NASHVILLE, TN (February 5, 2016) – Maddie & Tae are the kind of girls who are always there for someone in trouble. So when Tyler Farr was put on aggressive vocal rest after surgery and needed to pull off friend Lee Brice’s LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR, the female duo easily shifted gears and stepped up, performing the first show of opening weekend last night in Salisbury, MD.
“When they called us, we were scheduled to write because we’re already thinking about our next record – and songwriting is so important to us,” explains Tae Dye. “I couldn’t imagine being in that position, right as you’re about to kick-off a tour...”
“So we figured, we should do this,” Maddie Marlow continues. “Not only are we friends of both Lee and Tyler, when you put good energy into the world, it sets an example of kindness for our fans. We’ll get back to writing next week!”
Putting pen to paper and melodies to lyrics has been a successful passion for the Sugarland, Texan and Ada, Oklahoman. Their second single, “Fly,” was recently certified GOLD and named one of NPR’s Favorite Songs of 2015 in large part for its message of self-empowerment and embracing life even at its most difficult.
“We wrote that song to encourage each other when we kept stumbling,” Tae admits. “We’d have these really bad days and want to give up. But we knew if we did that, the dream couldn't come true...
“‘Fly’ was so different from the sass of ‘Girl In A Country Song,’ it feels good to know that people responded to our more serious, more harmony-driven side,” Maddie picks up. “We love hooks and grooves but we really love a great melody and lyrics that say something about believing in and standing up for yourself. That was the best news so far this year! And we’ve had some great news.”
Beyond winning the CMA Video of the Year Award for “Girl In A Country Song,” now well over 30 million views, the girls received the highly coveted NSAI 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written nod. Their debut album START HERE made the Top 10 on the Nashville Scene Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll and offered up a wealth of songs to entertain fans during their headlining START HERE TOUR. Earlier this week, the pair picked up their second consecutive ACM Awards Vocal Duo of the Year nomination, as well as a nod in the New Vocal Duo or Group category.
“Sometimes we get tired or feel like we need to catch our breath, the fans keep reminding us why we’re here," said Maddie. "We are so blessed to see those faces at shows and their messages on social media.”
“And who knows? Maybe we’ll just find a couple songs out on the road...,” Tae says. “You never know where inspiration lies. All you have to do is be open to it.”
Maddie & Tae roll into Rochester, NY tonight and Kingston, RI on Saturday then take break to continue their own dates and focus on writing before returning to the LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR on April 7 at the Milwaukee Theater. As “Shut Up & Fish” lobs into the Top 30, Maddie & Tae are reeling in all the experience they can.
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Lee Brice’s LIFE OFF MY YEARS TOUR Dates Featuring Maddie & Tae and Dylan Scott
Feb. 5 – Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena)
Feb. 6 – Kingston, RI (Ryan Center)
April 7 – Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Theatre)
April 8 – Kalamazoo (Wings Stadium)
April 9 – Chicago, IL (Rosemont Theatre)
April 14 – Saginaw, MI (Dow Events Center)
April 15 – Highland Heights, KY (BB&T Arena)
April 21 – Dayton, OH (Nutter Center)
April 22 – Youngstown, OH (Covelli Centre)
April 23 – Toledo, OH (Huntington Center)