American Grammy Award-winning country music record producer, musician and songwriter. (born June 28, 1951)
He was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and is now based in Bulverde, Texas.
Arguably best known as a pedal steel player, Maines is a multi-instrumentalist who has also performed and/or recorded playing dobro, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, lap steel guitar, banjo and bell tree. He toured and recorded as a member of the Joe Ely Band and has also played with Guy Clark, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Golden Bear, and other Texas musicians. Maines was a member of The Maines Brothers Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s and has contributed to alt-country releases, including Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne and Wilco's debut, A.M..
Maines began producing some of his own music, branching out beginning with other country artists, early on starting with Terry Allen's seminal 1979 album, LUBBOCK (on everything). He has produced and worked on recording projects with numerous artists, including Richard Buckner, Butch Hancock, Rita Hosking, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Robison, the Lost Gonzo Band, Two Tons of Steel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wayne Hancock, Intocable, Owen Temple, Robert Earl Keen, Terri Hendrix, Pat Green, Roger Creager, and The Waybacks. He frequently tours with Terri Hendrix throughout the United States, and is a major part of her band and production as an artist.
Maines won a Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2003 as producer of the Dixie Chicks' album, Home. As the father of Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, he was instrumental in bringing the current lineup of bandmates together in 1995, which jump-started their sudden popularity and change in sound. Susan Gibson's "Wide Open Spaces", which had been sent to Maines, proved to be a hit from their debut album, and has remained their signature song.