Raul Malo Turns Out 'Lucky One' Host Liane Hansen talks to Raul Malo, the Grammy-winning performer and former leader of the country-rock band The Mavericks. He performs a few songs from his new album, Lucky One.

Raul Malo Turns Out 'Lucky One'

Raul Malo Turns Out 'Lucky One'

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The Grammy-winning Latin-country star Raul Malo is back with his first solo album of original material in seven years. It's called Lucky One. He came by the studios of WPLN in Nashville, Tenn., to talk to host Liane Hansen about his new album.

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Raul Malo first made his mark in the early '90s as the leader of the country hybrid group The Mavericks. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Raul Malo first made his mark in the early '90s as the leader of the country hybrid group The Mavericks.

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Malo first made his mark in the early '90s as the leader of the country hybrid group The Mavericks. On many cuts on this new solo release, Malo seems to be channeling the ghostly voice and glimmering guitar lick of Roy Orbison. But that is not to say the album is without Malo's own distinctive style and personal touches. In fact, he recorded Lucky One in his living room, and on one tune he even gives a shout-out to his beloved Rottweiler, Albert.

Many of the songs on the album have a melancholy twist. "Hello Again," for example, is a seemingly upbeat tune that is actually about heartbreak.

"I've always liked songs that have a fun, happy sort of melody with sad lyrics," Malo says.

Malo will be on tour with his band until November.

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