The Mavericks to reunite for 2012 Stagecoach Festival
Boundary-bending alt-country band the Mavericks will reunite for the 2012 Stagecoach Festival in Indio. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Raul Malo will reconvene with the group’s original bassist Robert Reynolds and drummer Paul Deakin for the show, although a date has not been set.
The Mavericks charted more than a dozen hits on the country charts in the 1990s, among them “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “What a Crying Shame,” "There Goes My Heart” and “Dance the Night Away.” Although the group’s music was generally well-regarded by critics, it often confounded country radio programmers by weaving country, rock, vintage pop, Latin and other strains into the mix.
“Stagecoach is obviously the perfect way to start a tour, for the band to be reintroduced to us as well as for us to refamiliarize ourselves with the fans,” Malo said in a statement released Thursday. “It’s one of the great music festivals of the world. This time out, we’ll get to do things right and finish what we started on our own terms — not subject to the powers that be.”
The group disbanded at the dawn of the new millennium and Malo launched his solo career.
“I’ve always thought of The Mavericks as one of those bands that had an inexplicable chemistry that resulted in a kind of magic on stage,” Deakin said in the same statement. “Possibly the relentless pursuit of fun helped the mojo along.... I can't wait to get back on this horse again.”
— Randy Lewis
Photo of Raul Malo in 2009. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times.