August 11, 2010
Raul Malo is Where The Music Takes Him
With no formal training besides a handful of guitar lessons at age 9 or 10, Miami native Raul Malo has gone on to become the vocal powerhouse front man of the Grammy Award-winning alternative country band The Mavericks and more recently has achieved well-deserved critical acclaim as a solo recording artist. His 2009 album, The Lucky One, is considered by many a mini-masterpiece, yet Malo humbly insists that he’s still learning and evolving as an artist.
Taking a look at the musician credits on his upcoming sophomore release on Fantasy Records, Sinners & Saints, due out September 28, one might be dazzled by the long list of instruments on which he performs: guitar, bass, drums, percussion, organ, synthesizer, piano, Mellotron, tron violin, requinto and ukulele. Mention this to him and Malo laughs at himself, “I just found something I’m pretty good at. I mean, it’s not as impressive as it sounds. I have no other marketable skills. It’s all tied into the music. Believe me, I’m a completely useless human being outside the music world. Ask my family.”
There was never a time in Malo’s life when he considered himself a musician first and a singer second. “I really don’t differentiate between the two. I think singers ARE musicians. I kind of consider them one and the same.”
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