Up-and-coming Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie and Tae have earned lots of well-earned buzz this week with their debut single “Girl in a Country Song,” which sharply and wittily challenges the chauvinistic tone of most of the bro-country hits that have dominated the charts lately.
And the uproarious video, shot outside of Nashville with director TK McKamy, quite literally reverses the roles, with the guys preening and posing in the skimpy tops and short-shorts.
NPR exclusively premiered the official music video Thursday for the duo’s cheeky debut single on Dot Records. While gaining a lot of recent attention, the esteemed outlet notes, “Maddie Marlow, who is 19 years old, and Tae Dye, who is 18, made it abundantly clear that they’re aiming to tweak country’s conventions, not tear them down.”
“How in the world did it go so wrong?” they sing. “Like all we’re good for is lookin’ good for you and your friends on the weekend — nothin’ more.”
Dye hails from Ada (birthplace of Blake Shelton, whose “Boys ‘Round Here” takes a glancing blow in the song), while Marlo w is from Sugarland, Texas.
MusicRow calls the unabashed introduction, “fabulous. They have the guts to sass every ‘bro-country’ cliche out there. She hates her tight cut-offs, her bikini top and being called pretty little thing, hottie or baby. Not to mention being whistled at, shaking her money maker and being invited to ride along in the pickup truck. Bonus points for the lively tune, the catchy track, the saucy harmonies and the overall wit. I guarantee you will smile.”
Maddie and Tae, who penned the tune with Big Machine Music staff writer Aaron Scherz, merged their love of mainstream country and traditional upbringing into the confident yet carefree track. “…it’s no mystery why this singing and songwriting pair from the neighboring states of Texas (Marlow) and Oklahoma (Dye) has built such buzz. Excellent timing, for one thing. They’ve arrived on the heels of listener fatigue, offering a different vantage point. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a feel for intertwining their voices, executing their phrasing and crafting their hooks for maximum smartly sweet impact,” surmises Rolling Stone Country.
Their creative insight have dominated headlines across The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CMT, Yahoo! Music and more, touting the song as “undeniably catchy” and “a deliciously snarky tune.”
Additionally, “Girl In A Country” song was the most-added song at country radio this week.
Maddie and Tae will make their national television debut Aug. 11 on NBC’s “Today.” The duo is currently on the road for its first country radio tour.