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JPR Live Session: The Mavericks

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Lead singer and songwriter Raul Malo joined us from Nashville to talk about the band's 30 year history, and their decision to release an all Spanish-language album for the very first time.

Malo is the incomparable frontman of the The Mavericks, the Grammy-winning band that seamlessly blends neo-traditional country, Latin styles, and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. His remarkable baritone voice and beaming smile are a hallmark of every live performance.

Growing up in Miami as the son of Cuban immigrants, the music of Malo's early life was extremely varied and impactful. He heard the sounds of Cuban music, classical and opera, and even country music. It was a home where no musical choices were ever impuned. (His dad wasn't a big fan of Led Zepplin, but he tolerated everything).

That variety of influences shows up across the Mavericks' catalog. It's a unique sound in the music world. But one thing the band has never done in their 30-year history is record an album of all Spanish-language songs... until now.

En Español features a combination of important standards the band loves, and some Spanish-language originals in signature Mavericks style.

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As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.