Popular country group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the “Dixie” from their name and are becoming “The Chicks” in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Given the racist connotations of the word “Dixie,” which was often used to describe Confederate states in the Civil War era, this change makes sense in this important time of reckoning.
— The Chicks (@thechicks) June 25, 2020
- The Chicks made the announcement on Thursday, June 25. While unveiling a new song called “March March,” the group posted an update to their website with the new name and a simple statement: “We want to meet this moment.” The signatures of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire all appear underneath.
- “Walk Walk” is quintessential Chicks music. While there’s plenty of banjo and country vibes on the track, the production is super modern and fresh. The lyrics are all about the challenges we’re facing not only as a country but as a human race. Not only that, but the chorus talks about the importance of finding morals and beliefs and living by them even when it’s hard to do so.
- Everything online has been updated to reflect the name change. Not only have all the social media handles changed to reflect The Chicks’ new name but so has their website address and even their Wikipedia entry.
- The Chicks aren’t the first group to change their name in the wake of Black Lives Matter. Recently, Lady Antebellum announced that they were changing their name simply to Lady A as a response to the racist connotations held in their previous name.
- The new Chicks album, Gaslighter, will be out next month. It was due out earlier this year but was postponed indefinitely because of the current global health crisis. However, it’s now been revealed that the album will be out on July 17, so get ready for some amazing country music!