Dixie Chicks drop 'Dixie' from band name
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The Dixie Chicks said this week that they will be dropping “Dixie” from their name as other bands and groups with names linked to the antebellum South and the pro-slavery Confederate cause have also been rebranding in recent weeks.

The group will now be known as The Chicks, a spokesperson confirmed to Pitchfork on Thursday.

“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!” the spokesperson told the outlet, referring to a New Zealand duo active in the 1960s.

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According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the word “Dixie” is often used as a nickname for the Southern states, "especially those that belonged to the Confederate States of America,” it noted. 

The encyclopedia notes that the word originated from “the title of a song composed in 1859 by Daniel Decatur Emmett; this tune was popular as a marching song of the Confederate Army, and was often considered the Confederate anthem.”

The song was also played during Confederate leader Jefferson Davis’s inauguration in 1861.

The move by the Grammy Award-winning country group comes weeks after the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum also said it would be changing its name to Lady A in an effort to be more inclusive.

The group said in a statement then that associations “weigh down this word to the period of history before the civil war, which includes slavery,” adding it is “regretful and embarrassed” it did not take the word’s ties into account years ago.