Connecting the “dot” over the weekend, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee MAC WISEMAN (Wrinked Records) and soulful singer/songwriter DRAKE WHITE serendipitously met backstage during performances at the Grand Ole Opry. The legendary Dot Records label was first established in 1950 and revived earlier this year under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. Just as when Wiseman spearheaded, produced and recorded for Dot’s Country division, the label’s mission continues to be finding, developing and marketing great music across genres. White, who was named one of the Billboard Top 10 Country Artists to Watch, was signed in June.
Excitedly sauntering onto the legendary stage, MADDIE & TAE made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night (9/23) and helped celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. The dynamic female duo, who recently performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, belted out their witty Top 20-and-rising debut single “Girl In A Country Song” in front of a full house.
Maddie summed up the night noting, “this moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.”
“And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn,” Tae added jovially. “As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.”
Maddie & Tae previewed more of their unique sound with “After the Storm Blows Thru,” which the young talents penned in addition to “Girl In A Country Song.” Treating the audience to a diverse set, the newcomers showcased the gumption and refreshing sound that has surrounded their recent success, including kudos from Opry member Brad Paisley.
“The Darlings of Nashville” as dubbed by TODAY’s Hoda Kotb, will spread their fresh perspectives this fall as they promote the release of Maddie & Tae EP on November 4. The bubbly songstresses notch another milestone as the first release for their newly established label, Dot Records.
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Taking a stand and making a mark with “Girl In A Country Song,” newcomers Maddie & Tae have announced plans to release their self-titled EP across all digital retailers on November 4. The Top 20-and-climbing single, which claimed the #1 Country spot on Shazam for the last two weeks, is the first release from Dot Records, a newly established imprint underneath the Big Machine Label Group.
Last Friday (9/12) Maddie & Tae made a bold introduction to late night audiences, performing their unabashed debut and announcing the EP on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman. Watch here.
The talented pair, who TODAY host Hoda Kotb touted as the “darlings of Nashville,” have been commended for delivering a new perspective to Country airwaves with heir breakout hit, whose music video boasts over 7.1 million views. Rolling Stone asserts, “no country single has been a hotter topic this year” while Buzzfeed insists, “you can do anything you want, ladies." Dallas Observer raves, “it doesn't hurt that this track is infectiously fun, something you'd have no problem adding to a playlist alongside Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, and Miranda Lambert."
In addition to “Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae penned several tracks on their forthcoming EP. Cover artwork and a full tracklisting will be available in the coming weeks.
“No country single has been a hotter topic this year,” claims Rolling Stone of MADDIE & TAE’S bold debut with “Girl In A Country Song.” The spitfire pair will make their late night television debut, performing the breakout hit on the Late Show With David Letterman TOMORROW (9/12), airing on CBS at 11:35P EST/10:35P CST.
Since its release in July, “Girl In A Country Song” has received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly to the Washington Post, NPR and many more while the accompanying video boasts over 6 million views.
The top 25-and-cimbing single is the first release from Dot Records, a newly established imprint underneath the Big Machine Label Group.
Join in on the excitement with @MaddieAndTae and @Letterman.
“Girl In A Country Song” has amassed over 3 million views on Vevo in a mere four days, eliciting more momentum around hot newcomers MADDIE & TAE. In the music video for their debut single, the teenage duo deliver a hilarious role reversal that features guys strutting around in “painted on cut-off jeans.” Watch via VEVO.
Maddie & Tae have seen an explosion of media attention surrounding the cheeky tune, which they co-wrote with Aaron Scherz, commending their perspective as a breath of fresh air. The New Yorker touts the song as “brave” while Rolling Stone calls it a “wickedly clever retort” and The Washington Post points out how “the lyrics are already spreading like wildfire.”
Maddie & Tae are poisted to make their national television debut on NBC’s TODAY August 11, while host Hoda Kotb has already expressed her excitement for “Girl IN A Country Song.”
MADDIE & TAE boldly bring a fresh perspective to the radio waves, giving a voice to the often trivialized, “Girl In A Country Song.” NPR exclusively shared the vision earlier today, premiering the official music video for the female duo’s cheeky debut single on Dot Records. While gaining a lot of recent attention, the esteemed outlet notes, “Maddie Marlow, who is 19 years old, and Tae Dye, who is 18, made it abundantly clear that they're aiming to tweak country's conventions, not tear them down.” Watch the unique video here, shot outside of Nashville with director TK McKamy.
