It sounds like lofty "hippie speak," something the Grammy winner jokes about, but Raul, the son of Cuban immigrants, and his musical comrades believe in bringing people together – often in the name of good times and great music – which is the most universal language of all.
"One of the things we love about our shows is we get all walks of life, all ages, all colors, all politics, all genders, all religions," the frontman states.
From their earliest shows as a garage band playing the punk clubs on Miami Beach, The Mavericks have had a skill for getting people to groove. Drawing on a mix of classic country, cow-punk and standards, Raul and company left South Florida and brought their rhythmic fervor and Latin machismo, along with Raul's lush baritone, to the world.
Their hits include "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down," "What A Crying Shame," "Here Comes The Rain" and "Dance The Night Away."
"Our relentless pursuit of fun and our selfish notion of pleasing ourselves has always driven us," says member Paul Deakin. "But pleasing ourselves creatively has also always worked for us, creating an immediacy that makes us true to the songs. We don't create for a niche or a genre, but to capture the spirit – and that's always been our strong point."
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