The Mavericks

The Mavericks

Liz Brasher

Sat, April 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$35 - $600

This event is 18 and over

Outdoors - Standing Room Only. All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. Rain or Shine Show. General Admission. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. $35 Advance/$40 Day of Show

The Mavericks - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
The Mavericks
Nashville, TN – Celebrated, Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks, have announced the March 31 release of Brand New Day, their first independent studio album on their own label Mono Mundo Recordings/Thirty Tigers. After years on major labels, The Mavericks chose to set a new course with the founding of Mono Mundo and the release of their first live album, 2016’s captivating All Night Live, Volume 1. On the spectacular Brand New Day, the beloved veteran band convincingly proves that they may have not even reached their apex yet.
The 10 songs that make up Brand New Day feature The Mavericks genre-defying style. Case in point, the album opens with the tejano/bluegrass-inspired “Rolling Along”, which sets a tone before the wall-of-sound power of the title track thrusts the listener deep into the musical journey. From the ‘60’s flavored “Easy As It Seems” to the accordion-fueled shuffle of “I Will Be Yours” to the heart-melting beauty of “Goodnight Waltz”, Brand New Day finds the eclectic unit as inspired, passionate and commanding as ever.
Considered by many to be one of the great and most unique American bands, The Mavericks formed in Miami, FL in the late-1980’s, eventually moving to Nashville and launching what would be an incredible career that featured hits, sold out tours and the creation of a large and loyal fan base. The Mavericks created a one-of-a-kind sound that seamlessly blended elements of rock, Latino, folk, blues, country and more. Following a nine year hiatus, The Mavericks re- formed in 2012 going on to release two more highly acclaimed studio albums and toured relentlessly bringing their exhilarating live shows to longtime fans and new generations worldwide.
Led by the mesmerizing vocals of Raul Malo, the driving swing of drummer Paul Deakin, the masterful playing of guitarist Eddie Perez and eccentric style of keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, The Mavericks have once again solidified themselves as a seminal musical force, both live and in the studio. Their unparalleled singular sound cannot be neatly confined to any one genre or demographic, and Brand New Day is yet another fresh example of just why that is.
Liz Brasher - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Liz Brasher
Liz Brasher makes her own kind of southern music — one that's caught halfway between the garage, the church, the bar, and the bedroom. She's a soul singer. A guitar-playing rocker. A one-woman girl group. A gospel revivalist who sings the praises of secular bands like the Box Tops.

It's a diverse sound rooted in the influence of Brasher's two homes: her adopted hometown of Memphis, where she recorded her debut LP, Painted Image, for Fat Possum Records; and her childhood stomping grounds in rural North Carolina, where she was raised in a musical, multi-ethnic household.

"I'm half Dominican, half Italian, and also Southern," says the songwriter, who grew up singing Baptist hymns in an all-Spanish church. "It's a different type of southerner, and that's why the music I make sounds like a different type of the south. By nature, I'm mixed. That's been my whole life — having to reconcile two different cultures, or the religious and secular world, or the different genres that have all influenced me. From the time I was born, I realized I was going to be a big mix."

Brasher's musical horizons expanded as she grew older. Raised on everything from the spirituals of Mahalia Jackson and harmony-heavy hooks of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, she moved to Chicago during her late teens. There, as a college student living far north of the Mason-Dixon line, she gained a new appreciation for the sound of her southern roots. She dove deep into the early icons of American music, from Stephen Foster to Delta Blues heavyweights like Geeshie Wiley and Leadbelly. That led to an appreciation for latter-day pioneers like Bob Dylan and the Staple Singers, two acts that modernized old-school American traditions to suit a new generation. Inspired, Brasher taught herself to play guitar, then began writing songs shortly thereafter.

After a move to Atlanta brought her back south, Brasher began playing shows, fronting her lean, three-piece live band — later championed by Rolling Stone as a "soul power trio" — for the first time. A love for the music of the 1950s and 1960s eventually convinced her to relocate to Memphis, where labels like Stax and Sun Records had shaped popular music during the previous century. She felt at home there. Like her, Memphis was a melting pot of influences, its internal soundtrack filled with music that crossed generation gaps and genre lines. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that her songwriting flourished in the new town, inspiring the material that appeared on Brasher's Outcast EP — released in April 2018, not longer after her acclaimed appearance at SXSW — and that summer's full-length album, Painted Image.

Both releases showcase not only Brasher's robust voice, but her guitar playing and songwriting chops, as well. Inspired by everyone from Pops Staples to surf guitar icons The Ventures, she approaches her electric guitar from a melodic, moody perspective, often using tremolo and reverb for big, bold effect. She cranks up the fuzz for Outcast's rock & roll title track, then makes room for sweeping strings and swirling organ on Painted Image's soulful standout, "Cold Baby." Meanwhile, she attacks the instrument with rhythmic stabs on tracks like "Body of Mine," underscoring her own melodies with blasts of chugging attitude. Just as wide-ranging as her musical influences are her song's story-based lyrics, which tackle everything from Biblical themes to heartbreak, spinning stories that are as evocative and wide-ranging as her musical influences themselves. No wonder NPR became one of her earliest champions, honoring Brasher as a buzz-worthy "slingshot artist" months before Outcast's release.

"I don't like rules, and I don't like to be put into a box," says the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bandleader. "I make music that's garage rock meets the Delta blues meets gospel meets soul. It's southern music — my version of southern music."
Venue Information:
John T. Floore Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX, 78023