With the rush of performances on Late Show with David Letterman, the TODAY show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, plus the demand for countless appearances, the album Maddie & Tae had left in process found itself being finished when fit in to cracks in their schedule. “What we had was good,” Maddie affirms, “but we knew it could be so much better. Our label understood when we went to them to say we needed more time.”
“We wanted to get the feel – the sound of it – and the music right,” picks up Tae. “You only make your first album once. We’d put so much heart into this, so many writing trips to Nashville when we were kids, building this music to be something special. We knew we were close, but we needed the time to step back and breathe, and get it right!”
Maddie & Tae will release START HERE August 28. The album is now available for pre-order on iTunes: Smarturl.it/MTStart. Produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Reba), the eleven tracks reveal the real young women’s perspective on emerging into a world filled with haters, dreams, courage and having a good sense of humor.
To further mirror the girls’ fresh-faced approach, they enlisted California-based photographer Allister Ann, known for her in-the-moment, no-frills work with the Civil Wars. The trio spent a day wandering and shooting around greater Nashville to come up with the front and back cover shots for their eagerly anticipated debut.
“The thing about us that really defines Maddie and I,” says Tae, “is we’re not those girls who want to spend a lot of time getting our hair done... We’d rather be out on a four-wheeler, playing guitar or just hanging out, having fun. That’s what the songs are made of. We thought the pictures should look like that, too – and it’s harder and easier than you’d think.”
Laughing, Maddie continues, “We did our own make-up, threw some clothes in a duffle bag and took off! Allister is so fun and easy, it was like a slumber party – except we were moving all day. We went to an ice cream stand, got out a friend’s old bronco, just whatever struck us. You can see it in the pictures. Suddenly, there were shots where it really looked like us, and it was super-fun and awesome and just the best day!”
Maddie & Tae Start Here Tracklist:
Waitin’ On A Plane
Girl In A Country Song
Shut Up And Fish
Your Side Of Town
Right Here, Right Now
No Place Like You
After The Storm Blows Through
Downside of Growing Up