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Los Lonely Boys

Part of the Cleveland Clinic Rock Series

April 11, 2024


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Family has always been at the center of things for Los Lonely Boys. Henry, Jojo, and  Ringo Garza have been playing and touring together since they were teenagers. Three years ago, they decided to take a break to focus on their own growing families. But Summer 2022 saw them back at it again, returning to life on the road alongside The Who. The Boys have been making music together for seventeen years now, and they  show no signs of slowing down or losing inspiration. Today, you’ll find them in the studio, working on their newest album. 


The story of how the Garza brothers rode their bluesy “Texican rock & roll” sound from  San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. The three  young brothers formed a band, got signed to a major label, and had a hit single that  propelled them to stardom. They sold 2.5 million records, won a Grammy, and received  five more Grammy nominations in the span of their career. 


The sons of Enrique “Ringo” Garza Sr. are a second-generation sibling band; their dad  and his brothers played conjunto as the Falcones before the elder Garza formed a band  with his sons. They were still teens when he moved them to Nashville, hoping to hit  career paydirt. But their big break came after they returned to Texas and began playing  Austin clubs in the early 2000s. One day, Willie Nelson’s nephew heard some demos. Next thing they knew, Willie showed up at a gig. Then he showcased them at Farm Aid, fronted recording time at his famed Pedernales Studio, and guested on their album. 


Released in 2003 on startup label Or Records, Los Lonely Boys got picked up by Epic  and re-released. Propelled by the No. 1 single, “Heaven,” it wound up selling over 2 million copies, spending 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, and earning them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. 


Their dream-come-true rise was chronicled in the documentary Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads, directed by fellow San Angelo native Hector Galán. Another dream came true for the Boys when Carlos Santana invited them to guest on  his 2005 album, All That I Am. They also released Live at the Fillmore that year. Their  father and Willie Nelson joined them on 2006’s Sacred, and in 2007, their cover of John  Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” became the second single from the  album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. 


“The whole experience was a wake-up call,” Jojo admits. “It reminded us of what’s really  important.” Once again, they affirmed that’s family. And music. For this trio, the two are  inseparable. The downtime of their hiatus served their hearts and their families well, but it also  served to plant new seeds of creativity. “We grew as husbands and fathers during our  time off. We wanted to be there for our families,” says Henry. Now in the studio working  on their newest record, they are finding that inspiration comes from time at home as  much as from time on the road. “Our new songs are about what is happening in  everyone’s lives; topics of separation, the need for more love, and relating to one  another.” 


Now, with plans to release a new record in 2023, the Boys are entering a new era of their career. “Walking off the stage after our first performance this year, we cried together, hugged, and knew we would continue,” says Henry. “After a three-year hiatus,  we are songwriting, recording, and touring together. It is a blessing to share the stage  with my brothers. We lift each other musically and spiritually. We consider this Los  Lonely Boys’ resurrection.”

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