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Review and photos by Mary AndrewsLos Lonely Boys thrilled the fans of blues-rock in Tucson, Arizona with unsurpassed swagger, style, and skill and Texas blues never sounded better!
The show opener, Matt Andersen, was a major surprise for the audience. He is a blues singer with the passion and soul like local artist, Tom Walbank. That is where the comparison ends. Matt entered the stage with his acoustic guitar and proceeded to shred that guitar and wail the blues with vocals reminiscent of Joe Cocker. The listener has no choice but to pay attention to a man who has such an inner passion to sing the blues. At least you believe he does. His songs are self-penned and taken from his experience with love, loss, and living. Many of the songs were self-depreciating, but that is what we tend to do at times. Mr. Andersen possesses commanding vocals and guitar chops worthy of one of the finest blues performers around today.
Los Lonely Boys is a band of three - brothers Henry, JoJo, and Ringo Garza who were raised to be musicians, by their father, Henry Garza, Sr. The siblings play like they came out of the womb with their instruments in hand. Henry Garza plays guitar with the style and finesse of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. (Henry's on-stage fall in 2013 caused a spinal injury that does not seem to have affected his guitar playing) JoJo Garza is the perfect bass compliment to his brother Henry. Ringo Garza's drums are relentless. All of the boys sing and harmonize and together they are magic. They hit the stage running and never stopped. After the first song, the audience was screaming, "turn up the volume." Turn up the volume they did and jammed in their sweet spot for the rest of the set.
The audience was out of their seats dancing from the beginning of their performance. They got more raucous as the set progressed. Highlights from the show: "Cottonfields and Crossroads" a hit that extended jamming, blues sweet spot. "Crazy Dream" had all elements of harmony, guitar, and driving drums to please any fan. The set was heavy on songs from their latest album, but songs in set came from early in their career.
Los Lonely Boys is not a poppy producer of "hit" songs. They give well crafted blues-rock that we can savor and relish over time. The brotherhood lives on and we get to revel in the power of Los Lonely Boys.
1. Don't Walk Away
2. Blame It on Love
3. So Sensual
4. Nobody's Fool
6. Cottonfields and Crossroads
7. Velvet Sky
8. Crazy Dream
9. Oye mamacita
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