Featuring the soaring tenor voice of Cuban-born Raul Malo, The Mavericks are bringing their eclectic repertoire to the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Originally from Miami, the Nashville-based Mavericks expertly play a vast range of styles, including traditional country music, Cuban and Tex-Mex music, classic rock ’n’ roll and pop.
The band’s latest album, 2015’s “Mono,” moves from passionate Latin rock (“All Night Long”) to soul-pop (“What Am I Supposed to Do”) to Jamaican ska (“When I’m with You” and “What You Do To Me”).
Response to “Mono” included Billboard’s assessment: “It’s big, bold and still stands out next to anything from Nashville.” Paste magazine judged “Mono” “a new world for post-country country.” Rolling Stone named The Mavericks “country’s coolest, most versatile band.”
True to the album title, The Mavericks recorded it in mono rather than the usual stereo.
“Most of these songs were recorded live in the studio with very little overdubbing,” keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden said. “Some people might be surprised to know that Raul didn’t go back in and re-sing anything.”
Following the release of “Mono” in February, The Mavericks’ “Mono Mundo Tour” reached the U.K., France, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, 32 U.S. cities and four Canadian provinces.
“Getting to play Paris for the first time was special to us,” drummer Paul Deakin said. “The fans in The Netherlands, Germany and Copenhagen greeted us like returning heroes. It was a beautiful experience.”