Natalie plays guitar and is the lead singer in the group.
In March of 2003, Natalie Maines provoked controversy and anger from country music fans by saying, during a concert in London, that she was "ashamed" that President George W. Bush was from Texas. Maines is a native of Lubbock, Texas. Following the uproar and some calls for a boycott, the singer issued an apology: "As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers' lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American."
However, many fans remained angry and vowed to press on with boycott plans, while other fans were disappointed that she apologized.