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12 July 2011

Los Lonely Boys premiere "16 Monkeys" video and tour dates

By Nancy Woo

With a unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip hop, Los Lonely Boys have made a name for themselves since their formation in 2003. Now, the three Texan brothers continue their journey with their fourth studio album, and their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records, Rockpango, which was released March 29, 2011.

Supporting this newest release, the band is hitting the road. Tour dates further below.

And if you haven't heard the album yet, here is a preview of what to expect with the fun animated video for "16 Monkeys." I can already see this song becoming what some may call an "anthem" or "mantra" for certain, uh, "special times" with the good green. Watch it here:



About the album, from the press release:

Rockpango is a spirit and sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore. Bursting out of the gate with the simmering and slinky “American Idle” that scans today’s tough economic times, and wrapping up 10 tracks later with the fierce and fiery assertion that love is the answer on “Believe,” Los Lonely Boys look at the big picture around us with the concerns and continuing faith that come with well-grounded adulthood.

Their ever-expanding musical vision fills the set with new facets that further reveal the group’s already notable artistic diversity. “16 Monkeys” is a delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-bohemian wit and wordplay, while orchestration by the Tosca String Quartet adds classic rock-pop sophistication on the achingly beautiful “Road To Nowhere” and the Beatle-esque gem “Smile.” And they fuse deep blues with a hip-hop twist on “Porn Star,” which includes a razor-sharp rap at the tail end by Kush, one of their Texas extended family relations.

They soar on “Fly Away,” rip it up to percolating Latin beats on “Love In My Veins” and “Baby Girl,” and reassert their mastery of the classic music that influences them as demonstrated on their recent 1969 EP. They deliver ‘60s style blues-rockers on the rousing title tune and powerfully loping “Change The World” — two more slices of their spot-on social commentary and consciousness.

The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo “Melo” Torres. The brothers’ songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning number. And Henry Garza goes even beyond what Guitar World hails as being a “guitarist with chops out his ass who doesn't care about chops [and] just opens up and plays.” Joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards, Los Lonely Boys deliver and more on Rockpango.

“I’m super proud of it,” says JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother in the triumvirate. “It’s just progress, maturation and growth. Growing up, being older, seeing the world we’re living in. It’s also touching base with home.”

Tour dates:

July 15 - Winstar Casino - Thakerville, OK *
July 16 - Fritz City Park Festival - Hutto, TX
July 19 - George Lopez Show July 21 - Mill Bay Casino - Manson, WA *
July 22 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA *
July 23 - Yakama Nation Legends Casino - Toppenish, WA *
July 24 - Oregon Zoo Amphitheater - Portland, OR *
July 26 - Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA *
July 27 - John Ascuaga's Nugget - Sparks, NV *
July 28 - Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino - Coarsegold, CA *
July 29 - Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA *
July 30 - Fantasy Springs Casino - Indio, CA *
July 31 - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA *
Aug 2 - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Albuquerque, NM *
Aug 4 - Colorado River State Park - Fruita, CO *
Aug 5 - Arvada Center Amphitheater - Arvada, CO *
Aug 6 - Chautauqua Auditorium - Boulder, CO *
Aug 9 - Music In The Zoo - Apple Valley/Minneapolis, MN *
Aug 10 - Ravinia Pavillion - Highland Park/Chicago, IL *
Aug 11 - Frederik Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 12 - Meadow Brook Music Festival - Rochester Hills, MI
Aug 13 - Dutch Mason Blues Festival - Truro, NS
Aug 17 - Blues on the Green - Austin, TX KGSR event
Aug 19 - Trails West 2011 - St Joseph, MO
Aug 20 - Freeport Music & Art - Freeport, IL
Aug 27 - Texas Music Theatre - San Marcos, TX benefit for LULAC
Aug 28 - Eddy County Sheriff's Posse Arena - Carlsbad, NM
Sept 2 - Crockett Civic Center - Crockett, TX
Sept 3 - Summertime Blues Festival - Freeport, TX
Sept 9 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
Sept 10 - Library Theatre - Hoover, AL acoustic - 2 shows
Sept 11 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
Sept 13 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
Sept 14 - The Bijou Theatre - Knoxville, TN
Sept 15 - Live on the Green - Nashville, TN WRLT event
Sept 16 - The Arts Center - Carrboro, NC
Sept 18 - Ziggy's - Winston Salem, NC
Sept 24 - Foster Communication Center - San Angelo, TX

w/ Los Lobos *

For more information:

Los Lonely Boys Website
Los Lonely Boys YouTube
Playing In Traffic Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys on Facebook

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