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Maddie and Tae headline spring concert

Country duo Maddie and Tae are flying to the top of the charts with their debut album “Start Here,” which they performed at the Civic Arena on Saturday, April 16.

Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye graced Missouri Western students and the St. Joseph community with a live concert, featuring their hit singles “Girl in a Country Song” and “Shut Up and Fish.”

The duo have performed with several popular country artists including Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and Little Big Town, but say they love doing small-town shows.

“There’s something really special about a smaller venue,” the duo said. “It’s intimate and we can actually see the the different emotions on our fan’s faces, we love that!”

Right now, Maddie and Tae are on tour with country artist Lee Brice, whom they say they have learned a lot from.

“The more we perform, the more we learn, especially being out with Lee and seeing how passionate he is on stage is very inspiring to us,” Maddie and Tae said. “We want to leave everything we have on the stage just like he does, and being on the road is an adventure in itself, so we’ve gotten some great song concepts from that.”

Speaking of great song concepts, Maddie and Tae are working hard to promote their latest album “Start Here,” which was released August 28, 2015. The group discussed that the main concept behind this album is something very important to them.

“The common thread in “Start Here” is definitely honesty,” they said. “Authenticity is something that we always hope to capture and achieve throughout all aspects of our career.”

Another concept throughout the album is the topic of bro-country, or modern country music taking on pop, rock and hip hop influences, and how the duo are working to promote feminism in country music while sticking to the original country roots.

“We think everyone should make music they love and are proud of, but degrading women should never be okay,” they said. “We see that negative trend slowing fading away and it feels great.”

Maddie and Tae will be on tour with Brad Paisley starting in May, but until then they plan on focusing on writing new music for their second album, releasing their fourth single off “Start Here” and planning a fall tour.

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