Los Lonely Boys play a free show on Saturday in Marina del Rey
By Bliss Bowen
They’ve been playing long enough that they’re already veterans, yet the pride of San Angelo, Texas — Los Lonely Boys — have a long way to go ’til their sunset years. Brothers Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza have been playing together since childhood, gradually fusing blues, conjunto, rock, soul and occasional whiffs of reggae into the guitar-centric “Texican rock ‘n’ roll” that’s become their trademark.
Initially guided by their conjunto-playing father, Ringo Sr., the brothers’ harmonies and precocious musicianship found an early champion in fellow Lone Star state hero Willie Nelson, who accompanied them (on “La Contestación”) when they recorded their 2003 debut album at his Pedernales studio. That yielded the song for which they’re still best known: the Grammy-winning “Heaven.” They’ve toured and recorded steadily since, the once rootsy feel of their music giving way to more radio-friendly pop.
They’ve also faced down their share of “Behind the Music” crises, including bassist Jojo’s vocal cord lesions and guitarist Henry’s scary fall from a stage while performing in Downey in February 2013; that resulted in a spinal injury that kept him off the road most of that year, an experience that inevitably informed the trio’s 2014 album “Revelation,” which dealt in themes of hope and gratitude. It’s a lightly rocking set whose slick arrangements and feel-good vibe fit well alongside ’70s-era classic rock, and should go down easy with marina crowds this weekend.
Los Lonely Boys perform a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Burton Chase Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Call (310) 305-9545 or visit loslonelyboys.com