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Millennial country music stars Maddie and Tae to play all-ages show at IP

COURTESY IP CASINO RESORTMaddie Marlow and Taylor Dye are the country duo Maddie and Tae. They will be performing songs from their debut album 'Start Here' on Sunday night at the IP Casino Resort.
COURTESY IP CASINO RESORTMaddie Marlow and Taylor Dye are the country duo Maddie and Tae. They will be performing songs from their debut album 'Start Here' on Sunday night at the IP Casino Resort.

Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye have accomplished some big things. The accomplishments include winning the CMA Video of the Year award and a number-one single on the Billboard Country Music charts, as well as nominations at the ACMs and the Disney Music Awards. It's not a bad resume for Marlow and Dye, who accomplished all of this before turning 21, which they both will do later this year.

Marlow and Dye are the popular millennial country duo Maddie and Tae, who will perform songs from their debut album "Start Here" on Sunday at the IP Casino Resort. The show is an all-ages show.

"We're so excited about doing a headlining show in Biloxi, and it's our first time to play down there," Dye said. "I hope everyone comes and hangs out -- that will be cool."

Not girls in a country song

The singer-songwriters are responsible for writing and performing the number-one hit "Girl in a Country Song," a response to the sometimes sexist nature of "bro country," the male-dominated country scene where the songs are often about beer, trucks and the objectification of women, particularly in the videos to the songs.

"When we wrote that, it was a whole three months of Tae and I, not necessarily complaining, but we would turn on the radio and there would be a line in a song objectifying women so badly that we thought, 'What is going on with how women are projected in country music these days?'" Marlow said. "We kept (talking) about it and we would (write) another song and we would love the artist but the song would be so weird to women."

Marlow said they wrote the songs on St. Patrick's Day in 2014.

"When we first came out, everyone said it was a feminist anthem and we were kind of scared of the word feminist because we weren't familiar with it," Marlow said. "But a feminist is just someone who believes in equal rights for women, and we are totally down with that, and we're very proud of the song -- and we're so humbled by all of the people that tell us that they could relate to it."

Support from Lambert

Dye said the song was a big hit among their friends in the industry.

"We have a lot of female friends in the industry and a lot of them said they loved it," Dye said. "Miranda (Lambert) said she loved it and Carrie (Underwood) said she loved it -- just to hear that from those women who have been doing this for a long time was really inspiring to us. It's really exciting for us to be in an industry where women lift each other up instead of tearing one another down."

Marlow said they are big fans of Lambert.

"We have every record Miranda Lambert made and we recently shared a dressing room with her and she came up and said, 'I just love what y'all are doing.' I was like, 'Oh my gosh. One of my favorite singers is talking to me as a friend and that's insane."

The next step

Maddie and Tae are currently writing the follow-up to "Start Here."

"Our main focus right now is the second album," Dye said. "We really trying to hone it in and we're pretty confident we have about half of it written -- it's a really cool record."

Dye said the new songs are about life in their early 20s.

"It's all about figuring out who you are and what you are about," she said. "It's a cool theme that goes throughout the album because that's the theme of our lives right now."

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