Maddie & Tae Are Girls at the Top of the Charts

“Girl in a Country Song” Goes to No. 1 in Billboard

So being the tan-legged, tailgating “girl in the country song” may not be the ideal gig, but being the girls singing said country song is a solid gold one. Just ask Maddie & Tae, who just scored their first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s country airplay chart with the sassy bro-country call-out single “Girl in a Country Song.”
Yep, the cheeky tune that’s had everyone buzzing harder than too many Bud Lights has officially become the pint-sized powerhouse duo’s first foray to the top of the charts, and made them the first female duo since the Wreckers in 2006 to score a No.1 debut single.

Who’s laughing now, Nashville?

And that’s not to imply that everyone who heard the song was shocked in a less-than-positive way by its fun frankness. So many folks felt a sense of camaraderie with the girls upon hearing the bold single for the first time.

And although it wasn’t necessarily intended to be controversial, the duo’s Tae Dye admitted, yes, there may have been some nerves about releasing the single on the girls’ part. But she says there was absolutely no hesitation.

“It’s such a true message and it’s very real to us,” Dye told me in a recent interview. “We know it needed to be said and we’re just glad to be the ones to say it.”

As for those naysayers who weren’t so red-red-red-red-redneck crazy about it? Well, musical partner Maddie Marlow says the two don’t let criticism of the song get to them.

Marlow astutely observes, “There’s always going to be people that don’t like what you’re saying, and that’s fine — because we’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s more people that are reacting positively and really excited that there’s a new voice and a new perspective brought on the table. And they love having a new voice — and a voice coming from a woman, too.”

Such wisdom at such tender ages. That may be what shocks people most about these two talented singers/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists.

Marlow admits, “It’s just funny — two 18- and 19-year-old blonde girls, you would expect dainty and frilly and like, ‘Oh, boys and rainbows,’ and with us it’s like strong, independent women that have something to say and aren’t scared to say it.”

And get ready, because the conversation with Maddie & Tae is just getting started. Look for the duo’s next single, “Fly,” in 2015.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.