Sharp-shooting duo Maddie & Tae blasted onto the country scene last year with their bro-country take-down “Girl in a Country Song,” a witty track targeting every party and dirt-road anthem under the moonlight. The song, which they co-wrote together, anchors their self-titled EP (released earlier this year) and leads their forthcoming debut full player, Start Here. Their new single is the plucky and inspiring “Fly,” which leans into Dixie Chicks territory. Their songwriting is powerful (“keep on climbing though the ground might shake, just keep on reaching though the limb might break,” they harmonize) and sometimes rather cheeky (as on their “Sierra” kiss-off). Their traditional influences run deep, as you can hear their raw depth and range on only four songs so far (“Your Side of Town” is a far more honky-tonk stretch of highway).
But, why, exactly are we so excited for Start Here (expected to arrive everywhere August 28)? Well, we take a look at why their music (so far) has us so hyped:
They aren’t afraid to be frank about their exes. Too, they surely have more honest lyrics like the ones below:
“You better stay, stay on your side of town because I’m done, done with all this breaking down,” they hit hard on their standout cut “Your Side of Town.” They continue, “One last time you’re gonna hear me out: you better stay, stay on your side of town. Don’t want your headlights on my road. Door to my heart is closed. If you can hear that train running down the tracks, you’re way too close.” Of
They push the boundaries of what is mainstream country in 2015, but never dismiss a historical perspective. Their live performances are particularly grounded in human emotion. Here is “Smoke,” another cut from their debut record:
Their sonic elements are so uncannily Dixie Chicks, it takes us back to high school. Does “Sierra” remind anyone else of the chart-topping group’s Fly era? (“If I Fall You’re Going Down with Me” and “Goodbye Earl” are notable influences here.)
Their best original song is yet to come. (Hint: “After the Storm Blows Through“)
They were the first female act to follow their first Top 20 hit (ultimately a No. 1 blockbuster) with another bonafide hit (“Fly” has officially gone Top 20 at radio) since 2007. That only means they have even many more groundbreaking stories under their belts.
August 28 can’t get here fast enough.
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