The Mavericks cover several decades worth of country and rock classics on their forthcoming album Play the Hits (out Nov. 1 on their own Mono Mundo Recordings label), which features the band's take on everything from John Anderson's "Swingin'" and Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" to a soulful spin on Waylon Jennings Outlaw country classic "Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?," a swaggering, horn-laden number that nods to Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright."
The video, which Wide Open Country is premiering today, finds the band acting out a night of debauchery fit for Tales From the Tour Bus.
Singer Raul Malo says the song is a timeless anthem for the band.
"This song is forever tied to the Outlaw movement of the late seventies," Malo tells Wide Open Country. "But in time, it became much more than an anthem. It is the story of anyone trying to play guitar, and play their songs all over the world. It is OUR story. It is MY story. This video is a ridiculous representation of all the cliches you hear about 'road life.' We thought we'd have some fun with that, and we did! Where else can you shoot your drummer and get away with it?"
Play the Hits Track List:
"Swingin'" (John David Anderson, Lionel A Delmore)
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" (Waylon Jennings)
"Blame It On Your Heart" (Harlan Howard, Kostas Lazarides)
"Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" (Hank Cochran)
"Before The Next Teardrop Falls" (Vivian Keith, Ben Peters)
"Hungry Heart" (Bruce Springsteen)
"Why Can't She Be" You (Hank Cochran)
"Once Upon A Time" (feat. Martina McBride) (Barney Ales, Dave Hamilton, Clarence Paul, William Stevenson)
"Don't Be Cruel" (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley)
"Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" (Fred Rose)
"I'm Leaving It Up To You" (Don Harris, Dewey Steven Terry)