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Reynolds; Raul Malo; Eddie Perez; Paul Deakin ©Ivan Clow


The Mave rick s : The Party is about to start again!


Robert Reynolds and Paul Deakin, later adding guitarist, Ben Peeler to their ranks. In 1991 they released their self-titled debut album that included the incredible single This Broken Heart, a heart-rending ballad that introduced the amazing vocals of one Raul Malo. That single was also made into a music video thus introducing The Mavericks to the UK via CMT on cable television. Thanks to the success of the single—and possibly more


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importantly the video—The Mavericks were quickly signed to major label MCA Nashville. Ben Peeler made way for David Lee Holt and they released FROM HELL TO PARADISE in 1992 and were now becoming regulars on CMT with their videos, although only one single charted from the album, the Hank Williams; cover Hey Good Lookin’. Another guitarist change ensued with Nick Kane, taking over from Holt in 1994 and from then on the band never looked back. WHAT A CRYING SHAME came out in 1994 and spawned four top 40 country hits and by now The Mavericks were becoming a household name in America; the UK’s country fans also getting very interested. They toured the UK around that time, performing at a packed


out Shepherd’s Bush Empire where they put on a fantastic show, although a few people weren’t happy because they found them to be not country enough (that was the one drawback of UK


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ut on your glad rags and dust off your dancing shoes because The Mavericks are back together again—it’s party time! The Mavericks were founded back in 1989 in Miami, Florida by Raul Malo,


concert goers only having the videos on CMT to feed off of), but then they’ve never typecast themselves under one particular genre—that’s the beauty about the band. They may have lost the odd country fan that couldn’t widen their vision to outside that one particular genre, but over the next few years they gained many more fans as their popularity in the UK increased ten-fold. But did the group expect such success when they started and did they have it in mind to have such a special sound that would attract such interest? “I don’t think you can plan those things,” Raul says. “Life just


takes you in certain directions and you learn as you go along. Also, when you are starting out in your twenties, you are not thinking 20 years down the line. So let us be honest about that, I wish I was that clever, as that would make me out to have been a mature young man which I certainly was not. I think life takes you in certain directions, you know. I think we all start, all artists at one point, you always start imitating somebody and then you do it time and time over again. You eventually start to find your own voice and your own sound; I think that is where we are at right now. I don’t see us doing anything different from here on out, just writing as many great songs as you can possibly write and just play music from an honest place that hopefully affects the listener and people hopefully will get something out of it.” 1995’s MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS carried on the success with


the single Here Comes The Rain winning the band a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in


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