Maddie & Tae Open Up About the Tour Bus Accident That Almost Derailed Their Career

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae are on their way to becoming household names thanks to their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," but their journey to stardom almost came to a screeching halt earlier this year. The duo was three days into their first promotional tour introducing themselves to country radio when they were involved in a tour bus accident. No one was hurt, but the experience left Maddie and Tae shaken.

Tae Dye tells ABC News Radio, "Our bus driver didn't see a clearance sign when he was going through a bridge -- not under it -- and basically tore off, decapitated the top of our bus."

The accident left the bus with what Maddie & Tae call "redneck sunroofs" as the air conditioning units actually fell into the tour bus.

Says Maddie, "We were almost hit in the head with the AC unit. So, thank God we are still alive."

The sound of the metal scraping the concrete put Maddie & Tae on edge, too.

"It sounded like we were beings shot at." Maddie adds with a laugh, "We were like, 'Lord Jesus! Take us now! I know you got [us] one song on the radio, finally. So, you can take us now!"

It looks like Maddie & Tae have bigger things left to do in country music. Their big hit, "Girl in a Country Song," is included on their debut EP, now available digitally.

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RaeLynn Treats Her Dad and Uncle to Green Bay Packers Game

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn took her father, Barry, and Uncle Todd along for her gig singing the national anthem for NFL Monday Night Football as the Green Bay Packers hosted and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43 to 37. Barry and Todd wore their Green Bay shirts and hats for the game.

While RaeLynn was honored to sing the anthem, she adds, "It’s extra special this time because I could invite my dad and uncle to experience their favorite team's win. Though, I’m not sure if they were cheering louder for me or the Packers!”

RaeLynn is headed into 2015 with her first top 20 country hit, "God Made Girls," climbing the chart.

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RaeLynn Treats Her Dad and Uncle to Green Bay Packers Game

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn took her father, Barry, and Uncle Todd along for her gig singing the national anthem for NFL Monday Night Football as the Green Bay Packers hosted and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43 to 37. Barry and Todd wore their Green Bay shirts and hats for the game.

While RaeLynn was honored to sing the anthem, she adds, "It’s extra special this time because I could invite my dad and uncle to experience their favorite team's win. Though, I’m not sure if they were cheering louder for me or the Packers!”

RaeLynn is headed into 2015 with her first top 20 country hit, "God Made Girls," climbing the chart.

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Randy Houser Makes Surprise Appearance on “The Voice” with Pal and Contestant Craig Wayne Boyd

Image Courtesy Broken BowRandy Houser made an appearance on NBC's The Voice Monday night to surprise contestant Craig Wayne Boyd during Boyd's hometown visit to Nashville. Randy took time off from Dierks Bentley's Riser tour to fly from Canada to Music City to perform with Craig at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Randy says, "You know, I got up there and we actually sang a couple songs. We sang a couple songs of mine -- 'Boots On' and 'How Country Feels.'  And we had a blast and we ended up just getting a chance to hang out that night.  It was a great time."

Craig has opened shows for Randy in the past, and Randy is proud to see his pal getting some recognition after years of paying his dues.

"It’s been incredibly cool to see a guy like Craig Wayne Boyd, who’s worked his tail off and deserves a shot at something really cool," Randy says. "And this is an excellent way for him to get it on The Voice. I mean, I think it’s finally the platform that he needed for the rest of the country to see what he’s about."

If you missed Randy's appearance on The Voice, you can watch it now at NBC.com.

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Randy Houser Makes Surprise Appearance on “The Voice” with Pal and Contestant Craig Wayne Boyd

Image Courtesy Broken BowRandy Houser made an appearance on NBC's The Voice Monday night to surprise contestant Craig Wayne Boyd during Boyd's hometown visit to Nashville. Randy took time off from Dierks Bentley's Riser tour to fly from Canada to Music City to perform with Craig at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Randy says, "You know, I got up there and we actually sang a couple songs. We sang a couple songs of mine -- 'Boots On' and 'How Country Feels.'  And we had a blast and we ended up just getting a chance to hang out that night.  It was a great time."

Craig has opened shows for Randy in the past, and Randy is proud to see his pal getting some recognition after years of paying his dues.

"It’s been incredibly cool to see a guy like Craig Wayne Boyd, who’s worked his tail off and deserves a shot at something really cool," Randy says. "And this is an excellent way for him to get it on The Voice. I mean, I think it’s finally the platform that he needed for the rest of the country to see what he’s about."

If you missed Randy's appearance on The Voice, you can watch it now at NBC.com.

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