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.”