The Mavericks rolled into Vancouver this past Wednesday after a lengthy absence from touring and an even lengthier absence from visiting our fair town. To make up for the time, the band performed a near two and half hour set which included a sublime pair or Sir Douglas Quintet covers (Nitty Gritty and She’s About a Mover) to go along with equally stunning version of Sweet Dreams by Don Gibson) along with couple dozen gems from the band’s own extensive catalog of songs including several from their most recent long player titled Mono.
In terms of sound the band’s songs are ostensibly Tex-Mex but it is easy to appreciate their Cajun and Rockabilly influences as much as anything. In historical context, The Mavericks arrived at a time of rebirth in the country music scene in the early to mid-nineties cresting on a then new wave of heartland rock, pop crossovers from Nashville, and tastefully arranged new country groups who brought something unique and special to the radio waves.
As for the show, it’s always a pleasure to watch musicians who love what they do and concert goers no doubt picked up on the band members’ contagious appreciation for their part in making the evening memorable. The performance was clean and polished and beautifully arranged complete with playful interactions between the band members. Not once did the group lose the crowd as the older fans danced long into the night.
Here are some photos of The Mavericks’ performance from the evening for your review.