Maddie & Tae Top Nashville Scene’s Country Critics’ Poll (@MaddieAndTae)

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It started out as a cheeky send-up of being fed-up with the Daisy Dukes-sportin’, tan-legs-gleamin’, bikini/tank top-wearin’ nameless/voiceless status girls the young Country hunks were singing about. So MADDIE & TAE decided to write a song poking fun at every cliché, objectification and expectation these guys seemed to have.

“Girl In A Country Song” hit Big Machine Label Group President and CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA so hard, he put it out while the girls were still in the studio. The fan response was so strong and Country radio was so ready for a couple girls with some backbeat, “Girl In A Country Song” became only the third debut single by a female duo to go #1 in over 70 years.

“This is crazy…,” Maddie gushed. “We listen to all those people’s records! Being on a list with them is awesome, and the idea people liked our song so much is wild.”

“We just wrote what we felt,” Tae picks up. “We knew our friends sorta felt that way, too. But we had no idea what we were tapping into! We were just being funny about something no real girl could possibly live up to… and saying ‘There’s more to us than our tan legs…’ And everything since then has been just more amazing on top of already crazy amazing.”

Ninety of the nation’s top critics, who regularly cover Country music – located across the country and writing for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone, USA Today, The New Yorker and Los Angeles Times andNPR to Country Weekly, The Tennessean, CMT and the Associated Press – vote every year in a variety of categories. Traditionally blending critics’ favorites with mainstream sensations, Nashville Scene’s Annual Critics’ Poll is a state of the genre as a whole and not reflective of any pocket, be it commercial, indie or sub-genre.

“Maddie and I moved to Nashville to write songs,” says Tae. “We had things to say… We are trying to find our way, and we believe music is a way to share what you think, what you feel and find people like you! This is one more thing that tells us we’re on the right path – and people do care what a pair of teenagers from Ada, Oklahoma, and Sugar Land, Texas, have to say.”

Debuting “Fly,” the being brave-in-the-falter song of seeking one’s dreams, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow night (1/23), Maddie & Tae continue climbing, dreaming and being the voice of smart young people on the verge. Having landed a #1 EP on Billboard’s Top New Artist Heatseekers Chart, an opening slot on Dierks Bentley’s upcoming SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR, an RIAA GOLD-Certified single and over 17 million music video views, it seems like these young ladies have tapped into the zeitgeist by just being who they are.

Look for “Fly” at Country radio Monday (1/26) – and get ready for the next adventure. With Nashville Scene’s Critics’ Poll endorsement of their sass, songwriting and willingness to put it out there in the music, the sky may well be the limit.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.