In an age of social injustice protests and the removal or renaming of things deemed offensive; even Country music artists are renaming themselves.
Recently the award winning trio Lady Antebellum dropped the Antebellum from their name and are now known simply as Lady A – a name that has long been used by their fans.
No stranger to controversy, the female Country music group The Dixie Chicks have also decided upon a name change. The Grammy Award winning trio has dropped the Dixie from their name and will now be known as The Chicks.
In 2003, Natalie Maines drew ire for the group when she criticized President George W. Busch for his actions involving the Iraq War. Their musical response to the backlash “Not Ready to Make Nice” earned them three Grammy Awards.
Noting that the trio of Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines and Emily Strayer now shares their name with a group in New Zealand, the trio issued a statement saying, “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.”
Saying, “we want to meet this moment,” the trio acknowledged that the term Dixie is used to describe the states that at one time belonged to the Confederacy.
The trio is releasing their first album in over a decade next month. The album will include the song “March March” – the video of which features images from Black Lives Matter rallies.
After beginning as a bluegrass band in Texas, the trio has gone on to win 13 Grammys and sell over 30 million albums in the United States.
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