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The Mavericks

Fusing traditional country with traditional rock & roll, the Mavericks became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early '90s. Led by singer/songwriter Raul Malo (born August 7, 1965, Miami, FL), the band was formed in Florida in the late '80s. Malo had previously played in several different bands while he was in high school, as did bassist Robert Reynolds (born Robert Earl Reynolds, April 30, 1962, Kansas City, MO). The pair met at school and discovered they had similar musical tastes -- they both enjoyed the music of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash -- and decided to form a band. Reynolds persuaded his best friend, Paul Deakin (born Paul Wylie Deakin, September 2, 1959, Miami, FL) -- who had been a drummer in progressive rock bands before and had done some session work -- to join the fledgling country band.

Taking the name the Mavericks, the band began playing rock clubs around the Miami area and built up a solid local following. The group chose to play rock clubs because the country bars only wanted to book bands that played covers and the Mavericks preferred to concentrate on original material. In the fall of 1990, the band released an eponymous independent album. The record worked its way onto play lists across Florida and made its way to Nashville, where it gained the attention of nearly every major record label.

In May of 1991, the group went to Nashville to play a showcase gig. Scouts from all of the town's major labels were in attendance, but the band decided to sign with MCA Records. Later that year, the Mavericks set about recording their first major-label album; before the sessions began, they added lead guitarist David Lee Holt, who had previously played with Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, and Carlene Carter. Titled From Hell to Paradise, the record primarily consisted of Malo's original songs and was released in 1992. Although it was critically acclaimed, the album wasn't a commercial success; only a cover of Hank Williams' standard "Hey Good Lookin'" made the charts and that peaked at number 74.

The Mavericks' commercial fortunes turned around with their second major-label album, What a Crying Shame. Produced by Don Cook (Brooks & Dunn, Mark Collie), the album was more streamlined and focused. It became a hit upon its release early in 1994, with the title track becoming a Top 40 hit. Shortly after the release of What a Crying Shame, the group replaced Holt with Nick Kane (born Nicholas James Kane, August 21, 1954, Jerusalem, GA).

Throughout 1994, the band racked up Top 40 hit singles. "O What a Thrill" went to number 18 in the summer, with "There Goes My Heart" reaching number 20 in the fall. By the spring of 1995, What a Crying Shame had gone platinum. During the first half of 1995, the Mavericks recorded their fourth album, Music for All Occasions, which appeared in the fall of the year. Like its predecessor, it was critically acclaimed and a commercial success. By the spring of 1996, the album had gone gold. Trampoline followed in 1998; easily the group's most musically ambitious set to date, Trampoline's blend of pop and Latin textures didn't connect with the mainstream country audience in the United States, though the album (and it's first single, "Dance The Night Away") proved to be a major success in the United Kingdom. The Mavericks soon found themselves at loggerheads with their record company, and they parted ways with MCA. The group went on hiatus for several years, with Malo releasing a solo album in 2001 and recording with the Latino supergroup Los Super Seven, while Robert Reynolds played on sessions with the group Swag. In 2003, the group re-assembled -- with guitarist Eddie Perez replacing Nick Kane -- and recorded a self-titled set for Sanctuary Records. The album failed to chart, and the band split up shortly thereafter. Sanctuary cashed in with a live album and DVD, recorded in Austin, TX on the album's promotional tour, and released in the fall of 2004.

The members went their own way, most of them continuing to perform in various music projects. Raul Malo continued his successful solo career, recording five more albums. The Mavericks eventually reunited in 2011, charting with the digital EP “Suited Up and Ready” and the single “Born To Be Blue”. Their seventh full-length studio album, In Time, followed in February 2013 via Valory Music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

