New country duo Maddie & Tae are set to shake things up with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” The song, which strikes back at recent mainstream “bro country” songs, has been called “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy” by critics.
With sassy lyrics like “shaking my moneymaker ain’t never made me a dime, and there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine,” the pair aren’t aiming to take down any of their fellow artists. Instead, they want to give females a voice. “We don’t want to bring the guys down,” Tae Dye said. “We just want to lift the ladies up.”
“Girl In A Country Song” calls out some of country radio’s most played hits such as “Hey Girl,” “Boys ‘Round Here,” “Redneck Crazy,” “Get Your Shine On” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” among others. During a writing session, the pair were discussing themes in recent hit songs, and the idea to write a song from the female’s perspective was born.
“It’s exactly the way it sounds,” Dye told Rolling Stone Country. “We were in the songwriting room, and we had a checklist. Literally, we had a checklist. The first one read, I think, “girl.” The second one was “tailgate.” We went through all the songs that we love, and made a checklist, and that’s how it happened.
The duo is currently on their first country radio tour. “Girl In A Country Song” will officially hit country radio on July 21.