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Los Lonely Boys
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist

Los Lonely Boys is the self-titled debut album from the Garza brothers out of West Texas; Henry on guitar, Jojo on bass and Ringo (yes, that is his real name) on drums. They have been making music together since they were small children and, if you've heard them, you already know this isn't your average garage band.

They got their start as the back up band for their father while they were still pre-teens and the music they played was a mixture of classic rock 'n' roll, country and Tex-Mex. That was then, this is now, and the sound they have today is so unique that I don't think anyone has actually been able to label it -- but not for lack of trying.

Their sound is an eclectic blend of eloquent and insightful lyrics delivered with precise instrumentals and flawless vocal harmonies. Their sound has been referred to as Texican, Tex-Mex and Spanglish but I don't think it matters what you call it, great music is still great music. With four Grammy nominations in the Best New Artist, Record of the Year ("Heaven"), Best Pop Duo/Group with Vocal ("Heaven") and Best Rock Instrumental ("Onda") categories, there are apparently a lot of folks who agree with me.

I first heard of this band when I saw their video "Heaven" on CMT. After that, it seemed like every time I turned on my local country radio station, I heard that song. When it came to the Grammy's, however, they were not mentioned in the country category. In fairness to the Grammy committee, after listening to the album several times, I'm not sure it qualifies as a country album but I do think there is some great country music on this album. I thought "Heaven," "Velvet Sky," and "La Contestacion," with their magnificent vocals and beautiful guitar solos, qualified as country music -- even before I found out that Willie Nelson performed the guitar solo on "La Contestacion."

You don't have to understand the words to appreciate the beauty of the song or to understand the feeling with which they deliver it. Proof of that fact comes on track thirteen when they sing "Heaven" and "More Than Love" in Spanish. "More Than Love" is one of my favorite songs on the album and I don't care what language you sing that song in; it's still going to be a country song. But for you doubters, you will find the song on the DVD in English. Awesome -- both versions.

The last track on the album is "I Walk the Line" and I think even Johnny Cash would embrace their version of this classic. To be able to take a song that is so totally identified with an icon like Cash, and make it your own, is no small feat and certainly speaks to the talent quotient of the brothers Garza.

The Los Lonely Boys Dual Disc features Los Lonely Boys' full-length Grammy-nominated debut CD album on one side, and the other side is a DVD featuring the video of their in studio acoustic performance, the "Heaven" music video, three additional versions of "More Than Love" and a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the entire album.

http://www.loslonelyboys.org

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I totally liked their album. They did a fantastic job working with Ronnie Milsap. What a great opportunity Ronnie Milsap gave them and they totally respected him for it. Loved the albino Heaven and Ronnie Milsap hour program. Thanks to Ronnie and CMT and Crossroads. 
~Charlie G. - A fan. 

 

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