Malo had previously played in several different bands while he was in high school, as did bassist Robert Reynolds (born Robert Earl Reynolds, April 30, 1962, Kansas City, MO).The pair met at school and discovered they had similar musical tastes -- they both enjoyed the music of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash -- and decided to form a band.The group went on hiatus for several years, with Malo releasing a solo album in 2001 and recording with the Latino supergroup Los Super Seven, while Robert Reynolds played on sessions with the group Swag.
The Mavericks soon found themselves at loggerheads with their record company, and they parted ways with MCA.
With its first major label release twenty years ago The Mavericks were marketed to country music stations but the band, living up to its name, never quite fit the genre.
Cuban and Tex-Mex elements challenged airplay on country stations.
The Mavericks' commercial fortunes turned around with their second major-label album, What a Crying Shame.
Produced by Don Cook (Brooks & Dunn, Mark Collie), the album was more streamlined and focused.
Have you ever imagined Raul Malo, a rose clenched tight between his teeth, slinking across a dance floor toward a waiting senorita, sultry brass and spaghetti western guitars twanging behind him in a sinewy tango?