• Raul Malo

Since founding the Mavericks in 1989, singer-songwriter Raul Malo has deftly avoided getting pigeonholed. His old band landed 14 songs on the country charts in its 14-year run, but even on those tracks his vocal style—part Roy Orbison balladeer, part Latin crooner (Malo is Cuban-American, raised in Miami)—sets him apart from the typical Nashville singer. And the Mavericks added kitschy dashes of retro flavors (countrypolitan, soul, lounge music, Cuban son, boleros) to the usual country twang.