Los Lonely Boys
Texas trio Los Lonely Boys premiere "Smile," a video featuring footage from their time in Japan supporting their fourth studio album, and first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records, Rockpango.
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Check out the video of that trip captured in "Smile", at AOL's Spinner. Of the trip, Jojo Garza says,
We didn't know what to expect when we came to Japan for the first time. The response was beyond our expectations, and we are grateful to all of Nippon and its people for embracing us and our music! We hope to return to Japan for many years to come so we can spread the message of love, smiles and plenty of Texican rock 'n' roll!
Known for their 2005 Grammy win and with over 3.1 million albums sold, Los Lonely Boys continue to prove themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade. Letting their stoner flag fly on Rockpango single, "16 Monkeys," the pop princes craft a funky psychedelic fur ball destined for counter culture gold. Los Lonely Boys' new tour dates continue, sharing the utterly unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip-hop found on Rockpango.
Los Lonely Boys 2012 Tour Dates
Earlier in the summer, Los Lonely Boys Toured Internationally
Aug 24 - Little Bear Rib Fest - Vernon Hills, IL
Aug 25 - Paolo Roots Festival - Paola, KS
Sept 15 - Gruene Hall - New Braunfels, TX
Sept 28 - 30 - City Winery - New York, NY
Oct 2- Spruce Peak Performance Arts Center - Stowe, VT
Oct 3 - Oct 4 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
Oct 5 - Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, NY
Oct 6 - Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA
Oct 7 - Strand-Capitol P.A.C. - York, PA
Oct 9 - The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
Oct 10 - Oct 11 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Oct 12 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA
Oct 13 - The Howard Theatre - Washington, DC
Oct 14 - Musikfest Cafe @ Steel Stacks - Bethlehem, PA
Oct 17 - Carrboro Arts Center - Carrboro, NC
Oct 18 - The Loft - Atlanta, GA
Oct 19 - Don Gibson Theatre - Shelby, NC
Since debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, racking up reams of critical praise, opening for the Rolling Stones and playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, Rockpango further enforces All Music Guide's assertion that Los Lonely Boys are "one of America's premier rock bands." The band has released 7 studio albums, 2 live albums, and 2 live concert DVDs, including Texican Style Live, an account of the largest ever South-by-Southwest audience of 25,000. The band continues to pervade pop culture in national ads for Budweiser, a track on Guitar Hero, guest spots on Carlos Santana's All That I Am, and countless TV performances on Leno, Kimmel, Letterman and Conan. Recently, Billboard notched their hit Heaven at #4 on their "Top 50 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever."
Press Praise for Los Lonely Boys
Texican trio Los Lonely Boys are a kick-ass band that can set a simple melody on fire.
Los Lonely Boys’ Henry Garza is the most underrated, underappreciated young guitarist in rock today, period. Stunning fretwork, unbelievable tones.
The Grand Rapids Press
Los Lonely Boys are putting the party back into what they call 'Texican Rock & Roll.' You get the groove and rhythm of Tejano, the honesty of country, the sultriness of the blues and the beat of rock & roll.
More on Los Lonely Boys and Rockpango
Can anything even more magical happen in the already charmed career of Los Lonely Boys? You bet. It’s called Rockpango, their first self- produced long player on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records. And yeah, it’s magical indeed.
At least as magical — and maybe more so — as debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical acclaim, opening for The Rolling Stones, and many more accomplishments for the Texican rock’n’roll trio of brothers. Plus playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, associations that give a strong hint at what’s at work here on Rockpango.
After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys are now carving out their legend with their fourth studio album. Even though the band has already shown they can “up the ante with greater musicianship and confidence” (People) every time out, on Rockpango they heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran yet still young and burgeoning musical talents.
Rockpango is a spirit and sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore. Bursting out of the gate with the simmering and slinky “American Idle” that scans today’s tough economic times, and wrapping up 10 tracks later with the fierce and fiery assertion that love is the answer on “Believe,” Los Lonely Boys look at the big picture around us with the concerns and continuing faith that come with well-grounded adulthood.
Their ever-expanding musical vision fills the set with new facets that further reveal the group’s already notable artistic diversity. “16 Monkeys” is a delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-bohemian wit and wordplay, while orchestration by the Tosca String Quartet adds classic rock-pop sophistication on the achingly beautiful “Road To Nowhere” and the Beatle-esque gem “Smile.” And they fuse deep blues with a hip-hop twist on “Porn Star,” which includes a razor-sharp rap at the tail end by Kush, one of their Texas extended family relations.
They soar on “Fly Away,” rip it up to percolating Latin beats on “Love In My Veins” and “Baby Girl,” and reassert their mastery of the classic music that influences them as demonstrated on their recent 1969 EP. They deliver ‘60s style blues-rockers on the rousing title tune and powerfully loping “Change The World” — two more slices of their spot-on social commentary and consciousness.
The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo “Melo” Torres. The brothers’ songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning number. And Henry Garza goes even beyond what Guitar World hails as being a “guitarist with chops out his ass who doesn't care about chops [and] just opens up and plays.” Joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards, Los Lonely Boys deliver and more on Rockpango.
“I’m super proud of it,” says JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother in the triumvirate. “It’s just progress, maturation and growth. Growing up, being older, seeing the world we’re living in. It’s also touching base with home.”
Los Lonely Boys tale to date is already the stuff legends are made of: Playing behind their father as kids in cantinas and honky-tonks. Moving to Nashville in their teens to try to win a record deal. Returning to their native Texas, where the brothers made their bones on the club scene as a live act. Releasing their self-titled debut, which goes double platinum, and penning a #1 radio hit in “Heaven.”
Two more stellar studio albums followed: Sacred (2006) and Forgiven (2008). In 2009, they cut 1969, an EP that leaps back four decades to reveal how the group’s roots extend well past their birthdates on songs by The Beatles, Santana, The Doors, Buddy Holly and Tony Joe White. 2010 brought about the release of Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live! a snapshot of their recent acoustic tour.
So after all that, what’s left but to meet the new decade with the great leap forward, upward, outward and onward of Rockpango? “It was just time to grow and change,” explains JoJo. “But not change too much. It’s kind of like a tree. A tree doesn’t actually change much as it grows. It gets taller, grows more branches, gets thicker and stronger.
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“I think it’s one of our best if not our best,” he adds. “We took the ball and I think we scored a touchdown.”
And after eight years of championship seasons, Rockpango paves the way for Los Lonely Boys to enter the rock’n’roll pantheon of legendary musical artists while also remaining true to themselves. “We’re still Lonely Boys,” JoJo insists, chuckling in agreement that they are also now Los Lonely Men who have truly come of age on their latest. “We’re still family, we’re still three brothers, we’re still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that’s singing and playing for people who really want to listen.”