The Dixie Chicks Change Band Name To The Chicks: "We Want To Meet This Moment"
The Dixie Chicks have revealed a new band name alongside the release of a political song and music video. Here's what we know about The Chicks name change and their track "March March."
The Dixie Chicks are no more. Today and moving forward, the band will be known as The Chicks.
The popular country trio has decided to drop "Dixie," a nickname for the Civil War-era South, from its band name amid protests against racial inequalities. On the band's restyled website, The Chicks say: "We want to meet this moment."
The group's Twitter account also reflects the change in name. The reveal came alongside the release of their first song as The Chicks, titled "March March."
Dixie Chicks release first song as The Chicks, "March March"
The political track features scenes of protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Civil Rights movement, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and environmental activism.
Signatures of the three band members, Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire, appear on their website and at the end of the "March March" music video. It also lists the names of victims of police and racialized violence, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and hundreds more. "use your VOICE. use your VOTE," the video says.
The Chicks consulted with New Zealand group of the same name
People also reported a statement from the band members, who thank the 1960s New Zealand pop group of the same name for allowing them to use "The Chicks" today.
"A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to 'The Chicks' of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!" the band's statement read.
The Chicks new album Gaslighter comes out on July 17
The Chicks adopt their new name in advance of their comeback album, Gaslighter, which will be released on July 17. It's their first album in 14 years.
The name change also comes amid protests against Confederate monuments and the legacy of slavery in the U.S. South.
Country group Lady Antebellum similarly shortened their name to Lady A earlier in June. "We are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word [Antebellum] referring to the period of history before The Civil War, which includes slavery," Lady A said in a statement.