Los Lonely Boys play Breckenridge Thursday
Ryan Summerlin August 7, 2012
The Breckenridge Music Festival brings Los Lonely Boys to town as part of this summer’s Blue River Series.
Last year the trio of brothers released “Rockpango,” the fourth album that highlights the American Tex-Mex sound they’re known for.
“I’m super proud of it,” says JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother, of the album. “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.”
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 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.
Since the brothers were young, they were enthralled with the music scene, playing behind their father at local cantinas and Texas honkey-tonks. As teens, the boys moved out to Nashville in hopes of making it big. They soon moved back to Texas and gained popularity as a live act in the club scene. Soon after in 2003, they released their first self-titled album. It went double platinum, sold millions of copies, put “Heaven” in the number one radio spot, and won them a Grammy.
Three more successful albums followed their debut album, “Sacred” (2006), “Forgiven” (2008) and “1969” (2009). They have opened for the The Rolling Stones, played and recorded with Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana – influences evident in their newest album.
They have grown up quite a bit since their debut and their sound is a reflection of that change. They describe it as a process of maturation and growth that has allowed them to reconsider the world around them and “touch base with home.”
“We’re still Lonely Boys,” JoJo says, “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.”
WHAT: Breckenridge Music Festival’s Blue River Series presents Los Lonely Boys
WHERE: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (doors open at 7)
TICKETS: $20 in advance/$25 day of show/$30 premium reserved seat.
At the Riverwalk Center Box office, by phone (970) 547-3100 or online