BOISE, Idaho – Three Mexican/Native American brothers from dusty San
Angelo, West Texas are about to break into the realm of superstar status as
their song “Heaven” climbs the charts. On their tour bus in Boise before a
sold-out show, they shared their story and message so everyone can
understand what these “Texican rock ‘n’ rollers” are all about.
Los Lonely Boys are Garza brothers Henry, 25, on guitar, Joey “Jojo,” 23,
on bass, and Ringo, 21, on drums. Their sound is blues outlaw-spiced rock
‘n’ roll with blazing three-part harmonies. Comparisons to Stevie Ray
Vaughn and Santana can’t be dismissed. Featuring a distinctive
cross-cultural mix that blends a wide range of influences including rock,
old country, blues and the classic sounds of Richie Valens, Buddy Holly,
and the Beatles, the trio regularly dazzles audiences with its stellar
musicianship. They’ve toured extensively the U.S. and recently returned
from Europe. They have currently crossed the country on their “Heaven” tour
and traveled with The Allman Brothers this summer.
LLB has playing together as a family band for more than 18 years. They
performed with their musician father before diverging as a trio in the
mid-’90s. After years of trying to get a record contract, their first demo
caught the attention of Willie Nelson’s nephew, who took his uncle to a
club in Austin, Texas to catch them. “We were like, ‘Yeah right. Willie
Nelson’s gonna come see us.’ And, sure enough, there he was,” Henry said.
“We were nervous because Willie was out in the crowd. After the set was
over, we went and talked to him and he really enjoyed it.”
They recorded their self-titled debut album, which was released in August
2003 at Nelson’s Pedernales Studio near Austin, and Nelson plays guitar on
So far, the CD has sold well, and has recently hit #1 on the Billboard
The group packed 5,000 people into a tent made for 1,500 at the recent
Austin City Limits Festival. The Texas House of Representatives declared
last June 10 as Los Lonely Boys Day. The band was also recently awarded an
“Aguila Awards Foundation” award for providing Central Texas Hispanic youth
with positive role models.
Their show in Boise, Idaho was sold out, and it was on their own merits.
“This success that we’re experiencing right now – it’s a good and wonderful
thing, call it the Creator’s will. A blessing from above,” confessed an
enthused Jojo. “Having said that – we are not preachers, but we think
things happen for a purpose and we’re just doing what was destined for us.
We’ve been through the rigor and hardships and realities that other people,
Native and Latin American, have been through. We’re just grateful Texican
rock ‘n’ rollers.” Their live set deviates from the album’s course, relying
more heavily on a classic rock approach that favored lengthy instrumental
solos. Henry Garza certainly demonstrated his influences, at various
moments; the unmistakable echoes of Carlos Santana, Mato Nanji and Jimmy
Page reverberated in his playing.
Jojo doesn’t deny the group’s influences, “What we’ve done is made like our
own tortilla, right, with all the knowledge of all the greats that are out
there-like Willie, Johnny Cash, Steve Miller, The Allman Brothers, and the
Beatles,” he said. “We put them inside the tortilla, fold it up in there,
we make our own burrito and we’re selling it to the world, y’ know?”
The band’s name came from a song their dad wrote for them when they were
young. “I’m just a lonely, lonely boy,” Ringo sang. “It just stuck.”