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The Dixie Chicks are now The Chicks

Thursday, June 25, 2020 – The Dixie Chicks are now The Chicks.

The trio made the announcement today via social media, a decision made in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and resulting actions to combat racism. The Chicks are the second band to change its name. Two weeks ago, Lady Antebellum became Lady A.

On The Chicks' website, beneath their name, it says "We want to meet this moment."

"Dixie" is a word associated with the Civil War-period South. Since the murder of Floyd in Minneapolis by a policeman, the U.S. has seen numerous protests throughout the country and in recent weeks, dealing with Confederate symbols. Statues associated with the Confederacy and buildings named after those associated with racism, for example, have been removed and changed.

The Chicks, who formed in 1989, are comprised of singer Natalie Maines and multi-instrumentalist sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer. They took their name from the song "Dixie Chicken" by Lowell George of Little Feat.

The Chicks made clear that their name had changed in releasing a video "March March." The 4:03 minute song incorporates various images of marches for civil rights, women's rights, climate change and LGBTQ rights along with rioting. The video includes the names of those killed in police actions or racial incidents including Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor. The video closes with "Use Your Voice. Use Your Vote. The Chicks."

The Chicks are releasing their first album in 14 years, "Gaslighter," on July 17.

The Chicks have been involved in political and societal issues before. In fact, their involvement in making a statement about the Iraq War sunk their country career. During a concert in London, England, on March 10, 2003 - nine days before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Maines said, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."

That led to immediate backlash, including protests, death threats and the burning of their records. Radio stations refused to play songs by The Chicks.

The group eventually resumed its career with tours in 2006. 2010, 2013-14 and 2016-17.

The Chicks was also the name of a New Zealand duo of sisters Judy and Sue Donaldson, who had a few hits in their native country in the '60s. The New Zealand group was apparently contacted by the modern day Chicks to avoid legal issues.

Lady A immediately encountered issues with a Seattle-based blues singer, who has been using the name Lady A for a few decades. The two sides apparently have reached an agreement.

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Taking the Long Way CD review - Taking the Long Way
Much has changed on the musical landscape for the Dixie Chicks since the Incident in London three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush on the eve of the Iraq war. The trio lost its standing on the country radio scene; their albums were burned, and they received death threats.But Emily Robison, Martie Maguire and Maines do not backpedal on these 14 songs. They, instead, address the issues that have faced them head on time and again. "Not Ready to Make Nice" maintains »»»
Top of the World Tour Live
The Dixie Chicks certainly enjoyed their most controversial year ever thanks to a few words uttered by lead singer Natalie Maines, and they also had one of the most successful tours of 2003 as well. This 22-song live disc recorded somewhere during the U.S. part of the tour is clear indication that beyond the headlines, there was a tremendous amount of quality music going on. The mix put Maines' vocals way out front. She has always been a good singer, and this indicates just how good she truly is. »»»
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When The Dixie Chicks talk of going home on their third major label release, that means a return to roots of different sorts in what probably is their best and most consistent album to date. After a break for marriage, baby and a legal confrontation with their record label, The Chicks throw caution to the wind. They make it clear that they're not going to be hitting the pop country button with Darrell Scott's opening "Long Time Gone.," a hit single. Natalie Maines makes ready references to »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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