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Raul Malo plans new solo disc

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 – Raul Malo's homage to some of his favorite country songs, "After Hours," will be released July 17 by New Door Records/UMe. "I wanted to make a record like this since I first started in this business," said Malo, former lead singer of The Mavericks. "Regardless of genre, I have always felt a good song could be interpreted in any number of ways. Country music has provided the world with some of the most beautiful melodies and lyrics ever to be recorded. And in this collection, we wanted to offer a different interpretation of some very 'classic' country songs."

The album - Malo's third solo disc - opens with a slow-burning take on the standard "Welcome To My World." He also covers "Crying Time" by Buck Owens and Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." The former features Malo accompanied by a mournful clarinet and slow, shuffle beat, while the latter is reworked as a '30s swing with jazzy horn stabs and a rollicking beat.

Malo recorded "After Hours" live in-studio with almost no overdubs. He plays guitar as well as sings on the album, backed by his band: Robert Chevrier on piano, Jay Weaver on bass, Tom Lewis on drums and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke adding saxophone, clarinet and steel guitar.

The song list is:
1. Welcome To My World
2. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I
3. For The Good Times
4. Pocket Of A Clown
5. Crying Time
6. Cold, Cold Heart
7. You Can Depend On Me
8. Husbands And Wives
9. It Only Hurts Me When I Cry
10. Take These Chains From My Heart

Malo also will be touring behind the disc. Tour dates are:
April 19-20 - New Braunfels, TX - Gruene Hall
April 28 - Cat Spring, TX - Private Hanover Company
May 5 - Indio, CA - Stagecoach Festival
May 7 - Templeton, CA - Templeton Unified School PAC
May 8 - Bakersfield, CA - Crystal Palace
July 25-26 - New York, NY - Rockin The River Cruise
July 28 - Amagansett, NY - Stephen Talkhouse
Aug. 14 - Bakersfield, CA - Buck Tribute
Aug. 15-16 - San Diego, CA - Anthology
Aug. 17-18 - Henderson, NV - Green Valley Ranch Resort
Aug. 23-24 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
Aug. 25-26 - Lexington, MI - Lexington Music & Theater
Sept. 14 - Austin - Austin City Limits Festival

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Hello Again CD review - Hello Again
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
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