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The Mavericks: In Time

Written by witf | Feb 28, 2014 6:47 AM

The Mavericks are back. The country-steeped garage band with a Cuban-American lead singer that emerged from Miami in 1989 with a sultry debut that was equal parts innocence, intensity and vintage influences has reunited after an eight-year hiatus. Time has a way of melting away when you’re busy living life — and two decades have passed since their polyrhythmic brand of post-modern country gave the world “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes the Rain” and “Dance the Night Away.” Now the “most interesting band in the world” has captured the infectious energy and robust sound from their live shows in THE MAVERICKS: IN TIME, part of special programming premiering on witf on March 7 at 8:30 p.m. and March 9 at 10 p.m.,

With their new album and PBS special, time melts once again, and the band that defied definitions, blurred genres and made everybody feel good is back. Songs like the Orbison-esque “Born to Be Blue,” the horn-punctuated retro noir “Back in Your Arms Again” and the Tejano-esque “All Over Again” show that the Mavericks have once again found the way to make genre-defying soul music.

For Raul Malo, the lead singer with the rich, supple voice that’s second only to Roy Orbison in its ability to convey lonesomeness, desire and vivre, drummer Paul Deakin, multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds, longtime collaborator keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and seasoned guitarist Eddie Perez, life has become richer in terms of experience, playing acumen and a sense of their own musicality. It has also deepened the connection between them in a way that heightens the singular chemistry that made the Grammy-winning band one of the most exciting live acts in any musical genre.

“Maybe the space has given us a sense not of how it can happen, but what can happen when we come together,” says Deakin. “Because when you get Raul, Robert, Eddie, Jerry Dale and me in a room together, there’s definitely something that’s magical."
THE MAVERICKS: IN TIME draws from a multitude of influences — from Dean Martin to the Sir Douglas Quintet, from Hank Williams and Ray Price to tangos, polkas and Ravel's “Bolero.” Or, as Perez laughs, “It’s so many genres … if you had to call it something, I guess it would have to be ‘inclusive.’”

During the show, we'll be offering special The Mavericks themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf.

  • The Mavericks: In Time CD $60
  • The Mavericks: In Time DVD $90
  • The Mavericks: In Time DVD & CD $120
  • 2 tickets to The Mavericks at Whitaker Center 8/8/14 8 p.m. $150

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