GRAMMY-winning country/rock group the Mavericks recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the group discussed their songwriting process, early musical influences and performing live, among other topics. The Mavericks also performed a brief acoustic set featuring songs from their recent EP, Suited Up And Ready, including "Born To Be Blue," "Come Unto Me" and "Back In Your Arms Again."
"You get one chance with an audience and that's it," said guitarist Eddie Perez. "There's nobody in this band that doesn't approach [performing live] without that philosophy. We absolutely invest of ourselves in it."
The Mavericks currently include Paul Deakin (drums), Raul Malo (lead vocals/guitars), Jerry Dale McFadden (keyboards), Eddie Perez (guitars), and Robert Reynolds (bass). 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 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. This year the group embarked on a U.S. tour and signed with Valory Music Company, an imprint of independent record label Big Machine Records. The Mavericks' most recent release, Suited Up And Ready, was released in May. The EP contains five songs written or co-written by Malo. The group currently has U.S. tour dates scheduled through January.