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Start Here

Start Here

by Maddie & TaeMaddie & Tae


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Maddie & Tae constructed their initial single, "Girl in a Country Song," as a battle cry camouflaged as satire: it took dead aim at the bros, but the duo smiled as they sank in the shiv. Clever as it was, "Girl in a Country Song" ran the risk of pegging Maddie & Tae as a novelty act but their full-length 2015 debut, Start Here, proves the hit was an opening salvo in a long-term mission to take back the contemporary country airwaves from hunks in tight jeans. Start Here is a proudly female album in addition to being a record that fully embraces the joys and occasional sorrows of being young, smart, funny, and ambitious. Given their precocious, pop-friendly attitude and association with Big Machine Records, it's easy to compare Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye to Taylor Swift, but Maddie & Tae emulate neither the skillful adolescent poetry nor the folky fragility of early Swift. They're an unabashed country act, gliding between heartbreak harmonies and punch lines with aplomb, the gilded ease masquerading the careful craft behind these 11 songs, every one of which bears songwriting credits by the duo. Craft is always a key component of the Nashville machine and producer Dann Huff ensures that Start Here follows the contours of commercial country; this isn't outsider music, this is bright, shiny country that cherishes polish as much as twang. The reason Start Here feels fresh lies entirely with Maddie & Tae, how they're tomboys who wish their boyfriend would just "Shut Up and Fish," how they feel as genuine when they're settling into sentiment on "Fly" as they do on "Sierra" when they pray for the downfall of a mean girl. In another's hands, such scheming could seem crass or nasty but placed in the context of Start Here, where it's surrounded by both sweetness and swagger, it simply adds another dimension to an album that embodies all the complex contradictions and unfettered optimism of modern country-pop in 2015.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2015
Label: Dot Records
UPC: 0602547326676
catalogNumber: 002317202
Rank: 53023


  1. Waitin’ on a Plane
  2. Girl in a Country Song
  3. Smoke
  4. Shut Up and Fish
  5. Fly
  6. Sierra
  7. Your Side of Town
  8. Right Here, Right Now
  9. No Place Like You
  10. After the Storm Blows Through
  11. Downside of Growing Up

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maddie & Tae   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Soloist
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Dorian Crozier   Drums
David Huff   Percussion
Aaron Scherz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joeie Canaday   Bass
Charlie Judge   Keyboards
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Brent Anderson   Composer
Matt McGinn   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Danny Myrick   Composer
Frank Rogers   Composer
Jason Bonilla   Programming
Jim Cooley   Engineer
Sean Neff   Vocal Engineer
David Huff   Programming
Becky Reiser   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Brad Tursi   Composer
Heather Morgan   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Aaron Scherz   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Seth Morton   Engineer
Pete Sallis   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Tiffany Vartanyan   Composer
Nicole Flammia   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Maddie Marlow   Composer
Taylor Dye   Composer
Allan Geiger   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Trent Wilmon   Composer
Abbey Lanigan   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Hunter Claire Rogers   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction
Seth Hellman   Graphic Design,Package Art Direction

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