Their time has come again
They would be the perfect band to play at a wedding - and if that sounds like faint praise of veterans The Mavericks, it’s not meant to. Simply, this is a band who can put a smile on the face and a tap in the toes of everyone regardless of their musical taste.
Their music - a joyful amalgam of country, Tex- Mexand pure pop - has inspired everybody from tots to grannies to get on the dancefloor and shake their tail feathers.
The band formed in Miami way back in 1989 and before their split in 2003 they recorded six studio albums.
Their best known and best loved song was Dance The Night Away which earned them a British Number 1 in 1998.
After much success the band went their separate ways with Cuban- American singer Raul Malo maintaining the highest profile with the release of six solo albums.
The band – drummer Paul Deakin, muti- instumentalist Robert Reynolds, keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden and guitarist Eddie Perez – reformed for a tour last year and now they have delivered an album ( released February 4) of new music.
Thankfully, the break seems to have done them good as they sound refreshed and rejuvenated.
The playing is exuberant and the songwriting is full of a likeable swagger.
Highlights include Call Me When You Get To Heaven and Come Unto Me. But best of all is Born To Be Blue which has lovely echoes of Roy Orbison.