Published on November 11th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
The Mavericks’ Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin & Jerry Dale McFadden On “Play The Hits” & Plenty More
An award-winning country music band with undeniable influences of Tex-Mex, rockabilly and Latin, The Mavericks formed in the late 1980s and quickly inked a deal with MCA Nashville. 1994’s What A Crying Shame, 1995’s Music For All Occasions and 1998’s Trampoline were all Top 10 U.S. Country albums beyond earning Canadian gold and/or platinum certifications. The group — comprised of the vocalist/guitarist Raul Malo, guitarist Eddie Perez, drummer Paul Deakin and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden — went on hiatus in 2014, properly returning as a touring and recording entity in 2012.
2019 brought the 30th anniversary of The Mavericks, delivering both a proper 30th Anniversary World Tour — with dates continuing into Spring 2020 — and a new studio album, Play The Hits. Released on November 1st via Mono Mundo Recordings, Play The Hits is an eclectic 11-track playlist of songs which the members of The Mavericks cut their teeth on. All of the songs made famous by other people, only now produced by the duo of Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge) and The Mavericks’ Raul Malo.
I had the pleasure of interviewing 3/4 of The Mavericks — guitarist Eddie Perez, drummer Paul Deakin and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden — in-person at New York’s Kimpton Muse Hotel on November 4th. A properly-mixed version of that interview will be appearing later this month on the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast, but a rough audio recording can be streamed below.
More on The Mavericks can be found online at www.themavericksband.com.