Happiness is being a Los Lonely Boy

It’s just the way they planned it — or, at least, the way they hoped it would be.

Play­ing be­hind their fath­er, Ringo Gar­za Sr., as kids in can­ti­nas and honky-tonks, the three broth­ers, who be­came known to the world as Los Lonely Boys, moved to Nashville in their teens to try to win a re­cord deal. 

The broth­ers are 30-year-old drum­mer Ringo, gui­tar­ist Henry, 33, and bass play­er JoJo, 31. They will be pleas­ing audi­ences as they blend their voices on the stage of the Keswick Theatre in Glen­side on June 23.

Com­ing up with a re­cord deal wasn’t as easy as the broth­ers thought, ac­cord­ing to JoJo. “In fact, it didn’t really hap­pen for us un­til we moved back to our nat­ive San An­gelo, Texas, got a new man­ager, and our style of mu­sic known as ‘Tex­ic­an rock ’n’ roll’ began to catch on,” he ex­plained.

Their de­but single, Heav­en, reached the Top 40 on the Bill­board Hot 100 in 2004. In 2005, the song won a Grammy award for Best Pop Per­form­ance by a Duo or Group with Vo­cals. Oth­er songs nom­in­ated for Grammys in­clude More Than Love and Onda, both in 2006.

“Re­ceiv­ing the Grammy really sur­prised us,” JoJo said. “We wer­en’t really taught about that side of mu­sic. We were taught about the mu­sic we came from … how it was cre­ated, at least the kind of mu­sic we were listen­ing to. That mu­sic was made by people who wer­en’t su­per-rich, and it had a lot to do with the abil­ity to cre­ate, be­cause in that way you don’t ever lose that part of who you are.”

Their most re­cent al­bum is titled Rock­pango, a “Spang­lish” word that means rock party, JoJo ex­plained. “It fea­tures el­ev­en ori­gin­al tracks, mark­ing the first full-length stu­dio al­bum re­leased by us on our own LonelyTone im­print la­bel.”

Ac­tu­ally, he doesn’t like to ana­lyze the mu­sic too much.

“I don’t feel there’s any reas­on to cat­egor­ize our mu­sic. We’re just try­ing to cap­ture ver­sat­ile mu­sic, to cap­ture free­dom,” he said. “We en­joy the abil­ity to play what we feel.”

The mem­bers of Los Lonely Boys be­lieve their mu­sic is uni­ver­sal, as proved by their last tour of Europe and the huge crowds who turned out.

“And we were very thank­ful for that,” JoJo said. “We spent three weeks in Europe on tour for our new re­cord and now we’re tour­ing it here. We think our mu­sic helps people get away from their every­day lives. It’s a beau­ti­ful thing to watch how people can con­nect with each song.”

He also be­lieves that any­thing can be changed with mu­sic, and that you can learn to see how empty the world would be without mu­sic.

ldquo;Without mu­sic in our lives, col­ors wouldn’t be as bright. Greens wouldn’t be as green. The sky wouldn’t be as blue. I don’t even think an echo would be an echo,” JoJo said. “We all need mu­sic around us.”

The broth­ers be­lieve that their abil­ity to make beau­ti­ful mu­sic comes from on high, from God. “And what He gave us provides the abil­ity to cre­ate our own little ball of en­ergy, then give it to the crowd, and feel the crowd cre­ate a third big­ger ball of en­ergy, and give it back to us,” JoJo said.

ldquo;For the fu­ture, first and fore­most, I hope we’re still alive. But after that, we only hope we can keep it up and con­tin­ue to do what we’re do­ing, be­cause we love it so.” ••

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