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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Continuing a Mavericks Jag

The Mavericks cranked out a lot of great music, stylistically all over the musical map. They imploded, but are rumored to be back together. Raul Malo plays wonderful guitar and piano, does all the arrangements, writes songs so good they feel familiar at first hearing. He can capture any vocal style and do it better than the original. The problem is, where is Raul Malo? Maybe he can't DO Raul Malo?


Margadant said...

So, I'd appreciate hearing the rationale advanced in support of the judgment that Raul Malo is "country."

Gunnar Berg said...

They were at one time the "Country Group of the Year". A lot of their
earlier things have pedal steel or, God forbid, Flaco Jimenez on accordian. They have definitely put out "Country" songs or even whole albums. In the Swing rendition of Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" there are nods to both Tommy Duncan, and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

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