The Chicks On Why They Decided To Change Their Name After 14 Years: “We’d Wanted To Get Rid Of The ‘Dixie’ Part For A Long Time”

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The Chicks are no strangers to controversy.

Of course, they were banned from country radio back in 2003, after lead singer Natalie Maines publicly spoke out against former President George Bush and the invasion of Iraq at a show in London, England, saying:

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all.

We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

And the girl group recently stopped by The Kelly Clarkson Show, where Kelly asked them about that time and what it was like for them personally.

Natalie said that the hardest part about it was not how it affected them, but other people in their lives:

“I’m a fighter, so I didn’t like, crumble. I did crumble, like after we won all the Grammy’s. I kinda fell apart after that.

I think I was just in this fight mode, and then it all sort of came crashing down.”

They won four Grammy’s in 2003 for their Home album including Best Country Album, Best Recording Package, Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Lil’ Jack Slade”, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Long Time Gone.”

In the wake of the tragic George Floyd murder back in the summer of 2020, they officially changed their name from The Dixie Chicks to The Chicks.

Kelly asked them about that and how, as a longtime fan, she wondered what would cause them to change it after so many years being known as The Dixie Chicks.

According to Natalie, they’d wanted to drop the “Dixie” part for a years, and it just felt right to do it then:

“Well I think just after George Floyd and all of that.

We’d wanted to get rid of the ‘Dixie’ part of our name for a long time, but it seemed like a huge thing to do.

So we would call, you know, our merch would say ‘DCX’, and we always referred to ourselves as ‘The Chicks.’ So it seemed like a really natural change, and it seemed kind of seamless.”

They explained prior to this interview that they never wanted to be associated to the Confederacy, and that they hated how that was always a connotation with their name.

When they first came up with it, they saw it as a reference to the Southern region of the United States and everybody south of the Mason-Dixon line.

“I always thought it was a region, south of the Mason-Dixon line.”

They also talked about the very first time they played a show together, and the early days starting out as a girl band in Texas.

Here’s the whole interview with Kelly:

The Chicks also performed “Sleep At Night” from their 2020 Gaslighter album:

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