Will the Dixie Chicks Be the Next Band To Change Its Name?
On Thursday morning (June 11), members of award-wining country trio Lady Antebellum revealed that they are dropping the term “antebellum”…
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On Thursday morning (June 11), members of award-wining country trio Lady Antebellum revealed that they are dropping the term “antebellum” from their band name due to its associations with racism and slavery. Moving forward, the trio will go by its longtime nickname, Lady A.
Following the band’s announcement, some fans questioned whether or not the Dixie Chicks would follow in Lady A’s footsteps due to the term “dixie” and its associations with the confederate states during the Civil War.
According to Dictionary.com, the word dixie is defined as “the southern states of the United States, especially those that were formerly part of the Confederacy” and is also referred to as “Dixieland or “Dixie Land.”
If the Dixie Chicks decide to change their name, it won’t be the first time a public figure has disassociated itself with the word. In 2018, Dolly Parton’s Civil War-themed dinner attraction, Dixie Stampede, was re-named to Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
“We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities,” Parton shared at the time.
The Dixie Chicks have not commented on the issue, however, they did take part in last week’s Black Out Tuesday, turning their Instagram black in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.