Maddie & Tae Fire a 'Bro Country' Shot
"Girl in a Country Song" is the first thing anyone's heard from the teenage country singing and songwriting duo Maddie & Tae — and it's no timid introduction. In the grand tradition of country response songs — think Kittty Wells following Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life" with "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" — this debut single is a remarkably witty, point-by-point rebuttal of a slew of "bro country" hits. They are songs that, if you choose to take them literally, depict the seduction of barefoot, scantily clothed, wordless, nameless young women. With knowing hip-hop swagger and mock exasperation, Maddie & Tae finally gave those characters a speaking part: "We're lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck/keep our mouths shut and ride along/and be the girl in a country song."