Jazz Fest Preview: The Mavericks Remember Riding the Ride

(Last year's set by The Mavericks at Jazz Fest was one of the festival's most joyous, so when the band returned to New Orleans last October to play Tipitina's, I took the opportunity to talk with founding member Robert Reynolds about the days before the band split up. Here's an encore presentation of that story since the band returns to Jazz Fest today, where it will play the Samsung Galaxy Stage at 3:40 p.m.)

The Mavericks Get to Be Mavericks Again

"Raul feels we're at our apex," says The Mavericks' Robert Reynolds, reflecting singer Raul Malo's belief that the reunited country/Tex-Mex/swing/Latin band has never been better. Reynolds fondly remembers the band's early club dates in Miami when they played like a Latin-country Clash to 200 or so people, but he understands where Malo is coming from.