The Mav­er­icks, cel­e­brat­ing 30 years, blends Amer­i­cana, rock ’n’ roll

The Morning Call - - GUIDE - By Dave Gil de Ru­bio

In the an­nals of coun­try mu­sic, one would be hard-pressed to find an artist or group like the Mav­er­icks, one that has been able to em­brace the legacy of the genre in such an un­tra­di­tional man­ner. But with this out­fit from Mi­ami that’s fronted by Cuban-Amer­i­can vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist Raul Malo, the idea of non­con­for­mity re­flected in the group’s name is also some­thing that’s go­ing to come across clearly in the mu­sic.

It must be work­ing, be­cause 2019 marks three decades since the group was formed in 1989. And while there was an eight-year hia­tus from 2004 to 2012, the cur­rent quar­tet (Malo, gui­tarist Ed­die Perez, key­boardist Jerry Dale Mc­Fad­den and drum­mer Paul Deakin) have since bounced back to reg­u­larly tour and record.

And while Malo has al­ways ad­mit­ted to be­ing very for­ward-look­ing with the Mav­er­icks, the fact that 2019 rep­re­sents such a mile­stone meant it was only right to share the cel­e­bra­tion with the group’s fans.

The band joins the list of head­lin­ers in­clud­ing David Crosby, Joan Os­borne, Kathy Mat­tea and Preser­va­tion Hall Jazz Band at this week­end’s Philadel­phia Folk Fes­ti­val at Old Pool Farm in Up­per Sal­ford Town­ship, near Sch­wenksville.

“I’m not one to look back, I never have been,” Malo said. “But if you can’t cel­e­brate 30 years in such a tough busi­ness as the mu­sic in­dus­try, what can you cel­e­brate? I’m proud that we’ve made our mark and it’s good to cel­e­brate that. I think we’ve found the per­fect way to mark these 30 years with­out think­ing only about the past and I’m re­ally ex­cited to get out and play these shows.”

Fans can ex­pect plenty of sur­prises on this tour that in­cludes spe­cial stag­ing and a unique nar­ra­tive draw­ing from the breadth of The Mav­er­icks cat­a­logue, rang­ing from the band’s early days in Mi­ami’s al­ter­na­tive scene, through their chart-top­ping years in the 1990s and 2000s and more re­cent fan fa­vorites.

The un­con­ven­tion­al­ity at the heart of the Mav­er­icks sound is no sur­prise, given how Malo’s child­hood was one in which a broad range of va­ri­ety shows

shaped the Florida na­tive’s mu­si­cal tastes.

“In Mi­ami, what coun­try mu­sic was I go­ing to hear? As a kid, I couldn’t wait for

Satur­day nights to turn on the tele­vi­sion be­cause that’s when a lot of the mu­sic shows were on. ‘Hee Haw’ was on Satur­day nights, as was ‘The Lawrence Welk Show’ and later on, ‘Don Kir­sh­ner’s Rock Con­cert’ and ‘The Mid­night Spe­cial.’ And some­where on the week­end was ‘Soul Train.’

“I watched all of it be­cause that’s all you had was three net­works to choose from,”

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David Crosby

COURTES YOFJO A NO SBOURNE

Joan Os­borne

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