“Christmas Spirit” by Los Lonely Boys (Epic). Probably no new Christmas disc reinvents the familiar as deftly as this one. “Feliz Navidad” becomes a muscular blues tune, and “Carol of the Bells” springs forth as something akin to the “Carol of Santana.” Even “Silent Night” morphs into a lovely blues guitar instrumental. Definitely a higher class of cookie.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
“I feel very blessed to be selected as a ‘Descubre & Download’ artist. As an MC all u want is for your music to be heard, and MTV Tr3s has given me the opportunity to do just that. It’s been a long struggle as a Latino artist trying to make it in this industry, and I am grateful that through this platform I can reach millions worldwide. Mi gente, I’m just getting’ started, SIGN OF THE CRUZ IS COMING!,” says Cruz.
Cruz is signed to Interscope and Geffen records and his debut album “Sign of the Cruz” will be out in 2009. The album will feature The Game, Frankie J, and Grammy winning Epic artist, Los Lonely Boys. Producers on the record include Cool Dre, B.Y.I and Rome Julian Bunneta who produced “To the Top.”
“MTV Tr3s selected Omar as a ‘Descubre & Download’ artist because he represents the mixture of hip hop and Latin sounds happening on the west coast. His lyrics and flow reflect the reality of the streets in L.A.,” said Michael Galbe, Vice President, Music and Talent, MTV Tr3s.
Hype Press Update
Lend an ear to the holidays’ new CDs
By DAVID HINCKLEY
Philadelphia Daily News
It has become patently obvious that San Angelo, Texas’ Los Lonely Boys have arrived at their true mainstream place in the musical order when they can release a Christmas album on Sony. And what’s not to like? Everything the brothers Garza play is infected with pure bluesy groove and roots rock verve.
The ten songs here are Garza-ized takes on Christmas standards: “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Away in a Manger,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Silent Night.” The latter two are fine instrumentals. “Carol of the Bells,’” especially, is a deeply satisfying guitar and percussion workout that embraces not only hard rhumba drumming, but funk, Mexican folk music, and screaming blues-rock. Hopefully, their version of “Run Rudolph Run” will make Chuck Berry proud, with its rumbling upright piano and bassline, and Henry’s guitar offering his best modern read of Berry’s instrumental innovation on the I-IV-V progression.
But the real highlights here are the two originals that open the set. “I’ve Longed for Christmas” is a bona fide new seasonal tune with its warmth, soulful wah-wah guitar, and laid-back drum kit shuffling around a slippery groove. The brothers sing unfettered joyful harmonies about giving, peace, love, and joy — and the celebration of Christ’s birth. “She’ll Be My Everything for Christmas” is inspired by Fats Domino’s New Orleans brand of rhythm & blues with loose strolls up and down the keyboard and his celebration of love between two people. The relaxed, back to basics approach works well.
So if you’re looking for something else to put in your holiday selection, Christmas Spirit is an excellent bet , not only to inspire cheer in yourself, but to delight your guests as well.
Every year there are a number of Christmas albums that are released in time for the holiday season and this year is no exception. Some are traditional, some are popular and others just seem redundant. But this year none of them are as much fun as Christmas Spirit by Texas favorites, Los Lonely Boys. I use the word ‘fun’ because the album does not rely on just one style. It takes each songs and gives it a twist – whether early rock, Tex-Mex, satirical or pure and simple. If you’re looking for something to add a little oomph to your Christmas playlist, try this album.
The style of the band is pleasing to a variety of audiences. It’s blues and rock based, filled with pop harmonies served with a Tex-Mex flavor. The brothers live at San Angelo, Texas.
Los Lonely Boys’ follow-up album “Sacred” was a commercial letdown, but this year the release of “Forgiven” has lifted the boys once again.
“It was going back to the basics, so to speak,” Henry said. “Our new producer dude, Steve Jordan, is a great guy with really great ideas.”
The album was recorded live in the studio.
“We set up live in the studio like we were setting up for a concert,” Henry said. “It’s just your basic, organic real live stuff.”
Because of pressure from the record label, “Sacred,” he said, was put together in a hurry and much of the material was written in the studio.
The brothers took the lesson from the “Sacred” studio sessions to rededicate themselves to write and play the music that is closest to their hearts.
Los Lonely Boys’ spirit comes across in live show, which, perhaps even more than the albums, explains their popularity.
“A big part of it is just being able to relate to the people on stage,” Henry said. “We want to portray the truth, not some kind of bullshit that people put on TV or you hear on a record that you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. There’s nothing to us — it’s just the brothers that play music. I think people can really feel that and feel the goodness behind us. We do believe in the good Lord and we respect that naturally. I think everybody can pick up on that. There ain’t nothing wrong with goodness.”
In May, Los Lonely Boys recorded a recently released Christmas album, “Christmas Sprit.”
“It was something we wanted to do our whole lives, especially now that we’ve got kids,” Henry said. “It’s mainly for them. We all have children now. We’re rock ’n’ roll daddies.”