Bandgirl's Blog

It’s been a busy week promoting Silverwing.

We picked up a new venue at a place called the Flight Bar, guessing it’s next to the airport.  A friend is teaching line dancing and the owners want some live music, so our friend suggested Silverwing.  Always great to get a recommendation, now the pressure is on. We’ve exchanged info on the dances and songs that will make this gig a success for us and for the new dancers.

Then another friend contacted us this week about an opportunity at a casino in Reno, which is looking for some country music.  It’s hard to break into the casino circuit.  Sometimes you need an agent, who will take a cut, for making a few phone calls.  Also you need to have experience and it’s the age old dilemma, you need experience to get the gig, but you can’t get any experience unless you get a gig.  So if we can get in the door, then we’ll work hard to keep it.  Of course the venue needs to support it with some good advertising.

Then we had a killer practice yesterday.  Lots of breaking down the details.  My husband has played for so long, then he does everything by ear.  I, of course, can’t remember s#@t, so I have lots of notes, but no sheet music.  He just listens, picks out the chords, noodles till he has the lead figured out and off we go.  It can be an amazing thing to watch.  Anyway, there was lots of breaking things down.  What is that note, what is the drum beat, where is the stop.  It went from noon to 6pm with lots of smoke breaks, but that’s where we connect and become friends, not just musicians at a job.

Our next gig is this Saturday at our local hangout Boomer’s.  So lots of friends in the crowd.  I’ll let you know if anything crazy happens.

Mary,, our cd is available at


{May 26, 2010}   Brandywine draws a crowd

I played guitar last weekend at the Oasis Bowl in Fallon, Nevada in my duo, Brandywine.  We had a great turnout with lots of dancing.  Brandywine plays mostly country music, so there is a line dancing crowd and a couples dance crowd that follows us where ever we play.  We added some new songs to the set list.  And playing them live for the first time is always exciting.  Will I remember the breaks, will I remember how many measures of each chord.  I love the challenge of adding new material to the set list.  But the classics are a treasurer.  The first song that I ever sang in public is “I can’t help it, if I’m still in love with you”  by Hank Williams Sr which I first heard on a Linda Ronstadt album many years ago.  I can’t sing it exactly like the Linda version and of course she had Emily Lou Harris doing back up vocals, how awesome, but I stand and deliver and try to do it justice.  It keeps me excited by life and playing keeps me young and happy with something to look forward to.  I’m looking forward to the next gig.

{May 1, 2010}   Brandywine on May 22

Brandywine will be playing on May 22nd at the Oasis Bowl in Fallon, Nevada.  This is a new event for the Oasis Bowl.  We already do Karaoke on Friday nights, but to have Mel and I come in a perform live music is a new project for Brandywine and the Oasis Bowl.   We are really hoping to have a great turnout, so that we can make the Oasis Bowl our new hangout for the dance crowd in Fallon, Nevada.  We are working up some new songs and of course we will be performing our originals, such as Wide Open Spaces and Who You Are.  The CD of our original songs will be completed in the next month or two and will be available for sale this summer.

{April 26, 2010}   Brandywine at Oasis Bowl

The duo Brandywine (Mel & Mary of Silverwing) will be playing on May 22 at the Oasis Bowl, Fallon, Nevada.  Brandywine is very excited about playing at this new venue.  The Oasis Bowl offers a great bar with good prices.  The dance floor will be cleared for our “Silverwing Dancers.”    Brandywine is going to add some new songs to their list for this event.  It’s been a while since Brandywine has had a consistent place to play in Fallon, so we are hoping for good turn out.  This could be the our new “hang out.”  Come on out and support Brandywine and let Rick and Karen at the Oasis Bowl know that having a place to dance is a good idea.  Maybe we can make this a regular gig.  Thanks, BandGirl

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