>>The new CD cover of the soon to be released CATCHALL<<
(I like the lava lamp!!)
The assemblage cover for Catchall was created by Robert,
Jerry Dale, Ken and
Doug. The design and artwork is being done by Doug
1. Lone (Reynolds, McFadden, Huff; vocal:
2. I'll Get By (Powell, Bill Lloyd; vocal: Doug)
3. Near Perfect Smile (Reynolds, McFadden, Powell;
4. Please Don't Tell (Reynolds, McFadden, Powell,
Coomer, Huff; vocal:
5. When She Awoke (Powell, Petersson; vocal:
6. Louise (Reynolds, McFadden, Huff; vocal:
7. Different Girl (Reynolds, McFadden, Huff;
8. You (Reynolds, McFadden, Coomer, Petersson, Lewis
vocal: Robert/ Jerry Dale
9. Eight (Coomer, Powell; vocal: Ken Coomer)
10. Ride (Reynolds, McFadden, Powell, Coomer, Huff;
vocal: Jerry Dale)
11. She's Deceiving (Reynolds, McFadden, Powell, Coomer,
Photo from Bill
Lloyd's website taken by Jeff Bruton
Members of Wilco, Cheap Trick
and the Mavericks Play Good Pop
Although Ken Coomer is immersed
in tedious tasks – packing and labelling
boxes to move into a new house
in Nashville - the Wilco drummer gets
downright giddy when discussing
Swag, his latest musical endeavour with his
Music City pals.
“It feels like you did when you first started a band”, he
says. “It’s exciting,
Swag was conceived in various
hotel rooms by the Mavericks’ Robert Reynolds
and Jerry Dale McFadden, who
would hole up and write pop tunes while on
tour. The pair recruited
Coomer and solo artist Doug Powell, a few singles
and compilation tracks were
dashed off and it was good. When McFadden met
Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson
in an elevator and convinced him to join,
it got better. Swag’s
recently released Different Girls EP *(Space Baby)
isn’t only pretty on the outside,
its a 10-inch picture disc – its inner
grooves are gorgeous, too, sporting
a few up-tempo rockers and “Different
Girl”, a lost-love ballad that
believes in Paul McCartney, Pet Sounds and
not much else.
“That was a definite tip to the
Beach Boys”, says Coomer. “I mean,
everybody does it, so why not
come out and say it? It’s fun, because no one
feels like we have to prick
the finger and be blood brothers. We all do
other things and we get together
when we can. We laugh.”
Jovial and prolific, the members
of Swag recently recorded seven more songs,
adding up to an album worth
of material. After Coomer settles into his new
digs, he’s off to Chicago to
record the new Wilco album which he describes
as somewhere between Being There
and Summer Teeth. As for Swag, Coomer’s
highest hopes are “three square
meals a day”, he says before breaking into
laughter. “Oh, that was
good. That was like Indie Rock 101 wasn’t it?
I’d like to see someone pull
out the record and for us to go to Japan.
SWAG BAND MEMBERS
Jerry Dale McFadden,
Doug Powell (with son Julian),
June 24 2000
in the control room of Brad Jones' "Alex The Great" studio
Jeff will be touring with Kevin Montgomery, Paul
and Robert in the United Kingdom. A very special thanks to Jeff for doing
If you haven't picked up his cds yet, go for it!!
Q: We're looking forward to seeing you in the UK later in the year.
What are your thoughts on sharing a stage with Robert Reynolds and Paul
Deakin? Will you survive the experience?
A: It should be great - what a great section they are. I'll look forward
to seeing what I can learn - life's all about learning, ya know. And I'm
looking forward to working with Paul. When I first saw him play he just
blew my mind: being a drummer myself I like that 'no bullshit - boom-whack'
kind of drumming.
Q: You've been Kevin Montgomery's drummer in the past: how did you
two meet? Have you worked with Doug Pettibone before?
A: I've known Kevin since he was about sixteen years old. I used to
work in this little vegetarian restaurant that all the writers on the row
would come to. He'd come in there when he was just a kid trying to write
with all these people - he's still the same way now, just full of enthusiasm.
Years later, after he went to L.A., he called me to play some drums with
him. I don't know if he even remembered that we'd met before. Kevin was
also the one that turned me on to Doug Pettibone: I started going to L.A.
to try and find some interest and he played with me the night I got signed
to Pete Anderson's label, Little Dog, who put out my album "Highway Diaries".
