If you’re anything like the rest of Country music-listening America and have fallen head-over-heels for those “Girl in a Country Song” girls, Maddie & Tae, you should head to Toby Keith’s this week when the duo performs as part of B-105 FM’s Toys for Tots benefit concert. From there, it’s quite literally straight on to playing arenas.
Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye may have known they were speaking nothing but truth when they wrote their infectious first single, but it’s hard to believe anyone could have the forethought to think they’d make it this far, this fast. Everyone from Rolling Stone to NPR has eaten up the lyrics of the girls’ sassy country girl anthem and gone, well, redneck crazy over their commentary on gender politics in modern Country music. In three minutes, Maddie & Tae completely deconstruct the redneck version of a manic pixie dream girl (the “tan-legged Juliet,” if you will) and remind all those country boys that they want more than shortsighted daydreaming and catcalls. By the end of the song, the only country men who don’t end up properly skewered are Conway Twitty and George Strait. (Just like their mamas, young country girls still love George.)
At 19, the musicians are both insanely young. And, yes, they’re certainly fresh — shoot, their four-track debut EP was only released a month ago. But ahead of their Toby Keith’s visit, they’re playing Louisville, Ky.’s KFC Yum! Center alongside Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Jake Owen and other big timers. Then, after Cincy, they’re going big in Vegas. Enjoy them in a small setting — while you can.
MADDIE & TAE play at Toby Keith's Thursday, Dec. 4. Find tickets/more info here.