Maddie & Tae Tap Dierks Bentley for Heartbreak Ballad, ‘Lay Here With Me’ [LISTEN]
Duo Maddie & Tae call on fellow country artist Dierks Bentley for brand-new ballad "Lay Here With Me," which comes off of their EP, Everywhere I'm Goin' (out Friday (Oct. 18)). Press play above to listen to the new duet!
Calling on the classic country tradition of heartbreak, the three artists harmonize over a story line that calls for a temporary truce in a turbulent relationship. "Lay here with me / Let down your guard / Let's take off our gloves / And quit makin' it so hard," they sing in the song's pleading chorus. "'Cause you don't wanna go / And I don't want you to leave / So why don't you stay, please / And lay here with me."
Contrasting the duo's close harmony against Bentley's more gravelly vocals, "Lay Here With Me" taps into a tried-and-true formula, pairing opposite aesthetics as a metaphor for a relationship that is at odds, no matter how hard both parties try to work it out. Maddie & Tae previously shared "Bathroom Floor," the anthemic first taste of Everywhere I'm Goin'.
The duo's new EP is the second of their three-part full-length album, which is being released as a triptych of shorter projects. The first of those three sections was released in April 2019 as the One Heart to Another EP, which, the artists say, depicts the musical journey they've been on together over the past years.
"It's about two best friends experiencing the highest of highs, the lowest of lows and everything in between together," the group's Maddie Marlow explained at the time. "We hope our fans hear the vulnerability, heartbreak, strength, truth and passion we've poured into this."
Per Taste of Country, Everywhere I'm Goin' shares an even more personal look into the singers' lives. "We are so excited to keep telling our story through this next collection of songs. We are so proud to have co-written all of these songs as well. This project as a whole is super personal, but these five songs in particular take you on an even deeper dive into our lives," Marlow notes.