In the three years since Or Music introduced Los Lonely Boys to fans around the world, everything has changed for the unique and gutsy musical hermanos from West Texas. And yet, nothing has. Sacred, Los Lonely Boys' eagerly awaited second album, both continues and expands upon the trio's self-titled debut, with its deeply personal and stunning fusion of electric blues and Texas roots, of soulful grooves and good old-fashioned rock'n'roll, of searing six-string licks and Latin beats. "New times, new songs, new rhythms," says frontman Henry Garza. "But it's still basically, Los Lonely Boys." Working once again with producer John Porter (Keb' Mo, Ryan Adams, B.B. King) at good friend Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios, the band recorded Sacred with the euphoria of their debut's success-over two million copies sold, a Grammy for the monster single "Heaven"-still fresh. But if the brothers' heads were sometimes spinning, their feet stayed on the ground. From the plainspoken humility and achey-sweet guitar of album-opener "Diamonds" to the funky, chunky "Oye Mamacita" to the cinematic credo "Outlaws," Los Lonely Boys have delivered not just 13 extraordinary songs, but 13 affirmations of what they feel is truly Sacred: being yourself, being true to God and family, and being true to music... "Texican Style." "Texican rock'n'roll man, that's just three brothers making up a name," Henry says. At 28, the singer and guitarist is the oldest Lonely Boy; middle child Jo Jo, 26, plays bass, while 24 year-old Ringo is the man behind the drums. "It's just a mixture of everything we've learned: conjunto music from our father, Richie Valens, Stevie Ray, Willie. All the music that we've gathered... Fats Domino, Santana, Skynyrd." This is a variation on what Henry likes to call "the musical burrito theory," and while his brothers wish he would retire the analogy because of overuse, it's a metaphor with broad descriptive power. The U.S. in 2006 is more of a stuffed-together and deliciously diverse burrito than an assimilated melting pot or well-ordered gorgeous mosaic, and Los Lonely Boys are not just a Texican rock'n'roll band, but a great American rock'n'roll band.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 - 7:30PM