NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 23, 2013 - The Mavericks, two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year, has finally reunited after nearly a decade-long hiatus. Much to fans' excitement, the folk-rock group has premiered two new songs, "(Call Me) When You Get to Heaven" and "Back In Your Arms Again," both which boast haunting production, heartfelt hooks and a signature sound. The tracks are featured on the upcoming release In Time, set for Feb. 26.
"I had a batch of songs that sounded like a Mavericks record," lead singer Raul Malo tells Billboard. "That was already starting to happen on my last solo record. I was writing these songs that I started thinking to myself, 'I wish the Mavericks would play these.' I felt myself missing playing with them. I think we all did. We've all gone on and done different things, but we had missed it."
The group's last full-length disc was a self-titled set in 2003 on Sanctuary Records. The following year, despite the group being disbanded, a live album and tour DVD were released by the label. In 2011, the group re-united, briefly, and charted with their EP Suited Up and Ready and their single "Born to Be Blue."
Despite the hiatus, it wasn't long before the musicians were right at home in the recording studio. "I've played with a lot of wonderful people, and loved doing it, but there's something unique with these guys," drummer Paul Deakin confesses. "It's been like that since we started, so it didn't take much to get the gears back rolling."
With the highly anticipated release, The Mavericks are expected to hit the road in a big way to promote the new material. "We've always had this relationship between the audience and the band, and we are genuinely having a good time up there," says Deakin. "Having fun has always been the barometer for us. If we are enjoying it, then we're doing well. That's the reason for the break – we were burnt out, and it wasn't fun anymore – it was time for a break. But, the audience fuels us, and that chemistry goes back and forth."
Head over to Billboard for an exclusive listen to the two brand new tracks.