They are truly a band of brothers.
A talented one at that.
Los Lonely Boys, made up of Latino Texas siblings Henry Garza, guitarist, JoJo Garza, bassist, and Ringo Garza Jr., drummer, have been drawing in fans with their catchy fusion of sound, drawing from rock, blues, Tex-Mex, conjunto and Tejano music.
They bring what they call “Texican Rock ’n’ Roll” to the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton on Monday on a double bill with blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
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For the Garzas, it always has been a family affair. The three started as the backup band for their father, Ringo Sr., even before they reached their teens.
In the 1990s, the brothers eventually emerged as a group and recorded their self-titled debut album in 2003 at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio in Austin with the country music legend sitting in. EPIC Records picked up the album in 2004 and “Heaven” became a hit single on the Billboard charts, winning a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance the following year.
“Sacred, “Forgiven” and the holiday albums “Christmas Spirit” and “Spirit of Christmas,” followed. Going independent, the group released “Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!” and “Rockpango.”
The San Angelo trio has been performing across the nation since. The group is promoting its latest release, “Revelation.”
“One of the things that really almost kept this record from happening was Henry’s accident,” JoJo said in a recent interview about his brother’s accident in 2013, when he fell off the stage, fracturing his neck and injuring his spine. Among the shows the band had to cancel was one at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto; Los Lonely Boys made up the missed gig last August.
“That was a really big game-changer for our career and more importantly, for our family. For us it had a lot to do with being more appreciative of each other, as well as our family back at home, and just realizing that life is a blink-of-an-eye thing.”
As Henry recovered, the brothers waited patiently. The three eventually were able to work from his home as well as the studio to create the album. It became a personal journey of faith and passion.
“As far as the title of ‘Revelation’ goes, it’s how we feel the music has always been revealed to us through God,” JoJo said. “Lyrics, music – for us it’s all about that ... I don’t really classify the band as a religious group, but there definitely is some spirituality to how we look at life.”
The trio has a strong Latino fan base.
“Being Tex-Mex and Hispanic is something that speaks for itself,” JoJo said. “We’re just trying to be the kind of people where it doesn’t matter what color we are or where we come from.
“It is cool to be noticed as Latin rockers, kind of like in the same story of Ritchie Valens, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, and people like that, but at the same time, we just want to be part of musical history.”