Song Report: "Girl in a Country Song" by Maddie & Tae

My sister Morgan sent this amazing country song to me - not only is it catchy as hell, but it also has a terrific message! And to top it off, the video is hilarious as it showcases what the role reversals of most country music videos would look like. Check it out:

(Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MOavH-Eivw)

It's "Girl in a Country Song" by Maddie Marlow & Taylor (Tae) Dye. These women are relatively new on the country scene - this is their debut single. And when they released it, it caused a bit of a ruckus! Apparently it has been labeled as "anti BroCountry" (who knew that was a thing?). But the song broke into the Top Ten on Billboard's Country Airplay list, so clearly fans are loving it and its message, despite what the BroCountry haters are gonna say. In fact, they are the first female duo to crack the Top Ten in seven years! So it sounds like it was high time for a Maddie & Tae to hit the country scene.

As Marlow says on their website, “Boys, we love you, we want to look good, but it’s not all we’re good for. We are girls with something to say. We were brought up to know how we should be treated.” I love that these beautiful women are challenging stereotypes in an industry and a fan-base that are not always so open to feminist thinking.

And of course they are doing it in a country-loving, let's-just-poke-fun way. Obviously the three men featured in this video showcase that. Plus, the video opens with a brief spoken intro, ""No country music was harmed in the making of this song, this is only a test." These women know what they were doing. As did the men who helped them co-write (Adam Sherz) and produce it (Dan Huff). They worked with them on the rest of their EP as well, which I'm excited to download basically as soon as I finish this blog post.

Speaking of, Maddie & Tae's self-titled EP is available now! Check it out, and see what else these ladies have up their sleeves (and not just tucked into their bikini tops and cut-off shorts)!

PS. Thanks for the great song tip, Morgan!