Published on November 11th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


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.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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