To a degree, Raul Malo summed up his own career with What a Crying Shame, from The Mavericks excellent 94 disc of the same name. With that tune, the star-crossed Floridian also created a standard. Though The Mavs would craft many more including stunning rethinkings of Hank Williams Hey Good Lookin and Bruce Springsteens All That Heaven Will Allow they just never seemed to fit in. Thats what happens when a rockin crew from Miami with heavy Latin underpinnings is signed as huh? a Nashville-country band.
After a seven-year dearth of original material, the mighty-throated Malo is back in support of his solo disc Lucky One. This time, hes positively wallowing in the kitchen-sink approach with a sound that incorporates everything from golden-age honky-tonk to Tex-Mex to jazz.
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Expect Malos sonic boom of a baritone to rattle the cozy rafters at the Rhythm Room.
Tue., June 9, 8:30 p.m., 2009