NASHVILLE — Grammy-winning nation group The Dixie Chicks have dropped the phrase dixie from their identify, now going by The Chicks.
The band’s social media accounts and web site have been modified on Thursday to the seek advice from the brand new identify for the band, which is made up of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer. The band additionally acknowledged that the identify was already in use by a band in New Zealand.
“A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to ‘The Chicks’ of NZ for their gracious gesture in allowing us to share their name. We are honoured to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters,” the band mentioned in an announcement.
The transfer follows a choice by nation group Lady Antebellum to alter to Lady A after acknowledging the phrase’s affiliation to slavery. A press release on The Chicks’ web site mentioned “We want to meet this moment.”
The Chicks, who’re releasing their first new album in 14 years subsequent month, additionally launched a brand new video for his or her new track, “March March” that options movies and pictures from the current Black Lives Matter rallies.
Lady A acquired criticism with their identify swap after a Black singer revealed she’d been performing as Lady A for years.
Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press