Also on this episode, blues rock from Sean Chambers, country blues from Sarah Levecque, a beautiful ballad from Reed Foehl, country rock from Cory Branan, blues from Marcia Ball, bluegrass from Town Mountain, road music from Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes.
This bonus episode is sponsored by the Sandy Beaches Cruise. Don’t forget you can enter to win a free vacation for two on the Sandy Beaches Cruise. The drawing is on Sept 30, 2014 so enter soon before it’s too late!
- Since I've Been Down / Sean Chambers / Rock House Sessions / 4:22
- Just Ain't Workin' / Sarah Levecque / Beautiful Defeat / 4:29
- Four Lanes / Reed Foehl / Lost In The West / 5:34
- The Only You / Cory Branan / The No-Hit Wonder / 3:48
- Can't Blame Nobody But Myself / Marcia Ball / The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man / 3:46
- Up The Ladder / Town Mountain / Live At The Isis / 2:31
- 309 ( With Bill Chambers ) / Lachlan Bryan And The Wildes / Black Coffee / 4:16
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Robert Reynolds interview recap
Robert Reynolds tells the story of how he pulled The Mavericks together. He says, "I had loved roots Americana music before it even had been given that Americana brand or name. Like so many kids I grew up on a combination or rock and then some early pioneer rock and roll rockabilly. And then all the country guys that influenced it, Cash, 60's cats like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard. For a kid in Miami, that was pretty rare music. It wasn't your common music. In the 70's it was more reggae and island music and pop and disco. But a group of friends of mine had found this left of center sound that attracted our ear. That gave me the bare bones material to be the prototypical Mavericks. One night while playing out Raul saw me doing my stuff He said, 'man i didn't know anybody in Miami knew Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and Buck Owens.' And I said, "Well that's how I cut my teeth, that's what I grew up on." And he said, "Man, I've been writing songs much in that vein." and I said, "You gotta be kidding me. I never met anybody writing original material in this arena." So as we put this thing together I suggested a drummer that had been a dear friend of mine for a while named Paul Deakin. And when I said to Raul, 'I got this drummer friend, Paul Deakin." Raul said, "Are you kidding me? He's one of my favorite drummers in Miami, I just love him." So with that the founding three came together and began rehearsing as The Mavericks. By and large just working in a warehouse in Miami Florida and eventually taking the show to the local original music clubs and it's twenty five plus years later."
Calvin asks Robert about whether it was tough to get The Mavericks back together in 2011. Was it like a reunion? Robert Reynolds says, "That's a great question because it is almost like the re-formation of the band. We parted ways without any certainty of returning. We didn't have a clear path to coming back together or any idea that we would certainly do it. And as the years passed, about seven of them, I began think pretty doubtfully that we would ever see the Mavericks again., It broke my heart deeply. Somewhere down deep, I could feel that sense of longing. You know you only get one Mavericks. With a brotherhood like this band, having met in our twenties, having succeeded through the 90's as a team. You never lose touch. They are still your brother. And even if you are kind mad at one another. It's like being mad at your brother. It can be overcome. It's almost like blood is thicker than water. Obviously we're not blood brothers. But it's like that. I would absolutely take a bullet for these guys and even after the tough years, I still wanted them around me. I think we came back with the knowledge that we had something special together. Separately we were just the individuals that had once been The Mavericks. We weren't any better off without each other. I can certainly speak for myself. I have always appreciated being part of a team. I never had a lot of designs on solo career stuff. So it was a welcome return and the best thing about it was we came back having healed a lot of those hurts and stressors. Those were behind us. I think we're a better band today than even the best years in the 90's.
Robert Reynolds sets up the Mavericks' song "Back In Your Arms Again." He says, "That was the very first song we recorded. It was in essence the first song we played together after years apart. So it's symbolic to us. The lyrics lends it self to being back in a lover's arms, back into the arms of someone you'd once left behind. But it's metaphorical for us. We're back in each others' musical arms. The energy of that track is quite literally the first song we recorded. And you're hearing a very live take. The way this song plays out right now is very much how it went down in the studio.
[Calvin plays "Back In Your Arms Again from In Time by The Mavericks.]
Calvin notes that song is very romantic and dance-able and he asks Robert Reynolds if they deliberately worked on that vibe or if it evolved naturally. He says, "There's a combination. You can never say you knew exactly what you're going to sound like eight albums from now. I don't think you could predict all that. But I can tell you we've always been true to our influences. None of the music that influenced The Mavericks was ever ruled out. It was always ruled in and in a weird way I always felt we were turning pages in history, quite literally in the history of music. All that sound is the sound of the Mavericks. So in the early years there's some of that early rockabilly, you know the Buck and Bakersfield sound to Roy Orbison's romantic kind of fifties work. And then as we moved along we've allowed ourselves to let the other influences come in layer by layer. And so now today you are seeing the years later layered Mavericks."
Robert Reynolds sets up The Mavericks' "Come Unto Me." He says, "It's one of those the minute you recorded it and the minute you took it to the live stage you had a truly commanding piece of music. The band has become, this is something we aimed at early on, we play our music very true. There's not a lot of trickery. Not a lot of smoke and mirrors. It's true to the performance. What you hear on the music is what you hear live. To me the power is in the piece of music, not in any individual. It's this collective storm of a sound and I think it's so dominant.
[Calvin plays "Come Unto Me" from In Time by The Mavericks.]
Calvin asks Robert Reynolds about the Mavericks upcoming performance on the Sandy Beaches Cruise and what folks can expect on it. He says, "I want to remind you I'm absolutely not trying to over-hype this thing. I am telling you from my personal experience. It is one of the best weeks I have each year and I sense that everyone on the ship comes away with the same experience, musicians and listeners alike. It's a camaraderie of musical acts happening through out the week all day, all evening, into the night. Shared stages. Shared performance. A sense of friendship that you'll feel throughout the ship. There's no hysteria about it. It's relaxed. It's chill. It's absolutely wonderful music. It's not hyped up. You just feel like whenever you want to put yourself in front of music it's there. You can go to the pool or have lunch and get away from it all. It's a wonderful week of music and music lovers. It's a little like if Woodstock took to the sea. It's so groovy. For me it's a very groovy experience. I know that's kind of an archaic word. But I love the week that we take out there on the Sandy Beaches cruise."
Robert Reynolds sets up "Born To Be Blue." He says, "The reason I like 'Born To Be Blue' is that I think it has the most natural link to our previous incarnation, if you will. It's the one that sort of links us to our mid-90's era, the sort of Orbison-esque vocal by Raul over a more jangly guitar track. It's not Latin-infused. It's not countrified. It's got this other smooth sound to it. And that's been a part of the Mavericks sound from the beginning and it evolves over time. But there's that one common denominator I think 'Born To Be Blue' is the link to our own past and I happen to love it."
[Calvin plays "Born To Be Blue" from In Time by The Mavericks]
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