Raul Malo is always on the go.
After dropping his son off at college, Malo was on a plane for his gigs in London.
Malo, is the frontman for Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks, who are touring in support of their album “Mono.”
Either home or abroad, Malo notices the various types of crowds at the band’s shows.
“One of the things we love about our shows is we get all walks of life, all ages, all colors, all politics, all genders, all religions,” he says during a recent interview.
The Mavericks have been on the scene for a long time. The earliest shows were as a garage band playing the punk clubs on Miami Beach in the early 1990s.
The band has always drawn on a mix of classic country, cow-punk and standards.
Rounding out the band with Malo are Paul Deakin, Eddie Perez and Jerry Dale McFadden.
In 2013, after numerous years as a band, multiple gold and platinum albums, world tours, breakups and reformations, The Mavericks recorded their critically acclaimed album “In Time,” which re-introduced music lovers to the band’s genre-defying melting pot of pop music.
Malo says with “Mono,” the band finds itself making some of the most relevant music of its career.
The band felt drawn toward the idea of creating an album that shines through its songwriting and instrumentation in a singular mindset without relying on stereo tricks of modern recording – so the idea of recording in mono was born.
“During the writing process, I found myself wanting certain things,” Malo says. “When you hear Cuban or world music of any kind, you may have no idea what the singer is saying, but you can feel it. That was what I wanted – to evoke a feeling so you could feel it. When you’re ready to go out, you put on this album … and it creates a vibe, a mood for your night.”