The Chicks ‘March March’ With Powerful Message on ‘The Late Show’ [Watch]
The Chicks offered a socially distanced performance as part of Colbert's #PlayAtHome series on Thursday night (July 16), creating a moody and dark atmosphere that captures the song's serious subject matter. "March March" shines a light on the United States' social plights in 2020, such as the racial injustices that have sent protestors flooding into the streets.
Shot entirely in black and white, lead singer Natalie Maines stares unflinchingly into the camera in this performance, joined by bandmates Martie Maguire on fiddle and Emily Strayer trading off between a lap guitar and banjo while providing haunting harmonies that drive the message home.
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"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 / March, march to my own drum / Hey, hey, I'm an army of one," Maines chants, never moving her eyes away from the camera, which adds even more intensity to the song. Maguire and Strayer bring "March March" to a stirring close with an extended picking party on fiddle and banjo.
"March March" is featured on the multi Grammy Award-winning trio's new album Gaslighter, their first project since Taking the Long Way was released in 2006. The Chicks co-wrote and co-produced their 2020 album with Jack Antonoff of Fun.
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