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"You got to have a truck to drink your beer in!" jokes McBride of the important message in today's country tunes

By Danielle Anderson
Updated April 29, 2015 07:45 PM
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Bro country might be what’s dominating country radio these days, but don’t count Martina McBride and Sara Evans among its fans.

The pair recently sat down for a “Behind the Lens” episode of Front and Center: CMA Songwriters Series and chatted about the current male domination of the country charts – and how it didn’t always used to be this way.

“When I came into the scene in Nashville it was completely overloaded with women,” Evans, 44, tells McBride, 48, in the episode, airing on the YouTube channel Country Now. “It was you, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Dixie Chicks, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes. It was … ”

“Awesome,” finishes McBride.

“It was awesome! And the song’s subject matter was so diverse,” adds Evans.

“Diverse and strong,” says McBride. “And really showed a woman’s point of view.”

The singers reference songs like McBride’s hit “Independence Day,” which addresses domestic violence and is “emotional” and “important,” and say the topics in today’s tunes tend to be a bit more … trivial.

“Beer is important,” jokes Evans. “And trucks.” Adds McBride: “You got to have a truck to drink your beer in!”

See the video above for more on their conversation, and check out their performances on Front and Center below. The Front and Center series also airs on Public Television.

Sara Evans: “A Little Bit Stronger”

Martina McBride: “My Baby Loves Me”