Reason 2: They are the best duo in country music because they sing real country music. The rise of Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift copycats and pop-country has led to much criticism of the genre, with some critics saying that it shouldn't even be considered country music. Maddie and Tae definitely have their fair share of pop influences, especially in their debut single, but overall they sing true country. Take a look at their EP: "Fly" is a contemporary country piece in the vein of the Dixie Chicks. "Your Side if Town" is a boot stomping anthem that could have been at home on Miranda Lambert's sophomore record. They don't stray from the truth and sing about what means the most to them, a sign of a true country artist.
Reason 3: Finally and most importantly, Maddie and Tae have the most potential and seem the most likely to be able to fill the gap in country music that the Dixie Chicks left. Maddie and Tae have the harmonies of the legendary country girl group, the bluegrass influences, and Maddie Marlow has the same strong vocals that Natalie Maines had. Musically, they are similar, or at least Maddie and Tae were very influenced by the Dixie Chicks. They have the scathing tracks of "Sierra" (I Can Do Better ) the emotional ballads like "Fly" and "After the Storm Blows through" (Travelin' Soldier, You Were Mine ) and the old school anthems of "Your Side of Town (Lubbock or Leave it, If I Fall You're Going Down With Me) and finally the somewhat edgy tracks like "Girl in a Country Song" (Goodbye Earl, Not Ready To Make Nice.) We need more girl power in country music, and that was one thing we could count on the Dixie Chicks to bring us. It would not be surprising if one day we count on Maddie and Tae to do that.
Members: Maddie Marlow (born July, 1995 ) and Taylor Dye (born September, 1995)
Key tracks: "Girl in a Country Song," "After the Storm Blows Through," "Sierra"
Check out some of Maddie and Tae's best performances below: