The Chicks Dish on How Quarantine Affected Their Alcohol Tolerance

by Jennifer Shea

Country musicians The Chicks, formerly known as The Dixie Chicks, have been having a good time in quarantine.

In a recent appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the trio talked about their drinking habits since the pandemic began. Meyers said he had planned to do a little day drinking in the spring with The Chicks, but the pandemic stymied those plans, according to CMT.

“Do you think you would’ve drank me under the table?” Meyers asked.

In response, The Chicks’ Natalie Maines asked what Meyers would have had to drink. Tequila, he said.

That just happened to be what Maines and Emily Strayer had with them on the video call. 

For her part, Martie Maguire chose a full bottle of rose wine. And she seemed to suggest she’s been having a lot of it lately.

“My tolerance has gone way up during corona,” Maguire said. “I’m scared, actually.”

She added, “Every day, I ask my boyfriend, ’Do you think I’m an alcoholic?’” 

He says yes, she confessed.

“If I’m willing to ask, I’m probably not,” she reasoned. And then she laughed.

The Chicks Have Stayed Busy

The Chicks released a new album, “Gaslighter,” this summer. It features 17 tracks co-written and co-produced by producer Jack Antonoff.

Maguire told NPR this summer that the album, their first after a 14-year hiatus, was the fruit of the group’s life experiences in the meanwhile.

“We’re between the ages of 45 and 50 — I’m the oldest, probably with the most baggage — but we’ve had relationships break up, marriages break up,” Maguire said. “Different things happen in our lives, just like everybody else, so when we write a song it’s not necessarily about one person. Maybe one line might be a contribution about somebody that did somebody wrong, but it’s never one thing. It’s not all one bad man.”

Hopefully those experiences will drive them to take up their instruments rather than the bottle as the pandemic drags on.