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Dixie Chicks announce huge Austin show on first tour in 10 years

Dixie Chicks announce huge Austin show on first tour in 10 years

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The Dixie Chicks will play Austin360 Amphitheater on August 7.  Photo courtesy of Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks have announced a 41 city North American tour in 2016, their first tour in 10 years and one that will include stops in three different Texas cities.

The tour, which will first go to 13 European cities, will kick off on June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chicks will make their way to Texas in the heat of August, visiting Dallas on August 5, Houston on August 6, and finally Austin on August 7.

The one-time massively popular country music trio, which started in Dallas in 1989, was virtually abandoned by country radio after lead singer Natalie Maines said the group was "ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas" in 2003. The Dixie Chicks went on to release a highly acclaimed album, Taking the Long Way, that won five Grammy Awards, including three for the defiant single, "Not Ready to Make Nice."

In the 10 years since the Chicks last toured, sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison released two albums as the duo Courtyard Hounds, while Maines released the solo album Mother in 2013. There's no word yet if the 2016 tour will be accompanied by a new album, although the group has been hinting at the possibility.

Tickets for all stops on the tour will be available in a presale on November 17; tickets for the Austin show at Austin360 Amphitheater go on sale to the public on November 20.