Hooked on Maddie & Tae’s “Shut Up and Fish”

Duo's Next Single Could Make History

The first time I heard Maddie & Tae’s “Shut Up and Fish,” I was hooked.

No, I’m not trying to be clever. It’s just that great of a song. All about taking a preppy city boy to a spot out on the lake, and all the fishing and wishing and kissing that comes next. It’s not like it’s the first country song about fishing. Not by a long shot. But a fishing song from women? This might be a first. So it might make history.

What makes it even better is that it’s clear from the lyrics that Maddie & Tae are actually good at fishing. And after reading some news about the music that influenced them, it’s clear why they are so good at making country music.

In the current issue of Country Aircheck, the duo said that the music that most influenced theirs was the Dixie Chicks Home album. “All of their records are very vulnerable and honest,” Maddie Marlow said.

The girls also talk about how high Vince Gill set the songwriting bar on his “Go Rest High on That Mountain.“

“As songwriters you try to come up with melodies that match the lyrics. That song is the perfect representation of a melody pulling the emotions of the lyrics,” said Tae Dye.

They also have an appreciation for another lyrical genius, Kacey Musgraves.

“Her lyrics are incredible. I love that she sticks to her guns and makes the music she wants to make. She’s not trying to fit in or do what’s cool,” Marlow said. “She’s doing what inspires her.”

And as for the one country album they both listened to incessantly? Randy Rogers Band‘s Trouble from 2013.

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