Earlier this month, singer-songwriter Chase Rice responded favorably to Maddie and Tae’s anti-“bro-country” jam “Girl in a Country Song.”
Country superstar Jason Aldean just did the same for Maggie Rose’s contrasting offering “Girl in Your Truck Song.”
“Diggin the new @IAmMaggieRose song ‘girl in your truck song,'” wrote Aldean in a Twitter post Tuesday. “It even name checks a couple of my tunes. Yall check it out.”
Like Maddie and Tae’s “Country Song,” Rose’s “Truck Song” directly references lyrics from several popular “bro-country” songs. Unlike Maddie and Tae’s offering, Rose’s approaches those “truck songs” from a positive standpoint: she wants to be the girl about whom superstar male acts like Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are singing.
Given the favorable references to his songs like “Take a Little Ride” and “Tattoos on this Town,” Aldean’s support therefore comes as no surprise.
Rice’s public support for “Girl in a Country Song,” however, represented a more intriguing reaction.
While no one should have actually expected Rice to publicly bury the song, the Tweet of support–albeit with a somewhat defiant application of the “sexy” label–came as a mild surprise given that his subgenre’s portrayal of women is the target of the song’s ire. Rice is a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line’s quintessential “bro-country” tune “Cruise” and the lead performer on “Ready Set Roll.”
“I love this new @MaddieandTae song,” Tweeted Rice earlier this month. “Somethin sexy bout a little shit talkin. Keep it up girls. #GirlInACountrySong.”
Directly condemning a lyric in Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Maddie and Tae close their effort by declaring they are “not your tan-legged Juliet.”