Maddie and Tae Explain Debut Album Delay, Talk ‘Tomatogate’
Newcomers Maddie and Tae have created a buzz with their hit “Girl in a Country Song” last summer, as well as their follow up “Fly” in January, but their debut album still isn’t out yet. They spoke to Rolling Stone recently and explained why they pushed back Start Here’s release date from June 2 to Aug. 28.
"We had to push it back because we wanted everything to be perfect, down to the music and artwork and everything,” Madison “Maddie” Marlow explains. "Our team got a little too anxious thinking we could make the [original] release date, and the only way we could get it exactly the way we wanted was to push it back."
Though the later date allows more time to get every detail right, the 20-year-olds are eager to put their work out there.
"We're just ready for it to be finally released and hear people's opinions and critiques,” says Taylor “Tae” Dye. "We've been working really hard on it because we want to make a great first impression to the world. It's like our first-born child."
The duo have been heralded for their unique perspective in country music, as “Girl in a Country Song” is a bit of a light-hearted but pointed jab at the state of the male-dominated country music industry and its less-than-empowering portrayals of women. In light of what many have dubbed “saladgate” or “tomatogate” — a controversy sparked when radio consultant Keith Hill used a metaphor in which males made up the lettuce of the country music “salad,” and women were just the occasional tomato — their presence on the airwaves is even more significant.
"It's the worst analogy,” Marlow said when asked for the duo's thoughts on the matter. "The comment that stood out to me the most was saying that people don’t buy female music, because that's completely false. I just bought the Kacey Musgraves record. She's a female. Give me a break!"
Dye is also encouraged by the number of female artists staking a claim on the industry lately.
"There are a lot of young women coming out right now,” she added. "Kelsea Ballerini just got her No. 1, and we were so excited for her. I think everyone, guys included, want to hear more of the female perspective, and we're just glad to be part of this trend."
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