The Dixie Chicks have officially dropped “Dixie” from the band name and will now be known as The Chicks. The new The Chicks even have an agreement with New Zealand’s The Chicks, who were active in the 1960s and last released an album in 1970, to use the name. The name change also coincides as the new Chicks release of a protest song video called “March March.”
Nine days ago Lady Antebellum became Lady A. Lady Antebellum said they were becoming Lady A because Antebellum has an association with slavery.
From American Songwriter:
In relinquishing their renowned title, The Chicks offered: “We want to meet this moment.” The word “Dixie” is nostalgic in its connotation, reminiscent of the halcyon days of the pre- Civil War South. In dropping the name, The Chicks severe ties to their southern roots. The United States has reached a boiling point of racial injustice. The idealized history of the southeast has bolstered systems of injustice, maintaining fertile grounds for violence-provoking hatred.
In their press statement, they added, “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of [New Zealand] 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 Chicks (@thechicks) June 25, 2020