THE MAVERICKS continue to deliver with a one-of-a-kind musical fusion – Bold. Sheer. Eclectic. Last night (9/16), the dynamic entertainers took home the Americana Music Awards Duo/Group of the Year, presented to them by The Milk Carton Kids. RAUL MALO, whose signature tenor fronts The Mavericks, and his musical comrades – PAUL DEAKIN (Drums, Percussion and Marimba), EDDIE PEREZ (Electric and Acoustic Guitars) and JERRY DALE MCFADDEN (Piano, Organ, Celeste) – serenaded the audience with the gut-wrenching honesty of “Pardon Me.” The sobering track is featured on the critically-acclaimed MONO (The Valory Music Co.), which sat atop the Americana Airplay Charts for two weeks earlier this year. Commanding from the ceremony, NPR Music Critic Ann Powers tweeted, “The Mavericks Mono is genuinely an album you should listen to tonight BC it is great.”
“We won something?” a stunned Malo uttered. “Every time we take the stage, we hope our music makes you feel something – joy, romance, sorrow, urgency. But, tonight was our turn to be flooded with emotion and honored that our industry, fans and friends think we deserve to be Group of the Year.”
He continued, “you can’t imagine what this moment means to us. We are truly in awe …”
Malo returned to the Ryman Auditorium stage to present Los Lobos with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance joined the group for the finale song, “One Time One Night.” The live show streamed across NPR with broadcasts on SiriusXM Outlaw Country and WSM while PBS’s Austin City Limits will air the show on November 21.
Tonight (9/17), The Mavericks will entice fans to groove during a special edition of Music City Roots at The Factory in Franklin and airing at 7:00P CT on Nashville’s Hippie Radio 94.5FM and webcast at http://musiccityroots.com/livestream/. The lineup also includes Whitehorse, Shemekia Copeland and Joel Rafael with Jim Lauderdale hosting. “Country’s coolest, most versatile band” (Rolling Stone Country) will perform selections from MONO – “it’s big, bold and still stands out next to anything coming from Nashville” (Billboard) – proving “they’ve caught lightning in a bottle yet again” (Vintage Guitar) as well as some of their earlier hits.
The Mavericks festive vibe coupled with their unique blend of country, rock, Latin, soul, jazz, Tex-Mex and other roots styles results in a marvelous “mono mundo” (one world) of music that transcends decades. The Grammy winners have been bringing people to their feet across the globe – and into an indescribable musical trance – on the headline MONO MUNDO TOUR.
Making the most relevant music of their career, and according to NPR, “became great by cutting through the din in smoky rooms where studio tricks didn’t factor in — only a killer voice, indelible hooks and the ability to draw in even the most distracted listeners,” it appears The Mavericks are once again defying the odds.