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The Mavericks "Play the Hits"

Friday, October 4, 2019 – The Mavericks will celebrate three decades as a band with "Play the Hits, an 11-song collection of songs that influenced the group.

"Play the Hits" drops Nov. 1 on the group's Mono Mundo Recordings.

The first single, "Swingin'," The Mavericks' take on the John Anderson's classic. "I always thought that underneath, it could be a really sexy song," Malo said.

The Mavericks put horns and swagger on Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?" Other songs include a Rat Packed "Don't Be Cruel" and Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" with the spirit of Fats Domino and Dion & the Belmonts.

Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" features Flaco Jiménez. Malo sings "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by himself, Few bands have had a more fitting name than the Mavericks. When they first stood Nashville on its ear in the early '90s - with hits like the insanely grooving rockabilly Tex Mex of "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down"

The track list includes:
1. Swingin' (John David Anderson, Lionel A Delmore)
2. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Waylon Jennings)
3. Blame It On Your Heart (Harlan Howard, Kostas Lazarides)
4. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) (Hank Cochran)
5. Before The Next Teardrop Falls (Vivian Keith, Ben Peters)
6. Hungry Heart (Bruce Springsteen)
7. Why Can't She Be You (Hank Cochran)
8. Once Upon A Time (feat. Martina McBride) (Barney Ales, Dave Hamilton, Clarence Paul, William Stevenson)
9. Don't Be Cruel (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley)
10. lue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Fred Rose)
11. I'm Leaving It Up To You (Don Harris, Dewey Steven Terry)

"The first thing that comes to mind is that damn, I'm old," said lead singer Raul Malo of the band's longevity. "I've always been the kind of person who doesn't look back. I'm always looking for the next song, the next gig. And you know what the achievement is? We've made a life out of this thing. We've put the kids through school, raised families; you realize that it's taken you all over the world, and look at this life you've cultivated. You did it - it was a dream - and here you are, deeply appreciative of it."

"People come and yell for the newer songs," said keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden.

Drummer and co-founder Paul Deakin has a perspective on the durability of the band: "The reason for our longevity is that we've been able to take control of the music we play, how we play it, and where and when we play it. We've made enough mistakes once, twice or three times, but now we run the show. We can keep the creative spark that's so central to what we do."

"The Mavericks in a way has been our experiment," said Malo. "It's the 'why not' band. Why not just do it? It's more fun that way. We're not beholden to any one genre. We're not beholden to anything. And you know, all it has to do is just sound good."

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