Q: What was your response to being asked to tour the UK with these
A: Well I've been a musician and an artist for twenty years now and
we are known to start believing things are going to happen after they've
already happened (like tours and records). Too many cracked and broken
promises smashed on the highway behind us. But after it sunk in I was nothing
Q: You started off as a drummer in a band called The Thieves; what
was the catalyst that made you make the move to singing? Were you a frustrated
singer all along?
A: No, not really - I liked being a drummer but eventually it just got
old and I felt I had something to say - and when I didn't say it I felt
like a prisoner in Shanghi in the dark with this slow drip, drip, drip,
splashing on my head - it was torture. So finally I just decided that the
hardest thing I could do was write and record a record on my own - so I
Q: Have you always been moved to write songs? Do you find it easy
A: I find it easy now because I just write when it comes. I used to
spend hours and days slaving over a hot Underwood typewriter beating my
head against the wall. I'd write for eight or nine hours every day and
scour books, poetry and cooking shows in hopes of finding something that
would inspire me to scribble brilliance. But alas, like a great bird I
sank from that sky and came down to the grace of the day - and that is
what I write with now.
Q: You play some evocative piano on a couple of tracks on the album
"Original Fin". Do you compose on piano?
A: Yes I do, I twinkle the keys - a friend gave me a turn-of-the-century
upright and I just sat down and started with it. It expands the melodic
platform tremendously, and when I get bored with guitar I can go with it.
Q: Describe your piano-playing.
A: I would describe it as minimalist; a wondrous scratching; a tinkering
of the tusk; a weeping of the hammers; the fondling of the black and white;
a kiss and twinkling; a musical sort of making love.
Q: Which of your songs would you urge people to listen to, and why?
A: That's hard because so many different people like different songs
for different reasons (that makes me feel good because it makes me feel
like I'm providing depth), and I'm too close to them as well. But if I
had to pick, I like "Napoleon, Josephine and Me", "West of Rome", "The
Perfect Mark of Cain", "Love and Happiness". OK I said it, are ya happy!
I love to complete ideas and see how far I can meld and stretch them -
and I love a wacked-out story - so I guess "Napoleon" and "Cain" on that
Q: You've been compared to John Hiatt, John Prine, "Steve Earle with
a thesaurus" and Lou Reed. Any thoughts on that?
A: No, not really.
Q: Who would you prefer to be compared to?
A: I hate comparisons because most people who compare have about a ten-year
history for their comparisons - or they base their comparison on someone
they know who made a lot of money. I think Mark Twain would be nice – or
even Huck Finn himself.
Q: Any amusing stories to tell us about life on the road?
A: Most of my road experience has been awful – lots of driving and sleeping,
days off in crack motels with five dollars a day to eat on, waiting for
a gig to happen. Hard, hard traveling and dreaming. In Florida you get
tired of shuffleboard and rum; in Seattle the salmon goes stale; in L.A.
the glitter fades and falls to endless freeways. The best parts are those
times when the magic happens and you feel after all the shit you've gone
through you get a chance to connect with someone - you look out there and
you actually see in someone's eyes you’re getting through. That's when
it all seems worthwhile.
Q: Richard McLaurin (Farmer Not So John and occasional 'guest' in
SWAG) plays slide on "Waiting on a Flood". How did you meet him, and what
is the possibility of you ever being a guest in SWAG?
A: I don't know. I guess that's up to Jerry Dale. Jerry used to be in
my band before he joined the Mavericks. He is actually the wacked-out piano
player on the track "The Hard Way" which you can listen to on http://www.mp3.com/jefffinlin
. Anyway, Richard was in Jerry's band at the time - and that's how I originally
met him. We then played in Mathew Ryan's band for a while together.
Q: You have two albums out, Highway Diaries (1997) and Original Fin
(1999) and there's a third on the way. Is the music in your newest album
shifting focus or carrying along in the same vein?
A: It's similar - thematic with my lyrical twist but we did things like
brought in horns – including Randy Leago and Jim Hoke (a guest in SWAG)
- and I used some players who have played with me forever - like Dave Jaques
(John Prine) and Doug Lansio (Patty Griffin and Nancy Griffith). We all
piled in there and clocked like 85 hours in six days. We had a guy come
over and barbecue for us - the studio was literally filled with smoke and
we were all rolling around on the floor laughing and the stories started
flying. When we were done, we had like twelve songs and I'm real excited
about it. It's going to be called "Somewhere South of Wonder".
