Natalie Maines to be inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame

Natalie Maines to be inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame

Civic Lubbock has announced Natalie Maines and Jo Havey Allen are being inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame. The ceremony will be September 17 at 6 p.m. Both Maines and Allen will be in attendance.

The West Texas Walk of Fame recognizes people from the area who have made significant contributions to the arts. Buddy Holly was the first inductee. The names are on plagues behind the Buddy Holly statue located in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza at 19th and Crickets Ave.

Natalie Maines
Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, is a multi Grammy and CMA-winning singer and songwriter from Lubbock. She graduated from Lubbock High School in 1992, which is where the announcement of her induction was made Tuesday morning.

She joins her father, Lloyd Maines in the West Texas Walk of Fame. He was inducted twice: the first time in 1993 with the Maines Brothers Band and again in 2012 for his individual achievements as a producer and songwriter.

Natalie Maines' recognition by Civic Lubbock comes 12 years after she put herself and the Dixie Chicks at the center of a nationwide controversy when she criticized then President George W. Bush for the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq at a concert in London. Her comments lead to many radio stations, including some in Lubbock, banning the Dixie Chicks' music in 2003. The group came back three years later with a new album, "Taking the Long Way," which won five Grammys. Her dad played on the album.

Natalie Maines now has a solo singing career. Her latest album, "Mother," was released in 2013. The Dixie Chicks will be touring next year to celebrate their 20th anniversary. 

Jo Harvey Allen
Allen is an actress, writer and artist born in Lubbock in 1942. She moved to California in the 60s and made a name for herself in radio hosting a music and talk show called "Rawhide and Roses" on KPPC-FM in Pasadena.

She went on to work on stage and in film, writing and performing a number of one-woman shows and off-Broadway. She's the author of "As it is in Texas," "A Moment's Hesitation" and "Counter Angel." Her film acting credits include "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Secondhand Lions," "In the Valley of Elah," and "The Other Kind," which is due out later this year.

Allen is married to musician Terry Allen, who is also a member of the West Texas Walk of Fame induced in 1997. They've been married since 1961.

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