Los Lonely Boys

Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live
Lonelytone Records
Los Lonely Boys

It’s easy to take for granted bands like Los Lonely Boys. The trio of brothers is adept at many kinds of music. Early in their career, guitarist Henry Garza proved that, like so many who came down the pike the past 30 years, he had learned much from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan. But with each subsequent album, his style expanded, and now he has an identity, even playing acoustic, as he does on this record.

“Senorita” is a plain-ol’ Tex-Mex stomper with zinging double stops from Henry before he drifts into flamenco. He gets downright funky on “Oye Mamacita,” while his pop and soul sensibilities are on display on “Hollywood” which also gives brothers Jojo (bass) and Ringo (drums) a chance to show off their considerable vocal abilities.

There are great covers here, including a bluesy-funk read of the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and a straight cover of “Evil Ways.”

With the live recording you also get a dose of the showmanship. It’s good listen, though, and makes it hard to ignore Henry Garza in any discussion of top guitarists of his generation.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s Mar. ’11 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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