I have always been and will always be a fan of country music. Maybe it’s because of my Midwestern roots or my dad’s obsession that sparked mine. Regardless, I don’t care what people say I love this Southern genre. The haters of country music criticize that all of the songs talk about two things: beer and girls. I can’t deny that many songs revolve around these themes but coincidentally all of the artists of these types of songs are men. Hm weird!
Don’t get me wrong, not all male country artists are guilty of this. To say that would be a gross exaggeration. Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, and Zac Brown band to name a few have songs with lyrics of more depth than “Country girl shake it for me” (sorry Luke Bryan).
The Dixie Chicks, Taylor Swift circa 2006, Miranda Lambert, and so many more strong female country artists sing about love, life, and loss. Their songs tell universal stories that everyone can relate to. The Dixie Chicks song “Travelin’ Soldier” paint a poignant picture of what it is like to be young and in love and to not see the love survive because of timing. Taylor Swift gives young girls and women alike a powerful mantra to sing to when they’ve been screwed over by a guy (“Picture to Burn.”) And Miranda Lambert preaches in “All Kinds of Kinds” to not be judgmental because it is what makes the world go round.
Recently, Maddie & Tae have come to the country scene and since their first single “Girl In A Country Song” they have been trailblazing and redefining country song standards that reminisce of when Taylor Swift first appeared. Their hit single exposes the stereotypes and objectification of country girls that the country boys sing about. And in their music video, they hilariously show the world what the roles would look like if they were reversed.
Check out the full video here.
While their single was definitely a feminist rally cry for the women of country — as well as women everywhere — Maddie & Tae have so much more to offer. They’re lyrics are honest and relatable and the duo’s harmonizing is heavenly. Regardless if you are a fan of country or not, be sure to check out this up-and-coming country pair.