The sassy new tune "Girl in a Country Song" was one of the most-added songs on country radio this week. And the singers, Maddie & Tae, have more than 18,000 followers on Twitter. Yet I feel like I don't know them at all. Because, well, I don't know them at all.
So when we talked on the phone the other day about their debut single, I asked Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye to identify themselves before they answered my questions.
And this is what our conversation sounded like:
"This is Maddie, and there's definitely always bad with the good," Marlow told me about the mixed reaction to the song about the downsides of being the tan-legged Juliet in a bikini top sitting on some guy's tailgate. "But we try to focus on the good. And we're getting way more good. There are more fans than people we've upset."
"This is Tae, and we're on a radio tour right now, so the reaction we're seeing has been extremely positive. That's been very gratifying," Dye said when they called me from Houston while they were still going from station to station to introduce themselves.
"This is Maddie, and you know, if the boys had to live up to the same expectations that we have to, they could not hang," she joked about the double standard behind some country songs.
"This is Tae, and we think a lot of women feel the same way that we do. It makes them feel good knowing that we're singing about something they can relate to. And if that makes them happy, that's all that matters," she said.
"This is Maddie, and you know country music is all about stories," she said, "and we're just telling ours a little differently."
"This is Tae, and honestly," she said, "it was just the right message at the right time."
"This is Maddie, and we're told a lot that we're old souls. So we're just old souls in 18 and 19-year-old bodies," she said. "We're just throwing a new perspective out."