The Chicks closed out the DNC, Democratic National Convention with a breathtaking performance of the National Anthem
The Chicks at the DNC
The former Dixie Chicks gave their first show since their big name change. Members Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer, Martie Maguire performed an acapella rendition of our nation’s song. The show took place on the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden officially accepted the party’s nomination.
Their performance was done separately and virtually due to health concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The women appeared on separate screens dressed in black with a green background. The trio had their hands on their chest and gave an out of this world vocal rendition.
Watch their performance, below.
The Chicks’ Name Change
On June 25, without notice, The Dixie Chicks changed their social media usernames to “The Chicks.” They announced that they will be removing the word “dixie” as it has the term has ties with slavery. The trio named the band in 1989 after the song “Dixie Chicken” by Little Feat. By 2003, they no longer liked their name.
Maguire confessed to The New York Times that they were teenagers when they picked the “stupid name.”
“We wanted to change it years and years and years ago,” Maines added. “I just wanted to separate myself from people that wave that Dixie flag.”
At first, the women did not feel like they could change their band name, given their success. Due to recent events, they realized how hurtful the term can be outside of the context of the song. Strayer shared that she was on Instagram when she discovered that the Confederate flag is dubbed “The Dixie Swastik.” “I don’t want to have anything to do with that,” she said.
Other Country Stars Sharing Democratic Beliefs
Although most country musicians have conservative and lean towards Republican, a few stars are sharing their support for the Democratic party.
Dolly Parton did not directly voice her support for the political party, however, she did support a major movement that President Donald Trump is against. During her Billboard cover story, the “Jolene” singer shared her unwavering support for Black Lives Matter.
“Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!” she said. She also mentioned the “Christian” people that are not acting Christian-like.
Former country musician Taylor Swift has been vocal about the upcoming election. She has shared numerous tweets going against President Donald Trump’s politics.
Furthermore, the “Lover” singer shared her gratitude for Joe Biden choosing Kamala Harris as his vice-presidential running mate.