The Mavericks are back…and better than ever!

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Music
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Raul Malo (middle) in 2011

Way back in the early 90’s (I’m guessing 1992), I discovered a band that changed my life forever: The Mavericks.  One night, I was listening to my local country station on my Walkman, and a familiar song came on (“Hey Good Lookin’”)…but performed by a band I had never heard before.  Even as a young girl, I was quite familiar with this old Hank Williams’ tune and knew it by heart.  My maternal grandparents and my father were always huge Hank William fans, so I was exposed to his music from the beginning.  I even remember my dad singing this song to me a time or two as he played his guitar.

Although I usually like the first versions of my favorite songs, the Mavericks won my heart and my fascination with this remake.  There was a richness and depth to the lead singer’s voice that pulled me in.  And I was mesmerized by the infectious beat and fun sound that the band brought to this classic country song.  In a strange way, I felt as though I had never truly heard that song before.  It took years before I finally realized that such rediscoveries are rare in life.

As the years flew by, the Mavericks remained my favorite band, and their music became entwined with my life.  My happiness and triumphs, my sadness and failures, even the ugliest demons and memories still live inside their music.  There is something about their bold mixture of music genres, the emotional depth of their songs, and their amazing chemistry as a band that keeps me coming back for more and listening to their albums day after day, year after year!

Eventually, I moved to an area that didn’t have a country music station and I lost touch with the Mavericks, although I had plenty of cassette tapes and CD’s—as well as great memories—to keep me company.  Eventually, I found out that the Mavericks had broken up and I was devastated.  I had always dreamed of seeing the Mavericks in concert one day, so I was afraid I would never get the chance.

In 2011, I finally got to go to my first concert.  No, it wasn’t a Mavericks concert like I had always hoped.  But it was the next best thing.  Raul Malo, the Mavericks’ lead singer, was still recording music and touring, and my fiancé surprised me with 2 tickets to Malo’s Christmas show!

Before, during, and after the concert, my world was a sweet, glorious blur.  I had never experienced so many raw emotions bombarding me all at once.  For years, I had pictured in my head what I thought the experience would be like.  But nothing—absolutely nothing—had prepared me for the magnitude and energy of Raul Malo’s music, voice, and stage presence.  And I wonder if I will ever be prepared, even if I get a lifetime of concerts.

I am happy to say that the Mavericks are now back together and better than ever!  I have overdosed on more than my share of YouTube videos and replayed their new songs so many times that I swear I sing them in my sleep.  But I still can’t get enough.  The energy, the emotion, the complex layers, and the intensity—it’s all back as if the Mavericks had never been apart for almost a decade.  On March 1, I was ecstatic to witness my favorite band in all their glory on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  Their performance left me spellbound, teared up, and excited about what the future might hold and all the concerts coming our way!

  1. Lois says:

    Great review… Raul is certainly the most charismatic person I have ever met… when I say met, I mean I’ve said ‘hello’ to him after a show… but on stage… wow!

    • ARDollak says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post, Lois. And yes, his stage presence is amazing! I’ve yet to meet him off stage, but when I do I suspect that all my assumptions and expectations will fall short . Raul is one wonderful, talented, and charismatic person!

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