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Dixie Chicks Change Their Title To Merely ‘The Chicks’

The Dixie Chicks have formally renamed themselves The Chicks.

Coinciding with the discharge of their new track and video, “March March,” the group all of its social media pages to mirror the change, which comes amid a strong new focus within the U.S. on the legacy of the enslavement of Blacks and systematic racism. 

Fashioned in 1989, Dixie Chicks took their identify from the 1973 hit track and album by the rock band Little Feat. Dixie has lengthy been the nickname for the southern states in America, born out of an 1859 minstrel track that included the chorus “Away, away, away down south in Dixie!” The track subsequently grew to become the “de facto nationwide anthem of the Confederacy in the course of the Civil Battle,” in line with Historical 

As of Thursday, The Chicks’ website greeted followers with the YouTube video for “March March” in addition to the quote: “In case your voice held no energy, they wouldn’t attempt to silence you.”

A consultant for The Chicks gave the next assertion to Pitchfork, acknowledging {that a} New Zealand band of the identical identify already exists.

“A honest and heartfelt thanks goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for his or her gracious gesture in permitting us to share their identify. We’re honored to co-exist collectively on this planet with these exceptionally proficient sisters. Chicks Rock!” they wrote.

The identify change for the trio comes on the heels of fellow nation music group Girl Antebellum formally altering their identify to Girl A. The definition of antebellum is “present earlier than a conflict,” and it’s most generally used to discuss with the slave-holding South earlier than the 1861-65 Civil Battle.

Girl A mentioned it was dropping the phrase “antebellum” as a response to the eruption of nationwide protests towards racial inequality after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

“As a band, we’ve got strived for our music to be a refuge … inclusive of all. We’ve watched and listened greater than ever these previous couple of weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened huge to the injustices, inequality and biases Black ladies and men have all the time confronted and proceed to face each day. Now, blindspots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed,” the band’s assertion mentioned. 

“After a lot private reflection, band dialogue, prayer and plenty of sincere conversations with a few of our closest Black buddies and colleagues, we’ve got determined to drop the phrase ‘antebellum’ from our identify and transfer ahead as Girl A, the nickname our followers gave us nearly from the beginning.”

Not like The Chicks, the members of Girl A discovered themselves in sizzling water with a blues singer who had passed by Girl A for many years.