Tuesday, August 23, 2005

REV: Maverick Malo

National blogpress for Austin's Raul Malo. This from Eric Alterman at Altercation.

(mav-er-ick) n. (1). An unbranded or orphaned range calf or colt, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it. (2). A horse or steer that has escaped from a herd. (3. a.) One who refuses to abide by the dictates of his group; a dissenter. (b). One who resists adherence to or affiliation with any single organized group or faction; an independent. Seth Regovy once called the band’s music “Roy Orbison balladry and Tom Jones lounge-pop, with brief stopovers in Byrds-derived jangle-rock, Memphis soul and a bit of vaudeville-inspired surrealism.” I think they may be the world’s most under-rated band. Or were. They seem to have broken up. That was, anyway, the impression I got listening to lead singer Raul Malo, who is still maverick, though perhaps no longer a Maverick, sing a beautiful acoustic set last weekend at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The man’s voice is a marvel, and his intelligence and good humor shine through. For me the highlight was a chilling “Hot Burrito #1” “Dance the Night Away,” “Blue Moon,” and some covers from a solo album he says will be out in January. The audience was quiet throughout and when it was over the guy next to me said “That’s the best forty bucks I ever spent.” Indeed. We were all very lucky to be there.

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