To coincide with what has been a particularly contentious presidential election season in the United States, the Mavericks have released their unique take on Frank Sinatra’s patriotic classic “The House I Live In.” Written by Earl Robinson and Abel Meeropol, “The House I Live In” was originally recorded for the 1945 film of the same name and carries a message of unity that’s just as relevant 70 years later.
Singer Raul Malo shows off his powerhouse tenor, effortlessly switching from his usual Roy Orbison-styled croon to the conversational, Broadway feel of the original. The Mavericks don’t mess around too much with the melancholoy arrangement, just adding a little squeezebox for flavor. Malo notes an awe-inspiring beauty in the different types of people and places he encounters, suggesting that it’s the different perspectives and variety of lives being lived that make it special. “The children in the playground, the faces that I see, all races, all religions, that’s America to me,” he sings in an early chorus, with the music swelling around him.
“I think this song represents how most Americans feel about our country,” explains Malo. “It’s patriotic without being jingoistic. It paints a picture of what and who we are that many have forgotten or are simply trying to erase. This is why we’ve decided to record it at this time.”
The Mavericks’ most recent release is 2015’s Mono, their second for Big Machine imprint Valory Music Company. Now working independently, the group plans to release a live album All Night Live, Volume 1, in October. Presently they have numerous dates lined up, including a July 31st gig with Asleep at the Wheel at the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox.