Mavericks – Music For All Occasions

It may not be news around here that I don’t much like the new country music. To me, most of it either wants to be Van Halen (with a twang), or yet another idiotic appeal to their ‘girl’ to get in their ‘truck’ so they can go down to the ‘river’ and ‘learn who they truly are.’ Gah. I swear it’s all the same. Suck suck suck.

And then there’s the Mavericks. Wiki says they’re “eclectic… combining neotraditional country music, Latin, and rockabilly influences.” Hell yes. Of all the ‘new’ country acts (and this album is from 1995, mind you, so it ain’t exactly new), they’re about the only ones I can stand – and I really like them a bunch.

I am an absolute sucker for Raul Malo’s vocals, which he uses to powerful and great effect on each song, without over-done twang or affectation. His voice hearkens back to the old days when country didn’t suck, and the band is tight and so I do love this album. It’s chock full of great tunes that sound modern yet also could be from fifty years ago. Check out Foolish Heart (which featured in the movie From Dusk Til Dawn), the single Here Comes The Rain (for which they won a Grammy), and their highest-charting tune ever, the bouncy All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down (featuring Flaco Jiménez on accordion), all linked below.

So yeah, I don’t write up country too often, but this one’s a keeper.


19 thoughts on “Mavericks – Music For All Occasions

  1. cincinnatibabyhead says:

    There’s this stuff and that other stuff you mentioned off the top. Yeah Ron’s voice is fantastic and he uses it making great music with the band. Liked these guys for a while. Just seen them on a show called ‘Bluegrass Underground. He brought his mom on stage. You gotta like that. These guys are good.


  2. J. says:

    Oh God, no. Sorry, man… I can’t accept this as anything else other that 1995’s version of county-pop. Music for the masses. If you’re looking for a good 1995 country record, you need Whiskeytown’s Faithless Street. Or Dwight Yoakham. Or Alison Krauss.


      1. J. says:

        I reckon any Dwight Yoakam is worth your time… usually found cheap, too. Great songwriter, even if some of it is a bit glossy.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      The millenium is a good cut-off point, sure. I suppose the Mavericks’ career went 1989-2004, and 2012-present, so I guess they might still fall inside your category anyway. Or maybe we need a new category, like The Good Stuff. That’d cover it.

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  3. 2loud2oldmusic says:

    Yes, new country sucks! I can’t stand it. I like the older sound that spoke to you and you could connect with. You can’t with the garbage that is played today. This is much better!!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh man, I think I’d be sent into a coma if I had to listen to CMT for any length of time, these days. Mavericks definitely update the old sound, but it’s respectful and tasteful and really enjoyable. Buy with confidence!

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  4. 80smetalman says:

    I did develop an appreciation for Country music when I was in the service. Probably because I spent most of my time there in North Carolina. Since I came to the UK in 1986, I’ve had very little exposure to it. Listening to these guys, I am reminded of what I liked about it.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      It’s true it’d be hard to live in North Carolina and not get any on you! haha I’m not surprised that the UK hasn’t got as much of this stuff going on, but if you see Mavericks in the shoppes, buy with confidence! Thank you for your sevice!

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