by Aprille Hanson
The duo Maddie & Tae rocked the bro-country world with a bold statement as their first single: they mocked it. Not only did they mock the grab-me-another-beer-shake-it-and-hey-hottie mentality of major artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell and Brantley Gilbert in their hit “Girl in a Country Song,” but they even emphasized that things are so different now. I don’t think George or Conway did it this way, they summarized. This is why their follow-up single was so crucial because despite at the beginning of the No. 1 hit it says “No country music was harmed in the making of this song, this is only a test,” they hurt some egos no doubt. Florida Georgia Line members scoffed at the song when asked, preferring instead Maggie Rose’s song, “Girl in your Truck Song.”
But obviously Taylor Dye and Maddie Marlow struck a chord as their song was continuously spun by the DJ’s and Maggie Rose’s song? I can’t remember hearing it more than a handful of times on the radio.
I desperately did not want them to be a one-hit wonder because they obviously have the voices to make a song marketable but also the guts to stand up for what they believe in. Their next song “Fly” is already getting decent radio play as it should. It’s about a girl chasing her dreams. The premise is old, but the sweet harmonies and lyrics make it stand out: “We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now / Cause you can learn to fly on the way down.” The runs they sing on the word “fly” make the song just that much more unique. It’s a feel good song in the midst of all the summer songs that are bound to start dominating the airwaves. It’s a good second hit at the bat. Now, let’s hope they keep it going.