Fusing traditional country with traditional rock & roll, the Mavericks became one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the early ’90s. Led by singer/songwriter Raul Malo, the band was formed in Florida in the late ’80s. The bassist Robert Reynolds persuaded his best friend, Paul Deakin to join the fledgling country band. In the fall of 1990, the band released an eponymous independent album. In May of 1991, the Mavericks set about recording their first major-label album; before the sessions began, they added lead guitarist David Lee Holt. The Mavericks’ commercial fortunes turned around with their second major-label album, What a Crying Shame. Throughout 1994, the band racked up Top 40 hit singles. During the first half of 1995, the Mavericks recorded their fourth album, Music for All Occasions, which appeared in the fall of the year. The group went on hiatus for several years but reunited in 2011, expanding their lineup to a quintet with pianist Jerry Dale McFadden. The band signed a deal with Valory Music, an imprint of Big Machine Records, and in early 2012 they charted with the digital EP Suited Up and Ready.