Los Lonely Boys

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Los Lonely Boys
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Background information
Origin San Angelo, Texas, U.S.
Genres Chicano rock
Blues rock
Roots rock
Tex-Mex
Latin rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Playing In Traffic Records, Epic Records
Associated acts Willie Nelson
John Porter
Steve Jordan
Carlos Santana
Dr. John
Website http://www.loslonelyboys.com/
Members Henry Garza
Jojo Garza
Ringo Garza

Los Lonely Boys is an American Chicano rock power trio from San Angelo, Texas. They play a style of music they call "Texican Rock n' Roll," combining elements of rock and roll, Texas blues, brown eyed soul, country, and Tejano.

The band consists of three brothers: Henry (guitar, vocals), Jojo (bass, vocals), and Ringo (drums, vocals) Garza.[1] They follow the tradition of their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., who formed a band with his brothers called the Falcones. The Falcones played conjunto music in southern Texas during the 1970s and 1980s. Their debut single, "Heaven," was a number one hit on the Billboard adult contemporary chart and reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004. In 2009 they signed to Austin-based indie label, Playing in Traffic Records and released an EP, "1969" and three albums under their LonelyTone imprint, "Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live!" "Rockpango," and their newest release, "Revelation."

Musical career[edit]

The three brothers emerged as a group in Nashville in the 1990s. After moving back to their home state of Texas they recorded an album in 2003 in Austin at Willie Nelson's Pedernales recording studio.[2] The album was initially released by Or Music and later acquired by Epic Records for distribution in March 2004.

The group's first single, "Heaven", reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #11 at Top 40. "Heaven" was featured in Guitar Hero: On Tour. In 2005 the song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Other songs nominated for Grammys include "More Than Love" and "Onda," both in 2006.

In 2005, the group recorded "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" with Carlos Santana for the Santana album All That I Am. In June of that year, the group appeared in an episode of CMT's "Crossroads" show with country music legend Ronnie Milsap. Their 2006 album, Sacred, features the song "Outlaws". In a "closing of the circle," Enrique Garza Sr. sings the verse about the "missing outlaws, just like me." Willie Nelson, who is credited on the 2004 album, also provides a verse which makes reference to his hit "On the Road Again".

In 2007, Los Lonely Boys participated in Amnesty International's "Make Some Noise" project. Their cover of John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" is the second single from the "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur." The song was released on iTunes on April 17, with the entire album available on June 12 courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" is noteworthy as John Lennon's only US number one solo single while he was alive.

Their third studio album, Forgiven, was released on July 1, 2008. The album was recorded at East Side Stages in Austin and was produced by Steve Jordan. On October 23, 2008, Los Lonely Boys sang the national anthem to open game two of the 2008 World Series in St. Petersburg, Florida.[3]

In March 2009, Los Lonely Boys left Sony/Epic and signed on with Austin-based Playing In Traffic Records. In March 2010, the group was awarded "Best Rock Band" in the Austin Music Awards.

The trio released a tribute EP titled 1969 on October 13, 2009, paying homage to the 40th anniversary of the titular year with covers of Santana's "Evil Ways", The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues", Blind Faith's Version of Buddy Holly's "Well All Right", The Beatles' "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", and Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie." The EP was produced by Andy Johns and marked the first release on their new label.

Following their 2009-2010 tour, which included roughly 200 shows seen by over 350,000 fans, Los Lonely Boys headed back to the studio to complete their fourth full-length studio. It was announced on Jan. 14, 2011 that the new album, entitled "Rockpango" (a Spanglish word that means "rock party"), would be released on March 29. "Rockpango," which features 11 original tracks, will mark the first full-length studio album released by the band on their LonelyTone imprint for Playing in Traffic Records. A deluxe edition of the album will include three bonus songs, a behind-the-scenes video and a fold-out poster of the cover art.[4]

In early 2014 Los Lonely Boys released their fifth studio album, "Revelation." The album represents new territory for the Boys, with the conjunto touches on "Blame It On Love," the reggae groove of "Give A Little More," among many other new sonic elements.

Members[edit]

  • Henry Garza (b. 15 May 1978) vocals, guitar
  • Jojo Garza (b. 4 June 1980) bass, vocals
  • Ringo Garza (b. 29 November 1981) drums, percussion, vocals

Supporting Musicians[edit]

  • Reese Wynans (2004) organ, keyboards, piano
  • Michael Ramos (2006) organ, keyboards, piano, vocals
  • Carmelo Torres (2008, 2009) percussion

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US Rock US Heat US Indie
1997 Los Lonely Boys
1998 Teenage Blues
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: self-released
2004 Los Lonely Boys 9 1 4
  • US: 2× Platinum
2006 Sacred
  • Released: July 18, 2006
  • Label: Epic Records
2 1
2008 Forgiven
  • Released: July 1, 2008
  • Label: Epic Records
26 13
2009 1969
  • Released: October 13, 2009
  • Label: Playing In Traffic Records / Lonely Tone Records
124 15
2011 Rockpango
  • Released: March 29, 2011
  • Label: Playing In Traffic Records/ Lonely Tone Records
70 19 14
2014 Revelation
  • Released: January 21, 2014
  • Label: Playing In Traffic Records/ Lonely Tone Records
120 42 28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
US
2005 Live at the Fillmore
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: Epic Records
69
2006 Live at Blue Cat Blues
  • Released: February 14, 2006
  • Label: Blue Cat Blues
2010 Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live!
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Playing In Traffic/Lonely Tone
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Holiday albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak positions
US Holiday
2008 Christmas Spirit
  • Released: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Epic Records
40

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details
2009 Playlist: The Very Best of Los Lonely Boys
  • Released: June 30, 2009
  • Label: Epic Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[6]
US AC
[7]
US Adult
[8]
US Country
[9]
US
Pop

[10]
NZ
[11]
2003 "Real Emotions" Los Lonely Boys
2004 "Heaven" 16 1 2 46 11 26
"More Than Love" 31 15
2005 "Diamonds" 28 26 Sacred
2008 "Staying with Me" Forgiven
2011 "Fly Away" Rockpango
"16 Monkeys"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2004 "Heaven" Rosalyn Rosen
"More Than Love"[13]
2006 "Diamonds"[14]

DVDs[edit]

Other contributions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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