Members of the IASA will have the
opportunity to wind down tonight
with the annual networking event
that features a pair of country girls
who will entertain the crowd.
Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye
never intended to strike a nerve
when they sat down and wrote
“Girl in a Country Song,” but after
the song’s release last summer, the
response from critics and fans was so
instant and intense 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.”
Maddie & Tae didn’t set out
to be the revolutionaries of the
country music mainstream. They
just wanted to write songs about
life the way two 18-year old young
women (now 20 and 19) were liv-
ing 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 Dye. “We’re telling our stories
and hope people can relate.”
“To open up strangers, that’s the
power of a song,” says Marlow. “Mu-
sic lets people pour out their hearts
and be vulnerable. When people
meet us in the meet and greets, 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. If we give every
person in the audience a voice, we let
them know they’re not alone in these
Following the response to “Girl
in a Country Song,” their second
single “Fly” is a ballad that supports
someone’s right to dream and doubt
and make mistakes along the way. In
being honest, they galvanized fans in
a grounded way.
No one was more surprised than
the natives of Sugar Land, Texas and
Ada, Oklahoma to the response their
real music evoked in even the most
established music industry veterans.
They signed with Dot Records.
“We wanted to write the songs
from a girl’s perspective” says Dye.
“Boys, we love you, we want to
look good, but it’s not all we’re good
for,” Marlow cautions with a laugh.
“We are girls with something to say.
We were brought up to know how we
should be treated.” (
Girls Bring a “Country Song” to
Entertain at Networking Event