The Mavericks are an American country music band from Miami, Florida. They were founded in 1989 by Raul Malo (lead vocals, guitar), Paul Deakin (drums), Robert Reynolds (bass guitar), and Ben Peeler (lead guitar). After one independent album, the band was signed by MCA Nashville Records and David Lee Holt replaced Peeler on lead guitar; he would be replaced by Nick Kane shortly after their second MCA album and third overall, 1994's What a Crying Shame. The band recorded a total of four albums for MCA and one for Mercury Records before disbanding in 2000. They reunited for one album in 2003 on Sanctuary Records, by which point Eddie Perez had become their fourth guitarist, and former touring keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden became an official fifth member. This lineup reunited a second time in 2012 for a series of new albums, first on Big Machine Records' Valory imprint and then on Mono Mundo; Reynolds was fired in 2014 and while he was not officially replaced, Ed Friedland has become their touring bassist.
The Mavericks have charted fifteen times on the American Billboard Hot Country Songs charts; their highest-peaking single there is "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down", a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez which reached number thirteen in 1996. Three of their singles made top ten on the country music charts of the defunct RPM magazine in Canada. The band also had a hit single in the United Kingdom with "Dance the Night Away" in 1998. Their most commercially successful album, What a Crying Shame, has been certified platinum in the United States and double-platinum in Canada. In addition, the band has received one Grammy Award, two Country Music Association awards, and three Academy of Country Music awards. Their sound is defined by a wide variety of musical styles outside of country music, such as Tejano, Latin, Americana, and the pop music of the 1950s, with particular emphasis on Malo's singing voice.