The name change comes two weeks after Lady Antebellum, another country trio, announced that they would just be known as “Lady A,” and expressed regret and embarrassment at their previous name’s association with the pre-Civil War slavery era. Afterward, others wondered on social media whether the Dixie Chicks would take the same step, given the Dixie association with the Confederate South.
In a statement, the Chicks also noted that they checked with a New Zealand duo also called the Chicks — a likely preemptive measure after Lady A saw backlash when they didn’t realize their new moniker was already used by a blues singer in Seattle. “A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name,” the band said. “We are honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks Rock!”
The Chicks also dropped a new music video for “March March,” which features people through history marching for civil rights as well as many recent videos from Black Lives Matter protests. (Including an image of “Black Lives Matter” painted in front of the White House.) The first scene shows a quote on screen: “If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.” That sentiment should come as no surprise, as the Chicks are known for speaking up: The band was essentially blacklisted from the country music industry after Maines criticized George W. Bush on the eve of the Iraq War in front of a London concert crowd.
However, the trio never backed down: Their first single after the incident was titled “Not Ready to Make Nice,” and called out the people who just told them to shut up and sing. (It wound up winning three Grammy Awards.) Earlier this year, the band confirmed plans for their first new album in 14 years titled “Gaslighter,” which shares a name with the fiery title track about an unrepentant liar. It was originally scheduled to drop in May, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, the release date was postponed until July 17.