No matter how The Mavericks have been positioned in the business -- platinum-selling 1990s country stars or recently reunited Americana-Latin mash-up -- they've presented an alternative to whatever popular sounds surround them at the moment. For starters, they developed a habit of darting from stylishly retro honky-tonk to plush pre-rock pop ballads and peppery Tejano rhythms (and country hasn't exactly flaunted a Latin influence in the many decades since the format shed the "western" half of its name).

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