By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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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.