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The Dixie Chicks Have A New Protest Song — And a New Name

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The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have dropped the confederate-era part of their name, “Dixie,” amid ongoing protests against white supremacy. They will henceforth be known simply as The Chicks.

In light of the announcement, the all-female trio released a new protest song called “March March,” from their upcoming album Gaslighter  (a not-so-subtle dig toward president Trump). 

The music video, which also features clips of activists Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Gonzalez, is a poignant tribute to Black Lives Matter protestors who've marched the streets in the last few weeks demanding an end to white supremacy and police brutality.

Of course, the group — Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire, and Emily Strayer — is no stranger to activism and speaking their minds.

In 2003, Maines famously told a London audience she was “ashamed” that then-president George W. Bush was from her native Texas, a direct anti-war stance against Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

The 2003 incident was received with intense backlash. Country radio stations were vocal in dropping the band’s songs from their playlists and they were blacklisted from radio and TV appearances for several years, until 2006’s “Not Ready to Make Nice” from their album Taking the Long Way placed them back on their rightful path.

Their latest single, written by the trio as well as Dan Wilson, Jack Antonoff, Ross Golan, and Ian Kirkpatrick, touches on several issues — including gun control, white privilege, climate change, abortion, and of course Black Lives Matter.

"March, march to my own drum/ Hey, hey, I'm an army of one," the track opens.

"Brenda's packing heat 'cause she don't like Mondays/ Underpaid teachers policing the hallways/ Print yourself a weapon and take it to the gun range," they later sing over a fierce fiddle solo by Martie Maguire.

The song also gives a shoutout to Stoneman Douglas High School and lesbian activist Emma Gonzalez: "Standing with Emma and our sons and daughters/ Watchin' our youth have to solve our problems/ I'll follow them so who's comin' with me (half of you love me, half already hate me)."

Watch the anthem in its full glory below: 

Tags: Music, Politics

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