Dixie Chicks: Three Years After the Storm

"I don't regret anything, and I'm so glad it happened because it reminded me of who I am," Maines said.

A third e-mail asked: "Did you lose some friends forever?"

"Sure. Emily always says it perfectly, that her Rolodex is a little neater and lighter," Maguire said.

"They're gone," Robison said. "They're gone."

"You really do find out who really cares about you, because at the end of the day it wasn't -- for good friends, it's not about what you do," Maguire said. "I mean, people go to jail every day, and their friends and family support them, right? And they've actually done something wrong. So it was interesting how quickly some people fled."

The Dixie Chicks have gained perspective on the ire they stirred.

"We've paid a small price," Maguire said. "We gained so much more if you think about people who have suffered for justice and the right to speak, and we're way down on the suffering list. But all of us feel personally that this has changed us for the better."

"I would not change a thing. I think when you're just kicked in the gut and you have to kind of take a few steps back, everything now is almost like, like that first album where you're just like, 'Wow, that happened really? Not everybody hates our guts?' So I think it's more exciting now, and I'm excited to play music again, and I think we're all very proud of this album," she said.

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