The Mavericks stand out on the vast musical landscape for many reasons. Perhaps the biggest, though, is that they don’t pigeonhole themselves into a single genre box. Instead, they blend elements of neotraditional country, Latin, rockabilly, Americana and more.
The Mavericks consists of lead vocalist Raul Malo, guitarist Eddie Perez, drummer Paul Deakin and Jerry Dale McFadden on keyboards and vocals.
The band’s distinct sound has caught the attention of fans across multiple generations and continues to transcend time. Their discography consists of nine studio albums, three compilation albums, a live album, and a Christmas album.
The stunning collection of hits helped the group earn eight Grammy nominations over the years and one win for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their hit “Here Comes the Rain” from their fourth album Music For All Occasions in 1995. In 2017, the group snagged a Best Americana Album nod for their most recent album, Brand New Day, which dropped in March of that year.
Brand New Day cracked the Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 149 and hit the Top 40 on the Top Country Albums chart in its first week of release.
Overall, adoring fans can quickly rattle off several favorites in The Maverick’s diverse catalog. In addition to their Grammy-winning single, other tracks like “What a Crying Shame,” “There Goes My Heart,” and their Flaco Jimenez collab “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” are beloved fan favorites.
With a catalog so rich, we thought it might be fun to explore some hidden gems in The Mavericks’ discography. Check them out below.
The bulk of the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's 1996 cult classic vampire flick “From Dusk Till Dawn” features Texas blues tracks. “Foolish Heart” from Music For All Occasions was featured on the film’s soundtrack, along with songs from ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Tito & Tarantula and more. The song appears in a scene where Jacob (Harvey Keitel) and his kids are eating lunch in a diner.
This song hails from The Mavericks’ hot holiday album Hey! Merry Christmas which dropped in last year in November. The Mavericks prove they can tackle just about any kind of music –even Christmas tunes on the album. “Christmas Time (Is Coming ‘Round Again)” is a Mavericks original track and it just brings on all kinds of fun, festive, holiday feels.
“Stories We Could Tell” marks another stellar example of The Mavericks’ keen ability to master multiple music styles. This song is featured on the band’s 2015 album Mono and projects a ‘50s classic rock style. One can imagine a gym filled with greasers and bobby soxers popping around to the infectious beat. Co-written by Raul Malo and Wally Wilson, the song is ultimately a love song about being swept off your feet and following your heart toward “the greatest love in all of history,” come what may.
4. “Neon Blue”
Malo’s vocal style has frequently been compared to legendary singer Roy Orbison. “Neon Blue,” from the group’s 1994 album What a Crying Shame marks one of the best, bluesy examples. Malo is truly forlorn, remembering vivid details about a former lover who has “emerald eyes” and “ruby lips.” Now she’s gone and only her memory hangs on, turning his aching heart into a deep shade of neon blue.
We’re turning back to The Mavericks’ triumphant and infectious Christmas album again to include the group’s sparkling of Darlene Love’s indelible Christmas classic. Malo is backed by a choir-like harmony on this song as he issues his wistful holiday wish for his love to come home for Christmas. Though it’s a cover, The Mavericks version delivers a sort of timeless vibe which stands out from their eclectic discography.
Hailing from The Mavericks’ 2013 album In Time, this song might arguably be one of the group’s most passionate ballads. Malo’s soulful, silky vocals and the slow, sultry music grabs us right away. Malo takes us on a heart-wrenching journey toward the song’s sizzling crescendo that’s filled with longing. Once again, Malo is heard at his emotive best.
Our final pick is the ninth track on Music For All Occasions. The song boasts a strong Elvis Presley “Don’t Be Cruel” sort of rockabilly, steel pedal vibe. The up-tempo track is fun and well-sung by Malo, who musically ponders hidden feelings and the lingering sting of unrequited love like no other.