Maranda Mae, rhythm guitar, harmonica and vocals
Rich Edwards, lead guitar, drums/percussion and vocals
Based out of New Braunfels, Texas, the The Texas Duet
is a unique 2 piece act. With Maranda on rhythm guitar, harmonica
and vocals and Rich on lead guitar, drums/percussion and vocals,
they are a full band. No prerecorded backing tracks or digital loops,
they do it all, keeping the overhead down and playing more shows.
From bluegrass to country to honky tonk, The Texas Duet is keeping it real.
Rich and Maranda are hometown sweethearts born in the
Catskills Mountains of Eastern New York State, they lived less than
a mile down the road from each other. As friends and neighbors,
they grew up together but who knew that they would get married
and leave that small town to pursue a music career.
Rich was influenced by the urban cowboy sounds of Johnny Lee
and Mickey Gilley and the honky tonk outlaws, Waylon Jennings
and Hank Jr., while Maranda grew up singing gospel in her
grandfather’s church and was influenced by the more traditional
country music like Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.
Together they started performing in the local beer joints of upper
New York State, but soon decided they wanted more. So they
packed up their dreams, loaded their guitars and headed for
Nashville, TN. After a few years of playing the Nashville bars and
honing in on their own style, their music led them to Texas.
Blending traditional country, honky tonk and bluegrass they have
found their niche in the Americana scene.
Although Maranda has been known to write a song here and
there, Rich is more the songwriter of the two. “I don’t consider
myself a sophisticated writer, simple songs simply about life, living,
Maranda’s sweet and melodic vocals and smooth harmonies
combined with Rich’s throwback honky tonk, sometimes lonesome
sound, the duo has found their place in the Texas music scene.