Great news for fans of The Mavericks: After a seven-year break, the GRAMMY- and ACM Award-winning country group is back together again. They’ve even returned to the studio and begun recording material for a new album that is due this summer, and are planning to tour this year as well. The first single from the album is set to be unveiled next month, to be released by the Valory Music Co., with whom the group recently signed.
Founded by guitarist/vocalist Raul Malo and bassist/vocalist Robert Reynolds, the band also features Paul Deakin (drums, vocals) and Eddie Perez (lead guitar, vocals).
The Mavericks earned a series of hits during the 1990s including “What a Crying Shame,” “O What a Thrill,” “Here Comes the Rain,” and “There Goes My Heart.”
Check out a live version of “What A Crying Shame”:
Note that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of The Mavericks’ self-titled debut album. Co-founder Robert Reynolds, though, in a statement issued by the band’s label, notes firmly that this return to recording is not about celebrating the past.
“I promise you, from everything I can tell in my heart of hearts, if it even began for a moment to be about celebrating 20th anniversary and all of that music that was once made, we quickly put that behind us,” he says.
He’s also not so hot on the word “reunion.”
“I feel like it’s almost impossible to simultaneously promote the reunion of the band and promote this new album and the future of the band. I feel the reunion is for kind of getting back and just blowing the dust off the old music and doing it well. I feel this is about now and, as I said, the future.”
He says, “I feel like it’s almost impossible to simultaneously promote the reunion of the band and promote this new album and the future of the band,” he says. “The reunion is for kind of getting back and just blowing the dust off the old music and doing it well.” What the band is doing currently — regrouping, recording — “is about now and, as I said, the future.”
The Mavericks are scheduled to play the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California at the end of April, with further tour dates to be announced. And keep your ears out for that new single in the coming weeks.
– Kurt Wolff, CBS Local