Mavericks singer Raul Malo plans to record his debut solo album in one scant week. Starting May 14, the artist will head into a Los Angeles recording studio with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and

Mavericks singer Raul Malo plans to record his debut solo album in one scant week. Starting May 14, the artist will head into a Los Angeles recording studio with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and emerge a week later with principal recording for the set complete.

Malo has already written all of the songs -- 10 in English; three in Spanish -- for the as-yet-untitled-album, due out in the fall via Higher Octave Music's OmTown label. He'll collaborate musically with Afro-Cuban keyboardist/percussionist Alberto Salas on the material.

Outside of his work with his country outfit the Mavericks, Malo collaborated with the Latin collective Los Super Seven on the Columbia/Legacy set "Canto," released in March. He also contributed a solo cover of "Downbound Train" as a bonus cut on last year's Sub Pop collection "Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska."