Originally aspired to attend the Air Force Academy and become a pilot. Plays guitar, dobro, accordion and banjo. Along with sister Martie Maguire, bassist Laura Lynch and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy, founded country-singing group the Dixie Chicks in 1989. Lynch and Macy eventually departed the group and were replaced with singer Natale Maines. Began touring with the Dixie Chicks when she was in high school, but did her homework on the road so she could still graduate. Forayed into songwriting after divorcing from singer Charlie Robison in 2008. Created a new band, Court Yard Hounds, with her sister in 2010.