Los Lonely Boys "Los Lonely
Boys" Or Records
It is well over 15 years since Los Lobos brought Tex Mex music to the fore to North American and European audiences, and its over 35 years since Carlos Santana first crossed over Latino Rock. And while The Mavericks went on to add a dash of Latino to their Country Roots, Los Lonely Boys go a step further combining all the above influences with more traditional Conjunto beats to come up with a hugely catchy style that has seen them described as The Mexican Beatles!
In fact the three Garza brothers, comprising Henry on guitar, Jo Jo on bass and Ringo no less, on drums – hail from San Angelo, Texas and offer a slightly new take on Chicano rock.
The two salient features here are the searing vocals that recently led to a Grammy award for Best Pop Award for Vocal Duo or Group, and the confident solo’s from Henry who while obviously influenced by Carlos Santana as on the percussion and guitar filled “Onda” and the and the excellent guitar fuelled “Real Emotion”, also tips his hat to Stevie Ray Vaughan on “Crazy Dream”.
While older Tex Mex influences permeate the material with echoes of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Freddy Fender, the brothers combine sparkling, crystal vocals with some fine songs, and occasionally slip into some “Spanglish” as on “Dime Mi Amor”. Songs such as “More than Love” have an inner structure and booming harmonies memorable enough to chart the band.
On the fine vocal led “Hollywood”, the brothers sound vocally almost like a mid career Hall & Oates, evidence if it were needed that this Latino outfit have the songs and commercial bent to dent the record buying public’s consciousness, while retaining their core roots feel.
Here are some clips from Los Lonely Boys :
|More Than Love|
Los Lonely Boys were number 4 in the February 2005 playlist
Tracks are in Windows Media Player format, and should stream to your PC in CD quality if you have Broadband, or lower quality if you use a dial-up connection.