Pura familia

“Texican” rock sensation Los Lonely Boys are on the road again and stopping in tonight (Wednesday, October 29) for a show at San Antonio’s truly Majestic Theatre. The power trio from San Angelo are supporting their third studio release, Forgiven, which came out this summer, as well as a just-released holiday album, Christmas Spirit. The Current caught up with guitarist Henry Garza by phone last week while he and his brothers/bandmates were on the road in Florida.

So how did this new Christmas album come about?

Man, it’s been a long time coming for that one. We love Christmas, for sure, like everybody does. Being able to do some of the classics and kind of “Texicanize” ’em, and to actually have two original songs on there … it kind of just happened unexpectedly and naturally, kind of like the new album Forgiven happened, too. It was something great to give to our kids. `All three Garza brothers have children.`

Are you going to be playing some of these tunes on the upcoming tour here?

I’m not sure man. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s going to happen.

OK, and now you guys are coming in to play the Majestic Theatre. It doesn’t seem like they have a lot of rock shows there, but you guys seem to make it a point to play there.

Just being able to play anywhere in Texas for sure is great, and San Antonio has that very nice theater … a nice spot for people to go check it out. We’re just happy to be back there again, happy to play whenever and however we can.

This summer you guys toured with Los Lobos on the Brotherhood Tour. Did you and `Los Lobos lead guitarist` David Hidalgo get to jam together anywhere on the tour?

Oh, yeah, after the first couple of gigs, once we kinda sat in the pocket and got a little more comfortable. It was an all-out jam by the time we were in Central Park `in New York City`. We jammed big-time. It was great. It was fun.

Your debut album was recorded at Willie Nelson’s studio before you had your deal with Epic. How did you hook up with Willie?

Oh, man, that was a really interesting story. We were playing a show in Austin and some guy came up to our manager and said, “Hey, man, I’m Willie Nelson’s nephew, and I really like you guys, and I want to show Willie this stuff and record it and stuff.” And we always were just like, “Oh, yeah, right man, OK.” And sure enough, the guy was really telling the truth. And he said he was gonna invite Willie to come see us play. We were doing this place Momo’s in Austin, and Willie came out to see us. We were doing the show, and in walks Willie Nelson, into this little bitty place, too, and he walked in, and it was just the beginning of a great friendship from that point.

Great story. And now you guys are going to sing the national anthem at game two of the World Series in Tampa — how did that come about?

We just heard about it last week. … We’re happy to be a part of history, the first time the Rays have ever been in the World Series, and after they took the “Devil” off of the name `the team was known as the Devil Rays until this season`. I think that’s pretty cool. And they’ve got `pitcher` Matt Garza there, another Garza, so we just feel blessed for the opportunity.

Anything else people should be looking out for at the Majestic show?

Yes — pura familia, pure family man. That’s what you should expect, and everybody just get ready for some Texican rock ’n’ roll coming to San Antonio.


Los Lonely Boys
8pm Wed, Oct 29
The Majestic Theatre
208 E. Houston
(210) 226-3333


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