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Los Lonely Boys in concert March 8 at Mesa Theater

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - By the time Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza were 10 years old, they were performing behind their father's band - Los Falcones - in Texas honky-tonks and cantinas. Their dad taught them guitar when they were 4 or 5, and he'd play for his sons the songs of the Beatles, Ritchie Valens, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison."We thought he wrote them all," Henry Garza said. "We wanted to be just like dad."I wrote my first song when I was 5, about a girl leaving me," Garza said, chuckling. "I kind of figured I was supposed to be singing to a girl. I didn't know about girls."Following in the tradition of their father and uncles, the trio went on to form Los Lonely Boys, with Jojo playing bass guitar, Ringo on percussion and Henry on guitar. Each of them also sing and write songs.Their self-titled, debut album was an immediate hit, going double platinum, and one of its songs - "Heaven" won a Grammy Award in 2005.The songs they write have to "just come" to them, Henry said. "Songs like 'Heaven' were actually a prayer," he said. "It turned into a song. You can't plan those things. It's magical and beautiful."The following year the songs "More Than Love" and "Onda" were nominated for Grammys.Los Lonely Boys' music is referred to as "Texican rock and roll" - a term that Henry said they basically made up, not wanting to be "formatted" into just one category of music."We try and use all influences from all music all across the globe," he said.Los Lonely Boys have played and recorded with both Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana. They've toured London, Amsterdam, Australia, and began their current tour in Tokyo. They've also performed for U.S. troops in Iraq.They're looking forward to returning to Grand Junction March 8 for a performance at Mesa Theater & Club."It'll be a spontaneous performance. We've not played the same way twice," Henry said. "We feed off the crowd as much as they feed off of us."The name of their latest album, "Rockpango," released last year, takes a traditional Mexican rhythm called huapango and "electrolyzes" it, giving it a rockin' beat, Henry said. "Rockpango" is Los Lonely Boys' first independently produced record."We're proud of this record," he said. "We had the freedom to do whatever we wanted. It's a versatile record."Henry said it's a tremendous blessing to be gifted with music, and a responsibility they do not take lightly."It gives us great honor and pleasure to share our music," he said. "We're happy to be part of that lineage."We try and put a good message in there - and that's love. We all need it more than ever, to keep shining that light."

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