Country band The Dixie Chicks changed its name to The Chicks. The new name now appears on the trio’s newly-released song and their social media accounts.
The move comes as The Chicks — comprised of Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire — dropped their new single “March March” off their fifth studio album Gaslighter on Thursday about the ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. The trio has changed its website URL as well as its official Twitter and Instagram account handle to reflect their new name.
The protest song, produced by Jack Antonoff, combines a minimalist electronic beat with subdued instrumentation from Maguire’s fiddle and Strayer’s banjo.
Lyrically, Maines addresses everything from Greta Thunberg and youth climate protests to gun violence and underpaid school teachers, over a music video that edits together footage from recent Black Lives Matter protests and police confrontations. Toward the end, as Maguire dives into a fiery fiddle solo, the names of black Americans killed by police flash onscreen, and the video concludes with a message from the Chicks — “Use your voice. Use your vote.” — along with
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