The Mavericks were arguably the most unlikely band ever to emerge from South Florida. Led by a Cuban-American with a love for classic country music and an appreciation for the traditional sounds borne by his Hispanic heritage, the Mavs gained a rabid following in a place where Americana was not the norm.
After releasing a remarkable debut album on the local Y&T label some 20 years ago, they made their way to Nashville and, courtesy of astute management, sheer talent, and their fair share of good fortune, proceeded to take on Music City, and the rest of the world.
International success, hit singles, and various shifts in personnel followed, but their adventurous blend of traditional country and retro rock, simmered with Latin sounds, proved too much for a music industry determined to pigeonhole them for mass consumption. Despite an attempt to jumpstart their fortunes, internal friction forced the band to call it quits a decade ago.