It’s time to talk about the most polarizing and most talked about country song of the year. I’m talking of course about the new duo Maddie & Tae’s new single “Girl in a Country Song.” Once wind of this song caught country music bloggers and fans, everyone began to talk about it. And why does it stick out? It directly calls out bro country. It isn’t subtle with its approach either. Several bro country songs get referenced throughout. Among the ones that are called out I could find are Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night,” Florida Georgia Line’s “This is How We Roll,” “Jason Aldean’s “My Kind of Party,” Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At,” Chris Young’s “Aw Naw,” Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here,” Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl,” Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That” and Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” That’s a total of nine songs and I’m sure there’s a few more I missed (if you see anymore, let me know in the comments sections). It’s pretty ballsy for two teenagers to call out so many big names, isn’t it?
Lyrically this song is structured perfectly for the theme of it and it’s perfect for becoming a big hit. I’m just going to put them all below and let you take a look for yourself. Credit goes to Farce the Music for transcribing the lyrics.
I think these lyrics pretty much speak for itself. They’re incendiary and it’s easy to sing along to. I know I’ve gotten the song stuck in my head after several listens. While it does call out bro country, it’s certainly not a traditional country sounding country song by any stretch. It’s undeniably pop country. But that doesn’t hurt the message of this song. However there is one thing that I should point out about this whole song and these artists. Maddie & Tae were the first signees of Dot Records, which is an imprint of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. Remember Dot Records was just revived earlier this year by Borchetta and he certainly made a splash by making Maddie & Tae his first artists on the label.
But this is Big Machine Records, one of the biggest proponents of bro country. It’s the home of Florida Georgia Line (who has a song called out in “Girl in a Country Song”), Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore. All three are guilty of bro country songs. What gives? This is Borchetta smartly, but deceptively staying ahead of the trends. He’s a smart guy who sees the writing on the wall and knows like everyone else that bro country is dying. So why not cash in with this song that calls it out? Borchetta knows and has said as much that this song is going to be a smash hit. And he’s right. He helped start the bro country trend and now he’s helping start the response to bro country trend. After all his top cash cow Florida Georgia Line shocked everyone with “Dirt” last week and Maggie Rose just came out with “Girl In Your Truck Song.” Borchetta has all the bases covered so he can profit off whatever he wants in country music. Remember he has The Mavericks signed to one of his imprints too, so he’s even got traditional country covered. Call him all the names you want, but you can never call him an idiot.
Many people rush to call “Girl In A Country Song” a protest song. But this isn’t a modern-day “Murder on Music Row.” There is no venom or anger behind the lyrics in the song nor from Maddie & Tae in interviews. Think of this more as a parody song. It’s a tongue in cheek poke at the clichés of bro country. You can look at this song from two different perspectives. You can look at negatively because it’s another corporate produced trend in country music. Or you can look at this positively because many people will view it as a protest song. It’s going to wake up many people who have been blind to the bro country craze and make them demand better music possibly. I choose to look at this through the latter perspective. “Girl In A Country Song” is going to do more good than bad and for that I applaud it.
Performed by Maddie & Tae)