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Montgomery News, 8 April 2013
Mavericks set to bring high energy to Keswick
Interview with Paul Deakin
Newly-reunited country garage band the Mavericks will bring their genre-defying blend of Tex-Mex, Cuban, pop, rock and classic country to the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday, April 10.
Consisting of Raul Malo (vocals), Paul Deakin (drums), Robert Reynolds (bass), Jerry Dale McFadden (keyboards) and Eddie Perez (guitar), the group was originally formed in 1989 in Miami, Fla. During the 1990s, the group rose to prominence and charted more than a dozen hits on the country charts, among them 'All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down', 'What a Crying Shame', 'There Goes My Heart' and 'Dance the Night Away'.
By 2003, however, after years of heavy touring, six studio albums, and numerous Grammy Award and Country Award nods, the Mavericks disbanded. While each member went on to his own respective career, especially Malo, who released six albums during the near-decade apart, the men came together in October 2011 to announce plans for a reunion tour.
Although their initial plans were for just a reunion tour, the group began talking over dinner about working again, where Malo approached his former band mates with a number of songs he had composed.
After signing with Valory Music Co., an imprint of the independent record label Big Machine Records in February 2012, the band quickly headed into the studio. What resulted from its recording sessions were nine songs crafted in two days, which included the Buck Owens-influenced 'Dance in the Moonlight', the Roy Orbison-inspired 'Born to Be Blue' and the horn-punctuated opening track, 'Back in Your Arms Again'.
These tunes are just a few of the 14 songs found on their latest effort, 'In Time', released February 26.
“It’s a band of energy”, Deakin explained, of working with his once-former band mates during a recent interview before the group’s performance at the Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, Ariz. “The symbiotic relationship - it goes back and forth - energy does that. It gets kind of frenetic. It’s fun and when you make a record and you haven’t been together for so long - one of the reasons we broke up was that we were burnt out. We’d been at it for 13 or so years and touring nonstop. I always said we became a cover band of ourselves, and so when it stopped being fun, that’s when we stopped, because this band has always been known to be a fun band. So we’re definitely having fun [since we reunited].”
Deakin also explained it’s their energy that really paved the way for where the band is today.
“I think [making 'In Time'] was the foundation of why we are putting on the show that we are now”, Deakin explained. “Garnering the reviews on the record, the live shows - it started there with making the record and having such success - feeling that camaraderie again.”
Hot on the heels of rave album reviews and feeling the good vibrations of being back, the Mavericks have since taken to the road on a 27-date tour in support of their first release since 2003. The tour will take them across the U.S. and into Europe. Deakin said the group is looking forward to its upcoming Montgomery County appearance.
“We always love Philadelphia”, Deakin said. “It’s a wonderful city and it’s always been a good audience throughout the years. We’ve always had a good draw there.”
Deakin said fans can expect to hear songs new and old during their two-hour performance and added it may even include a few surprises along the way.
“We have a new record, so we’ll be playing a lot of songs from that”, Deakin said. “We will also go back and play the hits we had, some songs from the old catalog and some surprises of songs we didn’t write but we like to play.”
And as fans can anticipate, Deakin stressed that their energy level will be at an all-time high at the Keswick.
“The combination of the energy that this band puts out and obviously the music, but the performance - it’s a live band and the moments you have onstage... there’s something very unique to this band and the cosmic energy that just really gets going”, Deakin explained. “[The fans] really have a lot to do with it. A big thing in this show [is the audience]. It’s really about when that gets going. The energy going back and forth with the audience. I mean, you do enough shows, you can tell when that happens. The band responds to the audience, the audience responds to the band. So it’s going and keeps building.”
The Mavericks will play at the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, PA 19038, Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 – $45.
By Paul Nasella
8 April 2013
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