Additionally, “Girl In A Country” song was the most-added song at Country radio this week.
Maddie & Tae will make their national television debut August 11 on NBC’s TODAY .
MusicRow calls the unabashed introduction, "fabulous. They have the guts to sass every ‘bro-country’ cliche out there. She hates her tight cut-offs, her bikini top and being called pretty little thing, hottie or baby. Not to mention being whistled at, shaking her money maker and being invited to ride along in the pickup truck. Bonus points for the lively tune, the catchy track, the saucy harmonies and the overall wit. I guarantee you will smile.”
Maddie & Tae, who penned the tune with Big Machine Music staff writer Aaron Scherz, merged their love of mainstream Country and traditional upbringing into the confident yet carefree track. "…it’s no mystery why this singing and songwriting pair from the neighboring states of Texas (Marlow) and Oklahoma (Dye) has built such buzz. Excellent timing, for one thing. They've arrived on the heels of listener fatigue, offering a different vantage point. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they have a feel for intertwining their voices, executing their phrasing and crafting their hooks for maximum smartly sweet impact,” surmises Rolling Stone Country.
Their creative insight initially dominated headlines across The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CMT, Yahoo! Music and more, touting the song as “undeniably catchy” and “a deliciously snarky tune.”
Maddie & Tae are currently on the road for their first Country radio tour. Follow their journey on Twitter
Armed with two guitars and sass rarely heard from newcomers, MADDIE & TAE are shaking things up with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.” The first release from Dot Records will be available on iTunes tomorrow (7/15) and is already making headlines with the bold introduction that has been touted as “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy.”
The female duo’s gumption has garnered praise from multiple outlets with high-profile magazine The Atlantic surmising, "'Girl In A Country Song' skewers the last few years of Nashville machismo—which is a refreshing change, and smart business." With lyrics like, “we used to get a little respect, now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in your truck keep our mouth shut and ride along. And be the girl in a country song,” it's no wonder that the track was listed as a Taste of Country Critic's Pick, which also commended the pair saying, “not since Gretchen Wilson has a female artist come out throwing punches like these.”
While fans of many of the recent songs in mainstream Country, the two began to ponder why "the girl" hasn't had a voice. Maddie & Tae, who penned "Girl In A Country Song" with Big Machine Music staff writer and producer Aaron Scherz, admit their cheeky yet insightful tune is “all in good fun" and a viewpoint that hasn’t really been heard before. "We don't want to bring the guys down, we just want to lift the ladies up as well," says Tae. Backing Maddie & Tae up for their light-hearted approach, CMT.com noted, "I really hope the guys whose songs are mentioned aren't offended. But if they are, let's just remember this: They started it."
The female duo is currently on their first Country radio tour to introduce "Girl In A Country Song" in advance of the July 21 impact date. The single is generating substantial buzz, even among male tastemakers like VP Programming for Clear Channel Minneapolis/Program Director of KEEY GREGG SWEDBERG, who calls the song, "a potential game-changer for the format…the future is almost limitless.”
"Meet" Maddie & Tae and follow their journey on Twitter: @MaddieandTae
Dot Records today announced spirited female duo MADDIE & TAE as the inaugural act on the new imprint, under the Big Machine Label Group. In conjunction with their launch yesterday morning, Rolling Stone Country first broke the news.
General Manager CHRIS STACEY said, “I am thrilled and honored that Maddie & Tae will be the first act to be released on Dot Records! They are phenomenally talented young ladies who have captured a sound that is unique in today’s Country music landscape and I believe that they will send a message to the world that can’t be denied.”
Respectively from Texas and Oklahoma, the ambitious 18-year-old singer/songwriters grew up performing in similar circles prior to catching the attention of Big Machine Music Vice President MIKE MOLINAR and staff writer/producer AARON SCHERZ. Just three days after graduating from high school last June, Maddie & Tae moved to Nashville for a development “summer camp,” where their vocal harmonies and topical lyrics began to really shine. With a hearty catalogue of new material, the pair earned a full Big Machine Music publishing contract and shortly thereafter impressed Big Machine Label Group President and CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA and Stacey with their talents.
