The Mavericks rock the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Oct. 17. (Photo submitted)

Breaking genre boundaries

The genre-defying Mavericks are declaring their independence and stepping out with Brand New Day

The genre-defying Mavericks are declaring their independence and stepping out on their own with Brand New Day, the first studio album released on Mono Mundo Recordings, the label they founded in 2016.

And they’re bringing it to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Oct. 17.

Brand New Day is the follow-up to the widely praised Mono (2015): All Night Long, Summertime (When I’m With You), What You Do To Me and Pardon Me; In Time (2013): Come Unto Me, Back In Your Arms Again, Born To Be Blue, All Over Again and Dance In The Moonlight.

Flashing the same exhilarating, beyond-category style that has defined The Mavericks, the new album introduces a collection of taut, energetic, economical songs sure to be embraced by both original fans of their top-10 albums and hit singles of the ‘90s, plus a new generation of listeners who have joined the party since their triumphant 2012 reunion. It is the mature and timely work of an exciting and underestimated American band that has embraced its own destiny.

“The real goal was to make a great record,” said drummer Raul Malo.

The new collection features the core members of the group since their reformation: Malo, drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez, and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden along with auxiliary members filling out the set’s brawny sound with their signature accordion and horns.

Free and truly independent for the first time in their career, The Mavericks were able to write and record without watching the clock. The album contains a diverse selection of originals that show off The Mavericks’ always multi-faceted musical personality, including the boldly upbeat title song, the tejano/bluegrass flavored Rolling Along. The album’s 10 new songs seamlessly merge strains of Tex-Mex, Cuban bolero, R&B, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll.

The non-genre Mavericks have racked up some serious awards along the way to this new-found independence including Academy of Country Music Awards for Top New Vocal Group and Top Vocal Group (1994), Top Vocal Group (1995); Country Music Association Awards for Vocal Group of The Year (1995, 1996); a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocal (1995) and an Americana Music Association Honors and Award for Best Duo or Group of the Year (2015).

Rock.It Boy Entertainment presents The Mavericks Oct. 17 at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $69.50 (plus Facility Fee and Service Charges), available from the Ticket Seller, www.ticketseller.ca, 250-549-7469.

Doors at 7 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.