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.