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After beginning his musical ascension as lead singer with the eclectic country band The Mavericks during the 1990s, Raul Malo has continued to shed the shackles of limitations heaped upon him by the Nashville machine and corporate labels. He has never cared being forced into a particular genre. That is why now free of all conceived expectations, Malo came out swinging once again with his first original solo material in seven years.   ...
The Mavericks have not exactly been lying around for four years plotting their next step. For starters, lead singer and writer Raul Malo put out a Latin-influenced solo album in 2001, toured behind it and produced albums for other artists. Bassist Robert Reynolds worked on other projects including a side band, and drummer Paul Deakin also was tied up with musical endeavors. But now The Mavericks along with new guitarist Eddie Perez are back with a new, self-titled album on a new label.  ...
The tongue remains firmly implanted in cheek for The Mavericks. Not ones to always take themselves so darn seriously, the quartet entitled their new disc, "Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90's The Best of The Mavericks." Well, yes they enjoyed some hits, but at least at this point one wouldn't quite put them - lead singer Raul Malo, bassist Robert Reynolds, guitarist Nick Kane and drummer Paul Deakin - in the "super colossal" category. Who knows? Maybe one of the four new songs on their fifth major label domestic release will live up to the billing.  ...
Being a maverick isn't that hard. Nor is being a Maverick. At least that's how Robert Reynolds, bassist for the edgy, sometimes country, band The Mavericks, sees the quartet circa 1998. "It's unusual to be married to a group like this, and we have our private lives," says Reynolds, husband of Trisha Yearwood. "Our marriages, children, what have you. In my case, I've got on one hand an entertainer and a band I'm married to. I probably suffer from multiple personality syndrome." The latter marriage - as a member of The Mavericks - is not one based on the been there, done that syndrome.  ...
They may be The Mavericks by name and even by musical action, but when it comes to winning Grammy and other musical awards, The Mavericks are mainstream. Even call it old hat for a band that is anything but a hat act. The awards - for best vocal group from the Academy of Country Music and a Grammy in the past few months - suits lead guitarist Nick Kane just fine. "Oh man, not at all,' Kane said when asked if grabbing the trophies was becoming no big deal.  ...

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