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The Mavericks, 'Pardon Me'

When Jim Lauderdale introduced The Mavericks' performance at the Americana Music Association's 2015 Honors & Awards show, he described the band as "challenging musical boundaries ever since they first came together in Miami in 1989."

Lauderdale was right: Fronted by Raul Malo, the band has blended country, Latin, pop and rock 'n' roll in seamless fashion for more than a quarter of a century. As with fellow award winner Los Lobos, confining The Mavericks to one musical category has been nearly impossible.

The band's 2015 album Mono found The Mavericks in top form after reuniting in 2013; that year brought the group's first new studio album in a decade. At the 2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards in Nashville, The Mavericks received the Duo/Group Of The Year prize and performed "Pardon Me" from its most recent album.

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Bruce Warren is assistant general manager for programming of WXPN in Philadelphia. Besides serving as executive producer of World Café, Warren also contributes to Paste magazine and writes for two blogs: Some Velvet Blog and WXPN's All About The Music Blog.