Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye never intended to strike a nerve when they sat down on St. Patrick’s Day and wrote “Girl In A Country Song.” Merely expressing their honest reaction to the reductive tilt of today’s “Bro Country,” the pair along with co-writer Aaron Scherz, shamelessly skewered its Xeroxed stereotypes. “Girl In A Country Song,” as much a lark as meaningful social commentary, proved they weren’t alone in their feelings of the current state of Country music. No one was more surprised than the natives of Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma to the response their real Girl Country evoked in even the most established music industry veterans.
After the song’s release last summer, the response from critics and fans was so instant and intense that there was no denying its power. NPR’s All Things Considered praised Maddie & Tae for “turning heads in different ways with their very first single” and Rolling Stone cited them as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” David Letterman couldn’t get the plucky duo to New York fast enough for their late night debut. Even The Atlantic marveled, “Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern Country, the two young women directly quote well-known Bro-Country lyrics and titles…”
Following the visceral response to “Girl In A Country Song,” their second single “Fly” was a heartfelt ballad that supports someone’s right to dream and doubt – and make mistakes along the way. In being honest, they galvanized fans in a very grounded way.
Like a lot of young people, Maddie & Tae grew up on the Dixie Chicks’ full-tilt acoustica. Both dreamers who knew what they wanted early, the pair met at 15 through a vocal coach and came to Nashville for a publishing summer camp. They met Big Machine Label Group’s SVP of A&R Allison Jones – and fate stepped in. By 2013, the pair relocated and never looked back. Publishing deal in hand, they were immersed in creativity, seeking a voice that was both authentic and truly their unique. Like Taylor Swift, the Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year nominees knew by speaking their truth, their authenticity as real girls would set them apart.
Sometimes it’s the freshest faces and brightest sounds that pull us in. For Maddie & Tae, who embrace real Country, it’s that merge of what’s right now and what they love that sets them apart and captures our imaginations in the best possible way.Back to Artist Lineup