The Mavericks

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The Mavericks
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Country, neotraditional country, Tex-Mex
Years active 1989–2004, 2012–present
Labels Cross Three
Valory Music Co.
Members Paul Deakin
Raul Malo
Eddie Perez
Jerry Dale McFadden
Past members David Lee Holt
Nick Kane
Ben Peeler
Robert Reynolds

The Mavericks are an American neotraditional country band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, they recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996's "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single "Dance the Night Away", which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart.

The band split up in 2004, and lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Robert Reynolds released two solo EPs and co-founded 'supergroup' SWAG with Jerry Dale McFadden, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell. In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records and recorded their reunion album In Time, which was released in February 2013.


The Mavericks began their career within the punk and alternative music scene in Miami, Florida, frequently playing on the same bill as emerging acts like Marilyn Manson, etc. The band initially consisted of singer Raul Malo, guitarist Ben Peeler, bassist Robert Reynolds and drummer Paul Deakin. This line-up issued an independent self-titled LP before Peeler was replaced by David Lee Holt.

In 1991, the band was signed by MCA Nashville and their first major label release, From Hell to Paradise, debuted in 1992. Holt subsequently left the band, and The Mavericks recorded their follow-up What a Crying Shame as a trio, augmented by session musicians. What A Crying Shame produced four top 40 country hits: the title track, "O What a Thrill", "There Goes My Heart" and "I Should Have Been True". A fifth single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "All That Heaven Will Allow", peaked at number 49.

Adding guitarist Nick Kane to the permanent line-up, 1995's Music for All Occasions included the singles "Here Comes the Rain", which won the band a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal the following year.[1] Its follow-up was "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", their highest country chart peak at number 13.

Late 1990s[edit]

In 1996 - 1997, the band embarked on the "Tour For All Occasions" and released a live album, "It's Now! It's Live!"

Their 1998 album Trampoline produced a number 4 UK hit in "Dance the Night Away"; "I've Got This Feeling" and "Someone Should Tell Her" also made the UK charts.[2]

In 2003, Eddie Perez replaced Nick Kane on guitar and The Mavericks recorded a new album The Mavericks. The band split up shortly after the 2004 tour ended.


In October 2011, The Mavericks announced plans to reunite for a tour in 2012.[3] The line-up now consisted of Malo, Reynolds, Deakin, Perez and new addition Jerry Dale McFadden on keyboards. McFadden had previously played with the Mavericks as a session musician during many live shows and studio sessions.

In February 2012, the group signed with Valory Music Co., an imprint of the independent record label Big Machine Records.[4] They released a digital extended play titled Suited Up and Ready, and charted in early 2012 with "Born to Be Blue". The long-delayed full-length album, In Time, was released on Valory Records on February 26, 2013. The Mavericks embarked on an American and international tour in March 2013.


Academy of Country Music Awards[edit]


  • Top New Vocal Group
  • Top Vocal Group


  • Top Vocal Group

Country Music Association Awards[edit]


  • Vocal Group of the Year


  • Vocal Group of the Year

Grammy Awards[edit]


  • Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


Official videography[edit]

Officially released films featuring the Mavericks are listed with their original release dates.

  • 2004 The Mavericks: Live in Austin Texas, directed by Michael Drumm (DVD - Sanctuary Records Group)
  • 2004 The Best of the Mavericks: The DVD Collection (DVD - MCA Nashville)
  • 1999 The Mavericks LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL SEPT 1998 (DVD - Cherry Red Films)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 260–261. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 356. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "The Mavericks Reuniting for 2012 Tour". Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Valory Goes Maverick With New Signing". MusicRow. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  • Hingston, Michael (2005). "The Mavericks" in the liner notes for The Mavericks Collection. McErlain, Lisa et al., Project Coordinators. Universal / Spectrum Music.

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