Upcoming Release – Raul Malo July 17

 

Raul Malo’s New Album ‘After Hours’

‘After Hours, ‘ musician Raul Malo’s loving homage to some of his favorite country songs, will be released July 17 by New Door Records/UMe. Malo, called a “force of nature” by Entertainment Weekly for his soaring and soulful singing, has crafted a trip through 10 of his favorite classics, each one imbued with his adventurous musical spirit, wide range of influences and one-of-a-kind voice.

“I wanted to make a record like this since I first started in this business, ” says Malo. “Regardless of genre, I have always felt a good song could be interpreted in any number of ways. Country music has provided the world with some of the most beautiful melodies and lyrics ever to be recorded. And in this collection we wanted to offer a different interpretation of some very ‘classic’ country songs.”

The album opens with a slow-burning, seductive take on the standard “Welcome To My World, ” with Raul’s powerful voice taking center stage among the muted horns and piano, and among other highlights, he tackles two of country music’s greatest songs, “Crying Time” by Buck Owens and Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” The former features Raul’s aching voice accompanied by a mournful clarinet and slow, shuffle beat, while the latter is reworked as a ’30s swing with jazzy horn stabs and a rollicking beat.

Malo recorded ‘After Hours’ live in-studio with almost no overdubs, deciding this approach would work best in order to capture the raw, intimate feel of his favorite albums from the ’50s and ’60s. He plays guitar as well as sings on the album, backed by his band: Robert Chevrier on piano, Jay Weaver on bass, Tom Lewis on drums and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke adding saxophone, clarinet and steel guitar to the recordings.

The new album is Raul’s third solo album, and comes on the heels of massive critical acclaim for his 2006 album of romantic standards, ‘You’re Only Lonely.’ He is widely known as the leader of the platinum-selling, Grammy-award-winning band The Mavericks.

3 Responses to “Upcoming Release – Raul Malo July 17”

  1. Maria Carroll Says:

    Raul has the most AMAZING voice!!!! I can’t WAIT for this record to be released! The song selection is fantastic and I know it will be a GEM of a CD that I will treasure forever!

  2. Pam Housden and Cameron Says:

    Hi Raul

    This is 3 year old Cameron from Wenatchee who saw you
    in Moses Lake and is your fan that sings all your songs on
    your DVD’s, your CD’s and all your videos on the computer.
    Cameron can’t wait for your new CD to come out as we
    will be buying it for him and we are sure that Cameron will
    learn all the words to all your country songs that you sing
    on this new CD. We also can’t wait for your new Christmas
    CD also coming out and we will want to know when it is
    available to buy. Hopefully you will come again to the
    Weinstein Theatre in Moses lake, when it is nicer weather
    than this last visit, so that Cameron can stand in the back
    and dance and sing to all the words and give all the people
    in the back rows a show of his talent too. Hopefully, when
    Cameron gets older he will have the opportunity to sing
    with you which would be an awesome sight. We all love
    your singing and Cameron doesn’t want to listen to anyone
    but you. Good luck on the rest of your tour this year. And
    if at all possible please find a way to do another DVD as
    Cameron plays the 4 we have over and over again.
    Pam Housden and Cameron
    urmisun1@yahoo.com

  3. Wow I just really heard you sing alone for the first time on CMT’s 100 greatest love songs – your voice is absolutely awesome – thank you……….I have to go shopping LOL

    Laura

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