By Chris Willman | 25 June 2020
VARIETY — The Dixie Chicks have officially changed their name to “the Chicks,” after public discussions arose over the appropriateness of the Civil War-era “Dixie” as part of their moniker.
The group had long been unofficially referred to as simply the Chicks by many fans and most of their associates in the music industry, but losing the “Dixie” is still a surprise, albeit a pleasant one to some supporters who had been quietly uncomfortable with the name and its historic connotations.
“We want to meet this moment,” the country-pop trio said in a one-sentence statement on its website, alluding to the change.
In an additional statement provided by the group’s press representative, the Chicks added: “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! — Emily, Natalie and Martie”
The move became official Thursday morning on all their social media accounts and in a press release announcing their socially and politically charged new single, “March March,” although it initially appeared without any formal announcement being made. […]