The Dixie Chicks are no more. The successful country-folk trio comprised of Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer announced on Thursday they will no longer use the term “Dixie” in their professional name and will now go by “The Chicks” going forward. The announcement comes a week following fellow pop-country crossover act Lady Antebellum who changed their own name after acknowledging the word “Antebellum” linked too closely to America’s dark history with southern racism, racial injustice, and slavery.
Additionally, the trio shared a new single with Thursday’s announcement entitled, “March March”, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter and police reform marches which have resurged in cities across the country and other parts of the world. The trio, which drew criticism from their conservative fanbase back in the 2000s when they openly criticized then-U.S. President George Bush, have now revived their unapologetic lyrical candor against current President Donald Trump and the oppressive laws against women in the new lyrics for “March March”.
The song’s lyrics read,
Tell the ol’ boys in the white bread lobby/What they can and can’t do with their bodies
Temperatures risin’ cities are sinkin’/Ah cut the shit, you know your city is sinkin’
Lies are truth and truth is fiction/Everybody’s talkin’, who’s gonna listen
What the hell happened in Helsinki
The music video for “March March” features archival footage of various resistance marches and protests, in addition to listing the names of African Americans who have been killed by police in recent years, was also shared on Thursday. Watch the new video below.
The Chicks – “March March”
[Video: The Chicks]