Nashville - GRAMMY U SoundChecks With The Mavericks
Photo: GRAMMY U
By Garrett Lee / GRAMMY U Nashville Student Representative
Upon the release of their new album, Brand New Day, The Mavericks made a stop at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Friday, April 7. Inviting 14 GRAMMY U members to this exclusive sound check and Q&A, these light-hearted musicians opened the students’ worlds up to how to make it in -- and, more importantly -- how to stay current in the music industry.
The Ryman stage was filled with a 15-piece band, ranging from keys to trumpets, drums to bass guitars. The band performed songs from older albums, new hits from their Brand New Day album such as “Easy As It Seems” and “Damned (If You Do)” , as well as some covers, namely “Okie from Muskogee,” a Merle Haggard cut, Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” and Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon.” Normally, GRAMMY U students only get to hear a select few songs from the band during the soundcheck event, but The Mavericks were gracious enough to give the students a mini-concert -- with 7 songs being performed during this particular set. The soundcheck portion was also interesting for the students because they got to see a taping of the soundcheck from the band’s publicist, as well as guitar techs and production assistants running around, ensuring that everything was sounding the way it should. It was important for the students to see all of the work that goes into producing live events.
Following the viewing of the soundcheck, students got to hear from the band members themselves about their careers in the entertainment industry. Originally formed in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks have built a strong fan base over the last 27 years, even though some key band members have come and gone.Current band members, Paul Deakin, Raúl Malo, Jerry Dale McFadden, and Eddie Perez came and sat in the pews while discussing their outlook on careers in the entertainment industry. Many of the members symbolically “took their hats off” to Raúl, who is coined as the ringleader and lead singer of the bunch, namingly creating the band’s sound from its early roots in the early 1990s. Perez discussed how all of the moving parts need to be planned out efficiently and effectively in order to make a touring career possible, joking that [tour manager] Mike deserves all the credit for being able to rally up all of the band and crew everyday on tour in order to ensure that all the moving parts are handled properly and to everyone’s different wants and needs.
Students were invited to chat with members of the band and management team following the Q&A, but not until the group snapped a picture with The Mavericks and tour manager, Mike. All in all, it was a great time hearing from such a successful and long-lasting band, and hosting this event at the Mother Church made this soundcheck all the more special!