GRAMMY-winning country/rock group the Mavericks recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. The Mavericks discussed their nearly 10-year break between albums, how the band reconnected and recording "Come Unto Me," a song from their latest release, 2013's In Time. The Mavericks' set featured songs from In Time, including "Come Unto Me," "All Over Again" and "Back In Your Arms Again."
"It just seemed like there were other things to do, not only professionally but personally as well," said lead vocalist/guitarist Raul Malo, of the band's 10-year hiatus. "It just felt like it was a good time to give it a break."
"The fans also played a part in the band getting back together," said guitarist Eddie Perez. "I think it was … like a perfect storm where all these events kind of happened at the same time. But I know now we're absolutely thrilled to be doing this and we're having more fun than ever."
The Mavericks currently comprise Paul Deakin (drums), Malo, Jerry Dale McFadden (keyboards), Perez, and Robert Reynolds (bass). One of the most critically acclaimed groups of the early '90s, the group found initial success with the release of their third album, 1994's What A Crying Shame, which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. Their follow-up album, 1995's Music For All Occasions, featured "Here Comes The Rain," which earned the group their first GRAMMY for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. In total, the Mavericks have earned six Top 40 songs on the Billboard Country Singles chart, including their highest-charting single, "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" (No. 13, 1996). Their most recent GRAMMY nomination came in 1998 for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Dance The Night Away." In 2003 the Mavericks went on hiatus and Malo embarked on a solo career.
In 2011 the Mavericks announced plans to reunite and subsequently signed with Valory Music Company, an imprint of independent record label Big Machine Records. In January 2013 the band released In Time, their first studio album in 10 years. Produced by Malo, the album peaked at No. 8 on the Country Albums chart. The Mavericks are currently on tour throughout the United States and Canada, with dates scheduled through January 2014.