For months, female artists, country bloggers and genre purists alike have all spoken out about the male dominance of country music and the one-noteness of the songs on the radio. It’s a topic many have pondered, argued and discussed, including CMChat’s very own Jen Swirsky and Tyler Winters. While everyone has offered their thoughts eloquently, none have done it with as much gusto or musicality as country newcomers, Maddie & Tae.
While you may not know the duo, comprised of Maddie Marlow and Taelyn Elizabeth, just yet, I suspect that their anti-bro country anthem, “Girl In a Country Song” will become the unofficial anthem of the “Down with Bro Country” Movement. They may only be eighteen years old, but these girls have a lot to say and they aren’t afraid to say it.
Ironically, the duo is signed to the recently resurrected Dot Records, which is part of the Big Machine Label family. Despite their label affiliations, the pair take no prisoners here, specifically calling out country’s biggest bros. They tackle #1 heavy hitters here, including Blake Shelton’s “Boys Round Here,” Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy,” Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and Chris Young’s “Aw Naw.”
While there was potential for a song like this to come off cheesy or contrived, it’s far from it. Instead, it’s a cleverly-written, musically intelligent piece of country perfection. One of the most-clever lines of Maddie & Tae’s song is, “It’s driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy,” calling out hits by both Blake Shelton and Tyler Farr. There’s also the line, “Well, shakin’ my moneymaker ain’t ever made me a dime, And there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine,” referencing Thomas Rhett’s hit “Get Me Some of That.”
While the song assures us that “No country songs were harmed in the making of this song,” we could imagine that a few egos may be a little bruised. The song ends with Maddie & Tae asking, “Can I put on some real clothes now?” to which they cleverly respond, using Chris Young’s hit, “Aw Naw.”