“Two years ago we took a picture outside the building as we imagined one day signing with the incredible label. Now, it feels completely surreal to have our wildest dreams become reality. We are in awe of being the first artist to help launch the legendary Dot Records and excited to kick off this journey with the amazing BMLG family!” shared Maddie & Tae, whose authentic sounds were influenced early on by the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Lee Ann Womack.
Maddie & Tae’s cheeky yet insightful Dot Records’ debut single “Girl In A Country Song” will impact radio this summer. Follow their journey on Twitter (@maddieandtae).
The previously announced radio promotion team – KRIS LAMB (Director of National Promotion), JAMES MARSH (Director of Southwest Promotion), BILL LUBITZ (Director of West Coast Promotion), MICHELLE TIGARD-KAMMERER (Director of Midwest/Northeast Promotion), EJ BERNAS (Director of Southeast Promotion), RACHEL DOBSON (Promotion Manager) and GARRETT HILL (Executive Assistant) – will be introducing the song to stations across the country in the coming weeks.
Dot Records’ General Manager CHRIS STACEY today unveiled seven staff members who have been hired for the iconic label’s promotion efforts.
In late March, The New York Times first broke the news of the legendary establishment’s resurgence and announced the 20-year industry veteran’s appointment, who previously held posts at Warner Music Nashville. Remaining in Nashville, Stacey reports to Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta and can be reached at 615.846.7745 or email@example.com.
“I look at the team that we have assembled here at Dot and the entire Big Machine Label Group and I know that we cannot only compete, but win. Newly named Director of National Promotion Kris Lamb is such a perfect fit to spearhead this team, where we have such an amazing balance of experience, relationships, intelligence, promo skill and hustle. I cannot wait to unleash this team on our first single!” exclaimed Stacey.
Under Stacey’s leadership, the Dot Records’ powerhouse team will consist of staff members with multi-genres backgrounds as well as internal hires within the Big Machine Label Group:
KRIS LAMB (Director of National Promotion) is upped in the label group family, where he most recently served as the West Coast Regional for Big Machine Records and was integral in the careers of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery and The Cadillac Three. He will relocate to Nashville and can be reached 615.846.7750 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAMES MARSH (Director of Southwest Promotion) joins the team from Warner Bros Records, where he served as Southwest Regional Promotions Manager. Based in Dallas, TX, he is available at 615.846.7747 or email@example.com.
BILL LUBITZ (Director of West Coast Promotion) will remain based in Las Vegas, NV, where he was most recently at Black River Entertainment in National Radio Promotion and West Coast Regional. He can be contacted at 615.846.7752or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHELLE TIGARD-KAMMERER (Director of Midwest/Northeast Promotion) previously Sr. Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Country Radio Broadcasters and will be located in Nashville. She can be reached at 615.846.7751or via email@example.com.
EJ BERNAS (Director of Southeast Promotion) comes from Curb/Universal, where he served as Sr. Director of Promotion. Remaining in Nashville, he can be contacted at 615.846.7749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RACHEL DOBSON (Promotion Manager) joins the label from Capitol Records Nashville & EMI Records Nashville, where she served as Promotion Coordinator. Shewill be based in Nashville and is available via 615.846.7748 or email@example.com.
GARRETT HILL (Executive Assistant) is a staple within the Big Machine walls, previously interning with the company and working as the Traffic Coordinator for the label group. He can be reached at 615.846.7746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, Dot Records is armed with the same tenacity and poised for similar success that both BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta and Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman have enjoyed. Their previous joint venture, Republic Nashville, launched the careers of Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope, scoring eleven #1 hits and selling over 30 million tracks in a mere five years.
Comparably, Dot Records will be headquartered in Nashville and will utilize the combined resources of Big Machine and Republic Records. The Universal Music Group, parent company of Republic Records, now owns the original Dot Records catalogue.
Dot Records’ success from inception in 1950 relied on finding, developing and marketing great music regardless of genre boundaries. That mission will remain intact as artists’ signings and incredible new music from across the globe are revealed in the coming months.