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Interview:
Music remains "sacred" to the Mavericks
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The Mavericks have certainly been through the music business mill a few times over since the renegade country group formed during 1989.

But since reuniting in 2012 after an eight-year break, frontman Raul Malo Jr. says the group has figured out how best to survive.

"What's been proven that works with us is that the music is what really propels this thing, and that's what we have to hold sacred," Malo, 50, says by phone from his home in Nashville. "So nothing can take away from the product. No matter what we do, nothing can change what we do musically. That's been a different kind of mindset to get everybody on board with, and to find people to be on the same page."

That's not necessarily easy Malo acknowledges the "financial challenges" of keeping a large band together and says the Mavericks have dismissed several managers because of battles pitting money against music. "I think since we got back we've been through three or four managers who basically kept saying how expensive the band is and blah, blah, blah, blah," Malo says. "So we basically got rid of the managers and kept the horn section.

"That kind of forces your hand, really. You have no choice but to sink or swim this way. Luckily we're swimming -- it could easily go the other way."

Malo and company, including co-founder Paul Deakin, have released two albums since reuniting, 2013's "In time" and this year's "Mono," both of which debuted in the Top 10 of Billboard's Country Albums chart. Malo isn't sure when the Mavericks will work on a follow-up -- or if it will even try to do a new album given the current state of the industry -- but he says the group has been heartened to see that its audience has an appetite for something fresh.

"We're so lucky we're not prisoners to the old material," he says. "People really want to hear the new material, so we get up and play the new album and people love it. All the different songs mean different things to everybody, so we get to play all of them. That's great for us 'cause then we get to actually enjoy ourselves, and that helps us want to keep it going, too."

The Mavericks

Saturday, Nov. 7. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.

Tickets are $35-$55.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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