Oklahoma-Texas country duo Maddie & Tae to release long-awaited sophomore LP 'The Way It Feels'
As platinum-selling Oklahoma-Texas duo Maddie & Tae is “riding a gust of momentum” (People) following an explosive 2019 that featured new music that is “drenched in raw, vulnerable emotion” (American Songwriter), the pair revealed details today of its highly anticipated full-length sophomore album "The Way It Feels" (Mercury Nashville), set to be released on April 10.
Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells, the album is available for pre-save NOW, according to a news release.
Featuring songs and stories from their two EPs shared last year, which helped propel the pair as the Best Streaming Female Country Duo of All Time with over 812 million streams and earned instant critical applause for introducing “a more sophisticated side” (Associated Press), "The Way It Feels" is rounded out with five new tracks co-written by Maddie Marlow, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Taylor Dye, who hails from Ada, culminating in the duo’s winding journey of love, loss and, most importantly, redemption.
Opening with the “feel-good” (Billboard) “Everywhere I’m Goin,” their sophomore album balances the palpable heartache of their current single “Die From A Broken Heart” and the “harmony-rich ballad” (Rolling Stone) “Lay Here With Me” featuring Dierks Bentley into the unabashed love of “Trying On Rings,” “My Man” and “Write A Book.” Other highlights touted in the press materials include the strenghth of “One Heart To Another” and the delicacy of “Water In His Wine Glass.”
“It has been four years since we’ve released an album. For us, this is a lot more than just an album release,” Marlow said in a statement. “This sophomore album will always be a reminder that no matter the setbacks and struggles, we will come out stronger and better. We are so proud of this 15-song story. We wrote these songs during the most vulnerable times and our hope is that people hear that and connect.”
“'The Way it Feels' is finally here!” added Dye in the statement. “These songs will always represent something so beautiful and spiritual to us. And hopefully, it will represent something similar to people who listen.”
As previously reported, the "Girl in a Country Song" hitmakers were finally able to release new music last year with their spring EP "One Heart to Another" and the autumn companion EP "Everywhere I'm Goin'," both released on Mercury Nashville. The EPs constituted the first new music from Maddie & Tae since their 2015 debut album "Start Here."
"In the middle of making what we thought was gonna be our sophomore record, our label had shut down. And so we were kind of in this limbo of you know this weird career thing where we had all this momentum and we’re on top of the world and then all of a sudden everything is crashing down," Marlow told me in a 2019 interview.
"So, the heartbreak part of the album, a lot of the inspiration came from those moments of feeling confused and lost and now knowing where our careers were gonna go. So, we pulled from all different emotions for this album. But we were given the gift of time, even though at the time we didn’t really want that. We were just ready to put out music. But it all worked out so perfectly, and a lot of these songs would not have been born had we not had that much time."
To read more of my 2019 interview with Maddie & Tae, click here.
"The Way It Feels" track listing:
1. “Everywhere I’m Goin’” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Josh Thompson, Jimmy Robbins)
2. “Bathroom Floor” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Josh Kerr)
3. “My Man” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Dave Barnes, Jordan Reynolds)
4. “Tourist In This Town” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Barry Dean, Jimmy Robbins)
5. “Drunk Or Lonely” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Deric Ruttan, Forrest Whitehead)
6. “One Heart To Another” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)
7. “Trying On Rings” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Laura Veltz, Jimmy Robbins)
8. “Write A Book” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Laura Veltz, Josh Kerr)
9. “Water In His Wine Glass” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jon Nite)
10. “Ain’t There Yet” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Dave Barnes, Ben West)
11. “Lay Here With Me” (feat. Dierks Bentley) (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Josh Kerr, Dave Barnes)
12. “Friends Don’t” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jon Nite, Justin Ebach)
13. “Die From A Broken Heart” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Jonathan Singleton, Deric Ruttan)
14. “I Don't Need To Know” (Maddie Marlow, Taylor Dye, Adam Hambrick)
15. “New Dog Old Tricks” (Laura Veltz, Jesse Frasure, Emily Weisband)
Having road-tested a handful of their new songs last year as the duo “took their live show to the next level” (Washington Post) spanning Checotah native Carrie Underwood’s 55-city "Cry Pretty Tour 360" and performances on the 2019 Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards, as well as back-to-back "Today" Show appearances, the pair are looking ahead to commanding their own stage on their headlining "Tourist in This Tour Tour," kicking off in April. Tickets are available now at www.maddieandtae.com/tour.
Following their headlining outing, the pair is set to “get the crowd smoldering” (as I noted in my concert review of their Oklahoma City "Cry Pretty" opening set) all summer on Lady Antebellum’s nationwide "Ocean Tour."
The award-winning duo is drawing praise for its new music “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row” (Rolling Stone) with a “sound that’s identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard). (To read more of my review of Underwood's 2019 OKC concert featuring Maddie & Tae, click here.)
Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with the insightfully catchy “Girl In A Country Song,” which took country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going platinum.
The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations. The pair also widespread praise from The Oklahoman, NPR, Billboard,
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