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Out Of The Vault: Raul Malo & The Mavericks – March 16, 2013

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The Mavericks are a genre-defying American band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. In 1991, the band was signed by MCA Nashville and their first major label release, From Hell to Paradise, debuted in 1992. What a Crying Shame, the band's second album for MCA, produced four top 40 country hits: the title track, "O What a Thrill", "There Goes My Heart" and "I Should Have Been True". A fifth single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "All That Heaven Will Allow", peaked at number 49. 1995's Music for All Occasions included the singles "Here Comes the Rain", which won the band a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal the following year. Its follow-up was "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", their highest country chart peak at number 13.  Between 1991 and 2003, they recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996's "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez.  The band split up in 2004, and lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Robert Reynolds released two solo EPs and co-founded 'supergroup' SWAG with fellow Maverick Jerry Dale McFadden, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell. In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records and recorded their reunion album In Time. The much-anticipated album was released in February 2013. Raúl Francisco Martínez-Malo Jr. (born August 7, 1965, Miami, Florida), known professionally as Raúl Malo, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He was the lead singer of The Mavericks and the co-writer of many of their singles. He has also participated from 2001 in the Los Super Seven supergroup.

Raul Malo – DOWNBOUND TRAIN - "Downbound Train" is a song that appears on the 1984 Bruce Springsteen album Born in the U.S.A. Author Christopher Sandford described the song as beginning "like a Keith Richards' riff" that ultimately moves to "one of those great country busted-heart lines, 'Now I work down at the car wash/where all it ever does is rain.'"  The song was recorded in March or April 1982 at the Power Station in one of the first sessions for the Born in the U.S.A. album.  Like several other Born in the U.S.A. songs, including "Working on the Highway" and the title track, a solo acoustic version of "Downbound Train" was originally recorded on the demo that eventually became the Nebraska album.  From the CD ‘Badlands – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska”, 2000.

Raul Malo – I SEE YOU – Originally appeared on the Raul Malo solo CD “Today”, released in 2001.  This version was recorded live in Austin, TX.  Date unknown.  From KGSR radio live broadcast.

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The Mavericks – HERE COMES THE RAIN - "Here Comes the Rain" is the title of a song written by Raul Malo and Kostas, and recorded by The Mavericks. It was released in August 1995 as the first single from the album Music for All Occasions. The song reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It also won The Mavericks the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The Mavericks – WHAT A CRYING SHAME - The title track of What a Crying Shame, the third studio album by American country music band The Mavericks, written by Raul Malo and Kostas.  The album was released on February 1, 1994 by MCA Nashville. It features the singles "What a Crying Shame," "O What a Thrill," "There Goes My Heart," "I Should Have Been True" and "All That Heaven Will Allow." In order, these singles reached #25, #18, #20, #30 and #49 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart.

The Mavericks with Flaco Jimenez – ALL YOU EVER DO IS BRING ME DOWN - "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" is the title of a song written by Raul Malo and Al Anderson, and recorded by American country music group The Mavericks featuring accordionist Flaco Jiménez. It was released in January 1996 as the second single from the album Music for All Occasions. The song reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

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The Mavericks – HOT BURRITO #1 – Written by Chris Etheridge and Gram Parsons, it first appeared on the album The Gilded Palace of Sin by The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in 1969.  Taken From “Return of the Grievous Angel – A Tribute to Gram Parsons”, 1999.

The Mavericks – HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ - "Hey Good Lookin'" is a 1951 song written and recorded by Hank Williams, and his version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists.  The Mavericks released a cover version in 1992 from the album From Hell to Paradise. This rendition peaked at number 74 on the country singles charts.

The Mavericks – ALL THAT HEAVEN WILL ALLOW – Written by Bruce Springsteen, it first appeared on his album Tunnel of Love, released in 1987.  From the Mavericks CD, What a Crying Shame, 1994.

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The Mavericks – O WHAT A THRILL - "O What a Thrill" is a song written by Jesse Winchester. It was originally recorded by James House for his 1989 self-titled debut album, and was later released as a single by The Mavericks in 1994 -- it was the second single from the album What a Crying Shame. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The Mavericks – I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOUR NAME – Written by Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds, Paul Deaken, Nick Kane, and Jerry Dale McFadden.  From the Mavericks’ CD, Trampoline, 1998

The Mavericks – THERE GOES MY HEART – Written by Raul Malo and Kostas.  From What a Crying Shame the third studio album by The Mavericks, 1994

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The Mavericks – COME UNTO ME – First single from the latest Mavericks CD In Time, released on Valory Records on February 26, 2013