He sings like Roy Orbison. His band fused Country with rock and roll, Tex-Mex and Pop. When Cuban-American singer Raul Malo and his band The Mavericks one thinks at the same time Dean Martin, Johnny Cash, the Kumbia Kings and Wilco.
They are the darlings of the feuilleton, occur at London's Royal Albert Hall and are in people over forty in plate shelf beside Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams. The Mavericks have immortalized themselves with their danceable brand of alternative-Countrys. Their hits like "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", "Here Comes The Rain" and "Dance The Night Away" still run regularly on the radio.
Excited, naive and boldly published Malo and Co. at the end of 1980 in the post-punk scene of Miami. They came together with metal newcomers like Marilyn Manson on. In 1991, she drove from Miami 1500 km to the northwest, to give Nashville a Showcase presentation to the All Artist Repertoire Manager of Music City flocked - one for them called, published on Indie Label Cross Three album had made over Florida out of the tip. After the Mavericks signed the label MCA. The first moderate success was their cover of the Hank Williams song "Hey Good Lookin'" which reached the Top 100 and on their debut album with MCA: appeared "From Hell To Paradise".
The breakthrough came in 1994 with the album "What A Crying Shame", which moved into the top 10 of the US and Canadian charts. Recorded in Nashville, it brought the Rough, unpolished forth in the Mavericks. "Music For All Occasions" sold gold and platinum in America. FOr the album song "Here Comes The Rain" won the band a 1996 Grammy for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group category. Followed by "Trampoline", which also reached the Top 10 of the UK album charts.
Then it was silent around them. Raul Francisco Martinez-Malo Jr. began a solo career. The burly man from Miami became the new epitome of Lonely Crooners, continue in the footsteps Roy Orbison, with this mixture of loneliness, desire and hunger for life in the voice, with this "sublime baritone, so earthy and almost operatic," wrote the 2014 Tampa Bay Times About Malo.
The musical superhero called Mavericks had 2012 her sixth album "In Time" - the first after ten years - a comeback. Some twenty years after their debut attracted Malo plus keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, drummer Paul Deakin, Multi-instrumentalist Robert Reynolds, reinforced by guitarist Eddie Perez (Dwight Yoakam, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack) Back into the Top 10 on the country charts, applauded by the press: "The Mavericks sound refreshed, rested and better than ever," judged the Q Magazine. Only the best pop music is so "rough and exciting" as the sound of the Mavericks, was the Los Angeles Times: they were just in time returned.
The Mavericks have never been a conventional band and they will never be there. Malo says, with their genre openness they had it easier today in the American music scene 25 years ago. "Back then we were ahead of our time," says the 49-year-old. "We called a country band to get in Nashville a deal, and then we would do what we the hell just felt like it."
Her most recent sign of life was a film noir version of Motley Crue-Songs "Dr Feelgood" on the 2014 released album "Nashville Outlaws - A Tribute To Mötley Crüe". It shows the lack of restraint Malos. Who knows when to David Lee Roth report to him?
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