Natalie Maines' Tour To Include Ben Harper

Natalie Maines, formerly of the Dixie Chicks, is planning a tour behind her upcoming solo release, Mother, and has announced that Grammy winning musician Ben Harper will be joining her backing band on the road.

Harper and Maines spoke with the press at the recent MusicCares event in L.A. where they performed the Bruce Springsteen classic, "Atlantic City," in honor of the Boss.

"I wanted this music to be very different from the Dixie Chicks," Natalie told Billboard of her new album.

"Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Chicks could make," she added. "That separation and distinction was important."

Mother is due May 7. Maines has not confirmed any tour dates yet.

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