Girl in a Country Song

Album: Maddie & Tae (2014)
Charted: 54
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Songfacts®:

  • Maddie & Tae are a teenage duo comprising Tae Dye and Maddie Marlow. The pair are signed to Dot Records, an imprint of the Big Machine Records label.
  • Maddie & Tae penned this anti-Bro-Country tune with Aaron Scherz, who has also written music for the Nashville TV series soundtrack. The song pokes fun at the current trend amongst hitmakers like Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Billy Currington and the girls hold nothing back.

    I hear you over there on your tailgate whistling (whistle)
    Saying 'Hey Girl' but you know I ain't listening
    Cause I got a name and to you ain't pretty little thing, hi, or Baby
    Yeah, It's driving me red, red, red, red, red, red, Redneck Crazy


    Maddie & Tae go on to sing that such previous artists like Conway Twitty and George Strait, "never did it this way."
  • Tae Dye told Rolling Stone Country the story of the song: "Maddie and I were in a songwriting session on St. Patrick's Day, and we were talking about all the songs and laughing because the lyrics share a common theme," she said. "We wanted to go at it from a girl's perspective, and we wanted to put ourselves in the shoes of this girl. You know, how does she feel wearing these cut-off shorts, sitting on the tailgate?"
  • The song references a number of bro-country hit tunes including: Jason Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," Billy Currington's "Hey Girl," Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy," Florida Georgia Line's "Get Your Shine On" and Blake Shelton's "Boys Round Here." Rolling Stone Country asked the pair how they ended up incorporating all the references? Tae Dye replied: "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 tongue-in-cheek visual casts country bros as video vixens attired in barely-there clothes. "The video helps us put the point across that it's hard being a girl in a country song, Maddie Marlow told Rolling Stone Country, "and if the guys had to live up to the expectations that we do, I don't think they could do it either."

    The clip, directed by TK McKamy, won for Music Video of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards. It marked the first CMA Awards victory for McKamy, who has also done several of Thomas Rhett videos as well as clips for artists such as Lady Antebellum ("Long Stretch of Love") and Florida Georgia Line ("Confession").

    McCamy recalled: "When I wrote this idea, they came to me, and they didn't really have an idea yet. They came to me and said, 'What would you do with this?' I said, 'The only way we can push this thing is to give the audience something that's unexpected, one, and, two, give the audience something that they really didn't know they wanted."
  • Maddie & Tae made their national television debut performing the song during NBC's Today on August 11, 2014.
  • Florida Georgia Line are one of the country acts that Maddie and Tae poke fun at in this tune. However the female pair are fans of the male duo. "We love them and their music. They're sweethearts, they're awesome," they told the radio station WWYZ in Hartford, Connecticut. "The 'yeah baby's, whenever we say, 'Yeah, baby,' in our song, it actually came from FGL. Tyler always says, 'Yeah, baby,' and I love it!'"

    The song appears not to have gone down so well with Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley. "All I'm gonna say about that is, I don't know one girl who doesn't want to be a girl in a country song," he told the Chicago Tribune. "That's all I'm gonna say to you. That's it."
  • This was the first song by a female duo to reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart since the Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) entered the top tier with "My, Oh My" on the January 20, 2007 tally.

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