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Mad­die Mar­low and Tay­lor Dye (of Texas and Ok­la­homa re­spec­tively) are best friends turned band­mates whose first sin­gle, “Girl in a Coun­try Song,” was the sur­prise coun­try hit of 2014—not only be­cause it came from an un­der-the-radar pair of 18-year-olds but also be­cause it’s a spir­ited, sar­cas­tic take­down of the “Hey, girl, put on some short shorts and come along for a ride in my truck” brand of “beers and bim­bos” bro-coun­try that is fu­elling the genre’s cur­rent pop­u­lar­ity. “We both grew up with strong, in­de­pen­dent moth­ers, and that is re­flected in our mu­sic,” says Mar­low. Their al­bum, Start Here, out this sum­mer, prom­ises more hon­est songs about real life, like the track “The Down­side of Grow­ing Up.” “I wrote it on a day when I was on ‘the strug­gle bus,’ do­ing all the crap that grown-ups do, like pay­ing rent,” says Mar­low. “It’s about grow­ing pains and find­ing out who you are and who you want to be.” n

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