Debut album Start Here (Dot Records) out now
New UK single "Fly"
"Maddie & Tae's set at C2C 2016 was a real surprise. Their album Start Here is good but I had absolutely no idea how engaging and enjoyable they would be live. They quickly highlighted themselves as one of the best acts at this year's festival" Entertainment Focus
Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye didn't set out to be revolutionaries of the American Country mainstream but when they released "Girl In A Country Song", about the reductive tilt of Nashville's "Bro' Country", they had a sensational response which was instant, intense and made them stars.
Their UK debut was at the Country to Country 2016 at The O2 London and they received a very warm reception for their feisty show. They promised to return and an October tour of the UK has now been announced.
After "Girl In A Country Song" was released last year, the response from critics and fans was so big that there was no denying its power. NPR's All Things Considered praised Maddie & Tae for "turning heads in different ways with their very first single" and Rolling Stone cited them as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know." David Letterman couldn't get the plucky duo to New York fast enough for their late night debut. Even The Atlantic marveled, "Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern Country, the two young women directly quote well-known Bro-Country lyrics and titles..."
The girls from Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma hadn't planned to cause an upset. They just wanted to write songs about life the way two 18-year-old women (now 20 and 19) are living it. Songs include themes about bullying ("Sierra"), clueless boys ("Shut Up & Fish"), the power of friendship ("After the Storm Blows Through"), heartbreak ("Smoke") and coming of age ("The Down Side of Growing Up"). "Honesty's always the best policy," says Tae. "We're telling our stories and hope people can relate.
Their new UK single is "Fly", a heartfelt ballad that supports someone's right to dream and doubt - and make mistakes along the way. In being honest, they hope they can galvanize fans in a very grounded way. "To open up strangers, that's the power of a song," Maddie continues. "Music lets people pour out their hearts and be vulnerable. When we meet fans it's like we're already friends. We know each other through music! It's hard to drop your guard, but somehow music makes it safe.