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“Amsterdam Moon—I was actually in Amsterdam staying in a hotel outside the airport and I wasn’t too happy about that. It was a long trip and I was kind of down and missing the family and stuff. We had been in town a little bit and I had to take the train out to stay at the hotel by the airport. As I was riding the train, the moon was literally just within arm’s reach and it was one of the most spectacular sights I had ever seen and it literally looked like a Van Gogh painting; certainly makes you realise where he got that inspiration from, because he probably saw that every night of his life. I think he saw it a lot definitely because that is exactly what it looked like. You couldn’t help but to be inspired and I got back to the hotel and the hotel, to my good fortune, had this little outside deck where I could easily access the bar and grab as many beers as I needed to and I sat out there by myself with a ukulele and wrote this song, that ended up making it on the record. It is one of my favourites on the album even though it is not a song that will ever make it to the radio or ever be a single or anything like that, but it is just one of those that makes an album, or is a nice part of an album. I really do think that when we do get there [the UK] fans are going to hopefully love this record as much as we do. We are looking forward to getting over there.” As well as the new album release they will

also be touring and are very keen to visit the UK as just mentioned. “Oh my gosh yes!” Raul says. “Definitely. I don’t know exactly when we will be in the UK; we know that it will not be before the end of the year, but certainly by early next year we will be in the UK.” They have, however, been doing a few shows in America. Raul continues: “We have done some shows, mainly going to radio and promoting the album. We have done a couple of shows with the full band and they have been amazing. It has been great fun to be with the guys again and be on a live setting and play new music and feel energised like never before and that was seeping into the audience as well. The audiences are just eating it up and really the emotions that the fans are showing us when we step on stage have sometimes been a little bit overwhelming and takes a minute to gather your thoughts and go out and perform. It has been like that; it has been a beautiful experience all the way around.” Raul then went on to joke with the other members of the

band about how he ran into a friend in the street after one of their shows in Nashville. Talking about The Mavericks being back together, he recounted what the person said to him; “He said: ‘Raul, the other night you guys, compared to the old days, you guys are 5, 6, 7, no, 6 times better than you used to be’ [raucous laughter from the rest of the group] he went up to 7 then threw it back down to 6 [more laughter].” The subject then got onto whether this album and tour is

to be a one off, or if they are planning to keep on rocking and to release more albums in the future as well as more tours. The answers were all very positive for the future as Paul emphasised: “That is where we are at this present time and

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where our mindset is. In the coming together and consequent music that followed in the studio and the live shows and how we are all feeling right now and this renewed zest…it feels like we have reached the place where we feel we are at our best and that has opened up the opportunity for other things. I think Raul said that really there is nothing we cannot tackle, but also I think we all feel that we don’t have to be leaping any boundaries at this point. Therefore there is nothing really that is keeping us from continuing what we are doing.” That is very good news for all the fans of The Mavericks,

who have been missing the band for the last nine years, always hoping that this day would come. “Well I think that is part of the reason, honestly, that we got back together,” Raul says. “The love that the fans have shown throughout the years has never wavered and you would think…at least I did, that we’d had our day and that was it. I had really accepted it, you know, and so it is funny how life surprises you sometimes. This has been one of those beautiful surprises and we will enjoy every minute of it as much as we can.” The new album is quite brilliant and proves that they haven’t

lost any of their spark and energy. In fact it is possibly their best album to date with some excellent songs written by Raul and a relaxed smoothness about their sound. Perhaps it is the maturity of a group that first formed over twenty years ago, but that still has the zest and passion for the music, along with the love of their fans and to still be able to enjoy performing music together. This is like a magic carpet ride that we all hope will go on for a very long time. The Mavericks are back and sounding better than ever! David Knowles

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