Q: Do you have a release date for the new album?
A: No, not yet, we are still tweaking on it.
Website: JEFF FINLIN
Original Fin available from
Love and Happiness / June / The Perfect Mark of Cain
/ Waiting on a Flood /
She's a Mama Now / Kisses From A Train / Weight of the
Flame / Eighteen Tons/
Moonlight Becomes the Dawn
Highway Diaries (available from
Napoleon, Josephine & Me / West of Rome / Lovers
in the Street/
Sunday's Forgivin' / The Promised Land / Hammer Down/
Only An Immigrant / Come On Annie / Idaho / For The Life
Producers: Laron Pendergrass, Jeff Finlin
UK FAN CLUB
Hi! Mavericks fans will be interested
to hear that a new UK based Fan
Club site is now online!
In the near future the Fan club
will be offering a membership postal service - featuring a quarterly newsletter
and updates, etc.
If any fans in the UK or Europe
are interested in joining the Mavericks Fan Club UK, and would like to
receive further information shortly prior to launch, please email with
your name and postal address details to: mavhouse
or by snail mail to:
(The Mavericks Fan Club UK)
PO Box 316
The Fan Club is approved by The
Mavericks and is complementary to the US based Fan Club.
We look forward to welcoming
new members soon!
MFC UK President.
To All Mav Fans-
Sorry I've been away from this
for so long. I want to say above all a great big thanks for your
interest in the Mavericks and our music. I appreciate your patience
with the fan club at this time-it's in my hands right now and organization
is not what I do best.
As you know, we're taking most
of 2000 off, much as we did in 1997. We'll hope to see some of you
at the Dave Matthews dates and anything else that might come up between
now and the end of the year.
This time off gives us, as individuals,
a chance to do a lot of things many of which are very important.
On that note I want to personally thank you in advance for your support
of Paul and me on the UK tour. This is going to be a special project
and we'll look forward to seeing you there.
My very best wishes,
In an effort to keep the lines
of communication open with Mavericks fans everywhere, Robert Reynolds would
very much like to hear from you!
Please address any questions
you might have for him as follows:
Questions for Robert (in the
subject line) in care of The Mavs UK Fan Club E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you wish to send a question
in writing (or know someone who does not have access to a computer) forward
your inquiries to:
Questions for Robert
The Mavericks Fan Club UK
P.O. Box 316
The deadline for sending in Robert
questions is July 31, 2000
Once questions are compiled and
presented to Robert, a transcription of the questions and answers will
be made available for all to read.
The Mavericks will be opening for
The Dave Matthews Band August
4, 5, 6 th in George, WA at the Gorge Amphitheatre
singer/song written, guitar
bass backround vocals
Someone sent this one
in and I had to share
This news from Scotty, who says
"hi" to everyone:
It kinda follows on from Raul's
radio interview, where he mentioned that he was finishing up producing
a K T Oslin album. Scotty and Doug from the Havana Horns (plus
a few other studio musicians) played on a track called "Mexico Road" which
will hopefully get on the album. Scotty wrote the horn arrangement.
Doug also played some solo sax
on another song for the album.
As we can all imagine, everyone
had a great time at the recording session. Scotty said KT is a wonderful
person and singer and he can't wait to hear the final mix.
He also hopes everyone will like it when they hear it.
Paul Gagne writes
I have some news to pass on about yet another tribute
project. Raul Malo has been in Nashville recording Bruce Springsteen's
"Downbound Train" as a solo track for a tribute to Springsteen's "Nebraska"
album. (If you Springsteen fans are paying attention, "Downbound Train"
actually appeared on "Born in the U.S.A." rather than "Nebraska.")
Other artists contributing to the
project include Chrissie Hynde, Counting Crows and
Fiona Apple. The CD will be released on the independent Sub Pop label.
More details -- date, title, etc. -- to follow.
Nine Years Alone
"Robert and Scotty invited Dave to Nashville to write together! In
fact Dave visited with Robert during the third week of June and again
Dave Hardin's page
Another amazing voice!! Check him out
A special "tribute" to a great Maverick.
Secret guest interview!!
And much much more