Dixie Chicks Replace Lady Antebellum at Craven Country Jamboree

The Dixie Chicks will fill in for Lady Antebellum’s headlining spot at next summer’s Craven Country Jamboree in Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Lady Antebellum was forced to leave the event – billed as “The World’s Greatest Country Music Festival” – following singer Hillary Scott’s revelation that she is pregnant. The Dixie Chicks will join Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, among many others, at the event that takes place July 11-14, 2013. The Dixie Chicks are scheduled to appear on July 13.

The appearance will mark the first Dixie Chicks performance since a 2011 appearance at the Concert for Wildfire Relief in Austin, Texas. Before that, the group toured with the Eagles in 2010, but hasn’t released an album since 2006′s Taking the Long Way. Craven Country Jamboree organizers have hinted that fans shouldn’t expect new music from the group at the event.

“We knew we had to find something extra special to replace Lady Antebellum when the band canceled their summer dates due to Hilary Scott’s pregnancy,” said Kim Blevins, director of marketing for the event. “We are extremely excited that we can offer a taste of country music royalty to the Craven Country Jamboree. And it won’t be a regular show – not only will our fans see Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, the three original members, this is a greatest hits package. The Craven date will be one of the only opportunities fans of the band will have to see them live. This is an incredibly special moment for Chicks fans and the Craven Country Jamboree.”

According to the Dixie Chicks website, the band also will appear at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival in Canada’s Prince Edward Island on July 7, 2013.

Maguire and Robison formed a side project without Maines called the Court Yard Hounds that released a self-titled album in 2010.