The Dixie Chicks released a new song today, "Gaslighter," their first in 13 years.
This is the prelude to an album that could be coming on May 1 from Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire.
The song was produced by Jack Antonoff, who also wrote it with the group. The Chicks, who were last single was "The Neighbor" in 2007, also released a video for the song, which was in part inspired by Maines' split from ex-husband and "Heroes" actor Adrian Pasdar.
Lyrics include "Gaslighter/Denier/Doing anything to get your ass farther."
The Chicks teased the song on Twitter on Feb 28, indicating that the song would be out today.
"Gaslight" will be the group's first full-length release since 2006's "Taking the Long Way," which won a Grammy.
The Chicks apparently are going to head out on the road as well. The trio's website says, "Long time gone, but coming soon!" a play on one of the band's songs.
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