The Dixie Chicks have undergone a name change. Amid a nationwide reckoning with racism, the veteran country band – consisting of Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, and Martie Maguire – announced on June 25 they will simply be known as The Chicks going forward. Though the original name was inspired by Little Feat’s 1973 album Dixie Chicken, the phrase is still commonly associated with the Mason–Dixon Line and, thereby, the Confederacy. “We want to meet the moment,” the group said in a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly.
. . .The same day, The Chicks also released a protest song, “March March.” The corresponding music video features footage of various activist movements through the years, as well as the names of Black victims of police brutality. This certainly isn’t the group’s first political statement: In 2003, The Chicks publicly criticized then-president George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq, famously leading to boycotts and backlash from conservative country music fans.
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