yousaidwhen
just saw the band in reno....craz y good.
I love these guys. They Are awesome
can't wait for Portsmouth NH!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
If you post this on ten comment walls in the next ten minuets, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. But if you break this chain you will have bad luck tomorrow. In the next 53 minutes, someone will say "I love you" or "I'm sorry"
Happy to say I just saw them perform at ACL (Austin City Limits) this past Saturday, October 12th) and it was amazing. I love this group like non other!!!
biking333
Raul has an amazing clear and romantic voice. Love this group!!!!!!
Great voice.
Amazing band, great show at Knuckleheads , Kansas City 9/12/2013. They back and I hope they stay that way!
plaine1
On of the BEST bands EVER! And Raul is THE best singer!
Best concert I've ever seen, Coach House, San Juan, Ca. 2013!!!
noprsur.cj
you guys r wonderful ! y havent I heard of U B 4
rudyhikes
Saw them at the New Orleans Heritage Festival... AWSOME.
I was at thier Austin concert!! They was awesome!!
Last week in Glenside, PA - 3 encores - outrageous stamina! Audience was on their feet dancing! Great performance by Malo and gang. Even an appearance by Dino Malo - his eldest son - same energy!
robertn66
Fantastic show 4/11/13 at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Ma.
I've followed them since I saw them in Tacoma years ago. What a voice. Love it.
sprkee4
what a show in chicago , 2 hours plus of non stop music, the best concert ever ,then they still had the time to sign autographs and take pics after. they are amazing
Wow! Raul's voice on Blue Moon is haunting...b e a u t i f u l !
The Mavericks tore the house down at the El Rey on Wilshire in La on 3.26.13

What a show, Malo is flipping amazing!!
Best show I've seen in years.

Wish they would come to SF
I also saw the Mavericks and Raul in Tucson, Arizona..... that voice, that ensemble.... It's indescribabl e !!!!!
cindymike198 2
I attended The Mavericks concert last night 3/21/13 at the Historical Fox Theater in Tucson Arizona. What a concert! Raul has a remarkable voice and his band members brought an energy to the stage that infected everyone in the audience. Security attempted to retrain some who wanted to leave their seats to dance but Raul asked security to stand down and allow the fun to begin. Thank you Mavericks.
pipetx
Saw them live in Austin Dec 30th. AWESOME!!!!!
tak39944
I had missed them until a friend lent me a CD. What a voice Raol has! He can sing anything - even Mary had a little Lamb and I'd love it!
Glad they're back again!! One of the most underrated bands of all time...espec i a l l y by the Nashville snobs.
Saw them last month at the Arizona State Fair. Best concert I have ever seen. THAT VOICE! (Raul) I've just about worn out their CDS.
Saw them at the MN State Fair-2012, what a band. The place was on fire. Wonderful concert and night.
rm24214
Love 'em...like the Dwight Yoakam sound they have
I got egg on my face for getting too close to the egg beater. I also lost the tip of my tongue and what I had on it.
The Band is Back and ready to hit the road....the new record out soon!
Really LOVE the Mavs! THIS is COUNTRY music....not that stuff that is so overplayed on the radio!
Yes, the Mavericks are a great band, I learned to play the drums listening to their music.
ronaldo_robe r t s
i like these guys, that original sound always sounding good...
The Greatest band most people never heard of !
I've loved this group for years - wish I could see them in concert - would be totally awsome!
deacondigger
I sure miss The Mavericks sme of the happiest sad songs around

snowmag9
Play Raul's CD You're only lonely and girls' clothes magically start coming off.....
I MISS THEM! I really wish they would put together another album. I never heard one bad song come from them. Way to go Raul! You know how to write them.
Best concert I have ever heard!...... . . a n d it was in Portsmouth New Hampshire.
These guys are great! (Somehow, I missed them until Pandora.)
Lively music !!
flytyer5
I can't believe I missed these guys in the 90's! Raul Malo's voice is captivating!
skootnboot
I miss them. The best group ever. Raul has an awesome voice and I love his songs!
cathydagenha r d t
Live in Austin Texas is the best CD EVER!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
One of my favorite and Raul can absolutely belt it out. He has one tremendous voice.
Elvis...... is now in the building
Fantasic group,don`t know if they are still around but they really play well and I like the lead singer..They have a ton of talent,they were around alot at one time..
leon3anderso n
super sound
What has happen to the mavs they dont play their music and more where are they???
I think the Mavericks are a very underrated artist. Trampoline is my favorite album.
keuka888
THEY R GREAT!!! I am a 68 year old lady and i love them....
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