June 25--There are times when Jerry Dale McFadden is still somewhat shocked that the Mavericks are back together, making music and playing to audiences across North America.
"A couple of years ago, I would have said, 'No way, this would never happen,' " he said, during a recent telephone interview from his home in Florida. "But now we are doing it and really enjoying every aspect of it ... and we are not taking it for granted this time. We are doing it because we love to do it."
Proud of their new record, rejuvenated in their approach to their music and pleased to be connecting with old and new fans, the band is "completely enjoying" themselves, said McFadden, who is the band's keyboardist.
"This is a miraculous thing that has happened to us, and I hope it is happening to the folks who hear the music," he said.
In 1989, the then Miami-based Mavericks emerged on the music scene with what the band describes as a polyrhythmic brand of post-modern country. With its mix of country, rock and Latin influences, it is a group that has come to be known as genre-defying.
Led by singer and guitarist Raul Malo, the Grammy Award-winning band started out with drummer Paul Deakin and guitarist Eddie Perez. McFadden joined in 1993.
The group would produce nearly a dozen albums and several hits, including "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" and "Dance the Night Away," before parting ways in 2004.
Members moved their separate ways, with some doing solo or side projects. McFadden returned to another love -- visual arts -- running a contemporary art gallery in Nashville, Tenn., where the other members of the band are now based.
Still, the lure was there, and after members began talking about doing some live shows, the idea of making a new record began to take flight.
McFadden said the process behind "In Time," released earlier this year, was a visceral, immediate and magical experience. Once gathered in the studio, it may have been the first time in nearly 10 years that the bandmates were in the same room together, but the ability to tap into the musical flow needed no introductions.
"We just went in and the first song we recorded was the first song on the album," he said. "It just magically happened and we just felt it, and it pulled each of us together immediately."
Though not a live album, McFadden said when the band got the track it stuck, with little post-production tinkering.
The album, with songs such as "Back In Your Arms Again," "Born to Be Blue" and "Amsterdam Moon," has wowed critics here and abroad.
The band comes to Stamford Thursday, June 27, to play in the city's Alive@Five summer series. The opening acts are McAlister Drive and Keith Paine.
Older fans will undoubtedly be over the moon to catch them on this reunion tour, but new fans will have a chance to see what they have been missing.
There is talk of another record, McFadden said, but for now the bandmates are primarily focused on working together.
"Nothing is really deflecting it now, we are all pretty focused on the Mavericks," he said. "I think at the beginning, we kept thinking how long before this falls apart, but I don't think we are there anymore.
"I think we learned a lot in the time off, and we realize this is something special."
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Columbus Park, corner of Washington Boulevard and Main Street, Stamford. Thursday, June 27, 5 p.m. $15. Free for ages 12 and younger, but must enter before 7 p.m. and cannot leave and re-enter. http://www.stamford-downtown.com.
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