There is a special Holiday sale going on now in the LLB store:
Los Lonely Boys teamed up with Austin-based Community Tech-Knowledge for their “Heart and Soul” grant to develop a song for one deserving non-profit organization, as you read this summer in “LLB team up with CTK for the Heart and Soul Grant”.
“Solid Ground,” is a tribute to the Family Justice Center of Erie County, an organization that provides services for victims of domestic violence. A song of hope, the lyrics to the soulful but upbeat tune were chosen from among roughly 750 contest entries.
My spirit is unbroken, though my body bears a scar.
Sometimes, I swear I doubted I would ever get this far.
The poem was one the band could identify with, said Jim Tulio, who produced the song and served as one of the contest judges.
“The sentiment of it, I think, their music and their lyrics have a very similar vibe in terms of hope,” he said. “And I think they feel the same things. They’ve been through a lot of hardships in their lives. I think they can really relate to this.”
The song’s local unveiling will take place Tuesday in front of some donors and other friends of the Family Justice Center at the American Red Cross headquarters on Delaware Avenue.
The center’s involvement is the end result of the 2009 Heart and Soul Grant Award Program, developed by the Texas-based CTK Foundation. The foundation sent out a nationwide call for entries to nonprofit agencies, asking them to send in a four-to-eight line poem about the mission of their organization.
The winner would have their song produced by Los Lonely Boys and be accompanied by a $10,000 grant. Of the hundreds of entries, one poem was chosen by a Grammy-award winning panel of judges.
Nancy Ghoston, a quality assurance coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Western New York, e-mailed the agency her poem after reading an e-mail soliciting poems from friends of the organization.
Ghoston, who hasn’t written much poetry since high school, said she was inspired to write this one because of family and friends she cared about who never had a place like the Family Justice Center to turn to when they were victims of abuse.
The Kenmore woman went on a tour of the center at 237 Main St. earlier in the year and was astonished at how warm and welcoming the facility is, she said.
A huge mural lines the entry hall and inside, the secure center projects a comfortable, home-like environment, complete with four cozy “living rooms” where victims and their families can meet with law enforcement and social services personnel and other victim advocates. There’s even a space for children, filled with toys and books, rivaling any day care center.
On the double doors leading into the main area, beneath the name of the agency, reads a single sentence: “You’re safe here.”
“What it would be like to walk through those doors and be greeted in that way, and just feel like it was a very safe place to be,” said Ghoston, who dwelled on the thought when she wrote her poem. “So many social services agencies are poorly funded, they’re on a shoe string, and they’re kind of depressing no matter how kind the staff is. I was just astounded, I really was.”
While Ghoston declined to fly to Texas for the premiere of the song on Saturday at the Austin Museum of Art, Linda Ray, executive director of the Family Justice Center, did go with another agency volunteer.
When Ray first heard Los Lonely Boys play the song at the live event, she cried.
“The words are so sweet,” she said. “When I was listening to it, I could picture the women in our waiting room.”
The song will be played at every Family Justice Center event and shared with the roughly 50 Family Justice Centers that now exist coast to coast, Ray said. The $10,000 will go toward helping to market the agency, which has very few dollars to spend on such priorities, she said.
Los Lonely Boys had originally created the song as a do-good effort, with no plans to launch it as a single. However, Ray said, the band ended up liking the song so much that the three brothers are considering marketing the song nationwide.
One of the band members, Henry Garza, said the song was “a way to express our music through someone else’s feelings and show what song and music is about, somebody’s tragic life experience put down on paper. It’s a beautiful thing to be part of that. And for us to be a part of that and to bring this woman’s poem to life with the song, it’s just an honor.”
Read the inspirational story about the woman behind the lyrics and see behind the scenes footage of the recording here.
Los Lonely Boys are pleased to launch the “Roadie for a Day” Contest!
This contest lets fans and street team members get the word out about the new release, 1969 and become eligible to:
*Become a crew member for one of America’s hardest working rock bands for a day!
*Win an autographed copy of the album and tickets to a show of your choice!
*Host your own listening party a week before anyone has the music!
*Help us make the band’s first independent release a landslide success!
Here’s how you can participate:
1) Visit www.reverbnation.com, and signup for a free account.
2) Once signed up, visit www.reverbnation.com/loslonelyboys, become a fan of Los Lonely Boys and join the the LLB street team, La Onda.
3) Then, click the Street Team tab, and click the Join button next to the “ROADIE FOR A DAY” CONTEST. Follow the instructions and help the team spread the word!
1 Grand Prize winner:
All Access experience as LLB “Roadie for a Day” for you and one guest. “Duties” include:
-Help crew set up amps, mics, drums, guitars on stage
-Assist the production manager during soundcheck
-Change Henry’s guitars during a show
-Take a breather on the Los Lonely Boys bus
-Get free video documentation to prove it!
Grand prize receives First and Runner up prizes as well
5 First Prize winners:
-Four tickets to ANY LLB show (valid for 1 year)
-Autographed copy of “1969”
-Supplies to set up your own “1969” listening party
10 Runner Up Prizes:
-Two tickets to ANY LLB show
* Limit one prize per household. Some other conditions apply.
Los Lonely Boys are very excited to be able to directly offer pre-sales ordering of the new release, 1969, to all LLB fans! Our friends at doublestereo.com have setup a special store so that fans can be the first to preview and get the new music. You can hear samples of the mp3’s and order the CD or the mp3 versions.
You can find the 1969 store here:
The album will be available to the public on October 13th.
Thank you everyone for all your love and support!
Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys have teamed up with the Austin, TX-based Community TechKnowledge, to present the “Heart and Soul” Grant Award!
This program is a national competition for non-profit organizations. The winner of the competition will be awarded a $10,000 prize, along with a professionally produced, original song by the Boys, featuring the winning poem set to music by the brothers Garza!
To compete, non-profit organizations may submit a 4-8 line poem with the accompanying application, from July 1-August 15, 2009.
The application can be found here:
Runners up will receive a signed guitar from First Act.
This is a great opportunity to help out a great organization with great music and exposure. Please pass this along to any non-profit organizations you know of that are doing good things and could benefit from this award.
Good luck to everyone! We can’t wait to read all the poems!
The American Latino Awards recognize the accomplishments of American Latinos in a variety of categories. The only English language, American-Latino themed awards show, where the viewers get to decide their favorite American Latinos in a variety of categories.
Voting takes place beginning at 12 midnight on April 14th, 2009 and continues until 12 midnight on June 12th, 2009. Each person is eligible to vote one time in each category.
American Latino TV producers selected four nominees in each of the six categories. The nominees have all been featured on our shows over the past six seasons.
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The winners will be announced during the American Latino Awards broadcast in over 70 cities beginning July 14th.
The second annual American Latino Awards will be broadcast via syndication in over 70 cities nationwide between July 14th and September 27th, 2009. For station, broadcast date and time in your city, click www.AmericanLatino.tv/ALPresents or check your local listings. Be sure to check back often since our affiliate list is updated frequently.
WXRV The River 92.5 Boston Playlist 01/11/09
1. Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
2. Eric Hutchinson – Rock & Roll
3. Jack Johnson – Hope
4. Snow Patrol – Take Back The City
5. The Fray – You Found Me
6. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
7. Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
8. Coldplay – Lost!
9. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
10. The Killers – Human
11. James Morrison – Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
12. Brett Dennen – Make You Crazy
13. Death Cab For Cutie – No Sunlight
14. Augustana – I Still Ain’t Over You
15. Oasis – I’m Outta Time
16. Sarah McLachlan – U Want Me 2 Don’t U
17. Keane – The Lovers Are Losing
18. My Morning Jacket – I’m Amazed
19. Los Lonely Boys – Staying With Me
20. Duffy – Mercy
21. Sheryl Crow – Detours
22. The Boat People – Unsettle My Heart
23. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Fix It
24. Donavon Frankenreiter – Life, Love & Laughter
25. Beck – Orphans
26. O.A.R. – Shattered (Turn The Car Around)
27. Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
28. Needtobreathe – More Time
29. Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
30. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart
Written by Jennifer Manjarez
Monday, 02 February 2009
The most jaw-dropping track on the album is without a doubt Los Lonely Boys’ version of “Carol of the Bells.” The group takes one of the most dramatic Christmas songs known and somehow makes them appear even more entertaining and somehow a little sexy—the latter an aspect one would not necessarily want in a Christmas song, but somehow they pull it off. The track boasts Santana-like guitar work that showcases the band’s talent unlike anything else I’ve heard from them. It’s a shame, since the album is a Christmas album, meaning many people who aren’t already LLB fans will miss out on the impeccable display of talent that was put into this album, and especially this song. It’s obvious the band wasn’t looking to make another simple and boring Christmas CD. What could have easily become just another collection of traditional Christmas covers has instead become a thought-provoking album, taking on a life of its own, making you forget it’s still a Christmas album.
Christmas Spirit takes a tumble right around “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” but makes up for it by following it up a little later with “Feliz Navidad,” originally performed and composed by José Feliciano. Their sweet, south-of-the-border instrumental version of “Silent Night” makes you forget the true meaning of the song and becomes a simple yet surreal piece of music. The soothing guitar relaxes you slowly out of the album and leaves you wanting more, and ready to start it over.
The greatest part of the album is the fact that Los Lonely Boys know who they are—they rock it as always, and they don’t make any excuses or change anything about their style for this, their first Christmas album. Los Lonely Boys rock Christmas using their heritage as an inspirational flavor to season some of the season’s most memorable songs. Christmas Spirit is a perfect example of how thinking outside the box and doing things in your own way can pay off, and this album pays off tremendously. Singing the songs in their own way, they add a more comfy and cozy feeling to the music—exactly what you want for a holiday as family-centered as Christmas. B+ | Jennifer Manjarez
Some of the stories appeared in all 14 Montgomery Newspapers, some appeared in the Ticket entertainment section and some appeared in only those papers that were geographically specific to the topic or interview subject, so depending on which paper you get, you may or may not have read them.
But in 2008, I had a chance to talk to a lot of interesting people:
Brian Wilson – I grew up listening to the Beach Boys on those old 45 rpm records that I played on a portable Victrola. Over the years, Wilson’s writing and music have had special meaning for me. He didn’t say much during the telephone call and I didn’t conduct a very good interview prior to his appearance at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, but the opportunity to talk one-on-one with someone whose work has meant so much to me personally was something I never considered possible. I very nearly didn’t know what to say after Brian Wilson’s voice said “Hi Mike” into the phone.Henry Garza – One of the singing Garza brothers that comprise Los Lonely Boys, Garza spoke to me via cell phone while on his tour bus on the way to Milwaukee, Wis., prior to heading here for a performance at the Keswick Theater. To me, he sounded a lot like a young Cheech Marin of Cheech and Chong fame.
The memorable thing about this interview was that I was speaking with one of the guys who sings, “More Than Love,” which just happened to be the song that The Blonde Accountant and I danced our first dance to at our wedding.
When I told Garza that at the end of the interview, his response was, “Cool.”