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Los Lonely Boys strengthen family ties on tour

Garza brothers say they came out of the womb playing music
/ Source: The Associated Press

Most families would self-destruct if you put them on a confining tour bus and sent them out on the road for months straight.

But not the Los Lonely Boys. In fact, family is what keeps the Grammy-winning trio going strong.

“We’re really a family before we are a band. Being a band and all, that’s just a plus, we’re that close,” said guitarist Henry Garza, one-third of the Texas-bred trio. “We’ll be on the road for months at a time and then we’ll be home and we’ll see each other the next day and it’s like we never saw each other.”

Garza and his brothers grew up playing Conjunto music in their home in Texas: They performed at a very young age with their musician father, who weaned them on rock ’n’ roll, particularly music by Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana.

“Music is in our blood. You come out of the womb, whether you like it or not, you’re playing something,” Garza said.

The brothers, who won a Grammy this year for Best Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group for their hit “Heaven,” were never formally trained to play music.

“Everything we do is straight from making things up with your mind and your heart and your ears and that’s what our dad gave us. It was everything. It was in our mindset.”

Los Lonely Boys have been touring extensively since the release of their 2004 self-titled debut album. And even though they would like to, the Garza brothers are unable to take their family on the road with them.

“The roads are pretty tough. It’s a job that you’ve been blessed that you love doing, but it’s hard work,” Garza said.