The Mavericks' post-lounge Western swing carries them through September, at which time they'll jet to Miami. Even though the band will move its base of operations from southern Florida (It takes 12 hours just to get to the Georgia state line," notes Reynolds), its members are looking forward to layin' around and playin' around their own town for a spell. With their growing celebrity, the homecoming will doubtless be most sweet. It will also give the band a chance to give thanks to those who had supported the offbeat group's aims when the going was tough. Alternative or not, the Mavericks recognize old-fashioned things like loyalty.

"Those country bars that wanted us to do five sets of human-jukebox stuff are clamoring to get us now, but they won't," says Reynolds. "I don't mean to sound bad, but they can't afford us. And even if they could, we wouldn't play there. None of us gives a damn, either. We'll be playing those rock and thrash clubs who let us on stage when no one else would.

"And this time," Reynolds laughs, "We'll tell em out loud: 'We're country!'"

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