Rich & Maranda are a dynamic duo! When I first heard Rich's classic country voice and his effortless guitar skills coupled with Maranda's sweet country folk sound I heard the Texas hill country. Their songs are well written and meaningful and you find yourself pulled deeper into it with each song. They are unique people with an honesty that is missing from much of today's country music. They're perfect for any venue that likes real country music!
David Lee, June 7th, 2019
Shade Tree Saloon, Spring Branch
I heard a new country band was coming to town and being the live music junkie I am of course I had to go check them out, Wayward Gypsies, hmmm.. As I walk through the door of my favorite beer joint, the smoke fills my nostrils and the good sounds of country music perks my ear. As the couples move off the dance floor after a 2-step to a Gary Stewart classic, the duet came straight out of left field with a red dirt cover. “I like the variety” but they weren’t done. After hitting us with a few originals they broke into a bluegrass montage that had the crowd stomping their feet and singing along. Energy, harmony, twang the Wayward Gypsies are all of the above “Keeping it country y’all” Yes they are!
When the show was over and the band fulfilled the request for another encore I made my way through the standing ovation and introduced myself to the duet. After chatting it up with Rich & Maranda while they packed up their equipment I came to the conclusion that these 2 are just as real as their music. Wayward Gypsies are a must see if you are a country music fan!
Johnny A, Dec. 6th 2013
Wayward Gypsies is a singer-songwriter duo consisting of the sassy Maranda Mae (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar) and her talented husband Rich Edwards (Vocals/Acoustic Lead Guitar) who played their country roots music performance in Elgin, TX. Left handed guitarist Maranda kicked off the set by singing a Johnny Cash classic, Big River. Hearing the lead singing provided by a female voice gave the song a new essence. Next was a rousing rendition of Dwight Yoakam's Guitars, Cadillacs sung by Rich who equally provided an exciting cover version. As the set continued, Maranda sang one by Kelly Willis, He Don't Care About Me, proving this duo is dug in deep in the Texas music seen. These independent recording artists proved their songwriting talents with their original tune Better Days from their upcoming CD now in begining stages. The next few Texas classics, My Hometown by Charlie Robison, Next Big Nothing by Sunny Sweeney and The Man That I've Been by Cory Morrow really brought the Austin music scene to Bastrop County. As if that wasn't enough they shot into a cover of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's After The Fire Is Gone, much to the intimate crowd. They finished out the set with a couple more fine originals titled Talking To The Wall and Keep Coming Back For More. The later could be a testament for anybody in the audience who enjoyed the show, who I am sure will be coming back for more of these creative performers. Their CD release planned for next year will have a collection of original material and guest musicians including Slim Bawb (Steel, Mandolin and Dobro), James Mangham (Bass), and others to be announced, while Rich will provide much of the Drums and Guitar himself. For more info on Wayward Gypsies go to their website at www.waywardgypsies.com.
David Lear July 7th, 2009
Quoffers Pub, Elgin TX