Country duo Maddie and Tae have announced a run of UK dates which will find them performing at Manchester Academy 3 in a welcome return for the girls from Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma who make their UK debut earlier in the year with an excellent performance set at London’s C2C Festival, where they received a tremendous reception, thrilling existing fans and winning over plenty more during their set. They promised to return and an October tour of the UK has now been announced.
Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye didn’t set out to be revolutionaries of the American Country mainstream but when they released Girl In A Country Song, about the reductive tilt of Nashville’s “Bro’ Country”, they had a sensational response which was instant, intense and made them stars. There’s been no looking back since then.
Penning songs with complete honesty, they just wanted to write songs about life the way two 18-year-old women (now 20 and 19) are living it. Songs on their fantastic debut album Start Here include themes about bullying (Sierra), clueless boys (Shut Up & Fish), the power of friendship (After the Storm Blows Through), heartbreak (Smoke) and coming of age (The Down Side of Growing Up). “Honesty’s always the best policy,” says Tae. “We’re telling our stories and hope people can relate.”
Their new UK single is Fly, a heartfelt ballad that supports someone’s right to dream and doubt – and make mistakes along the way. In being honest, they hope they can galvanize fans in a very grounded way. “To open up strangers, that’s the power of a song,” Maddie continues. “Music lets people pour out their hearts and be vulnerable. When we meet fans it’s like we’re already friends. We know each other through music! It’s hard to drop your guard, but somehow music makes it safe.
The full tour listing:
22 October – Manchester, Academy 3
23 October – Glasgow, Oran Mor
25 October – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
26 October – London, Islington Assembly Hall
27 October – Bristol, Bierkeller
Tickets for Maddie and Tae performing at Manchester Academy 3 on 22 October 2016 go on sale at 9am on Thursday 23 June.
Maddie and Tae image courtesy Alysse Gafkjen