalie got a little crazy in Europe with her comment about the president? We are huge fans and hope they will return to the scene again.
—J. Summers, Harlan, Iowa
The Chicks released their fourth album, Taking the Long Way, in May. Lead singer Natalie Maines' controversial 2003 comment—about feeling "ashamed" that President Bush was from the group's home state of Texas—and the Chicks-bashing backlash that followed are addressed in the album's first single, tellingly titled "Not Ready to Make Nice." "Everything felt more personal this time," Maines says. "Writing these songs and saying everything we had to say makes it possible to move on." The Grammy-winning trio will launch a worldwide tour this summer.