Maddie & Tae: “There Really Aren’t Words”

Songwriters Event Renders Duo Nearly Speechless

At the recent 45th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala, Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” was honored as one of the “10 Songs I Wish I’d Written.” But when it came time to talk about the award, both Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye — who always have a way with words — could barely string a few together to express their gratitude.

“It’s crazy. We care about songwriting soooo much. The people in that room are the very best of the best. That they’d recognize our song like this, it kinda takes my breath away. This is everything we ever wanted, and seeing people we respect so much respect our music,” Marlow said, “there really aren’t words.”

And since the song is built on a critique of the cliches in country music, the duo wasn’t so sure people would ever accept it, let alone honor it.

“It’s hard to believe people are still responding to a song we were sure everyone was going to be mad about,” Marlow said.

Dye said it just proves that people care what girls think and about how they feel.

“Girls are more than Daisy Dukes and shutting up in the truck,” she said. “I think our song sorta says people agree.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.