Country guys seem to be pretty transparent about their desires if we're judging solely by lyrics. They'd like us women in tight jeans, sippin' on moonshine and dangling our tanned legs from the tailgate of their trucks.
Everyone seems to be classifying this as "bro country," centered around a fairly misogynistic culture. Well, Maddie & Tae are here to shake up "bro country" music and thank goodness.
As one of the only female country acts to be making any sort of headlines recently, Maddie & Tae have taken their music a step further than other female acts. They're calling out the culture surrounding the exact type of music they produce.
"Girl in a Country Song" turns the tables on the way women are portrayed in country songs and video. Maddie & Tae even go so far as to call out established country music favorites Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Billy Currington, mocking their lyrics. It's a ballsy move, but we like it.
The video starts off in typical country music fashion, with Maddie and Tae sitting on the back of a pickup truck surrounded by bales of hay. Two girls in "painted-on cutoff jeans" and bikini tops stroll up to the party, causing the men to whistle and tip their hats. But then, everything changes when a "role reversal" switch is flipped. And the results are awesome.
Here are some of the highlights from the song and video:
"I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet/ And it's getting kinda cold in these painted-on cut off jeans/ I hate the way the bikini top chafes, do I really have to wear it all day?"
"Cause I got a name and to you it ain't/ Pretty little thing, honey, or baby"
"Being the girl in a country song/ How in the world did it go so wrong/ Like all we're good for is looking good for you/ And your friends on the weekend, nothing more"
"Well shakin' my moneymaker ain't made me a dime/ And there ain't no sugar for you in this shaker of mine/ Tell me one more time you gotta get you some of that/ Sure, I'll slide on over but you're gonna get slapped"
"Conway and George Strait never did it this way back in the old days/ All y'all, we ain't a cliché/ That ain't no way to treat a lady"
"I ain't your tan-legged Juliet/ Can I put on some real clothes now?"
Not only is this song fun and catchy, but it has a great message. We can't wait to see what comes from Maddie & Tae in the future.