The Mavericks continue to deliver with their one-of-a-kind, bold, sheer, eclectic musical fusion. Last week, the dynamic entertainers took home the Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year, presented to them by the Milk Carton Kids. Raul Malo, whose signature tenor fronts the band, and his musical comrades — Paul Deakin (drums, percussion and marimba), Eddie Perez (electric and acoustic guitars) and Jerry Dale McFadden (piano, organ, celeste) — serenaded the audience with the gut-wrenching honesty of “Pardon Me.” The track is featured on the critically acclaimed Mono (The Valory Music Co.), which sat atop the Americana Airplay Charts for two weeks earlier this year. From the ceremony, NPR music critic Ann Powers tweeted, “The Mavericks’ Mono is genuinely an album you should listen to tonight BC it is great.”
“We won something?” a stunned Malo uttered. “Every time we take the stage, we hope our music makes you feel something — joy, romance, sorrow, urgency. But tonight was our turn to be flooded with emotion and honored that our industry, fans and friends think we deserve to be Group of the Year.”
He continued, “you can’t imagine what this moment means to us. We are truly in awe …”
Malo returned to the Ryman Auditorium stage to present Los Lobos with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, and joined the group for the finale, “One Time One Night.” The live show streamed across NPR with broadcasts on SiriusXM Outlaw Country and WSM while PBS’s Austin City Limits will air the show on November 21st.
“Every time we take the stage, we hope our music makes you feel something!”
The Mavericks’ festive vibe coupled with their unique blend of country, rock, Latin, soul, jazz, Tex-Mex and other roots styles results in a marvelous “mono mundo” (one world) of music that transcends decades. The Mavericks’ festive vibe coupled with their unique blend of country, rock, Latin, soul, jazz, Tex-Mex and other roots styles results in a marvelous “mono mundo” (one world) of music that transcends decades.
Making the most relevant music of their career, and according to NPR, “became great by cutting through the din in smoky rooms where studio tricks didn’t factor in — only a killer voice, indelible hooks and the ability to draw in even the most distracted listeners,” it appears The Mavericks are once again defying the odds.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.