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The Mavericks Biography

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Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA
Years Active: 1989-2003
Genres: Country

The Mavericks is a genre-defying American band founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. The Mavericks began their career within the punk and alternative music scene in Miami, Florida, frequently playing on the same bill as emerging acts like Marilyn Manson.

In 1991, the band was signed by MCA Nashville and their first major label release, “From Hell to Paradise,” debuted in 1992. “What a Crying Shame,” the band's second album for MCA, produced four Top 40 Billboard Country Songs chart hits, including the title track, “O What a Thrill,” “There Goes My Heart” and “I Should Have Been True.” A fifth single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's “All That Heaven Will Allow,” peaked at # 49. The album reached #6 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

In 1995 they issued the LP, “Music for All Occasions, “ which included the single “Here Comes the Rain,” which won the band a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal the following year. The single was followed by a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez, “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” their highest Billboard Country Songs chart peak at #13. The album reached #9 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Their 1998 album, “Trampoline,” produced a #4 U.K. hit in “Dance the Night Away.” The album again reached #9 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. In 2003, Eddie Perez replaced Nick Kane on guitar and The Mavericks recorded a new album, “The Mavericks,” which reached #32 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The band split up shortly after the 2004 tour ended.

In October 2011, The Mavericks announced plans to reunite for a tour in 2012. In February 2012, the group signed with Valory Music Co., an imprint of the independent record label Big Machine Records. They released a digital EP titled “Suited Up and Ready,” and charted in early 2012 with “Born to Be Blue.” The full-length album, “In Time,” was released on Valory Records in 2013. The record reached #8 on the Billboard Country Albums chart