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Putting ‘bro-country’ on blast, Maddie & Tae appear at Reno’s Silver Legacy

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye’s “Girl In A Country Song” takes aim at one-dimensional representations of women in country music.
Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye’s “Girl In A Country Song” takes aim at one-dimensional representations of women in country music. Courtesy of the artist

“Aw, naw, Conway and George Strait/Never did it this way/Back in the old days/Aw, y’all, we ain’t a cliché/That ain’t no way to treat a lady.”

These lyrics speak of a rebellion against a mindset that has become prominent in country music. They are from Maddie & Tae, the female duo performing at Reno’s Silver Legacy Friday, making their area casino debut. Similar in attitude to Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit “Nasty” (No, my first name ain’t Baby ... ) “Girl in a Country Song” takes direct aim at men who objectify women, specifically the “bro-country” artists who sing almost exclusively about pick-up trucks and partying with attractive females.

The women who penned those lyrics, Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, claim they didn’t set out to write what would become an anthem of sorts, but that is exactly what happened. They were the first act to sign on to the then-reconfigured Dot label with their debut album “Start Here.” The single, released in 2014, took 23 weeks to reach No. 1 but arrive there it did, becoming only the second debut by a female duo to reach such heights after The Wreckers did it with “Leave the Pieces” in 2006.

The duo has since moved to UMG Nashville and continue to score hits with songs that explore young life and love including “Sierra” (sample lyric: “Sierra, Sierra, life ain’t all tiaras”), “Fly” and “Your Side of Town.” The music, which displays plenty of twang within a crossover sensibility, brings to mind that of The Dixie Chicks, whom Marlow and Dye have called a major inspiration.

Another quality Maddie & Tae share with the Chicks? Courage, conviction and outrage, mostly directed at the men who want them to keep their “mouths shut and ride along ... and be the girl in the country song.” (8 p.m.; $45.50-$50.50; silverlegacy.com)

Canter’s in Reno

The Silver Legacy also recently became an extension of Los Angeles, as an outlet of that city’s famed Canter’s Delicatessen opened on the casino floor. The restaurant is famed for its pastrami but plenty of lox, hot potato knish and matzo-ball soup also is available.

On Saturday, Veterans Day, the Silver Legacy, the Eldorado and Circus Circus, all in Reno, are offering free breakfasts or lunch buffets to those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military. In addition, the exterior of Circus will be lighted in red, white and blue.

Closer to home, here’s a sampling of what Sacramento-area casinos have to offer this weekend:

▪ “Holiday Beatings,” an MMA competition, is set for Thunder Valley Saturday (7 p.m.; $50-$150; 21 and older; 13-20 with an adult; thundervalleycasino.com)

▪ “House of Floyd: A Tribute to Pink Floyd” plays Jackson Rancheria Saturday (7 p.m.; $10-$15; jacksoncasino.com)

▪ Sul Woon Do, the “King of Korean Trot,” performs Saturday at Cache Creek (8 p.m.; free with tickets distributed at guest services beginning at 6 p.m.; must have club card)

▪ Rocio y Su Sonora, an afternoon of Latin music, also is on the bill at Cache Creek Sunday (5 p.m.; free).

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