The Dixie Chicks dropped the “Dixie” from their band name on Thursday, and will now be called The Chicks.
There is no comment from The Chicks about their sudden change of name.
However, according to NPR, it is an obvious attempt to distance themselves from the Confederate-era South.
Two weeks ago, another band, Lady Antebellum also changed its name to Lady A. The band said that the name change is an answer to the racial injustices happening in the US.
Aside from their new name, the group also announced on their website their new song and its video, March March.
A quote by an unknown person is flashed at the start of the video, it reads, “If your voice held no power, they would not try to silence you.”
The video consists of footage of decades of protests all over the world. At the end of the video, the names of the people who died because of social injustices were flashed on the screen. Watch it here.
A CNN report said that the new song is a tribute to protests fighting for social justice and inequality for the past decades.
The band consists of its three members, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emilie Strayer.
The country band is known for its songs like “Long Time Gone”, “Wide Open Spaces”, and their own version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”
2003 Controversy And Fallout
In 2003, Natalie Maines criticized the then US President George W. Bush in front of a London crowd. In her statement, she said that they do not support Bush’s decision about the war and the violence it brings.
The event affected the group’s career and had an “immediate career fallout”, said NPR.
There were a lot of demonstrations against them, and in some cases, fans destroyed their own copies of the band’s CDs. In addition, broadcast networks also refused running the ads for their documentary film, Shut Up and Sing.
In 2006, the band released their last album, Taking the Long Way. The album is a response to the rejection they felt from the country music industry, said the Showbiz CheatSheet.