If you turn Maggie Rose's new single, "Girl in Your Truck Song" into a drinking game — taking a swig every time she name-checks a so-called "bro country" song — you'll likely be pretty buzzed by the end of the first chorus.
“I can be the girl in your truck song/The one that makes you sing along/Makes you wanna cruise/Drink a little moonshine down/Leave a couple tattoos on this town/Chillin’ out with a cold beer/Yeah, hangin' with the boys round here/Gonna take a little ride/That’s my kind of night/You and me getting our shine on/I wanna be the girl in your truck song."
But Rose isn't poking fun at Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton and company. She's actually paying homage to them, while giving a female voice to the trend.
"I travel all over the country and meet men and women who love this music," Rose tells Rolling Stone Country. "There are females embracing that role that all these men are writing about. So this is a cool song to sing from my perspective; it's the female answer to what's happening in country music right now… and it's very much a part of my personality."
Coincidentally, "Girl in Your Truck Song" hits radio airwaves the very same day that new country duo Maddie and Tae release their debut single, "Girl in a Country Song," which laments clichéd lyrics that depict women as voiceless, bikini-clad arm candy in the passenger seat. It's great timing on either side of the fence, as the bro country movement is undoubtedly the hottest debate on Music Row this summer, along with the imbalance of men and women on country radio. Rose hopes her new track will put both issues in perspective.
"The irony is that bro country is male dominated, but women are driving the subject matter," muses the singer-songwriter. "I like what's happening in country music right now. There is a place for women, if we just find our niche. Don't fight it; embrace it."
Written by Caitlyn Smith, Gordie Sampson and Troy Verges, "Girl in Your Truck Song" is the first single from Rose's new album due out later this year. It's being co-produced by two guys from opposite ends of the musical spectrum: country-to-the-core songwriter Dallas Davidson and pop producer Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Chris Brown). Their yin-and-yang producing styles have helped Rose make the project what she deems to be "more fun and more aggressive" than her last.
"I'm more confident than I was last year," she says. "I want to be a big player in country music, and this is the kind of music people are gravitating towards."
Hear the exclusive online premiere of "Girl in Your Truck Song" below.