After nearly a decade of solo and side projects in the shadows of a breakup, the reunited Mavericks returned to the always enjoyable Indian Ranch on Sunday. Led by front man Raul Malo, The Mavericks performed 23 songs over the course of a two hour and fifteen minute set.
The band - made up of Malo, guitarists Robert Reynolds and Eddie Perez, Paul Deakin and Jerry Dale McFadden - seem to have recovered from the wear-and-tear of the road that caused them to call it quits in the first place. The group even managed to put out an acclaimed record “In Time” to add to the credibility, and what fans hope will be the longevity, of their reunion.
“We are the Mavericks and we are thrilled to be playing music again,” said Malo. “We are also thrilled to be in this beautiful venue.”
The Mavericks have not lost a step. With Malo’s soaring vocals backed by his newly energized mates, the band sounded as good as it ever has, maybe better.
They opened with “Back in Your Arms Again,” an appropriate theme for the returning musical heroes, and followed it up with “Lies” and “Born to Be Blue,” all new songs delivered in the order they appear on the new release.
They remained current with the “All Over Again” before a stretch of older songs. Noticeably absent from the catalog of performances was "O, What A Thrill".
The band returned to continue the covers, turning “Guantanamera” into “Twist and Shout.”
The second encore had another surprise, Bruce Springsteen’s “All That Heaven Will Allow” which the Mavericks did have a minor hit with, and the highly-anticipated “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.”
Upcoming shows at Indian Ranch:
August 24: Pat Benatar
September 1: .38 Special
September 7: Sara Evans
September 8: Charlie Daniels
September 22: Chris Young
Tickets for any of the upcoming shows are available at Ticketmaster.com