The Mavericks began their career within the punk and alternative music scene in Miami, Florida, frequently playing on the same bill as emerging acts like Marilyn Manson, etc. The band initially consisted of singer Raul Malo, guitarist Ben Peeler, bassist Robert Reynolds; and drummer Paul Deakin. This line-up issued an independent self-titled LP before Peeler was replaced by David Lee Holt.
In 1991, the band was signed by MCA Nashville, and their first major label release, From Hell to Paradise, debuted in 1992. Holt subsequently left the band, and The Mavericks recorded their follow-up What a Crying Shame as a trio, augmented by session musicians. Nick Kane (lead guitar) appears as the group’s fourth member on the album cover, and is credited as a full member of the band in the liner notes, but joined The Mavericks after the album was recorded and does not play on this record.
What A Crying Shame produced four top 40 country hits: the title track, “O What a Thrill,” “There Goes My Heart” and “I Should Have Been True”. A fifth single, a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “All That Heaven Will Allow,” peaked at number 49.
in February 1994, piano player Jerry Dale McFadden joined the band as an auxiliary player and “fifth Maverick”, though he was not at this point an official full member. He would contribute to all live shows and studio recordings from this point forward, beginning with 1995’s Music for All Occasions. This album included the single “Here Comes the Rain,” which won the band a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal the following year. Its follow-up was “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”, their highest country chart peak at number 13.
During 1996 into 1997, the band embarked on the “Tour for All Occasions” and released a live album, It’s Now! It’s Live!.
Their 1998 album Trampoline produced a number 4 UK hit in “Dance the Night Away” – remaining on the UK charts for over ten weeks and becoming one of the most recognizable songs for the Mavericks in the UK. “I’ve Got This Feeling” and “Someone Should Tell Her” also made the UK charts. However, the album was not anywhere near as successful in the US, charting much lower than previous Mavericks album releases and failing to spin off any top 40 country singles.