Los Lonely Boys to bring their award-winning "Texican Rock" to town
Guitarist Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys remembers when he and his brothers bassist Jojo and drummer Ringo won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance for the song "Heaven" in 2005.
"We didn’t know whether to run out of the building or go to the stage, because it was something that happened that really wasn’t how our luck usually went," Garza said during a phone call from Telluride, Colo., for an interview with The Park Record. "When they announced ‘Los Lonely Boys,’ we all looked at each other in slow motion and said ‘Ooohhhh, maaaaaan. Iiiiisss theeeerrreee sooommmeeethiiiing stuuuuuuck iiiiin myyyyy teeeeeeth?’
"I can’t remember what we said, because we didn’t have anything prepared," Garza said with a laugh. "It wasn’t something that we expected, you know? But it was an honor. In fact, it’s an honor still being able to play music for people and we can’t wait to get to Park City."
Los Lonely Boys will play the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling (435) 655-3114.
Garza said the Grammy win and the two subsequent Grammy nominations were a "gift from God."
"To this day, we are still surprised at how our music touched people," he said. "It’s a blessing to be able to know music and have the ability to play and write music and share it, because when the music catches onto the human spirit, it’s very magical and there is no way to prepare for that. And, you know, it wasn’t like we as a group won the award, but it was more like a group of average Joes won it.
"That’s why I think we connect with everyone who goes to the show or listens to the record," he said.
The Garza siblings learned about music while sitting at the feet of their father.
"He played us the guitar and showed us every song from Roy Orbison to The Beatles to Ritchie Valens to Ronnie Milsap to Waylon Jennings," Garza said. "When we were just kids listening to him playing these songs on the guitar, we really thought he wrote them all, man. I mean, it took a few years for us to know who The Beatles were."
From that moment, the boys discovered the records of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ritchie Valens to Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix.
"They kind of became our teachers when we listened to them, so when we decided to play our own music, we just wanted to play stuff that would incorporate all types of styles," he said. "People ask us what we play and we call it our own ‘Texican Rock ‘n’ Roll, because we don’t believe in labeling music.
"The music business made us do that basically, because they wanted to categorize it into country or rock or Mexican music," he said. "When we write, we write for the human spirit and try to pay tribute to music, whether it be hip-hop beats, heavy-metal beat or even a Japanese beat. Music is very inspirational in all colors and flavors and we’re inspired by everybody, man, you know what I mean?"
Another thing Los Lonely Boys takes seriously is their family heritage when it comes to the music scene.
"Being naturally being Mexican-American and going against the grain is something we have done from the beginning," Garza said. "Not many people from our culture have made it in rock ‘n’ roll. In mean, you can count them on your hands Ritchie Valens, Carlos Santana and Los Lobos but part of that is something we really didn’t worry about."
One reason why Garza and his brothers find it easy not to stress about their career is because they have learned to follow their dreams.
"People need to think with their hearts more and not let their brains get in the way, because they tend to do that," he said. "We’re just brothers down home family dudes who have been blessed with a talent we love to share, but we did and still do work our butts off, and we’ve had many doors slammed in our faces, but we never gave up. And if we can relay that inspiration to any musician or anyone out there, then so be it."
These days Los Lonely Boys are working on songs for a new CD, which will be the followup to 2011’s "Rockpango."
"It’s still unbelievable to this day that we can go and share our music with our fans," Garza said. "We’re still going 100 miles an hour and it’s not until we’re at home with our wives and our kids when we can go, ‘Wow, did that really happen?’ or ‘Am I that guy on TV?" it’s all so surreal."
Los Lonely Boys will perform at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., on Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $65 and available by visiting http://www.ecclescenter.org . Discounted tickets are available at the Eccles Center Box office. For more information, visit http://www.ecclescenter.org or call (435) 655-3114.
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