When Natalie Maines replaced Laura Lynch as lead singer of The Dixie Chicks in the mid-'90s, the group was traveling the South, opening for artists like George Strait and Reba McEntire, and playing bluegrass festivals like Telluride and Walnut Valley. The new singer led the band to country and pop success (first success, then infamy, then success again), throwing away their cowboy outfits and helping to modernize their West Texas swing. Still, the Chicks continued playing sets consisting largely of covers and traditional arrangements, adding Maines' distinctive voice and Martie Maguire's championship-winning fiddle-work to tunes by everyone from Fleetwood Mac to local or alt country favorites like Radney Foster and Buddy Miller.
Now, on the occasion of Maines' solo debut, the covers-heavy Mother, we've compiled the majority of the original songs and placed them next to her updated renditions. Enjoy.