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How The Chicks dropped the word ‘Dixie’ from their name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When The Chicks decided to drop the word “Dixie” from the band’s name, it was the culmination of years of internal discussions and attempts to distance itself from negative connotations with the word.

The 13-time Grammy-winning trio made the switch last month, just weeks before the release of their first new music in 14 years.

The band was formed in Dallas, Texas, in the late 1980s by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer with Laura Lynch and Robin Lynn Macy as a bluegrass band.

“We were totally working the kitschy cowgirl clothes and everything at that stage in our career, big hair, you know,” said Strayer. “And so we had like cowboy hats on playing down on street corners.”

But they started getting requests for bookings and they needed a name. “That Little Feat song, ‘ Dixie Chicken,’ came on the radio. And so we were

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With new name and album, The Chicks’ voices ring loud again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Dixie Chicks are no more. Breaking their ties to the South, The Chicks are stepping into a new chapter in their storied career with their first new music in 14 years.

The Texas trio of Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines have been teasing new music for a year, and “Gaslighter” finally drops on July 17 when the nation is embroiled in divisive politics, cancel culture and reckoning with inequality. The timing is right for their voices to be heard again.

“It just seemed like a good reflection on our times,” said Maines. “In 20 years, we’ll look back at that album cover and title and remember exactly what was going on in the country right then.”

“Gaslighter” is a slang term, inspired by a 1944 Ingrid Bergman film, to describe a psychological abuser who manipulates the truth to make a person feel crazy.

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