**NOTE: This contest is now closed and winners have been chosen. Congratulations to Rhonda Hunter and Kat Keith, and thanks to everyone who entered!
The Mavericks have the kind of story that would probably not even be possible in the musical landscape of 2013. For one thing, the troupe formed after singer-songwriter Raul Malo met Robert Reynolds at a record store (remember those?). They discovered they had a similar taste in music and were quite capable of making it. So, Reynolds talked his friend Paul into becoming their drummer, followed by the addition of a guitarist. They dropped their first self-titled album in 1991 and spent the ensuing decade drawing crowds and pushing boundaries in the country/rock/roots/whatever world.
Finally, in 2003, they split up and went their separate ways toward solo careers and other band projects. (Raul Malo has had a quite-notable solo career and Reynolds has played in a band with members of Wilco and Cheap Trick, among others.)
Now, reunited, the Mavericks sound poised to take on the world all over again. The disc, In Time, is a rollicking, high-energy rock record, tinged with elements of Latin music, country, and trad-style pop. It's a high-energy affair with enticing instrumentation and creative elements of roots music peppering tunes that drip with straight-up great songwriting. From the very first track, they establish they've come to rip things up, and they don't let the ball drop across all 14 tracks.
According to the press release:
"Maybe the space [of the eight-year hiatus] has given us a sense not of how it can happen, but what can happen when we come together," says Deakin, who has spent the years apart balancing master-level carpentry with touring with David Mead and Jason White. "Just being there, and experiencing it, you don't think about it. But there is definitely something when you get Raul, Robert, Eddie, Jerry Dale, and I in a room together that's magical."
We're so fond of the disc we've teamed up with the folks at Big Machine to give a couple copies away to two lucky ND community members. To enter this contest, just listen to the album stream below and then leave a comment telling us which track is your favorite and why.
You have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 8, to enter the contest. Winners will be chosen at random and notified the next day. (Anyone is welcome to enter but the CD prize can only be shipped to a U.S. address.)
To enter, simply scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your comment in the comment box. Comments entered as separate blog posts, or via Facebook or Twitter, will not be counted.
Good luck, and enjoy!