Tuned In to Raul Malo

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Our featured Tuned In artist this week is Raul Malo.

He is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter who has impressed millions of fans with his iconic voice, and passionate lyrics. Many know him as a member of the American Country Music group, The Mavericks. Songs such as "Dance the night away" have topped the charts across the globe, and touched the hearts of many. He continues to win over the hearts of fans as a solo artist. We caught up with him during a sold out show at The Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, PA. He spoke candidly to us about his passion for his fans, writing music, and embracing multiple genres.

Please enjoy his biography It begins with a fanfare. With a few well-chosen notes, a mournful trumpet carries us to a far way place and proclaims that something is about to happen, calling on one's full attention. And in every way, Sinners & Saints, the new album from Raul Malo, is worthy of that attention.

Self-produced in his home studio and brimming with deeply personal beliefs and passions, Sinners & Saints is the most intimate, honest and complex album Malo has made in an already distinguished career. You will hear in it a lifetime's journey, from the singer and songwriter's youth in the Cuban neighborhoods of Miami through his years with hit country band the Mavericks to his place today as one of the most intriguing and talented artists in the Americana and World Music scenes.

Rooted in Malo's life-long connection to Latin music, but infused with his wide-ranging love of country, blues, jazz and vintage rock and roll, Sinners & Saints melds sonic ingenuity with emotional sincerity. His lyrics continue to mature, and his vision continues to sharpen. His musicianship, especially his ability to blend traditional Mexican instruments with his ferociously twanging guitars, is on full display. The many thousands of fans who have been on the journey with him so far will want to add this album to their collections, and for those finding out about Malo for the first time, Sinners & Saints will be an ideal introduction to his searching, eclectic and thoroughly appealing sound.

The title track opens the record, setting the album's tone thematically and musically. Its origins lie in one of Malo's oldest and most significant sense memories. From his boyhood and through his years coming of age in Miami, he spent many a night in neighborhood music rooms listening to local artists perform their Zarzuelas, in which guitarists and dancers stirred up fiery improvisations in the classic flamenco style.

"The guitar player would follow the dancer and the dancer would follow the guitar player. They'd play off each other," Malo recalls. "And it would create this ambiance of intensity and passion that was really beautiful to watch, and it was really beautiful to be in that room when it was happening."

You are now Tuned In to Raul Malo!

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