THE DIXIE CHICKS have officially dropped the “Dixie” from their name and will continue as just THE CHICKS.
The change was made in response to the social justice protests over the past month. “Dixie” is a word deeply connected to the Confederacy, which of course was rooted in slavery.
Two years ago, DOLLY PARTON’s Civil War-themed “Dixie Stampede” dinner attraction changed its name to just Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
There’s been talk of the Dixie Chicks changing their name for a while now, and yesterday, they finally changed their social media accounts and website.
They didn’t comment on the change . . . but they did say, quote, “We want to meet this moment.”
The Chicks drew attention to the change by releasing a new track under their new name. It’s a protest song called “March March”. (Warning: There are S-WORDS in the song.)
In the description on YouTube, they said, quote, “‘If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.’ – unknown. Use your VOICE. Use your VOTE.”
Earlier this month, LADY ANTEBELLUM changed their name to LADY A . . . also in response to the racial unrest.
That was an issue because there was already a blues singer named Anita White, who’s been performing as “Lady A” for decades. They have since worked it out.
The Chicks learned from that. There was already a singing duo from New Zealand who performed as The Chicks in the ’60s. So they got their permission first.
They said, quote, “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 honored to co-exist together in the world with these exceptionally talented sisters. Chicks rock!
Finally, here’s a little trivia you may not know . . .
The Dixie Chicks name was originally inspired by the LITTLE FEAT song “Dixie Chicken“, with the lyrics “If you’ll be my Dixie chicken, I’ll be your Tennessee lamb. And we can walk together down in Dixieland.”
That song was covered by GARTH BROOKS on his 1992 album “The Chase”.
(By the way, the Winn-Dixie grocery chain is also considering a change.)