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Posted May 27, 2015 by Guy Brooksbank in Show Reviews
 
 

The Mavericks // 5-22-15 // Revolution Hall

20150522Mavericks19The genre-­defying Mavericks continued their Mono Mundo Tour at Revolution Hall, putting an end to any rumors the band has suffered from their breakup over a decade ago or the firing of founding member Robert Reynolds.

Right from the start the Mavericks appeared as if they had something to prove and came out swinging with a spirited performance of “All Night Long,”­ the debut single from their latest album, Mono. An infectious Latin-­tinged groove with “Santana-­esque” guitar fills, a driving horn section and a verse in Spanish made you want to shake the Miami sand out of your shoes.

But there’s so much more to the band that cut their teeth in the Florida bar circuit well over a decade ago. If you were unfamiliar with their music and had to judge by the crowd as to what to expect you’d be forgiven for thinking a country band was about to take the stage. The audience that turned up was a mix of rockabilly and cowboy, Dickies and thin white Tees, wide brimmed hats, and belt buckles the size of butter dishes. Not surprising for a band who can seamlessly navigate the landscapes from 50s ­era rock to country Hank Williams would be proud of.

But the Mavericks’ music can’t be pigeonholed. Mexican blues, Bossa Nova, and ballads so tender as to give Nat King Cole a run for his money are all fair game. Close your eyes as you listen to lead singer Raul Malo and you hear a modern­ day Roy Orbison. Those wanting a little music from the Heartland weren’t disappointed. The Mavericks dug deep into their country past with a performance of Foolish Heart which, for many of us, was our first introduction to the band back in ’95.

“I Should Have Been True” was also dusted off and given new life with the compliment of a two ­man horn section. Newcomer guitarist Eddie Perez grooved energetically alongside founding members Paul Deakin (drums) and Jerry Dale McFadden (piano) on songs from the band’s past.

It hasn’t always been easy for the Mavericks. Internal disagreements and contract disputes took a toll on the band and they went their separate ways in 1999. After nearly a decade apart the Mavericks reunited in 2012. Mono is their second album since their reunion and reflects a confidence and maturity only seen in bands that have managed to endure the pressures of the road, the business, and each other, all of which was reflected in their stellar performance at Revolution Hall.


Guy Brooksbank

 


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