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Artist Spotlight: The Mavericks

-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

It would probably be a fair assumption to think that the Mavericks were booked for this year’s festival before they even finished their set at The 2016’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. After putting on an electrifying performance in Stephens Lake Park last year, the Mavericks are once again on the bill this year. They’ll be back better than ever.

The Mavericks, who got their start in the punk and alternative scene, have had a 28-year-long rollercoaster of a career. This includes Grammy nominations, breakups, solo careers, a happy reunion and nine studio albums. After the release of their self-titled debut album in 1990, the band signed a record deal with MCA Nashville.

Following their record deal, the Mavericks saw critical acclaim on projects put out in the mid 90’s. Besides winning two Academy of Country Music awards in 1994 and another the following year, the Mavericks also earned back-to-back Country Music Association awards in 1995 and 96 for “Vocal Group of the Year.” Not only that, the group won a Grammy award in 1995 for “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for their 1995 single “Here Comes the Rain.”

The band produced “Dance the Night Away” and saw it shoot up the charts in the UK. However, their success didn’t transcend the song. The album it appeared on, Trampoline, failed to top the charts. This album was followed by a “Best of” album that was released and then re-released, with new songs each time in 1999 and 2000. Because of the lack of success in the previous works, the band was in financial distress, resulting in the firing of guitarist Nick Kane. The Mavericks went quiet for two years after that.

The band briefly revived in 2003, but they quickly went different ways after touring in 2004. During the seven year split that commenced, most members moved on to other musical ventures. The most notable of these was lead singer Raul Malo, who recorded six solo albums.

In 2011, the band announced a reunion tour, and subsequently signed with Valory Music Company in 2012. The band released an EP and album, “In Time,” before the departure of founding member Robert Reynolds. Recently, The Mavericks have put out their ninth studio album, “Brand New Day.

Just like at last year’s festival, when Saturday night comes around, The Mavericks will be an act you won’t want to miss.