Review: Maddie and Tae bring country music to Nash FM studio in New York Special

Posted Aug 13, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
On August 12, country duo Maggie and Tae performed at the Nash FM 94.7 studio in New York, in an event that was hosted by esteemed radio personality Kelly Ford.
Country duo Maddie and Tae
Country duo Maddie and Tae
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They played after country singer RaeLynn's set, which featured her single "God Made Girls."
"This is our first time in New York," the girls revealed, and they noted that that will be back for the radio station's "Last Summer Bash" on September 6 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, Long Island, where they will share the stage with The Voice season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery.
Ford asked Maddie and Tae jokingly as to whether or not the Bro Country Association (BCA) has approved of their debut single "Girl In A Country Song," and they concurred that "the fans are digging it," especially since it has garnered in excess of "four million views" on their YouTube channel.
They commenced their set with "Boomerang," which was a song that was cut by country songstress Jana Kramer (also known for her acting work on One Tree Hill). It was upbeat and sassy, and they were backed by a guitar player and shakers. The girls harmonized extremely well together.
"Love can be hard sometimes, especially when you are 18," Tae said, prior to singing their gorgeous ballad "Smoke." Maddie sang lead and Tae joined her on soaring harmonies. Both Maddie and Tae accompanied themselves on acoustic guitars, and their two-piece band included percussion and acoustic guitar.
"As songwriters, we tend to be honest and this song is as honest as it gets," Maddie said, and they immediately broke into "Sierra," a tune written about a girl that was beauty queen and bully. Their "Sierra" performance was rebellious yet witty and a great deal of fun, as their band backed them on shakers and acoustic guitar.
"Just an update on 'Sierra,' she's still mean and she knows about the song," Maddie shared.
The highlight vocal of their set was the follow-up "After The Storm Blows Through," which was inspired by a friend who had lost her father. While the song was melancholic, their vocals were stunning and it has an optimistic message to it. They were backed solely by acoustic guitar.
They closed their mini-concert with their breakthrough hit "Girl In A Country Song," which was uplifting, fun and the perfect sing-along.
The Verdict
Overall, Maddie and Tae were able to give New York an eclectic taste of their new music at their intimate performance at the Nash FM studio's conference room. Similar to RaeLynn, Maddie and Tae's music is all about female empowerment, which is refreshing, especially since modern country is a male-dominated field. I hope with the success of their latest single, they help put an end to that, and hopefully more female artists can gain airplay on radio stations. Their show garnered two thumbs up.
To learn more about Maddie and Tae, visit their official website.